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Friday News Roundup - International

The U.S. and NATO agree to a plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan, as the Taliban launches a series of audacious attacks around the country and the U.S. military faces a new scandal over the behavior of soldiers on tour; U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warns that the situation in Syria is "highly precarious" despite a brokered ceasefire; new concern over Egypt's transition to democracy after several opposition figures are banned from running for president; and questions arise over international maritime rules after a cruise ship fails to rescue three fishermen lost at sea. Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera, Courtney Kube of N.B.C. and Michael Hirsh of National Journal join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
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What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.
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Jim Gilmore, Who Was Campaigning For President, Isn't Anymore

He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there's a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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