Key provisions of the Kyoto Protocol expire in December of 2012, and experts say there's no real global framework in place to replace the treaty that was supposed to be the first step toward ambitious actions on climate change. Above, a coal-fired power plant in eastern China. China is now the leading carbon dioxide emitter in the world. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What Will Become Of The Kyoto Climate Treaty?

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Syrian has come under increasing international pressure in recent days. On Monday, Syrians protested in the capital Damascus against the Arab League's decision to impose sanctions. Syria has also come under sharp criticism from an independent commission that accused the security forces of systematically carrying out abuses against anti-government demonstrators. Yin Bogu/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Report Says Syrian Forces Have Killed 256 Children

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Hard Times Inspire Ky. College Students To Action

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India Eye Care Center Finds Middle Way To Capitalism

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Justin Timberlake presents the Audi A1 at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland in 2010. Timberlake stars in a viral marketing campaign for the car company aimed at a younger demographic. Audi's share of the luxury market has risen in recent years. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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In Volos, optician Klita Dimitriadis accepts partial payment in Local Alternative Units, or TEMs. She then spends the TEMs at a monthly farmers market, or exchanges them for other services. Sylvia Poggoli/NPR hide caption

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Modern Greeks Return To Ancient System Of Barter

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