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A Young Afghan War Survivor Touches Two American Lives

Last year, two sisters took in Arefa, a badly burned Afghan girl, while she received medical treatment in the U.S. The sisters were ecstatic to host a goofier and wigglier Arefa during a return visit this summer, but they say the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan may make future reunions difficult.
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Optimism Surrounds Iranian President's Visit To New York

Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has made several significant moves since his election, from releasing several political prisoners to taking responsibility for nuclear negotiations out of the National Security Council and moving it to the Foreign Ministry. President Obama says it's time to "test" Iran's willingness to negotiate.
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Kenyan Officials Say They Have Control Of Mall Siege

At least 62 people were killed and 175 were wounded when Islamist gunmen attacked the most high-profile shopping mall in East Africa, Kenyan officials say. The siege began Saturday, and by Monday afternoon authorities said Kenyan security forces were in control of the building.
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A Primer On The Somali Terrorist Group Al-Shabab

What is al-Shabab? Melissa Block speaks with J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center and co-author of the book Somalia: Fixing Africa's Most Failed State, about the Somali Islamic extremist group that has claimed responsibility for the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya.
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Al-Shabab, Once Thought Weakened, Is Still A Threat

The group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at an upscale shopping mall in Kenya operates out of Somalia. Al-Shabab had been thought to be weakened after years of fighting inside Somalia, but the group maintains a core of loyal fighters.
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Somalia's Al-Shabab: 4 Things To Know

The group that claimed responsibility for the attack on the mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, began as a militia fighting in Somalia. But it has evolved into an al-Qaida affiliate that views Somalia as a front in the war against the West.
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High-Level Meeting Set Between Kerry, Iranian Counterpart

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are expected to meet Thursday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. It's the highest-level meeting between the two countries in six years.
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Escaping The Kenya Mall Attack

Al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility for a mall attack in Kenya over the weekend. More than 60 people were killed. Host Michel Martin speaks with reporter Jason Straziuso of The Associated Press, whose friends were inside the mall when the attack took place.
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Who Is al-Shabab?

Host Michel Martin speaks to Mary Harper, author of Getting Somalia Wrong to learn more about al-Shabab, the group claiming responsibility for this weekend's mall attack in Kenya.
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Typhoon Usagi Destroys Homes, Causes Dozens Of Deaths In China

The typhoon, which stormed ashore north of Hong Kong on Sunday evening, has been blamed for at least 25 deaths in south China's Guangdong province. Some 8,490 houses reportedly collapsed in the typhoon's winds, officials say.

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