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For Working-Class Chinese, 'Picture Day' Is A Rare Treat

Volunteers in more than 20 countries this weekend shot free, studio-quality portraits of more than 16,000 people who otherwise couldn't have afforded them. Getting people in one Shanghai neighborhood to smile wasn't easy. Some had never had portraits taken before.
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The Afterlife Of American Clothes

The U.S. exports a billion pounds of used clothes every year. Much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Singapore's Leader Urges Calm After Rare Riot

Sunday's riot was sparked by the death of a 33-year-old Indian national who was struck and killed by a bus. Hundreds rioted in the Little India neighborhood following the death. Eighteen people were hurt.
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Russia's Putin Scraps Major State-Run News Agency

The Russian president dissolved RIA Novosti and an international radio broadcaster, setting up a new organization to be run by a news anchor known for his ultra-conservative views. The move was seen as a surprise.
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Recalling Nelson Mandela's 'Funny And Humble' Side

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, many Americans are remembering their involvement in his life. Celeste Headlee speaks to Sharon Gelman, of Artists for a New South Africa, which was founded in 1989 by actors like Alfre Woodard and Danny Glover, to fight apartheid.
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Images Appear To Confirm Removal Of Top North Korean Official

Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, was reportedly dismissed from his defense post. Official North Korean images appear to show the once-powerful Jang being escorted from a party meeting by uniformed guards. The move is seen as an attempt by Kim to consolidate his power.
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Thai Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament, Calls New Elections

Yingluck Shinawatra's move comes as she tries to defuse anti-government protests that began last month. But protest leaders said they will rest only when Thai politics is rid of her family's influence.
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Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

During the Cold War, successive U.S. leaders supported the white South African government because it staunchly opposed communism. Mandela's African National Congress, meanwhile, had many ties to the Soviet Union and viewed it as more sympathetic to their cause than the U.S. and other Western countries.
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Riot Police Dismantle Protest Camps In Ukraine's Capital

Anti-government protesters have now occupied for Kiev's city hall for more than a week. Police are tearing down barricades that were put in front of municipal buildings, the AP reports, and an opposition party says their offices were raided.
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The International Disability Treaty

The Americans with Disabilities Act served as the model for an international treaty. But while 138 countries have ratified the treaty, the U.S. has not. Two State Department officials join us to discuss the leadership role they hope the United States can continue to play on the issue.

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