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  • Asked To Spy On Rebels, Syrian Soldier Becomes One
    Ra'ed was 19 when he was drafted into Syria's elite Republican Guard unit two years ago. The Sunni Muslim conscript says his commanders, who were Alawites, never trusted him. He was asked to pose as a defector, and ultimately he joined their cause. Now in Lebanon, he fears being returned home, where he believes he would be killed.
  • 'No Terrorists Here': Sinai Residents Fear Crackdown
    Egyptian security forces are conducting a major campaign in the peninsula after a deadly attack by masked gunmen on a border post earlier this month. While the government says it will deal with the threat, Sinai residents worry that they will be blamed, targeted and abused as a result of the assault.
  • Ryan's District Gains Despite His Positions
    Mitt Romney's running mate has staked out a reputation as a fiscal conservative, opposing the economic stimulus as well as earmarks. But when it comes to helping out his district in southern Wisconsin, Rep. Paul Ryan's principles have been flexible.
  • Texas Takes Action To Curb West Nile Virus Outbreak
    West Nile virus has hit Dallas County, Texas, hard this year. Officials there have declared a state of emergency against the mosquito-borne illness. For the first time in decades, they plan to begin aerial spraying to control the mosquito population.
  • Low Ratings Force CNN To Find A New Direction
    CNN's ratings have hit record lows. The company is still making money thanks to its international presence, but U.S. viewers would rather watch its more opinionated competitors at MSNBC and Fox News. TV critic Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times says CNN should shake things up.
  • Ecuador Grants Assange's Asylum Request
    The government of Ecuador on Thursday granted asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London for two months while the British government has demanded that he be handed over. He faces questioning in Sweden for alleged sexual misconduct.
  • Mars Rover Curiosity Keeps Busy On Red Planet
    It's been more than a week since the Mars rover Curiosity made its successful landing on the Red Planet. Curiosity is by far the most technologically advanced rover to reach the planet's surface. David Greene talks to astrophysicist Neal DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, about Curiosity's two-year visit to Mars.
  • 7 Banks Subpoenaed In Libor Investigation
    Authorities have been investigating London's interbank interest rate. Earlier this summer, Barclays was fined by U.S. and U.K. officials to settle charges of manipulating the rate. The latest subpoenas come in a probe by state regulators in New York and Connecticut.
  • Kentucky, W.Va., To Ship Coal To India For 25 Years
    Record low natural gas prices and a warm winter have the coal industry suffering through a tough year. But in India, there is a huge demand for coal. The governor of Kentucky has announced a $7 billion deal that ships coal from Kentucky and West Virginia to India for the next 25 years.
  • Athletes Use Olympics, Web Followers To Up Deals
    Renee Montagne talks to Emily Steel of the Financial Times about Olympic athletes turning gold — into gold. When securing big-money endorsements, it's not just the medals that count, it's the followers and friends, too.

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