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Friday News Roundup - International

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including Edward Snowden's temporary asylum in Russia; Egypt’s break up of pro-Morsi sit-ins; and Secretary of State John Kerry's nine-month goal for Mideast peace talks.

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U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

After Russia granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden a one-year asylum, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the move "undermines a long history of cooperation." Snowden arrived at Moscow's airport from Hong Kong more than a month ago.
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Opposition Claims Fraud In Zimbabwe Election

In Zimbabwe, the opposition is crying foul, alleging vote manipulation by President Robert Mugabe's party. Mugabe, who has ruled the country since independence in 1980, is facing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the race for president.
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Opposition Claims Zimbabwe Elections Were Manipulated

Zimbabweans voted Wednesday for their next president. Longtime President Robert Mugabe is facing opposition leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe, who has ruled since independence in 1980, says he'll step down if defeated. However in the 2008 election, his near loss resulted in widespread violence.
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Potential Treatment For Snakebites Leads To A Paralyzing Test

Many people who die of venomous snakebites never make it to a hospital. A San Francisco doctor came up with what he thinks may be a workaround to save those lives. But he had to test it first.
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Luxury Watch Store Robbed Days After Riviera Hotel Heist

Two thieves entered the Kronometry shop in Cannes, France, and reportedly threatened staffers with a gun and a hand grenade. Three days earlier, a gunman slipped into the nearby Carlton Intercontinental hotel and made off with $136 million in valuables.
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For Saudi Women, New Subway Will Mean More Than A Cool Ride

Work will begin next year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on what's touted as the world's biggest investment in public transportation. The biggest impact is likely to be social, providing greater independence and affordable transportation options for women — who are forbidden from driving — and the poor.
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U.S. Teenager Is Youngest Ever To Pass Britain's Bar Exams

"I was not aware at the time what the average age was," 18-year-old Gabrielle Turnquest says. Turnquest, who has qualified as a barrister, is a native of Windermere, Fla.
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Last Person To Get Smallpox Dedicated His Life To Ending Polio

In the 1970s, Ali Maow Maalin, a Somali hospital worker, was the last member of the general public to catch smallpox — worldwide. Once recovered, he worked for years to wipe out polio in Somalia. Maalin, called "an inspiration" by world health leaders, died unexpectedly last week.
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Zimbabweans To Cast Ballots In Presidential Race

Zimbabweans go to the polls Wednesday to elect their next president. Many fear a repeat of the 2008 election violence that killed 200 people. President Robert Mugabe is facing opposition leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the vote. Riot police have been deployed in the event of conflict.

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