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New info surfaces about Iran nukes and dissent crackdown

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New info surfaces about Iran nukes and dissent crackdown

Citing intelligence from the U.S., Israel and other countries, the IAEA said new information "raises concerns." France and Germany have threatened new sanctions against Iran. In recent months, Iran has been strongly criticized for a growing dissent crackdown. For more on where Iran is headed, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Karim Sadjadpour.

Posted: February 19, 2010 15:30   Comments: 55
Chinese media fault Obama for meeting with Dalai Lama

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Chinese media fault Obama for meeting with Dalai Lama

China continues to criticize the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to Washington. China's state-controlled media claims the Obama administration used the meeting to divert attention from economic and political challenges at home. As the English-language channel of China's state television reports, the meeting was damaging to U.S.-China relations.

Posted: February 19, 2010 15:22   Comments: 7
Marijuana laws loosen gradually around the globe

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Marijuana laws loosen gradually around the globe

During a recent upswing in drug violence in Mexican border towns, many critics of the drug war called for a change in U.S. policy toward marijuana use. Meanwhile, New Jersey just became the 14th U.S. state to allow marijuana for medical use. View our maps to compare current U.S. marijuana policy to laws in Europe and the rest of the world.

Posted: February 19, 2010 14:53   Comments: 20
U.S-China relations chill further over Tibetan question

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U.S-China relations chill further over Tibetan question

Disputes surrounding U.S. military support for Taiwan, internet freedoms and currency appreciation have created tension between the two countries in recent months. Washington's Tibetan community is reportedly proud that their spiritual leader was invited to the White House, but many have played down the visit. Here's more from our German partner Deutsche Welle.

Posted: February 18, 2010 16:20   Comments: 17
Dalai Lama meets Obama for private chat in Map Room

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Dalai Lama meets Obama for private chat in Map Room

Today in Washington, D.C., President Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House. It was described as a "muted" meeting -- with neither a joint press conference nor public fanfare. The administration's low-key approach was aimed at not offending the Chinese government. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Robert Barnett.

Posted: February 18, 2010 14:00   Comments: 61
Travel the Trans-Siberian Railroad with Google Maps

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Travel the Trans-Siberian Railroad with Google Maps

Google and Russian Railways have teamed up to provide a virtual tour of the world's longest continuous railroad. Worldfocus researcher Christine Kiernan explains how you can take one of the great train journeys of the world without leaving the comfort of your home.

Posted: February 17, 2010 14:26   Comments: 2
‘March of Anger’ protests against violent Mexican drug war

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‘March of Anger’ protests against violent Mexican drug war

On February 13, around 1,300 Mexicans took to the streets of Ciudad Juárez to protest the continued presence of the armed forces in the northern border city. Civil rights groups say the deployment of 6,000 combat troops has worsened the drug-related crime wave and have organized a "March of Anger" to voice their opposition. Read how bloggers are reacting.

Posted: February 16, 2010 15:48   Comments: 0
Drone war forces resurgent al-Qaeda to rely on franchises

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Drone war forces resurgent al-Qaeda to rely on franchises

The drone war in northwest Pakistan has brought attention to the attenuated al-Qaeda core that moved from Afghanistan in late 2001. But two events in December -- a failed Christmas Day bombing and an attack on CIA operatives in Afghanistan -- have led analysts to re-assess al-Qaeda's perceived decline. Worldfocus takes a look at the organization's evolution.

Posted: February 16, 2010 13:04   Comments: 5
Edgy Berlin artist colony hangs on to irreverent streak

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Edgy Berlin artist colony hangs on to irreverent streak

One of the world's most famous art collectives fears going from avant-garde to art history. Born in the frenzy that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall, the artists' compound known as "Tacheles" is among Berlin's most popular -- albeit unusual -- tourist attractions. As Deutsche Welle reports, 20 years of life on the cutting edge may soon come to an end.

Posted: February 15, 2010 13:05   Comments: 1
Australia’s new Aboriginal policy falls short of expectations

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Australia’s new Aboriginal policy falls short of expectations

In February 2008, newly elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a historic apology to Australia's Aboriginal population. No other Western leader has made such an unqualified acknowledgment of wrongdoing toward an indigenous population. Two years later, Rudd has reported to parliament on what he promised would mark a new chapter in Australian history.

Posted: February 15, 2010 12:30   Comments: 4
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