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Remembering The Relics And Rich History Of Mosul, Before ISIS

When NPR's Alice Fordham visited Mosul in 2010, bird droppings and rain were the biggest threats to its archaeological sites. Now ISIS has destroyed artifacts that had endured for millennia.
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Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

The planned reopening was moved up following the release of a video showing self-declared Islamic State extremists destroying priceless ancient artifacts in the Mosul museum.
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While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

A hot wind blows from the Sahara Desert across West Africa each winter. This year, the clouds of sand are so thick that flights are grounded, cocoa trees are suffering and everyone has a cough.
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Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

The organization, an offshoot of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood, controls the Gaza Strip.
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West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

The opposition leader and harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down in public on Friday.
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Boris Nemtsov, Shot Friday, Was A Vehement Anti-Putin Critic

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in Moscow Friday night. Nemtsov was a longtime opposition leader and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin. Putin condemned the killing.
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Tiny Hungarian Village Puts Itself Up For Hire

Planning an event? There's an entire village in Hungary that's available for rent. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Barabara Balogh, the village of Megyer's sales manager, about how to book the town.
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More U.S.-Cuba Talks Ahead, Including Human Rights Dialogue

The United States hosted a second round of talks with Cuba aimed at restoring diplomatic ties and re-opening embassies.
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Report Urges Britain To Take Small-Claims Cases Online

Instead of settling low-value civil cases in court, a new report from the Civil Justice Council says these disputes should be settled online. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author, Richard Susskind.
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Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'

Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.

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