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Isaac Herzog Is Netanyahu's Surprise Challenger In Israel

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Isaac Herzog doesn't have the macho profile of recent Israeli prime ministers. But Ari Shavit of Haaretz tells NPR's Rachel Martin that he's emerging as a frontrunner to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Netanyahu Maintains Focus On Iran As His Voter Support Falls

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Israel's parliamentary election is Tuesday, and so far, the race is too close to call. It's turned into a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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From Afghanistan's Rubble, A Teacher Builds A School Of Ideas

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Amid the obstructionism and violence of Afghanistan, Aziz Royesh has set up a school in Kabul that has won worldwide acclaim.

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When There's Art On The Bus, You'll Get To Your Stop Sooner

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A decade ago Kenya banned the practice of covering minibuses — called matatus — with wild images. The concern: window blockage. Now the art is making a comeback, and powerful bus owners are behind it.

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In Iraq, The Final Battle For Tikrit Is Likely To Be The Hardest

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The offensive against ISIS in Tikrit is being eyed by Iraq's various factions — including some the U.S. hopes will help take on ISIS elsewhere. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Deborah Amos in Iraq.

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Walking The Longest River In The World

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Levison Wood is an adventurer and explorer who recently walked the length of the river Nile. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Wood about his challenging — and also tragic — journey.

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How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past two decades. But does this rosy global health statistic overstate the extent of change?

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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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All Things Considered

A Glimpse Into Osama Bin Laden's Final Days

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NPR's Arun Rath talks with CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen about newly released documents revealing what life was like for Osama bin Laden in the months before he was tracked down and killed in Pakistan in 2011.

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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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Nun, Who Tried To Prevent Robbery, Gang Raped In India

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The attack on the septuagenarian occurred about 50 miles northeast of Kolkata. Officials have ordered an investigation.

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Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The U.S. is about to start training moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS militants. But Obama's plan for fighting ISIS is mute on protecting that force against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

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LOOK: Images From Forest Fire That Threatens Chilean City

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The blaze on the outskirts of Valparaiso, Chile, has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency; about 4,500 people have been evacuated from their homes.

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'Important Gaps' Remain In Nuclear Talks With Iran, Kerry Says

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The U.S. secretary of state also said he will use talks Sunday in Switzerland to assure his interlocutors that a letter from GOP senators on the validity of a nuclear deal with Iran carries no weight.

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Egyptians Fight ISIS Fear-Mongering With Punchlines And Parody

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Some Egyptians have decided to fight back against ISIS propaganda with parodies of the militant group's gruesome videos.

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Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

Saturday, March 14, 2015

As the second anniversary of his papacy nears, Pope Francis has made significant progress in bringing transparency to the Vatican's finances and Cardinal George Pell is carrying out sweeping reforms.

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New Dads In Togo Are Guaranteed Something That U.S. Dads Aren't

Saturday, March 14, 2015

It's paid paternity leave, which is the law in an increasing number of low- and middle-income countries, but not in the U.S. Research shows that time off for pops can provide lasting benefits.

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Seven Decades On, Anne Frank's Words Still Comfort

Saturday, March 14, 2015

70 years ago, Anne Frank died in a concentration camp. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the diarist, and two teenagers, Afghan refugee Asiieh Panahi and Chicagoan Sydney Falls, read from her writing.

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Palestinians Ask: The Two-State Solution Or The Two-State Illusion?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Palestinians are viewing Israeli elections with tremendous skepticism. After 20 years of on-and-off peace talks, a growing number have given up on a negotiated solution to the conflict.

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Dutch Owl's Rampage Ends Safely For All

Saturday, March 14, 2015

An owl in the Netherlands unaccountably chose rather large prey, and managed to do quite a bit of damage, but the emergency is over.

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