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Tue July 5, 2011
Latin America

Cancer-Stricken Chavez Returns To Venezuela To Convalesce

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez quietly slipped back into the country on a pre-dawn flight from Cuba Monday. For nearly a month, he's been in Havana where doctors had removed a cancerous tumor.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Africa

No Formal Peace Talks Set In Libya

A senior Libyan official said progress has been made in talks with rebels on ending more than four months of fighting. But a top rebel leader has denied that any negotiations are taking place.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Minn. Residents Want Government Shutdown To End

In Minnesota, the state government has been shut down since Friday. Days of around-the-clock talks failed to produce a deal last week between the Republican-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor. There were no new budget negotiations over the holiday weekend. Frustrated residents lined parade routes and shouted at waving politicians, telling them to "get back to work."

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Minn. Lawmakers To Resume Budget Negotiations

Steve Inskeep talks to Rachel Stassen-Berger, a political reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, about Minnesota's government shutdown. Non-essential government services are closed, including parks and rest stops. Lawmakers say they will resume budget negotiations Tuesday.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Europe

Strauss-Kahn To Face New Sex Charges In France

Just as pressure on former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is easing in New York, it is ramping up in Paris. A young novelist, who says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in 2003, is officially bringing charges against him. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers announced he will counter-sue for defamation of character.

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