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Top Stories: Greek Leader Signs Austerity Pledge; China's Xi Continues Tour

Good morning!

Our early headlines:

-- As Crackdown Continues, Syria's Assad Calls For Constitutional Referendum

-- Malachy, The Pekingese, Becomes Top Dog In The Land

-- Prison Fire Kills More Than 200 Inmates In Honduras

-- Iran's Ahmadinejad Will Announce 'Key Nuclear Achievements'

Other stories making headlines this morning:

-- Tentative Deal Reached to Preserve Cut in Payroll Tax (The New York Times)

-- China's heir apparent to meet with congressional leaders (CNN)

-- Greek leader signs austerity pledge, as president gives up salary (The Guardian)

-- Roche warns of counterfeit cancer drug in U.S. (CBS News)

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Eyder Peralta
Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.