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12:12pm

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Welcome To The New Middle East

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 1:56 pm

Security guards were deployed outside the graffiti-covered walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which came under attack Tuesday.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany Reuters/Landov

The three attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions this week have a common theme: all took place in countries where autocratic rulers were ousted last year and where new governments are still struggling to keep order.

Last year, many Americans were cheering on Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Now the U.S. is the focus of violent anger over an anti-Islamic film produced in this country.

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10:10am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Announces New Round Of Economic Stimulus

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:22 am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a dinner at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Update at 12:31 p.m. ET. Federal Reserve Announces QE3:

The Federal Reserve announced it would spend $40 billion a month on bond purchases in an effort to stimulate the economy and drive the the unemployment rate down.

The Wall Street Journal says that unlike the first two rounds of Quantitative Easing, this time the Fed will focus solely on buying mortgage-backed securities.

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9:35am

Thu September 13, 2012
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'Missing' Chinese Leader Gets Official Mention

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 5:50 am

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 29. He hasn't been seen or heard from since Sept. 1.
How Hwee Young AP

Twelve days is a long time to go without a mention — at least if you're China's president-in-waiting.

Xi Jinping, 59, the man tapped to succeed President Hu Jintao next month, hasn't been seen or heard from since Sept. 1, prompting intense speculation in the foreign media, among China watchers and in blogs, tweets and forums, as we reported earlier.

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8:35am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Director Of Anti-Islam Film Still A Mystery

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 2:19 pm

The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on Morning Edition that The Innocence of Muslims was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title Desert Warriors. It's full of "choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad," she says.

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8:28am

Thu September 13, 2012
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Is There Progress In The Chicago Teachers' Strike?

A crowd of Chicago public school teachers marches past John Marshall Metropolitan High School on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

Talks resume this morning between the striking Chicago teachers union and the city's public school system. After four days of a walkout, there's a hint of progress in contract talks. Union leader Karen Lewis and school board president David Vitale both indicated they had 'hope for Friday'.

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