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Brazilian Soccer Convention Canceled Amid Funding Foibles

The major soccer convention that was to be staged in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the World Cup draw has been cancelled. Due to happen next week, organizers said it won't go ahead because of ongoing civil unrest. Brazil's government says it has to do with funding.

Kerry Tries To Get Israel-Palestine Peace Talks Back On Track

Secretary of State John Kerry spends Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders just after the peace negotiations he set in motion hit their lowest point yet. The announcement of more Israeli settlements led the Palestinian team to nearly quit over the weekend, while settlers applauded the move. Kerry plans to speak very little while here, keeping in line with his mum's-the-word approach even as speculation of a backdoor U.S. plan rages in Israeli media.

Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
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Limited Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Residents In Md. And D.C.

Maryland and D.C. are joining a handful of other states in approving limited driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. We explore the issues involved.


The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time

The Vatican is vowing to defeat the Church of England — not in the pews but on the cricket pitch. The Vatican has launched a cricket club, which draws from seminarians and priests of different nationalities who live and study in Rome. It's hoped the club will forge ties with teams of other faiths.

Tests 'Moderately Support' Case That Arafat Was Poisoned

Swiss scientists have been studying samples taken from the former Palestinian leader's remains. He died in 2004 at the age of 75.

World Headlines: Israel's Avigdor Lieberman Acquitted Of Fraud

In other stories, Anonymous protesters toss fireworks at Buckingham Palace in London, and Japan's leader proposes getting rid of subsidies to the country's long-protected rice farmers.

In Violent Hospitals, China's Doctors Can Become Patients

A triple stabbing at a Chinese hospital is the latest in a string of attacks against doctors by disgruntled patients. Policies intended to improve and expand health care have led to overcrowded facilities, overwhelmed doctors and corruption.
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Frederick Forsyth: "The Kill List"

Writer Frederick Forsyth has been called the master of international intrigue. His previous blockbusters include "The Day of the Jackal," “The Odessa File” and “The Dogs of War.” He joins guest host Tom Gjelten to talk about his newest novel, "The Kill List."


Neo Nazis In Germany Use Music To Attract Followers

Neo Nazi music is a pervasive problem in Germany. Government officials say the songs aid recruitment of young people into extremist groups. But officials say banning such music to protect Germany's young people isn't as easy as it once was because musicians are increasingly sly about what they put out.