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Balloonists Crossing Pacific Set Distance Record

Friday, January 30, 2015

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev, flying east over the Pacific Ocean, surpassed the previous record of just over 5,200 miles set in 1981 for gas-filled balloons.

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Turkish Officials Seem To Ignore Threats Of Extremist Violence

Friday, January 30, 2015

Alert levels were raised in Europe after the Paris terrorist attacks. Experts say Turkey should be concerned, pointing out that "being a Muslim country won't exempt Turkey from violence."

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Morning Edition

Civilians In Debaltsevo Flee Russian-Backed Separatists

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Ukrainian army reinforced its positions and evacuated civilians on Thursday from an enclave north-east of Donetsk that has Russian-backed separatists attacking on three sides.

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Morning Edition

Russia's Economic State Is A Reversal Of Fortune For Putin

Friday, January 30, 2015

Renee Montagne discusses the state of Russia's economy with Sergei Guriev, a former economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Guriev is now living in exile in Paris.

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Morning Edition

Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

Friday, January 30, 2015

For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.

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British Fighters 'Escort' Russian Bombers Near U.K. Airspace

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A pair of Russian "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to British airspace on Wednesday. London has asked Moscow to explain the incident.

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Portugal To Offer Citizenship To Descendants Of Expelled Jews

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Portugal's Jews were expelled, burned at the stake or forcibly converted to Christianity 500 years ago. The government wants says it wants to right a wrong. Spain approved a similar law last year.

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French Police Question 8-Year-Old Over Alleged Support For Paris Gunmen

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The third-grader allegedly refused to observe a minute of silence in school following the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Police say he also expressed solidarity with the gunmen. He has not been charged.

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New Greek Government Stance Could Lead To EU Rift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Greece's prime minister is considering a veto on further European Union sanctions on Russia. That could lead the government, which was inaugurated 3 days ago, into a big confrontation with the EU.

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All Things Considered

Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been under siege and subject to artillery and rocket attacks for months — residents are living in stressful conditions and the separatist militia are jumpy.

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Live, From Iceland: It's A Hamburger

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

They call it "The last McDonald's hamburger in Iceland." Purchased more than five years ago, it has been displayed in the Na­tional Museum of Iceland. Now it has its own webcam.

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Smithsonian In Talks Over London Outpost — Its First Overseas

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If negotiations are successful, the Smithsonian would join other attractions at the site of London's Olympic Park.

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New Anti-Austerity Party Gathers Support In Spain

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Following the success of the Syriza party in Greece, another populist anti-austerity party is topping political polls in Spain, and could win power in elections this fall.

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Fighting Intensifies In Eastern Ukraine

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine appear to have started a new offensive aimed at grabbing more territory — while the civilian death toll increases.

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Group Urges Swedes To Evade Subway Fares, And Even Insures Against Fines

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fare-dodging in Stockholm's system has become a movement, and the group's members don't try to hide what they're doing — in fact, they advertise it.

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For Dollars Donated To Vaccine Campaigns, Norway Wears The Crown

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Donations to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization hit $7.5 billion. The UK and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were the most generous dollar-wise. Norway is the per capita champ.

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All Things Considered

Public Inquiry Into Death Of Former KGB Agent Litvinenko Starts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday is the first day of a public inquiry into the death of former KGB agent and whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko. He was poisoned in London in 2006 with Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope.

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All Things Considered

Sweden's Gotland A Crucial Square In Europe's Military Chess Board

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An island in the Baltic Sea helps explain the complicated web of military alliances in Northern Europe.

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All Things Considered

A Holocaust Survivor, Spared From Auschwitz At The Last Second

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The line on the left went to the gas chambers, but an SS guard shoved Jack Mandelbaum to the right. Thus began a three-year nightmare in seven camps for a Jewish teenager who refused to give up hope.

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Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Auschwitz's Liberation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

About 300 survivors of the Nazi camp are attending the ceremony with German and Austrian leaders. But attention is also on the absence of Russia's president, whose countrymen liberated Auschwitz.

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