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Death Toll In Syria Jumps To Nearly 93,000

Death toll numbers in Syria have been revised higher after a report released by the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Melissa Block talks to Megan Price, the group's director of research.
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Pope's Reference To 'Gay Lobby' Broaches Taboo Topic

Pope Francis has surprised many with his candor in the early days of his papacy. In recent remarks, he reportedly acknowledged a so-called gay lobby in the Vatican. The pope's words are being interpreted as part of a broader effort to re-examine the way the Vatican is run.
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As Sanctions Squeeze, Iranians Keep Improvising

Whoever wins Iran's presidential election will face a major challenge: how to revive a struggling economy that is facing tough international sanctions. Iranians have been finding ways around the punitive measures for decades, but are they running out of options?
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U.S. Says It Has 'High Confidence' Syria Used Chemical Weapons

The White House says sarin gas has killed up to 150 people in Syria, and that the use of chemical weapons crosses a "red line."
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Israel's Rabbis Seek To Bend Pastries To Their Will

The council of rabbis that regulates everything connected with Jewish religious law in Israel now wants to change the shape of bourekas, a type of stuffed pastry popular among Israelis. The move is aimed at helping people keep kosher. But if the rabbis succeed, says one cafe owner, "there really is no limit to their power."
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A Superpower And An Emerging Rival: A Look Ahead At China

U.S.-China relations have deteriorated in recent years, amid growing concerns about cybersecurity and human rights. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, The Economist's China editor Rob Gifford talks about the future relations between the world's two biggest economies.
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Mass Kidnapping Puts Mexican Legal System On Trial

Mexico City has largely been spared the drug violence in other parts of the country. But a brazen daylight abduction of 12 young people from a Mexico City bar is putting the spotlight on one of the capital's roughest neighborhoods, and putting the popular mayor on the defensive.
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Chinese Astronauts Dock With Orbiting Space Lab

The three-person crew includes China's second female astronaut, being billed as the country's "first teacher in space."

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