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Israeli Politician Stirs Up The Religious-Secular Debate

Ruth Calderon's first speech in parliament led some to call her the leader of a Jewish renaissance. But others view her as a real threat — to Judaism itself.
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Syrian Government Accused Again Of Using Chemical Weapons

Anti-government activists in Syria are accusing President Bashar al-Assad's forces of deploying a chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of the capital, Damascus. The government denied the attack, but the allegations have prompted the United Nations to call an emergency meeting. Melissa Block talks to Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris for more.
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Russia Defends Syria Amid Chemical Weapons Allegations

The U.S. and its allies are calling for a swift investigation into the latest reports of chemical weapons use in Syria. Russia, though, is casting doubts on the allegations, which come just as UN inspectors begin their long-delayed mission to look into past reports of chemical weapons use. Russia says the timing suggests that "we are dealing with a pre-planned provocation" by the rebels. Rebels say that hundreds of people, including children, have been killed and Britain's foreign ministers says, if true, it marks a shocking escalation to the conflict.
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Facebook CEO's Internet Crusade Hopes To Bring Billions Online

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has teamed up with other tech giants to pursue the goal of providing Internet service to five billion people in the developing world. The group, called Internet.org, says data can be used more efficiently and participating partners can work cooperatively to make access to the web affordable in emerging economies. Zuckerberg makes the case on his Facebook page for how a global Internet infrastructure can be created. But the document doesn't have tangible commitments from Facebook or other participating companies.
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Morsi Opponent: Democracy The Path Out Of Violence

In Egypt on Wednesday, a judge ordered the release of former president and strongman Hosni Mubarak from jail. The move threatens to further roil political tensions in the country. For one view of Egypt's state of affairs, Audie Cornish talks with liberal parliamentarian, activist and political scholar Amr Hamzawy. Hamzawy is a founding member of the Egyptian Freedom Party.
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Egypt: An Islamist Movement In Crisis

We dissect the complex crisis enveloping the world's most influential Islamist movement, and find out what options its leaders may pursue in coming days.

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Panning For Gold In South Sudan, A Gram At A Time

In the desperately poor country, some 60,000 informal miners are working by hand to unearth an estimated $660 million worth of gold each year. The government is hoping to lure international mining companies to carry out the search on an industrial scale.
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India And Other BRIC Economies Now Facing Headwinds

India is struggling — but it's not the only developing nation that's having economic troubles. Brazil, China and Russia are all slowing down. But the U.S., which struggled after the Great Recession, is showing some positive signs.
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Forget Cronuts: London's 'Townies' Take On Hybrid-Dessert Craze

While New Yorkers line up for the cronut, a croissant-doughnut cross, in London, a tartlet-brownie mashup called the townie is now the rage. Social media is helping to drive these hybrid-food fads, industry watchers say, but how they ultimately impact the bottom line depends on whether purveyors can be more than one-trick ponies.
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No Positive Tests For Doping At This Year's Tour De France

Hundreds of samples taken from riders in this summer's Tour de France found no signs of doping, officials say. Anti-doping authorities plan to keep the samples for eight years, possibly to test them again.

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