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What's A Caliphate?

A supreme religious leader led Sunni Muslims for centuries, but the last caliphate ended nearly 100 years ago. Now Islamic radicals in Syria and Iraq claim they have re-created it.
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Local Immigration Activists Blast Fast Track Deportation Plan

The White House is expected to call on Congress to address the country's immigration crisis by fasting the deportation of 60,000 children detained after crossing the border, prompting an outcry from local immigration activists.

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2 American Men Will Likely Face Trial In North Korea

A trial date for the two, who were traveling separately when they were arrested this spring, hasn't yet been announced.
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ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit

The plan was unveiled one day before the Iraqi parliament will hold its first meeting since the April 30 national elections.
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China Tries To Establish Foothold In Zambia, Tanzania

Africa is big business for China. Howard French, author of China's Second Continent, talks to Steve Inskeep about why some African countries are of particular interest to Chinese leaders.
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Obama To Request $2 Billion To Deal With Border Issue

The huge numbers of illegal migrant children has overwhelmed detention center. His request comes at a time when GOP leaders say Obama's idea of flexibility means taking the law into his own hands.
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In Unofficial Referendum, Hong Kong Voters Demand Change

Residents of the Chinese territory went to the polls for democratic change. The vote was not binding, but organizers are threatening mass demonstrations if the results aren't heeded.
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Delta, Alaska Airlines Fight For Market Share In Seattle

Delta Air Lines is building up its Seattle operation into a gateway to Asia. That's good for Western travelers but not so good for the bottom line of Delta's partner, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.
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In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence

Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. — especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.
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Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.

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