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In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints

The Italian city welcomes tourists, but there's been a backlash to the 650 cruise ships that sail down the canals and tower over the city. The city government and the Venice Port Authority have agreed to search for solutions.
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New Bangladeshi Law Lets Workers Unionize More Freely

The vote comes amid scrutiny of working conditions in the country, and it follows a building collapse outside Dhaka in April that killed more than 1,000 people. The country's media say the measure is an effort to appease Western critics of working conditions.
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Datsun's Rebirth In India And The Revival Of Long-Gone Cars

Nissan announced Monday that it was reviving the iconic brand for India and other emerging markets. It's not the only car model that has come back.
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Snowden Has NSA 'Blueprint,' Says 'Guardian' Journalist

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden collected thousands of documents to prove that what he is revealing is true. Some of them, Greenwald told The Associated Press, show exactly how the U.S. spy agency works.
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Canadian Town Is Nuts For Taters

Florenceville-Bristol produces about a third of the world's frozen french fries. So, of course, this tater town celebrated National French Fry Day over the weekend. A huge portrait of the town's covered bridge was unveiled. It was made from 5,700 fries.
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Rail Industry Vows To Learn From Fiery Accident In Canada

As investigators look for what caused last weekend's train crash in Canada, a question is emerging across the border in the U.S.: Could it happen here? Transportation safety officials have warned railroads for years about the types of tanker cars involved in the Lac-Megantic accident. But they are still widely used in Canada and the U-S.
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Iran's New President Hints At Easing Internet Controls

Iran's President-elect Hasan Rowhani says his country should be more engaged with the world. While analysts are not expecting radical change, they say Rowhani could tackle pragmatic issues like increasing Internet broadband speed.
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Tug Of War In Syria Exposes Splintering Opposition

The Syrian civil war continues to escalate. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the latest news there and The Guardian's Ghaith Abdul-Ahad about the conflicts between rebel groups.
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Ailing Nelson Mandela Is Reportedly Improving

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader, Nobel laureate and first black president of South Africa has been hospitalized for weeks with a lung infection.
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Syrian Army Shelling Reportedly Traps Hundreds In Mosque

An opposition group in exile says some 200 people are holed up inside the Damascus mosque as government forces close in on rebel-held territory.

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