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Shibley Telhami: "The World Through Arab Eyes"

The Arab uprisings in the Middle East have profoundly altered politics in the region. Using a decade’s worth of original polling data, a political scientist explains the driving forces behind the Arab Spring and the future of Arab politics.

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Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

A debut novel set in post-revolutionary Iran based on the true story of the author’s own birth in a prison in Tehran. The book follows the lives of several political prisoners and their children, who inherit their country’s tenuous future.

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Manchester United's Alex Ferguson Is Retiring

The soccer club's manager will retire later this month. Arguably the most famous coach in the world, he's been in charge as Man U has become one of the most valuable and successful sports franchises on the globe.
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Why Ben Franklin Is The World's Banker

A report from the Federal Reserve says the number of U.S. dollars in circulation keeps rising. Most of it goes overseas, in the form of $100 bills. People in countries like Russia and Argentina use $100 bills as a safe haven because they don't trust their national currency or their own banks.
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Europe Worries Young People Are Going Abroad To Seek Jihad

The investigation continues into whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, received training and inspiration to commit violent acts from extremists abroad. Belgium and other European countries are increasingly concerned about their young people going abroad to seek jihad — wherever that may lead.
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PKK Fighters Begin To Withdraw From Turkey

In a landmark step, militant fighters from the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party, are beginning to withdraw from Turkey back to northern Iraq. The withdrawal will take months and the peace process will likely collapse unless Ankara enacts significant changes recognizing Kurdish rights within Turkey. But for now, people are allowing themselves to hope that this time it might work.
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Violence Mutes Campaigning Ahead Of Pakistani Elections

Pakistan has seen its share of wild political events: military coups, uprisings against dictators and even the occasional flash of democracy. But it has never seen this: An elected government has finished a full term, and is about to be replaced by another elected government in elections this weekend. The threat of attacks, however, has shut down large public rallies.

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