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Iranians choose a side in pivotal presidential election

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Iranians choose a side in pivotal presidential election

Iran is holding a much-anticipated presidential election on Friday in which the current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is being challenged by a more pro-Western reformer. Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discusses the election and what it may mean for the United States.

Posted: June 11, 2009 16:24   Comments: 3
Pacific island set to accept Gitmo’s Chinese Muslims

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Pacific island set to accept Gitmo’s Chinese Muslims

The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau has agreed to accept 17 Chinese Muslims, members of an ethnic group known as Uighurs, who are being held at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. may reportedly give Palau up to $200 million dollars in exchange for accepting the detainees.

Posted: June 10, 2009 10:02   Comments: 0
Rumors, confusion hinder battle against HIV in Cameroon

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Rumors, confusion hinder battle against HIV in Cameroon

In Africa, several governments have implemented male circumcision as part of their AIDS prevention strategies. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Cameroon who works to fight HIV/AIDS discusses the dangers of relying extensively on circumcision, given widespread rumors and misinformation.

Posted: June 9, 2009 12:50   Comments: 6
Shrines, souvenirs pay tribute to Turkey’s founding founder

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Shrines, souvenirs pay tribute to Turkey’s founding founder

Worldfocus producer Bryan Myers is currently reporting from Turkey. He writes from Istanbul about the country's love for one of its most famed figures, Kemal Ataturk, who appears on everything from office buildings to lapel pins and souvenirs.

Posted: June 8, 2009 10:51   Comments: 1
South Korea mourns former president after suicide

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South Korea mourns former president after suicide

On Friday, tens of thousands of South Koreans lined the streets for the funeral of their former president, Roh Moo-hyun, who committed suicide. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about experiencing the shared grief of the country.

Posted: June 4, 2009 15:14   Comments: 3
Anticipation grows in Egypt ahead of Obama speech

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Anticipation grows in Egypt ahead of Obama speech

U.S. President Obama's upcoming speech to the Muslim world in Cairo has been highly anticipated and generated controversy over everything from the location to what the president may say about Israel and the Palestinians. But Egyptians are working hard to make their capital picture-perfect, right down to the street level.

Posted: June 3, 2009 11:03   Comments: 2
Jewish settlements stir rising tensions in Israel

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Jewish settlements stir rising tensions in Israel

Under pressure from the U.S., Israel has begun dismantling small settler outposts built in the West Bank without formal government authorization. Worldfocus partner The Media Line reports on the rising tensions from one tiny settlement outpost, built illegally by a small group of Jews.

Posted: June 3, 2009 11:00   Comments: 34
Hungarian students stick to native language

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Hungarian students stick to native language

By 1990, it was no longer compulsory to learn Russian in Hungary. Students celebrated, no longer forced to learn the "language of oppression." But fast-forward to 2009, and Hungary is facing a foreign language gap, writes a Worldfocus contributing blogger.

Posted: June 2, 2009 12:48   Comments: 3
Tel Aviv strives for coexistence as it eyes nearby strife

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Tel Aviv strives for coexistence as it eyes nearby strife

On Monday, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian workers in one town on the West Bank as a protest against the removal of several settler squatter camps by the government. Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, discusses how people in his city view the settlement movement in the West Bank and Tel Aviv's efforts to promote coexistence.

Posted: June 1, 2009 13:26   Comments: 8
Mexican journalists prepare for job with survival training

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Mexican journalists prepare for job with survival training

Approximately 50 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Mexico writes about facing masked guerillas and tear gas in a survival training session for journalists.

Posted: June 1, 2009 10:43   Comments: 0
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