Marketplace for Friday, May 9, 2008

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Food crisis hits middle class here, abroad

It's not just the poor who are suffering from the global food crisis. More middle-class people are having trouble feeding themselves. Sean Cole visits a family in Minnesota. Then, Gretchen Wilson reports from South Africa where home gardening is a necessity.
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Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Tess Vigeland about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Drug's victims seek more compensation

Victims left deformed when their mothers took the drug Thalidomide are in Germany to launch the latest stage in a multibillion-dollar campaign to get more compensation from the company that marketed the drug 50 years ago. Stephen Beard reports
Posted In: Health
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Wealthy nations buying up land for food

Nations such as Saudi Arabia are seeking to ensure their future food supplies by buying up productive agricultural land in other countries. Sam Eaton reports.
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Chavez's terrorist ties raise oil prices

The price of oil jumped to $126 a barrel on news that Venezuela President Hugo Chavez may have closer ties than initially suspected with the Colombian terrorist group FARC -- raising fears of U.S. sanctions on his oil-rich nation. Dan Grech reports.
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Getting aid to Myanmar still a struggle

Ever since a massive cyclone swamped the nation of Myanmar last week, only a fraction of the displaced population has received aid. International relief agencies are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the country's xenophobic rulers. John Dimsdale reports.

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