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Racism And Reinvention: The Story Of 'The Black Russian'

We hear about the life of Frederick Bruce Thomas, an American born to former slaves who became one of the richest, most famous men in Moscow.

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Your Turn

On a busy news day we open the lines to get your thoughts on the headlines. It's your turn to weigh in on these news stories and others.

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Kerry: North Korea Not Likely To Use Nuclear Missile

Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Seoul Friday, as relations between South and North Korea reach a new level of tension. There are some indications that North Korea might stage a missile launch in the next few days — but Kerry played down fears that the North was now able to mount nuclear weapons on its rockets.
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Egyptian Government Accused Of Suppressing Abuse Report

Human Rights Watch is calling on Egypt's president to make public a report that documents police and military abuses against protesters from January 2011 to June 2012. Parts of the report have been leaked to a local newspaper Al Shorouk as well as the British publication The Guardian. In the leaked chapters there are descriptions of police violence and military torture of detainees. While a lot of this is already known about the police and military, the report was referred to the presidency in December and so far no action has been taken. The military this week defended itself, denying any wrongdoing and Egypt's president spoke in solidarity with them.
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U.S. Development Assistance: A View From Africa

A quiet but notable shift has taken place in the way foreign aid is distributed in many countries. We consider accountability and transparency in foreign aid and get the view from the ground in Africa.

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Mark Mazzetti: "The Way of the Knife"

The mission of the CIA and its role in national security has been a subject of debate from the earliest days of the clandestine agency. Reporter Mark Mazzetti gives us a look at some of the personalities shaping the agency as it faces questions about controversial tactics.

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Toy Or Trouble? 'Mexico Barbie' Has Passport, Chihuahua

Mattel says its "Barbie Dolls of the World" typically come with a passport and "animal friend." It's had to respond to some criticism from this week from some who say the Barbie Mexico doll plays into stereotypes.

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