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Ecuador's Answer To The Global Cocoa Shortage

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

The world is running out of chocolate. A scientist in Ecuador has come up with a solution. But if you love chocolate, you might not like it.

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Ukraine's President Appeals For U.N. Help To Maintain Truce

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

The president urges the U.N. to deploy peacekeepers to the eastern part of his country to help bolster the cease-fire. Renee Montagne talks to reporter Alec Luhn in eastern Ukraine about the truce.

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Whatever Floats Your Goat: Asian Languages Interpret Lunar Year Animal Differently

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the sheep. Or is it the goat? Varied English translations will give you a different answer for which animal symbolizes this Lunar New Year.

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Tens Of Thousands Mark Argentine Prosecutor's Mysterious Death

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

Before Alberto Nisman could give his testimony to congress implicating Argentina's president in a cover up of a 1994 bombing, he was found dead with a bullet to the head.

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Italian Island Bears The Brunt Of Migrant Surge From Libya

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

Italy has recently rescued more than 2,000 migrants off Libya's coast. The holding center on Lampedusa can't handle the surge. Authorities worry Islamist militants might arrive amid the migrants.

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Kidnappings Inspire Photojournalist Lynsey Addario's Memoir

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, who has survived kidnappings in Iraq and Libya, talks to Renee Montagne about her new book, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.

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Captivated Afghans Watch Cricket Team's World Cup Debut

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

In Afghanistan, an unlikely sport has grabbed the nation's attention. Cricket only took root there a few decades ago, and only took off after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

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Chocolate Makeover: Nestle Dumps Artificial Colorings

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:26am

The food giant says it's removing artificial flavors and colorings from all of its chocolate candies. The move is part of a broader push by food firms to meet growing demand for natural ingredients.

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Iran's Jews: It's Our Home And We Plan To Stay

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:25am

Iran's Jewish population has dropped dramatically since the 1979 Islamic revolution. But nearly 9,000 Jews remain and many say they've built comfortable lives and learned to accept the limitations.

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For The First Time, An Afghan First Lady Steps Into The Spotlight

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:23am

In a country where women are seen but not often heard, Rula Ghani intends to play a prominent role. The wife of Afghanistan's new president hopes to help the country's most vulnerable people.

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Why A Court Once Ordered Kids Vaccinated Against Their Parents' Will

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:23am

Measles infected hundreds of children at a church in Philadelphia whose members didn't believe in modern medicine. In a rare step, health officials moved to compel the families to vaccinate the kids.

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Never Seen And Sometimes Barely Heard, Loopers Fill In Hollywood's Soundtrack

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:22am

In movies, crowd noise, hospital waiting room chatter and bar room brawl sounds are created by voice actors called loopers. "If it's done right, you shouldn't even notice it," one sound mixer says.

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Chinese Tourists Rename Famous British Landmarks

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:18am

Britain wants a bigger share of the market for Chinese tourists. The tourist board VisitBritain held a a contest on Chinese social media to give Chinese names to British landmarks.

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Is That A Seal? No, It's A Man Who Collapsed In The Snow

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:34am

In Nova Scotia, Gerald Whitman crashed his car in a blizzard. He told the CBC he decided to walk. Charlie Parker, who was shoveling snow, found him face down and brought him inside to wait for help.

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How ISIS Has Expanded Beyond Its Syrian Stronghold

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State appears to be expanding again, with a presence in North Africa and Afghanistan. Three NPR correspondents discuss the evolution of the group.

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'You Are Invited:' Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Iran often seems conflicted about its future. Last week, a big rally included the usual anti-American rhetoric, while the following day marked the opening of an international tourism exhibit.

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Examining The Entourage Effect

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

New psychological research explores a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. We hear why people like to create their own entourages.

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Minneapolis' Plan Designed To Combat Recruiting By Radical Groups

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism focuses on the homeland. Minneapolis unveils its plan Wednesday. Its Somali-American community has lost dozens of men to terrorist recruiters.

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ISIS Appears To Be Expanding Its Reach

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, appears to be popping up across the Middle East and beyond. Is ISIS growing in strength or is something else taking place?

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Gallup Ranks Red And Blue States

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Gallup has released its list of the most Democratic and most Republican states in the nation. We'll look at which states made the list and why.

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