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  • Euro Countries Vote To Save Greece From Default
    After months of wrangling and marathon talks in Brussels, European Union finance ministers approved a second bailout for Greece worth more than $170 billion to help save the country from bankruptcy. It's the second massive aid package for Athens in two years during a debt crisis that has pushed the euro currency union to the breaking point.
  • Bailout Talks Reopen Wounds In One Greek Village
    The protracted negotiations have brought up dark memories, especially between Greece and Germany. In the central town of Distomo, site of a Nazi massacre in 1944, the past is still painfully vivid but there's hope for a European future.
  • Why Twitter Ties Resemble Airline Hub Maps
    Twitter is supposed to have turned the world into a global village. But new research shows that our Twitter ties are considerably more parochial than most of us imagine. People no longer define their communities by where they live but by common interests.
  • Nature Has A Good Beat, But Can You Dance To It?
    Rhythm in music is about timing — when notes start and stop. And now scientists say they've found a curious pattern that's common to musical rhythm. It's a pattern also found in nature.
  • More Children Struggle With Gender Identity Disorder
    The March issue of the medical journal Pediatrics features an editorial looking at gender identity disorder in children. Pediatricians apparently are seeing more young patients who express an interest in changing their gender.
  • Documentary Follows Pakistan's Acid Attack Victims
    The film Saving Face is nominated for an Oscar. It chronicles the lives of acid-attack survivors in Pakistan. Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy talks to Renee Montagne about what happens to some of the victims.
  • African-American Museum Breaks Ground In D.C.
    At the groundbreaking on the National Mall on Wednesday, President Obama said the newest Smithsonian museum has been "a long time coming" and will serve "not just as a record of tragedy, but as a celebration of life." The National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to open in 2015.
  • Greece Secures $170 Billion Bailout From Eurozone
    Greece is getting a second bailout worth more than $170 billion. While there's more confidence the debt crisis is now better contained, analysts say there's not a lot of confidence Greece will see growth any time soon.
  • Spain's Jobless Benefits Bogged Down by Fraud
    Spain officially has Europe's highest jobless rate. That's based on the number of people who register for unemployment benefits, which are some of the most generous on the continent. But many Spaniards still collect a paycheck while they're on the dole.
  • Looking Back On Nixon's Trip To China
    Forty years ago Tuesday, President Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China. Renee Montagne looks back on that day in 1972.

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