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Radio Liberty Going Off The Air In Russia

Radio Liberty, the U.S.-funded broadcaster, began sending American views into the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. It's being forced to shut down its AM radio station in Moscow, but plans to operate under the same name as an online service.
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A Watch Party In China For The U.S. Presidential Debate

Gathering voters to watch a presidential debate and then evaluate it is a long tradition in American journalism. So, I got to thinking: What would happen if I invited a bunch of interested foreigners — all of them Chinese citizens — to watch the presidential debate from my Shanghai office?
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With An Army Of Vaccinators, India Subdues Polio

Despite poverty and poor sanitation, the world's second-most populous country is eradicating polio, which has afflicted India for millennia. Health officials hope India's successful war plan against polio will serve as inspiration for its archrival, Pakistan, in its own fight against the disease.
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What Big Highways Mean For China's Small Villages

Photographer Go Takayama has beautifully captured a region that, at least historically, has not been easy to access. That could soon change, though, with the construction of new roads and cities. He has spent the past two years with traditional Kyrgyz nomads on the cusp of change.
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Syrian rebels get anti-aircraft weapons. Libya singles out an Islamist leader in the Benghazi raid. And Iranian hackers renew attacks on U.S. banks.

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Sheldon Adelson Shakes Up Israeli Newspaper Market

Two of Israel's oldest newspapers are having a tough time competing financially with one that was established by U.S. casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and is being given away free of charge. Adelson is a strong supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the paper is nicknamed the "Bibi Press."
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E.U. Summitt To Discuss Currency Commission

European Union leaders will discuss how better to integrate their budgets and banks at a two-day summit that begins in Brussels Thursday. The most controversial proposal comes from the German finance minister, who wants the body to appoint a currency commission with the power to veto budgets of eurozone states.
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Shanghai Residents Discuss U.S. Presidential Debate

NPR invited eight Chinese people to watch Tuesday's U.S. presidential debate at our bureau in Shanghai and then discuss it. Sections of the debate that focused on China generated some of the most interesting comments.
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Japan's Softbank CEO Demonstrates Appetite For Risk

Earlier this week, a Japanese company announced a $20 billion bid for a majority stake in Sprint Nextel, America's third-largest mobile carrier. The deal was launched by the CEO of Softbank — an executive who says he has a "300-year business plan," and who is fond of making investments his peers call "crazy."

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