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Russia Conducts Record Military Exercises

The government says the largest exercises since Soviet days are to test Russian readiness. Some analysts think it is to remind China and Japan that Russia remains powerful.
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Syrian Army Gains Ground As Refugee Crisis Worsens

In Syria, the army of President Bashar Assad appears to be gaining the upper hand on the battlefield, as rebels wait for military assistance from Western allies that has yet to arrive. Guest host Linda Wertheimer examines the simmering conflict with NPR's Kelly McEvers.
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European Films In Russia's Heartland

For the past few years in July, a sleepy Russian provincial town has rolled out the red carpet to host the best in European film.
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Five Convicted In Deadly Costa Concordia Shipwreck

An Italian court accepted a plea deal from the ship's helmsman, two bridge officers, the cabin service director and the director of the cruise company's crisis team.
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Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens

Somalia now has the dubious distinction of having the worst polio outbreak in the world. The country had been polio-free since 2007. If this outbreak gains a foothold, health workers fear it could spread into the Middle East.
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John Kerry: A 'Basis' For New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

The details have not been finalized, but the sides appear close to resuming full-fledged negotiations after years of stalemate.
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HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

One study finds that women who have been vaccinated against HPV are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. Since the vaccine helps reduce risk of some cancers, scientists think it might turn out to be effective against throat cancers, too.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: "Americanah"

"Americanah" is a novel that unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature.

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Ex-CIA Agent Detained In Panama Reportedly Returing To U.S.

Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA station chief in Milan, was arrested in connection with the alleged 2003 extraordinary rendition of Muslim cleric Abu Omar.
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Coup Or Revolt?: Why Defining Egypt's Transition Matters

We explore how the recent ousting of then-President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt has raised questions about laws dictating U.S. foreign policy.

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