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A Portuguese Tradition Of 'Healing' Dolls For Christmas

The Hospital de Bonecas in downtown Lisbon has been fixing dolls since the early 19th century. At a time of unemployment and rising poverty, repairing an old doll offers a frugal alternative to new toys for Christmas.
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Diplomat's Arrest Causes US-India Strain

Since the recent arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, US-Indian relations have been strained. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian-Americans Leading Together and Sandip Roy, Culture Editor for the Indian news site FirstPost.com.
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Money Seen As A Motive In Execution Of North Korea's No. 2

Jang Song Thaek, who was a key adviser and regent to his nephew — leader Kim Jong Un — was executed on Dec. 12. Intelligence agencies believe he refused to cede control of lucrative business interests, including fishing grounds. Jang was arrested after a gun battle between his forces and the army.
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Mass Graves Discovered In South Sudan; Is Civil War Coming?

Hundreds of people have already been killed and thousands more have fled their homes. The power struggle that's underway has raised fears of a retreat into tribalism and the outbreak of a full-fledged war.
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Top German Chocolate Maker Fights For Its 'Natural' Reputation

A well-respected consumer advocacy organization in Germany claims that Ritter Sport's popular chocolate product contains synthetic aroma. It has ignited a fierce court battle. But Ritter Sport says the aroma is natural, extracted from plants like dill or vanilla.
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Berlin Cheers On Former East German Soccer Team

FC Union has faced decades of tough times during political and economic upheaval. In the late 1960s when it was an East German team, it developed a bitter rivalry with Stasi-sponsored Dynamo Berlin. Even after reunification, the team faced financial ruin repeatedly, but its fans refuse to give up.
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Japan Revisits Its Official Pacifist Policy

Japan's constitution has banned a military force since the end of World War Two, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently proposed a tough new national security strategy. David Greene talks to Tamzin Booth, Tokyo bureau chief for The Economist, about Japan's defense initiative.
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Alan Turing, Who Cracked War Code, Receives Posthumous Pardon

British mathematician Alan Turing, who cracked the Nazi code during World War II, has been pardoned posthumously. He committed suicide in 1954 after being convicted of "gross indecency" with another man. David Greene talks to British MP Iain Stewart, who led the push to get Turing pardoned.
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Power Struggle Fuels Violence In South Sudan

The United States is trying to broker a political solution between the combatants in South Sudan where violence threatens to explode into civil war. The fighting is between forces loyal to President Salva Kir and those who follow Kir's former deputy, Riak Machar.
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Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

It's easy to get discouraged by a constant stream of bad news about unemployment, crime, war and political dysfunction. You might think we humans can't do anything right. But good news: We can. Here are a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.

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