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President Obama Bets Big On Middle East Diplomacy

The president has often spoken about making a pivot to Asia. But he keeps being drawn to the Middle East. The president's legacy on foreign policy will likely be determined by what ultimately happens in this volatile region.
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500,000 Lights: Family's Christmas Display Sets World Record

Australia's Janean and David Richards used more than 31 miles' worth of LED lights to decorate their home. Their yard features a canopy of lights fanning out beneath a large tree whose trunk is wrapped in glowing colors.
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From Morgan Freeman to Idris Elba, Who Played Mandela Best?

Many films have been made about Nelson Mandela. Danny Glover, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, and now Idris Elba have all tried to step into the icon's shoes. Host Michel Martin speaks to Sean Jacobs, founder of the blog Africa Is A Country, about which actor played him best.
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Winnie: Not 'Just The Woman Who Stood By Mandela's Side'

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the latest biopic about former South African president Nelson Mandela. Host Michel Martin speaks to Naomi Harris who plays his former wife, Winnie, in the film.
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Anti-Government Demonstrations Rock Thai Capital

Protesters, who occupied parts of the finance and foreign ministries in Bangkok, want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. They accuse her of being a puppet for her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister who was ousted in a military coup in 2006.
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Can Child Marriages Be Stopped?

Across the developing world, 1 in 3 girls marries before age 18. Some are wed and become mothers by the time they reach their teens. In Malawi, some villages have started to punish parents who marry off their young daughters.
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Syrian Peace Talks Set To Start In January

Representatives from the opposition and from the Assad regime will sit down for the first time, the U.N. says. But great obstacles remain. The opposition says Assad must step down. He and his supporters have said they aren't going to discuss handing over power.
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World Headlines: Both Honduran Candidates Claim Victory

With more than half the votes counted, Juan Orlando, of the ruling National Party, is ahead with about 34 percent of the votes in a close race. In other news, Uganda's city council ousts the mayor; and an Indian couple is found guilty of killing their daughter.
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After The Storm: Commerce Returns To Damaged Philippines City

A bustling market has sprung up across several blocks of downtown Tacloban two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed much of the city. Most of the goods were looted in the frenzy that followed the storm. One man is even offering haircuts, making more money now than before Haiyan struck.
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Deal Leaves Iran's Nuclear Facilities Intact

Steve Inskeep talks to Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken about the weekend's agreement with Iran that calls for a six-month suspension of its uranium enrichment in exchange for lifting some sanctions in the short term.

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