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What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace

Early Tuesday, Israel released another group of Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent crimes against Israelis. Former prisoner Omar Masoud says the releases legitimize the peace process for Palestinians. But the family of his Israeli victim says it's unacceptable for Israel to sell "our blood as a gesture."
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Supreme Court To Take Up Campaign Finance, Abortion Protests In 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to resume work in a couple of weeks. Among other cases, the justices will be deciding the rules that govern campaign finance and they will hear arguments in cases regarding the so-called buffer zones around abortion clinics and the Affordable Care Act's requirement that for-profit companies cover contraception in their health plans.
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Remembering The Boston Marathon Lost To The Bombing

Alex Ashlock of member station WBUR covered this year's Boston Marathon, as he has for the last 13 years. He remembers when that tragic Monday in April was just another thrilling, magical morning that was shattered when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line.
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Why Being 'Gypped' Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You

You might know that the word "gypped" — often used to describe being cheated — comes from the word 'gypsy.' But less well known is the fact that it comes from derogative stereotypes about the Roma people.
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Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a study in 2012 showing that African-Americans give a larger share of their income to charities than any other group. Tracey Webb, founder of The Black Benefactors and BlackGivesBack.com, talks to host Michel Martin about African-American philanthropy.
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Egyptian Authorities Detain Foreign Journalists

The crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has begun netting foreign journalists. A team from Al Jazeera English was detained by police on Sunday. Renee Montagne talks to Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution center in Doha about the latest developments.
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2013 Was A Breakthrough Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

In November, an agreement was reached to suspend much of Iran's nuclear program. Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will be back at the table working on a comprehensive deal to limit Iran's nuclear activity and bring an end to punitive economic sanctions. Analysts say those talks will be exponentially harder than the ones concluded this year.
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Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence

George Mitchell, the "father of hydraulic fracturing," passed away earlier this year. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold about Mitchell's invention and his somewhat progressive environmental views.
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Years Of Turmoil Weigh On Beirut As Syria Strains Lebanon

Violence from the crisis next door in Syria has been seeping into Lebanon for months. The city is also absorbing a new flood of Syrian refugees. One man who has lived in the city his whole life says it might finally be time to leave.
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'Terrorist' Label Is A Massive Setback For Muslim Brotherhood

On Wednesday, Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. New York Times Middle East reporter Kareem Fahim speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden on the latest developments from Cairo.

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