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Foreign construction workers leave a work site in Qatar's capital Doha on Nov. 19. Soccer's ruling body, FIFA, says it will put pressure on Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, over the conditions of migrant workers in the construction sector. EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Parallels

As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny

More than 85 percent of the people who live in Qatar are not citizens. Most are foreign workers who can face harsh conditions that are coming under increasing scrutiny as the emirate undergoes a building boom in advance of the 2022 World Cup.

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It's All Politics

Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight

It's been a year of influence, resilience and determination for the tea party. But not all of its actions were successful, and it faces political battles in year ahead — not just with Democrats, but also with the GOP.

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Planet Money

The Great Handbell War

For decades, the world's two biggest handbell companies — headquartered down the street from each other in Pennsylvania — were at each other's throats.

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