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Toll From Japanese Volcano Reaches 48 Dead

Mount Ontake, located about 125 miles west of Tokyo, unexpectedly belched toxic gas last week as scores of people hiked near the summit.
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ISIS Militants Reportedly Behead Kurds In Northern Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Islamic State militants killed the seven men and four women near the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani.
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Hong Kong Protesters Vow To Step Up Pro-Democracy Campaign

With the territory's leader, Leung Chun-ying, refusing to step down, some demonstrators say they will move next to occupy key government buildings.
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Secret Talks And Back Channels Pervaded U.S. Relationship With Cuba

The new book Back Channel to Cuba reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba.
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Freed From Prison After Hunger Strike, Reporter Leaves Egypt

Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah Elshamy staged a hunger strike for 147 days in prison and was eventually force fed. He tells Steve Inskeep he was tortured but was never charged with any crimes.
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Activists In Hong Kong Use Holiday To Amass More Protesters

Protesters in Hong Kong are demanding universal suffrage. The latest protests coincide with the 65th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, a holiday.
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Hong Kong Protests: The Bigger Picture

Audie Cornish talks to Hong Kong University Law Professor Michael Davis about the roots of the pro-democracy protests there, and the Chinese government's stake in the outcome.
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Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

Applying to the program for immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children provides a work permit and prevents deportation, but costs $465. Mexico is helping some of its citizens with that cost.
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Israel Justice Minister: U.S. Shouldn't Give Up On Palestinian Peace Process

Robert Siegel speaks with Tzipi Livni, the Israeli Minister of Justice and the country's chief negotiator with the Palestinians, about the future of the failed peace process.
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U.S.-Afghanistan Security Agreement Receives Mixed Reaction

Rachel Martin talks to U.S. ambassador James Cunningham and Sarah Chayes of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about Afghanistan's new government and joint security agreement.

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