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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The BBC's Claire Bolderson. (Photo courtesy of the BBC)

After 26 years at the BBC, today is journalist Claire Bolderson’s last day on the job.

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Monday, March 19, 2012
School children and parents leave a Jewish school after a gunman opened fire killing 4 people in Toulouse, southwestern France, Monday, March 19, 2012. (AP)

Police in Toulouse, France, say a gunman shot and killed a rabbi, his sons, and another child, at a Jewish school today. Witnesses say the attacked used a motor scooter.

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Friday, March 16, 2012
Coastal ice melts in the city of Longyearbyen, in Norway's Svalbard Islands. (AP)

As more and more countries eye the opportunities being revealed by melting polar ice, businesses, tourists, and international politicians are all beating a path to the northernmost inhabited place on earth.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, meets with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Thursday. (AP)

The American campaign in Afghanistan faced a double setback on Thursday after Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded that NATO troops pull out of rural areas and the Taliban broke off peace negotiations. Both steps are in reaction to the killing of 16 civilians, allegedly by an American soldier.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

The BBC reports on a covert effort underway to change the leadership in China.

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Friday, March 9, 2012
A Buddhist monk bows and offers a prayer in a neighborhood destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday. (AP)

One year after the massive earthquake and tsunami, more than three thousand people remain missing. The search for them continues. Nearly 16,000 are now confirmed to have died.

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Friday, March 9, 2012
Retired Gen. David Phillips. (Photo Courtesy of Department of Defense)

Thousands of Iranians bent on overthrowing the current Iranian regime are being held in Camp Ashraf near Baghdad. A retired Army General says the U.S. had promised to protect them. But since Iraqis assumed control of the camp, dozens have been killed and hundreds wounded.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Israel and Iran are bitter rivals. But it wasn’t always that way. The BBC brings us the story of Iranian Jews, now living in Israel, who try to maintain ties to their homeland.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Libyan militias from towns throughout the country's west parade through Tripoli, Libya in February 2012. (AP)

The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse spent time with one of Libya’s most powerful militia groups and reported on this battle of wills that has been raging since Tripoli fell to rebel forces last August.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

A convoy of Red Cross trucks carrying supplies reached Homs Friday– but the Red Cross says they’ve been refused permission to bring aid into the devastated neighborhood of Baba Amr.

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Monday, February 27, 2012
An Afghan soldier secures the scene of a suicide attack at the gate of an airport in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. (AP)

A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the gates of a NATO base and airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, triggering a blast that killed nine Afghans, officials said. The Taliban claimed the attack was revenge for U.S. troops burning copies of the Quran.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012
In this citizen journalism image,  flames rise from a house from Syrian government shelling, at Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs province, Syria. (AP/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

There are increasingly desperate warnings today from Syrian activists and humanitarian groups as the Syrian government resumed shelling an opposition neighborhood in the city of Homs.

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Monday, February 20, 2012
A masked Syrian refugee takes part in a protest in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan. (AP)

We hear from Syrian refugees, who have escaped across mined borders, and say the situation is increasingly desperate.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Afghan policemen walk ahead of the U.S. soldiers with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) during a foot patrol in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

We get a report from the BBC, about one of the first big missions entirely planned and executed by the Afghan army in Helmand province.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

British and French foreign ministers say they are heading to New York to press for a United Nations resolution aimed at halting Syria’s violent crackdown, but Russia is expected to meet the move with a veto.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dalia Ziada in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. (Courtesy Dalia Ziada)

As Egypt marks the year anniversary of the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak, we speak with Dalia Ziada, an Egyptian human rights activist who has been working to spread Martin Luther King’s ideas of non-violence in the country.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dane Poul Hagen Thisted, left, and American Jessica Buchanan. U.S. military forces flew into Somalia in a nighttime raid and freed the two hostages while killing nine pirates, officials and a pirate source said. (AP)

SEAL Team Six, the same team that killed Osama Bin Laden, raided a Somali pirate camp Wednesday to rescue an American woman and Danish man being held hostage.

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Monday, January 23, 2012
Dragon dance performers in Taipei, Taiwan in October. (AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

The year of the dragon starts Monday and it’s believed to be especially lucky, prompting many couples across Asia to try to have “dragon babies.”

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Monday, January 16, 2012
A woman walks past a real estate agent's window in west London. (AP)

As the rich get richer, they’re also driving up real estate prices in places from New York City to London.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

What happens 20 years after uprisings like in Egypt and Libya? Some clues can be found in northern Iraq.

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