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In Syria, Conflict In Cyberspace Complements Ground War

The Syrian civil war is raging on the battlefield, but it's also raging online. While the rebels have gone online to recruit fighters and coordinate with allies, forces supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime have employed malware to infiltrate and track them. Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher at the University of Toronto who's following the cyber conflict in Syria, talks to Robert Siegel about the way the digital war is being waged.
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Of 2.3 Million Syrians Displaced By Civil War, 45 Found Home In U.S.

Audie Cornish talks to Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard about the United States' role in resettling Syrian refugees.
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New Year's Eve: Dubai Puts On A Record-Setting Fireworks Show

Organizers of what is expected to be certified as the world's largest fireworks display ever put on a show in Dubai that was seen by thousands Tuesday, as viewers turned out to celebrate the new year and watch a huge spectacle.
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MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson

On a segment of the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, panelists captioned a photo of Romney's family, which included his adopted grandson. Cue the jokes, the Internet backlash and the apology.
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Deported Parents Struggle To Regain Custody

An estimated 5,000 children in the U.S. have been placed in foster care after their parents were deported. Regaining custody can be very difficult for deportees. Host Michel Martin talks with Candi Mayes of the Dependency Legal Group of San Diego, and KPBS reporter Jill Replogle.
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As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

Since June, we've been "live-tweeting" moments from 1963 as if they were happening today. That includes "replays" of the March on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing and President Kennedy's assassination.
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Syria To Miss Deadline To Remove Chemical Weapons Stockpile

Today is the deadline for Syria to hand over about 500 tons of ingredients for its chemical weapons including the deadliest: Sarin and mustard gas. Renee Montagne talks to Ake Sellstrom, who headed the U.N. team of inspectors investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
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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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