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Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014

The Afghans will elect a new president, and the U.S. combat mission will end. There are worries about a resurgent Taliban, the fragile economy and the future of women's rights. In short, Afghans are concerned about most everything.
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The Tragic Number That Got Us All Talking About Our Clothing

As 2013 wraps up, NPR is looking at the numbers that tell this year's story. The number 1,134 got us all talking about where our clothes come from, who's making it, and under what conditions. It's the official death toll of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.
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In Gas-Rich And Fast-Growing Qatar, A Focus On Food Security

The Gulf nation of Qatar has nearly depleted its groundwater, and will increasingly need to import food. Some farms still operates on ground water, but in the long haul, Qatar is counting on desalination and using money to import food.
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Venezualan Flights Are Dirt Cheap ... If You Can Get A Ticket

The good news is that air travel to and from Venezuela is dirt cheap due to the difference between the official cost of tickets and the black-market currency rate. The bad news is that many flights are booked up months in advance.
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Syria's War Creates A Market For Artificial Legs

Before Syria's civil war, there was no real need for a clinic that could teach the disabled how to walk on artificial legs. Now there's huge demand, not only for the legs, but also for training.
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Thai Government Says It Won't Postpone Parliamentary Elections

Citing violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters, the country's Election Commission asked for a delay in the Feb. 2 vote.
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American Kidnapped By Al-Qaida In Pakistan Seen In Video

Warren Weinstein, 72, was snatched from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, more than two years ago. In a video sent to news outlets by al-Qaida's media wing, Weinstein is heard appealing to President Obama to negotiate his release.
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Revealing The Sometimes Ugly Truth Of Nigera

Chinelo Okparanta was born in Nigeria and raised in the U.S. as a Jehovah's Witness. She talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about sharing the truth of her home country, even if it's ugly.
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Greenpeace Activists Start Getting Visas To Leave Russia

As the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach, Russian officials are freeing some high-profile prisoners. Critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin say he's just trying to burnish his nation's reputation.
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Japan's Abe May Have Hoped To Anger Others With Shrine Visit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid his respects Thursday at a Shinto shrine where war criminals are among those honored. China and South Korea protested. The U.S. expressed its disappointment. Analysts say Abe's nationalist agenda may be well served by the diplomatic dust-up.

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