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An American Diplomat In Paris — And A Russian One, Too

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, are holding a series of talks in Paris in anticipation of an upcoming Syrian peace conference. They are trying to persuade the Syrian government and opposition leaders to allow unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid. There are still doubts, however, about whether exiled Syrian opposition leaders will even agree to attend the peace conference.
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Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Organizers of the Winter Games are preparing to serve up quite a bit of the hearty deep-red Russian staple soup. Which is kind of ironic, says Russian food writer Anya von Bremzen, since borscht carries with it complicated political implications. And not all borschts are created equal, Bremzen warns.
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Italians To New Yorkers: 'Forkgate' Scandal? Fuhggedaboutit

New York City's newly minted mayor found himself at the center of a minor scandal Friday after eating pizza "like a tourist." His offense? Tackling a slice with — gasp! — a fork and knife. Turns out, he's got some plausible deniability, Italians say.
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Letter: Kalashnikov Suffered Remorse Over Rifle He Invented

The designer of the AK-47, who died last month, reportedly wrote a 2012 letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church expressing "spiritual pain" over deaths caused by the weapon.
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'Weight Of The World' On Syrian Boy's Shoulders

Syrian teenager Omar al-Kurdi had to forfeit his schooling and childhood to become his refugee family's breadwinner. Journalist Farnaz Fassihi tells host Michel Martin more about her profile of the teenager's life in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture'

Francis, who has been criticized by some conservative Catholics for not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said the practice is "horrific."
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Thailand's Opposition Launches Mass Rallies To Close Bangkok

Demonstrators have vowed to continue the protests until Feb. 2 elections are called off and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is driven from office.
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Ariel Sharon Remembered As Man Of War And Peace

The former Israeli leader died Saturday. He was 85. Vice President Biden called Sharon an "indomitable bulldozer." Sharon was buried Monday on his ranch in southern Israel.
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Remembered

A memorial service was held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He died on Saturday at the age of 85 after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke. Current and former officials from around the world are in Israel, including Vice President Joe Biden.
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World's Longest Mobility Scooter Has Room For Chauffeur

A British company has accomplished a Guinness record: the world's longest mobility scooter. That's those four wheelers many seniors use to get around. The Limobilizer is a three-seater — room for two passengers and a chauffeur. It features a mini bar, ice bucket and sound-system.

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