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A Story of Kidnapping and Survival in Somalia

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It was August 23, 2008 when journalist Amanda Lindhout and her partner Nigel Brennen were were kidnapped in Somalia.They remained in captivity for 460 days. Amanda Lindhout is the author of a new book about her experience called “A House in the Sky” and she joins The Takeaway to discuss her experience.

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With Generational Shift, the Sharing Economy Flourishes | Rep. Westmoreland Weighs In On Budget Battles | Are Bicycle Shares Good for Business?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Janet Yellen and the Future of the Fed | Rep. Westmoreland Weighs In On Budget Battles | As Election Season Heats Up, Mayors Run Unchallenged in Many Cities | Bill McKibben on Confronting Climate Change | Are Bicycle Shares Good for Business? | With Generational Shift, the Sharing Economy Flourishes | ...

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Did Egypt’s Military Ever Stop Running Egypt?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In June 2012, Egypt saw its first democratically elected president: Mohammed Morsi. But just one year later, President Morsi was overthrown and Egypt’s military was back in charge. The Takeaway talks with FRONTLINE correspondent, and co-founder and Editor-at-Large of the GlobalPost, Charles Sennott, about the implications of Egypt’s troubled revolution and the lessons that the U.S. and its allies should learn as they push for stability in Syria.

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Twitter Files for #SecretIPO

Friday, September 13, 2013

On Thursday, Twitter announced that it has filed paperwork for an initial public offering. The tweet surprised investors and employees alike. David Gelles, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, discusses Twitter's path forward.

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Bulgaria Closes Cold War 'Umbrella Murder' Case

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Georgi Markov was killed in 1978 at a bus stop in London, where an assassin wielding a ricin-tipped umbrella jabbed him in the thigh.

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Prince William Musters Out: He's Leaving The Military

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Duke of Cambridge, a new father and second in line to the throne, is leaving after seven years in the RAF. "Flight Lt. Wales" has been a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. He'll now focus on his royal duties and charity work.

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Fears of Global Population Boom Overblown

Thursday, September 12, 2013

According to a United Nations estimate, the global population is expected to balloon to 10 billion by the year 2100, which has naturally caused people to worry. But not everyone is buying it. Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and the author of “Population 10 Billion.” He says these fears are overblown and that we shouldn't be panicking. 

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U.N. is Tested as Syria's Fate Hangs in the Balance

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Is it possible to make the U.N. work as Secretary Kerry and his Russian counterpart meet in Geneva? Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg, says we should not lose sight of how to bring the civil war to an end in Syria, and that trying to get a resolution on chemical weapons through the United Nations Security Council is an exercise in futility.

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Solutions for Curbing the Shadow Government

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What if you knew that the government had a massive secret master plan outlining its response to a series of improbable disasters? William Arkin is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and the author of the new book "American Coup: How a Terrified Government is Destroying the Constitution." In this latest work he argues that secret American programs could be destroying American democracy in the name of saving it.

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UPDATED: U.S. Rejects Assad's Timetable For A Chemical Weapons Deal

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry said despite the difficulties, the U.S believes a deal is workable. The Syrian leader had offered to sharing data about his chemical weapons stockpile 30 days after signing the international treaty banning their use.

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Russian Plan 'Is Just A Lie,' Syrian Rebel General Says

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Russia is "playing games. ... They know that the regime in Damascus is a criminal regime," Gen. Salim Idris tells NPR. Many Syrians, he says, "can't understand why the Russians and Iranians are supporting the [Assad] regime" and why "our friends are delaying" in coming to the opposition's aid.

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Challenging Obama, Putin Appeals Directly To Americans On Syria

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In an op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria. He countered many of the arguments Obama made 24 hours earlier in a speech to the nation.

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U.N. Report Finds Both Sides In Syria Commit War Crimes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hardened by the long fight, the report finds, both sides have attacked civilians and committed murder and torture.

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Satellite Image Suggests North Korea Is Restarting Reactor

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A photo snapped from space shows steam rising from the facility housing the 5-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon that was dismantled as part of disarmament efforts five years ago.

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Discovery Of Massive Aquifers Could Be Game Changer For Kenya

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The underground lakes were found in the most arid region of a country where 40 percent of the population lacks access to safe water.

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U.S. Troops Oppose Striking Syria, Online Survey Suggests

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Military Times asked 750 active-duty personnel about whether the U.S. should take action against the Assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons. About three-quarters said no. While not scientific, the results do echo what some military personnel have said in interviews.

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Chinese Premier Says Foreign Companies To Get 'Equal Treatment'

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday outlined a number of moves aimed at restructuring the Chinese economy and promoting moderate but sustainable growth.

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Nuclear Arms Control Expert on the Future of Assad's Stockpile

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Securing dangerous chemical weapons agents is no small task. Joining the program to discuss this is Ambassador Richard Butler, an expert on nuclear arms control and disarmament. Ambassador Butler ran the United Nations weapons inspection organization in Iraq in the late 1990's. He is currently a distinguished scholar of International Peace and Security at Penn State's School of International Affairs

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Men Convicted In India Gang Rape To Be Sentenced Friday

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty for the four men convicted of the New Delhi gang rape that took the life of a 23-year-old woman last December. The case has stirred the conscience of the nation over the treatment of its women.

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Series Reveals Underground Market For 'Re-Homing' Adoptees

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Reuters investigation has detailed the practice of shuffling unwanted children from one set of guardians to another with the government exercising little or no oversight.

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