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Immigrant Turned Entrepreneur: 'Taco Stand Was My School'

Behind the heated debate over national immigration policy are millions of personal stories of struggle and triumph. Mexican native Osiris Hoil began his life in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and became a successful entrepreneur. He talks with host Michel Martin about his journey.
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Story That Kim Jong Un Fed Uncle To Dogs Was Probably Satire

The story appears to be false because it originated with a satirical post on a Chinese microblogging site. The post was picked up by a Hong Kong newspaper and then reported as fact around the world.
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In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction

Qiu Xiaolong has written eight detective novels based in his hometown of Shanghai. Qiu, who lives in St. Louis, embraces the advantages and problems of writing detective fiction in the Internet era, when Chinese people know so much more dirt about their system and leaders.
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German Chancellor Merkel Fractures Hip In Skiing Accident

Angela Merkel suffered the injury while cross-country skiing in the Swiss Alps. She didn't realize she had a fractured hip until she returned to Berlin.
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23 Years Later, Message In A Bottle Answered

When she was 10 years old, Zoe Averianov tossed a bottle into the North Sea with a letter talking about her love of the flute and hamsters. Now 33, she's hard back from a Dutch couple who found her bottle.
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Al-Qaida Extremists Fight For Influence In Iraq, Syria

In Syria, militias linked to al-Qaida have taken the lead in the fight against the Assad government. In Iraq, they've caused a wave of violence including bombings against civilians and attacks on government forces.
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Will Afghan Polling Data Help Alleviate Election Fraud?

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has commissioned a series of polls to see who Afghans favor in the April election. But between security challenges and "social desirability" biases, it can be difficult to impossible to get a clear read of the Afghan people.
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Kerry Leaves Jerusalem Without Much Progress On Peace Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up his latest trip to the Middle East. He's trying to get Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree on a "framework" deal.
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Venezuela's Department Of Happiness Criticized

Venezuela is a nation with leaders known for bellicose rhetoric and quirky decisions. But the latest government office is raising the most eyebrows. It's called the Vice Ministry for the Supreme Social Happiness of the Venezuelan People.
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Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map

Alex Atala's Sao Paulo restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked among the top 10 restaurants in the world. His cuisines, which showcases irridescent insects, delicate jungle herbs and other ingredients from the Amazon, is pushing the frontiers of gastronomy.

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