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In A Spanish Enclave, Women Recruit Women To Join ISIS

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The tiny Spanish territory of Ceuta has been the home of an all-female recruiting ring that helped persuade Muslim women to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to Spanish authorities.

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Trapped In Yemen's 'Armageddon,' An American Made A Dangerous Escape

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shortly after Saudi airstrikes began in Yemen, an American importer realized he was stuck in a war zone. Only with some quick thinking — and a tiny boat — did he narrowly escape back to the U.S.

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Plagued By Smog, Krakow Struggles To Break Its Coal-Burning Habit

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Russian gas is expensive, so many Poles still rely on coal. Krakow is one of the most polluted cities in the EU's most polluted country. All that coal is akin to "smoking 2,000 cigarettes per year."

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An Artist's Brainstorm: Put Photos On Those Faceless Ebola Suits

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Printers blew up. People took the photo stickers home. But in the end, art professor Mary Beth Heffernan succeeded in bringing a human face to the scary-looking protective gear.

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On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Brazil is hosting not just the Olympics in 2016 but also the Paralympics. And activists for the disabled say Rio de Janeiro has a long and potholed road ahead of it to get ready for the games.

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The Second Most Dangerous Country For Land Mines Begins To De-Mine

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As the 51-year-old civil war in Colombia winds down, efforts to find and destroy the many mines are underway.

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Obama: 'Misjudgment' To Make Iran Deal Contingent On Recognizing Israel

Monday, April 06, 2015

In an interview with NPR, the president dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that Iran recognize Israel as part of a nuclear deal.

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In Greece, Getting By On The Brink Of A Financial Meltdown

Sunday, April 05, 2015

A teacher, a student and an entrepreneur say the economic and social crisis in Athens has forced them to re-calibrate their expectations.

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President-Elect Buhari Tells Nigerians Not To Expect 'Miracles'

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Nigerians have elected a former military strongman to be their next president. Muhammadu Buhari, who insists he's a changed man, says his first order of business will be to crush Boko Haram militants.

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Energy Secretary: Iran Deal Blocks All Paths Toward Nuclear Bomb

Friday, April 03, 2015

In an interview with NPR, Ernest Moniz says the deal has expanded the time it would take Iran to make a bomb significantly — from two months to a year.

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BuzzFeed Writer's Stolen Phone Sparks Chinese Viral Sensation

Thursday, April 02, 2015

BuzzFeed writer Matt Stopera tells NPR's Melissa Block about his trip to China to meet "Brother Orange" — the man who bought Stopera's stolen iPhone and started a sensation on Chinese Twitter.

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In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much, But Not All Of City

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.

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Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran Adding Instability In Middle East

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Limited though it may be, analysts say the administration's negotiation with Iran has shaken traditional allies and left both friends and enemies uncertain about what it will do next in the region.

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Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren't even African — they're Chinese.

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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.

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Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.

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Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

Friday, March 27, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

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Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.

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Lebanon's Reality TV: Like The Kardashians, Only Less Serious

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maybe it's a sign that the U.S. does have influence in the Middle East. Lebanon's newest reality show, The Sisters, might look familiar. It features a trio of sisters who are into fashion big time.

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With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cuban baseball has been struggling. A lack of money means facilities are in disrepair. Defections mean some of the best players have left. But new relations with the U.S. may mean new opportunities.

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