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Israel's Sharon Fights For Life, But Doctors 'Pessimistic'

The head of the hospital where Ariel Sharon is being treated says the former Israeli prime minister is "fighting like a lion," but his condition is still critical. The 85-year-old has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006.
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At Least 20 Dead In Baghdad Blasts; Fighting In Anbar Continues

A wave of blasts in the capital targeted Shiite areas. The attacks come as Sunni militants step up their campaign against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Qaida-linked militants have taken over parts of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province.
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Kerry Cites Progress In Mideast Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry is back in the Middle East, trying to spark some momentum in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. There's a sense of urgency on the trip, but the leaders on both sides are far from ready to sign an agreement.
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Iraq's Anbar Province Under Threat From Al-Qaida

Heavy fighting has been reported in the Anbar province of Iraq this week. NPR's Arun Rath speaks to Middle East specialist Kirk Sowell about what it means.
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Listening To The Voices Of The 'Unfinished' Arab Spring

The Arab Spring was a seismic event in the Arab world and beyond. But after the initial democratic shockwaves, how much has changed? A new collection of essays, Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices From Tunis to Damascus, looks back on the revolution and ahead at the ongoing struggle. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with editor Matthew Cassel and contributor Yasmine El Rashidi.
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Campaign Finance, Executive Power, Birth Control Await 2014 Court

The Supreme Court resumes hearing oral arguments this month. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Tom Goldstein, co-founder and publisher of SCOTUSblog, about the court's term so far and the cases to be decided in the New Year.
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Transgender Issues Follow Path Blazed By Gay Rights

Some gay and lesbian activists say 2013 was "the gayest year ever," but as 2014 opens, another issue is gaining traction — transgender rights.
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Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art

How should you tell your friends that you're in friend-love with them? Sakugawa, the artist and author of I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You shares what inspires her work.
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Amy Sedaris Plays 'Not My Job'

Actress, comedian and writer Amy Sedaris plays our game called "Drinking this much will win me a Pulitzer Prize, or make not winning a lot easier to take."
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Not My Job: Comedian Jeff Garlin Gets Quizzed On The IgNobels

Every year, the Journal of Improbable Research gives out its IgNobel Prizes, for groundbreaking scientific research into important but neglected areas of knowledge. We'll ask Garlin about three of those winners. (Originally broadcast on Sept. 20, 2013.)

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