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White House Worries Extremists Are Winning The Propaganda War

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 4:04am

The Obama administration's effort to counter violent extremism includes trying to find a way to fight the messages of sectarian strife coming from groups like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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The World Could Be On The Verge Of Losing A Powerful Malaria Drug

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:36am

Malaria parasites in Myanmar are learning how to fend off the incredibly effective drug called artemisinin. That could cause a lot of problems there — and beyond.

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Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:35am

In the 1960s, Bill Jones was the first single man to adopt a child in California. His son died of an overdose at 30. Jones says he still feels sad about the loss, but never regrets adopting his son.

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Iranians Wait And Wonder If A New Dawn Is Coming

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:34am

NPR's Steve Inskeep profiles three Iranians who discuss their dreams — and hopes that have been dashed previously.

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More Muslim Groups Voice Willingness To Combat Extremism In Their Faith

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:33am

Many leaders are reluctant to say al-Qaida's or ISIS' terrorism has roots in Islam. But some Muslims say the time has come to acknowledge an extremist strain in the religion, and to combat it.

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For Students In Ohio, A Crib Sheet For Interacting With Police

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:31am

In Akron, Ohio, some students made a reference card designed to improve relations between the community and police. It offers tips on how to behave — and how to report police misconduct.

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Mayor Who Got Bit By Groundhog Loses Primary Election

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:30am

On Groundhog Day in Sun Prairie, Wis., Mayor Jonathan Freund got bit by the rodent and the video went viral. This week he lost a primary election, finishing third in a field of three

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Massachusetts Seminary Doesn't Give Up Joking For Lent

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:22am

Having had enough of postponements due to recent snow storms, the Andover Newton Theological School put out a statement jokingly suggesting it would postpone Lent a week.

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Safety Fears Force Changes To Mount Everest Route

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

The new route will bypass the area where 16 Sherpa guides were killed last year, and perhaps offer a safer path to the summit. Renee Montagne talks to Pete Athans, a veteran of Everest.

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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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