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5:30am

Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

'Situation Could Not Be More Dire,' Syrians In Besieged City Say

An anti-regime fighter peered through a window in Idlib, Syria, on Thursday (Feb. 9, 2012).
AP

From inside the Syrian city of Homs, where activists say several hundred people have been killed by government forces in the past week and troops are preparing for what could be a "ground offensive" in coming days, residents say the "situation could not be more dire," NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.

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4:38pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Muslim Brotherhood Wants To Sack Military-Appointed Government In Egypt

In the aftermath of a deadly soccer riot, the most organized political group in Egypt called for the sacking of the interim government appointed by the military.

The Muslim Brotherhood said today that the military had failed to lead the country and provide security and economic stability.

The AP reports:

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2:25pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Arrest Warrant For Former Maldivian President Is Questioned Amid Violence

Former Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed held an underwater cabinet meeting in 2009 on the perils of climate change. He alleges he was toppled in a coup this week by armed officers.
Mohammed Seeneen AP

Mohammed Nasheed is still waiting at home for police to take him to jail, after resigning his presidential office in a surprise move on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he threw his nation into turmoil, saying his shocking departure was really a coup, because he was forced to sign resignation documents by armed officers who surrounded him.

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1:30pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Latin America

Fighting Fit, Venezuela's Chavez Roars Back

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 4:15 pm

President Hugo Chavez waves during a military parade in Caracas, Venezuela, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a failed coup attempt he led. After battling cancer last year, Chavez has returned to his high-profile, fiery ways.
Ariana Cubillos AP

Last year was a tough one for Venezuela's firebrand leftist president, Hugo Chavez, who has frequently taunted the United States during his 13 years in power.

In June, a cancerous tumor was discovered in Chavez's abdomen, forcing him to dramatically scale back public appearances as he sought treatment in Cuba. Some predicted that the end was near.

But this year, Chavez has returned to his outspoken ways — just in time for his re-election campaign.

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1:15pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Escaped 'Rhino' Successfully Captured In Tokyo

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 1:40 pm

Netting the escapee.
BBC News

In 2010, it was a guy dressed up in a tiger suit that wouldn't have scared many toddlers. One year keepers successfully captured a "zebra."

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