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More China tensions come to light

Protests around the Olympic torch have focused the world's attention on Tibet, but discontent is rippling through other parts of China, too. In Xinjiang province, Muslim Uighurs are also asking for religious freedom and economic opportunity. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Sports

Zimbabwe economy needs foreign help

Whoever is declared the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential election will have his hands full dealing with the nation's shattered economy. Kai Ryssdal talks with economist Tony Hawkins in Harare, Zimbabwe, about the job ahead.

What's the benefit of national service?

A growing movement is calling for a national service program that would require younger Americans to spend a year in the military or community service. But so far, says commentator and potential national service draftee Ben Casnocha, proponents are sending mixed messages.

Businesses look 'Beyond the Conviction'

Job prospects for ex-cons are pretty dim, especially when the Internet makes it easy to dig up a person's past. But in Kansas City, Mo., some business owners are willing to give an ex-offender a second chance. Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
Posted In: Crime

Amazon contest promotes new business

A bartender and former high school teacher has won a fiction-writing contest sponsored by Amazon.com and Penguin Books. The competition is part of Amazon's promotion of its new self-publishing business. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Books

Yahoo wants more from Microsoft

Microsoft is giving Yahoo's management three weeks to accept its takeover bid before it goes straight to shareholders. But Yahoo's CEO says Microsoft just needs to make a better offer. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

2 major deals amid credit crisis

Troubled mortgage lender Washington Mutual is close to nailing down $5 billion from a private equity firm. And, Switzerland's Novartis is spending $39 billion for a majority stake in the U.S. eye-care company Alcon. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

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