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Putin Calls Claims Of Syrian Chemical Attack 'Nonsense'

The Russian leader says claims made by the U.S. are "nothing more than a provocation" for a military strike on the regime.
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How A Reluctant Obama Ended Up Preparing For A Strike

Despite more than two years of fighting that has left 100,000 people dead, President Obama has resisted intervening in Syria. But he appears to have concluded that the use of chemical weapons demands a response, even if it risks drawing the U.S. deeper into the conflict.

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Call Me, Haiti? One Man's Quest To Skype Around The World

Mark Malkoff has lived inside of an IKEA store, consumed beverages at 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in less than 24 hours and proved that his kid's Big Wheel bike could beat a New York City bus. Now, the comedian has video chatted with people in 162 different countries — including North Korea.
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U.N. Experts Leave Syria As U.S. Considers Strike

Under the looming threat of a U.S. military strike, United Nations chemical weapons inspectors have left Syria for neighboring Lebanon.
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Newest War Veterans In Congress Troubled By Syria Prospects

Iraq and Afghanistan War vets have strong misgivings about the idea of military strikes in Syria, especially in the absence of congressional authorization.
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6 Things To Keep In Mind As Obama Confronts Syria

As President Obama tries to make good on threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" with their suspected use of chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.
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How Do You Say ...? For Some Words, There's No Easy Translation

The feeling of solitude in the woods ... the sunlight that filters through trees ... someone who tells a joke so badly that you have to laugh. In English, these things require a whole string of words. Not so in German, Japanese and Indonesian, respectively.
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More Than 400 Children Among Those Killed In Syrian Attack

The U.S. intelligence community has released its declassified analysis of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria. The analysis concludes that Syria's government is likely responsible for the attack, which, it says, killed some 1,400 people.
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Following Spain's Roast Suckling Pig From Farm To Table

From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the Philippines, roast suckling pig is a national dish — but its origins are in the ancient Spanish kingdom of Castile. Vegetarians, stop reading here: Cochinillo asado is a weeks-old piglet, cooked whole in a clay dish over an oak wood fire. The Spanish delicacy has made appearances throughout literary history, from Cervantes to Hemingway. The dish is legendary at Ernest Hemingway's favorite restaurant in Madrid.
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Li Na One Of Few Athletes To Break From China's Sports System

Li Na, the sixth ranked female tennis player in the world, advanced Friday to the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Li's career success is remarkable in that she's achieved it after breaking with the Chinese state sports system — a rarity for Chinese athletes. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Mr. Brook Larmer, author of Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar.

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