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Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria

Confusion has surrounded the departure of a group of Greek Orthodox nuns from a convent north of Damascus earlier this month. Syrian officials say radical Islamist rebels kidnapped the nuns at gunpoint. But a rebel leader who was there says the nuns' convent was under fire from government forces.
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Remembering Those Lost In 2013 (Rebroadcast)

The list of those who passed away in 2013 includes giants from the worlds of politics and popular culture. The world also said goodbye this year to many people who may have been less noticeable, but whose subtle influences affected our everyday lives -- from the inventor of the computer mouse to a legendary "door man" at a prominent Washington music venue. We reflect on the stories of those lost in 2013.

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Report: West Can Use Science To Forge Ties With Iran

The National Iranian American Council is out with a report that examines what the West can do to cultivate the resurgence of moderate forces in Iran. Steve Inskeep talks to President Trita Parsi about the council's conclusions and recommendations.
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Senators Cross Aisle To Call For New Sanctions On Iran

A bipartisan measure introduced by 13 Republicans and 13 Democrats defies the president by calling for new sanctions if Iran breaks a deal on its nuclear program.
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Lawmaker Retirement Season Starts Ahead Of 2014 Midterm Elections

It's the start of retirement season in the House as members head home after a long, difficult year. Three House members — two Republicans and a Democrat — announced their retirements from Congress this week, ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
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Target Warns Customers After Card Security Breach

David Greene talks to NPR's Elise Hu for an update on the investigation into the theft of Target customers' credit and debit card information. Up to 40 million credit card accounts and more than 1,500 stores across the country are affected.
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11,420 Children Dead In Syria's Civil War, So Far

The conflict in Syria presents many staggering figures. But the number of kids estimated dead, 11,420, seems to encapsulate the tragedy like no other. Most were killed by explosive weapons or Syrian army assaults. But a disturbing number were targeted or tortured.
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Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Think Like People

The pioneer of "deep learning" explains how computers can learn to think by mimicking the brain's system of neural networks, and how Google and others are using that ability.

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Fighting Escalates In Syria Ahead Of Peace Conference

The Syrian military is dumping explosives on the city of Aleppo. In recent days, both sides have escalated their campaigns trying to gain ground ahead of an international peace conference scheduled for January. Calls for a cease fire have gone unheeded as the humanitarian crisis within and beyond Syria's borders worsens.
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Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race

What books that touch on topics of race would you recommend to a not-so-bookish teen? A reader asks us to share our suggestions.

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