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Snowden's Presence A 'Comfortable' Problem For Russia

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is close to leaving the transit lounge of the Moscow airport after authorities issued paperwork that would allow him into Russia, his lawyer says. But Snowden hasn't actually received the certificate and must remain in place for the time being. But the news caused a flurry of interest with TV cameras trained on airport exits.
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In First Public Mass In Brazil, Pope Francis Urges Humility, Charity

Francis celebrated mass in the town of Aparecida, where he first cemented his place as a church leader in 2007. After a mob scene on Monday, however, the subtext of today's events was that of security.
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The U.S., Africa And The Global Economy

We speak with the president of the African Development Bank and a top U.S. Treasury Department official about Africa's evolving role in the global economy.

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Pope Draws Crowds On Visit To Brazil

Pope Francis is in Brazil for World Youth Day. His arrival was marked by some security concerns and crowds eager for a view. Brazil is home to one-tenth of the world's Catholics, but evangelical churches are making inroads. The Washington Post's Juan Forero talks to Renee Montagne about the first Latin American pontiff's challenges in South America.
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Residents Of Blue Spanish Village Say It's Just Smurfy

The Spanish village of Juzcar was suffering from economic hard times. But in 2011, Sony Pictures picked the little town of about 250 people to promote The Smurfs. Promoters painted the entire village the bright blue of those little cartoon creatures. After getting used to the color — and the tourists it drew — residents have voted not to repaint.
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Delivery Of F-16s To Egypt Halted, Pentagon Says

The decision heads off any criticism that might be directed toward the Obama administration by those who believe the U.S. should not be giving aid at this time to a military that just ousted a democratically elected president.
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The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated

Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in Brazil, the first major trip of his papacy. But the Catholic Church in Brazil is facing challenges from evangelical Christians. And recently, the church excommunicated a priest, Roberto Francisco Daniel, who has outspoken positions on sexual issues and has argued for change in the church.
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Immigration Path Too Slow To Follow The Rules?

Much of the debate about immigration reform has centered around undocumented workers. But the system poses plenty of challenges to immigrants here legally. Host Celeste Headlee examines the path they trudge.
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'Left Alone,' Oliver Mtukudzi Sees Music As Therapy

At 60, Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi now has more albums to his name than birthdays. His latest album, Sarawoga — which means "left alone" — is a response to the death of his son. Mtukudzi joins Tell Me More for a special performance chat.
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Jorge Ramos On Latinos And The Future Of U.S. Politics

Spanish-language newscaster Jorge Ramos has been a vocal — and influential — proponent of an immigration overhaul. He has words of caution for John Boehner and the Republican Party.

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