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5:55 am
Sun January 27, 2013

The Love Song That Marked A Shift In French-German Relations

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

As we just heard, Germans are still figuring out how to live with their military history. We're going to take you back now to the 1960s, when one French singer helped Europeans forgive, if not forget, the horrors of the Second World War. And she did it with this song:

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BARBARA: (Singing in Foreign language)

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Africa
5:55 am
Sun January 27, 2013

In Fight Against Extremists, Mali Is Far From Alone

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 10:05 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The French-led military intervention in Mali is picking up momentum in the campaign to help the Malian government recapture Islamist-occupied strongholds in the north. And while French airpower has tipped the scales in the Malian government's favor, the question now is whether Mali's beleaguered army is up to the fight. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from Bamako, Mali's capital city in the south.

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Latin America
5:55 am
Sun January 27, 2013

U.S. Trains Mexico On Tactics Used Against Al-Qaida

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

The Pentagon is expanding a program to training Mexican security forces fighting drug cartels. The training incorporates some of the same strategies the U.S. military has used against al-Qaida. Rachel Martin talks with Associated Press reporter Kimberly Dozier, who first reported the story.

Europe
5:55 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Troop Deployment No Long Sparks Mass Protests In Germany

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

After two devastating world wars, Germans recoiled from any prospect of military intervention. But today, German troops are posted in Afghanistan and engage in combat. This week, German lawmakers are expected to extend their country's military's mission in Afghanistan for 13 more months.

Energy
5:55 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Not-So-Clean Energy Efforts In Italy Under Investigation

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:00 am

The Washington Post reported this week that Italy's effort to promote solar and wind power isn't so clean. A recent sting operation by the Italian government of the renewable energy sector resulted in the arrest of a dozen mafia figures.

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