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In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had a coming-out party of sorts over the weekend. At 25, he belongs to the next generation of Bhuttos, the family that has dominated the country's politics for decades. And in an interview, he says he does not fear the turbulent politics that claimed the life of his mother and grandfather.
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Alarm As Haitians Flee Country

Natural disasters, unemployment and poverty in Haiti have prompted many people to risk their lives to flee the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles about the struggles Haitians face and what's being done to fix the problem.
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Sochi Has Diversity But 'Blackness' Isn't Part Of It

Host Michel Martin gets a preview of the Winter Olympics, from the athletes to the accommodations. She talks with NPR's Sonari Glinton, and McClatchy's William Douglas, who are in Sochi for the Games.
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Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste testers.
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Vatican Let Abuse Of Kids Go On For Decades, U.N. Panel Says

In what's being called an "unprecedented and scathing report," the U.N.'s Committee on the Rights of the Child says the Catholic Church's hierarchy adopted policies that let tens of thousands of children be sexually molested for decades. The Vatican says it isn't responsible for abusive priests.
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An Olympic Preview, From The Canon Of Russian Literature

Southern Russia, the venue for the coming Winter Olympics, is a wild land known for its breathtaking beauty and centuries of conflict. It has long inspired Russian writers; here are three classic books on the region.
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Ex-Rwandan Officer Goes On Trial In France For Genocide

A former army captain alleged to have participated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide is on trial in Paris, where the case might shed light on France's support of those involved in the massacre.
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Snowboarder Shaun White Withdraws From Slopestyle Event

The sport's biggest star says the slopestyle course in Sochi is too risky for him; several top athletes have already been injured. He will still compete in halfpipe, and hopes to pick up his third gold medal in the event.
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Greek Parliament To Review Future Arms Deals

Greece has historically spent an outsized amount of its budget on military equipment — ostensibly to protect its border with historic rival Turkey. Between 2007 and 2011, Greece was Europe's largest importer of arms. But an ongoing investigation into the purchase of submarines has exposed high-level political corruption.
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Jordan Valley's Future At Stake In Mideast Peace Talks

The broad swath of fertile land next to the River Jordan is one of the many contentious issues in Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations. The Israeli government says the area is vital for security, and Israeli troops must maintain a presence there even if the military pulls out of the more populated areas of the West Bank. Palestinians say they can't give up their breadbasket — nor what would be their only international border.

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