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She's Behind The Billy: Hide And Seek At Ikea

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The chain says no to giant games of hide and seek in its European stores. Ikea let it happen once in Belgium. But when thousands wanted to play in the Netherlands, it said it wouldn't be safe.

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Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a public argument with Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples shouldn't raise children.

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Russia's Putin: 'Life Would Be Too Dull Without Rumors'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Vladimir Putin's disappearance from the public eye prompted a flurry of rumors about his health or even a possible coup. He dismissed all that Monday.

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After Attacks, Is Europe Still Safe For Jews?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jews have been feeling increasingly vulnerable, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg says. In an article for The Atlantic, he wonders whether anti-Semitic attacks mean Europe is no longer safe for Jews.

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Morning Edition

In Eastern Ukraine, A Cease-Fire In Name Only

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sporadic fighting continues in a handful of strategic spots. Both the Ukrainian military and separatists and their Russian allies claim their opponents have failed to pull back their heavy weapons.

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British Teens On Their Way To Syria Are Returned Home

Monday, March 16, 2015

Three British teenagers were stopped on their way to Syria and sent back to the U.K. This comes weeks after case where three girls crossed into Syria.

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Portugal Beckons With Back Alleys And Boarded-Up Businesses

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Forget cathedrals and wine houses. A new guided tour takes visitors to Portugal's slums to see the effects of Europe's economic crisis. This story originally aired March 10 on Morning Edition.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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New Statue Of Gandhi Unveiled In Britain's Parliament Square

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NPR's Ari Shapiro says the statue underscores how much the U.K.-India relationship has changed since Mohandas Gandhi fought for independence from Britain nearly 70 years ago.

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All Things Considered

German Program Helps Families De-Radicalize Members Prone To Extremism

Friday, March 13, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with counselor Daniel Koehler about a German program to help families de-radicalize members who turn to extremism and violent ideology.

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All Things Considered

Pope Francis Very Popular Among Both U.S. Catholics, Non-Catholics

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pope Francis has maintained high approval ratings even as the Catholic Church struggles with declining membership and the effects of the sexual abuse scandal.

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British Military Spending Cutbacks Spark Global Concern

Friday, March 13, 2015

The British military is shrinking with a growing number of American diplomats and military leaders warning that cutbacks could have severe global consequences.

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Kremlin Says Putin Is Fine, Just Fine

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Russian president hasn't been seen in public in more than a week. That sparked all sorts of buzz. The Kremlin released photos of a healthy-looking Putin and chalks up the rumors to "spring fever."

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France Wins Battle Against Belgium's Plan For A Waterloo Coin

Friday, March 13, 2015

A two-euro coin commemorating the bicentennial of Napoleon Bonaparte's defeat will not be widely released, after France objected to what it called a "negative symbol."

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Assange And Sweden Agree: He'll Be Questioned In London

Friday, March 13, 2015

Julian Assange's lawyers say the WikiLeaks founder is happy with a plan for Swedish prosecutors to question him in London, after Sweden eased its demand that he be extradited over assault allegations.

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Rowdy Soccer Fans Get An Offer To Be Civilized

Friday, March 13, 2015

When rowdy soccer fans clashed with riot police in Rome a few weeks ago, the mayor was furious. As a punishment, game tickets for some matches include free entry to museums so they could get cultured.

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Moscow City Hall Offers Handyman Services

Thursday, March 12, 2015

City officials are offering poorer residents a "husband for an hour" to fix a leaky faucet or to put up shelves, for example. The service is already a hit in the private sector.

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French Highway Heist: Armed Thieves Take Millions In Jewels

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Police say two armored trucks carrying jewels and other items worth some $9.5 million were seized by heavily armed attackers on the highway between Paris and Lyon.

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3 French Athletes Die In Helicopter Crash While Filming Reality TV Show

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

France is mourning the loss of three athletes in a TV reality show — the second deadly incident in as many years. Many are left wondering if such shows go too far in their effort to boost ratings.

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Italy's Top Court Upholds Berlusconi's Acquittal In 'Bunga Bunga' Case

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Last year an appeals court overturned the seven-year sentence against the controversial former Italian leader. Judges on the Court of Cassation backed that decision Tuesday.

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