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Five Convicted In Deadly Costa Concordia Shipwreck

An Italian court accepted a plea deal from the ship's helmsman, two bridge officers, the cabin service director and the director of the cruise company's crisis team.

Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens

Somalia now has the dubious distinction of having the worst polio outbreak in the world. The country had been polio-free since 2007. If this outbreak gains a foothold, health workers fear it could spread into the Middle East.

John Kerry: A 'Basis' For New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

The details have not been finalized, but the sides appear close to resuming full-fledged negotiations after years of stalemate.

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

One study finds that women who have been vaccinated against HPV are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. Since the vaccine helps reduce risk of some cancers, scientists think it might turn out to be effective against throat cancers, too.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "Americanah"

"Americanah" is a novel that unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature.


Ex-CIA Agent Detained In Panama Reportedly Returing To U.S.

Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA station chief in Milan, was arrested in connection with the alleged 2003 extraordinary rendition of Muslim cleric Abu Omar.
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Coup Or Revolt?: Why Defining Egypt's Transition Matters

We explore how the recent ousting of then-President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt has raised questions about laws dictating U.S. foreign policy.

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Marie Arana: "Bolivar: American Liberator"

Simon Bolivar is often called the "George Washington of South America." But his influence in the modern world can be seen in Latin American countries that are growing increasingly defiant of the United States.


The Ramadan Challenge: Shop And Cook While Hungry And Thirsty

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last week and continues until Aug. 7. It means 30 days of avoiding food and drink all day. But in many families, someone still has to prepare a hearty dinner while fasting.

China Scraps Some Controls On Lending Interest Rates

The move is seen as a step toward liberalizing the country's interest rate regime, giving the market more control. One analyst called it a "big breakthrough in financial reforms."