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Reports: Egypt Orders Arrest Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader

Security officials and state television are saying that prosecutors want to take Mohammed Badie and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders into custody. They're reportedly to be accused of inciting violence. This isn't the first time it's been reported that he had been or would be taken into custody.
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Garment Factory Collapse Ruins Bangladeshi Workers' Lives

It's been more than two months since a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than one thousand people. Most of the victims were women. The survivors are languishing in hospitals.
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Chaos Abroad Challenges America's Power

Syria's civil war rages, Egypt's leadership churns, and the U.S. seems unable to shape world events. It's not clear how much the U.S. viewpoint matters now in Egypt or elsewhere across the Middle East. Over the last several months, the chaos across the region has been a case study in the limits of American power.
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U.S. Troop Issue Complicates Diplomacy With Afghanistan

President Obama is considering pulling all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next year, but the White House says no decision is imminent. Administration officials say the U.S. and Afghanistan are still talking about whether the U.S. will keep some residual force in Afghanistan after 2014.
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Egyptian Military Pushes Ahead With New Constitution Plans

Egypt's interim president will shortly appoint the members of two panels who will draft amendments to the constitution that will then be put to a nationwide referendum. It's the first step in the transition plan announced by the military after the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
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Egypt's Economic Health Needs Outside Help

Egypt desperately needs foreign assistance to keep it's economy from collapsing. The country's neighbors have been stepping up, dwarfing U.S. economic aid since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. To discuss Egypt's immediate financial issues, Renee Montagne talks to Mohsin Khan, a senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, and the former director of the Middle East Department at the International Monetary Fund.
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For Now At Least, Egypt's Police Are Seen As The Good Guys

Long reviled by many Egyptians as the backbone of a corrupt and abusive state, the country's police have become unlikely heroes for opponents of now-ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The police haven't been reformed, but frustration with the Islamist ex-president trumps public anger at the police.
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Possible U.S. Troop Withdrawal Plan Worries Afghan Officials

The U.S. and Afghanistan have spent months discussing a long-term security pact that would keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan for years to come. But the New York Times and Reuters are reporting that President Obama is now considering removing all troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year. Afghan parliamentarians and officials are reacting with anger — mostly towards President Hamid Karzai. Officials say Afghanistan needs U.S. troops to stay beyond 2014 to prevent the collapse of a fragile security situation, and they blame Karzai for playing games and pushing Obama to the brink.
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Dollar-Euro Exchange Rate Can Reveal Pulse Of Global Economy

We examine how the exchange rate between the Euro and the U.S. dollar reflects the health of the global economy.
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Syrian Conflict Continues Violent Spillover Into Lebanon

A massive car bomb explosion in one of Hezbollah's Beirut strongholds left dozens of people wounded. It's the latest and deadliest response to the militant group's moves to support the embattled Syrian government's battle against rebel forces.

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