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Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence

The government shutdown didn't help the U.S. on the world stage. But when it comes to political dysfunction, the U.S. is far from alone.
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Spain Inches Into Recovery But Spaniards Don't Feel It

Europe's fourth-largest economy is out of the red. The Bank of Spain says the Spanish economy grew 0.1 percent in the third quarter of this year, marking an end to the longest economic slump in Spain's democratic history. Spain's recovery is critical to the economic health of Europe overall. It's bigger than all the bailed-out economies — Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus — combined. But unemployment in the country still tops 26 percent, and it could be a while before Spaniards feel the fruits of that recovery.
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Chinese Paper Makes Unprecedented Plea For Reporter's Release

An investigative journalist at Guangzhou's New Express was taken away by police after reporting on financial irregularities at a local firm. A front-page commentary called for authorities to free him.
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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Lose Election, Vow To Return

The religious women challenged the gender norms just by running, but male candidates captured all the seats in the small ultra-Orthodox town.
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Iran Minister: Man Who Survived Hanging Shouldn't Be Executed

Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi says sending a drug smuggler to the gallows a second time would hurt Iran's image.
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5 Things To Know About The NSA's Surveillance Activities

Leaks by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, revealed the agency was monitoring vast amounts of telephone and Internet conversations both in the U.S. and around the world. The revelations have sparked a debate over the scope of the NSA's activities and whether they are legal.
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Marketing To Latinos: 'We Don't Fit Into A Box'

Latinos are one of the fastest growing segments of the population, but marketers aren't always keeping up with them. Host Michel Martin speaks with Chiqui Cartagena, the Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Univision, and author of Latino Boom II.
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What Latinos Want From Immigration Reform

President Obama recently announced that he would be turning his attention to immigration reform. But what's a realistic expectation, and what are immigrant communities really hoping for? Host Michel Martin talks with Fernando Espuelas of Univision, and Eduardo De Souza, a soccer coach at Longwood University.
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Norwegian Town's Bright Idea Is A Shining Example Of Ingenuity

Rjukan's 3,500 residents, tucked in a shadowed valley, have finally realized the dream of one of the town's founders: giant mirrors to focus the warmth of the sun.
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'Bishop Of Bling' Suspended By Pope Francis

In Germany, Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is at the center of a controversy over millions spent on renovations at his residence and offices.

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