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  • 2:42pm Mar 19, 2013
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    The Ripple Effects Of Cyprus' Financial Crisis

    Cyprus lawmakers rejected a $13 billion bailout package that included controversial taxes on bank deposits. The proposed tax would have helped to pay for the bailout of crumbling banks. NPR's Marilyn Geewax explains how the events in Cyprus could affect the global economy and what may happen next.
  • An Iraqi policeman stands guard at a checkpoint decorated with plastic flowers in Baghdad in 2008.
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    12:00pm Mar 19, 2013
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    Baghdad, A Decade Later

    Ten years ago Tuesday, the aerial bombardment of Iraq began. It was the opening volley of a U.S.-led invasion that would topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. One of the questions is: Can Iraq's fragile democracy hold, as the region splits along sectarian lines?
  • 10:42am Mar 19, 2013
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    Installation Mass Launches Pope Francis' Papacy

    At a mass in St. Peter's Square, the pope appealed to political leaders of the world to protect the environment, the poor and the marginalized. Representatives of the world's major religions were present, as well as some 132 delegations from all over the world.
  • 10:42am Mar 19, 2013
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    Cyprus Proposes Exempting Smaller Deposits From Tax

    The government of Cyprus is trying to ease fears over a proposed tax on bank deposits. Newly proposed legislation would exempt savers with smaller accounts. It's part of a bailout plan for that Mediterranean country, negotiated with the E.U. and IMF over the weekend.
  • 10:08am Mar 19, 2013
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    EU Bailout Tax Sparks Bank Run In Cyprus

    Citizens of Cyprus did not react well to the news that their government wants to allow the European Union to take nearly 10 percent of their savings deposits in exchange for a $13 billion bailout. Banks are closed through Tuesday after worries over bank runs. Depositors stood in long lines to withdraw money over the weekend.
  • 5:54pm Mar 18, 2013
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    Confidence In Cyprus Banks Falters As Government Proposes Deposit Tax

    Cyprus is facing a run on its banks after the government proposed taxing bank deposits. The government has put off a vote on the plan in a bid to calm things down. Banks are set to re-open on Thursday after a bank holiday was declared on Monday.
  • An Afghan laborer works in a firewood yard at a market in Herat on Dec. 11, 2011.
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    2:34pm Mar 18, 2013
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    Afghanistan's Forests A Casualty Of Timber Smuggling

    Over the past three decades, the U.N. says Afghanistan's forest cover has decreased by about 50 percent — to just about 2 percent of the country's land. The main reason is the illegal harvesting and trade of timber. A visit to Kunar province, near the Pakistan border, reveals that many people, from top officials down, are involved.
  • 2:16pm Mar 18, 2013
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    A Decade Later, What Was Accomplished In Iraq

    In March 2003, U.S. troops crossed from Kuwait into Iraq with the goal of toppling dictator Saddam Hussein. Within weeks, the Hussein regime had fallen. The occupation that followed left U.S. combat forces in the country until December 2011. The legacy of the war is still widely debated.
  • 10:32am Mar 17, 2013
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    The Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?

    The war has cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, and there are many who will live with its legacy forever. Now, as it tries to stabilize without U.S. combat troops, the conflict in neighboring Syria could threaten its security.
  • 9:57am Mar 17, 2013
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    Reading The Tea Leaves Of Obama's Mideast Trip

    President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when he travels to the Middle East next week. Host Scott Simon talks with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View about the president's upcoming trip.
  • Dr. Hamad Suleiman Daher, shown here with his youngest daughter, was the first person to receive a kidney transplant in Gaza.
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    9:54am Mar 17, 2013
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    Can Kidney Transplants Ease Strain On Gaza's Health System?

    Years of war have overtaxed Gaza's hospitals, making it tough for kidney patients to get good treatment. Thanks to help from British doctors, Gaza surgeons are now being trained to perform kidney transplants. They hope to help ease the huge demand for dialysis, but transplants have their own cost.