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U.K. Aided India In Raid On Sikh Shrine, Documents Suggest

The 1984 raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, killed hundreds in Sikhism's holiest shrine. The revelation has dismayed British Sikh groups and prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to order an inquiry into the claim.
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Hundreds Fleeing South Sudan's Fighting Drown In Nile River

At least 200 refugees, mostly women and children, have died in the ferry accident near the northern city of Malakal.
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Egyptians Go To Polls With Opposition Largely Silenced

Arrests and other intimidation have kept critics from being able to organize and speak out. The interim government's message: If you're really an Egyptian than you'll vote yes. Opponents say the new constitution further enshrines the military's role in Egyptian life.
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Pope Names 19 New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

Pope Francis continues to shake things up this week in the Catholic Church. Renee Montagne talks with John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter about what the new appointments say about the direction the Pope is leading the church.
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Secretary Kerry Gives Russian Counterpart Potatoes

At a Paris meeting, Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with two Idaho potatoes. Kerry insisted no hidden meaning — just potatoes.
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Egyptians Begin Voting On New Draft Charter

Egyptians go to the polls over the next two days to vote on a draft constitution. The military-backed government is pushing for a "yes" vote amid indications that military chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will soon announce his intention to run for the presidency.
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Is This Arab Spring Country Finally Getting It Right?

On the third anniversary of its revolution, Tunisia appears to be making political progress. Unlike in other Arab Spring nations, the country's religious and secular factions are sitting down to hammer out a constitution, and new elections are planned for this year.
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President Rouhani Loses Popularity In Iran Since Election

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has staked out a more moderate tone internationally, but he hasn't yet kept his campaign promises domestically. At the same time, nuclear talks with the West are encouraging. Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran Bureau Chief for The New York Times, for the latest on the mood on the ground in Iran.
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Some Brits Not Ready To Say 'Ta-Ra' To Iconic Telephone Box

A race is on to save Britain's beloved crimson phone booth, threatened not by habitat loss or climate change, but by the ubiquity of cell phones. The country had 92,000 payphones in 2002; now, it has just 48,000. But devotees are finding new uses for the booths.
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How Will NBC Cover Gay Issues During Sochi Olympics?

Mainstream Russian media outlets don't cover gay issues neutrally — let alone positively. So, as the nation gears up to host the Winter Olympics, activists are calling on Western media to shed light on the plight of gay Russians. That puts NBC in the awkward position, as both a journalistic enterprise and a business partner of the Olympic Games.

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