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Fighting In South Sudan Forces Residents To Seek Safety

Some 10,000 people have died in South Sudan since the fighting began there last month. David Greene talks to Elke Leidel, the South Sudan country director for Concern Worldwide about the view on the ground in South Sudan.
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'Pious Spy' Article Casts Doubt On Taliban Chief's Death

Qari Ahmadullah was the Taliban's minister of intelligence. He held great power in Afghanistan, using mullahs to inform on the people. He was supposedly killed by the United States in an airstrike, but a piece in Harpers Magazine raises the question of whether he may still be alive. Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne talks to journalist Mujib Mashal, whose piece is called "The Pious Spy."
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Turkish Scandal Shines Light On 'Shadowy' Muslim Leader

A corruption scandal in Turkey is focusing attention on a feud between the country's ruling party and its former ally the Gulen Movement. Fetullah Gulen is a moderate Islamic cleric living in the U.S., whose followers run private schools and think tanks around the world. The fight among Turkey's religious elite is sparking new interest in the man said to be behind an unofficial but very powerful Muslim network.
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Despite Dim Prospects, Syrian Exodus To Germany Continues

Germany is one of the few EU countries that has welcomed Syrians fleeing civil war. But it offers refuge only to a few thousand out of the millions who need it. And it actually deported Syrian asylum-seekers last year because of treaty requirements. Still, Syrians are risking their lives to get there.
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Prison Violence Spills Into Brazilian Streets

Decapitation, rape and murder headline violence in the overcrowded prisons in one of Brazil's poorest states, the bastion of a politically powerful family. Recently, the violence has even spilled out of the prisons and into the streets.
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Indian Diplomat At Center Of Row With U.S. Indicted, Leaves Country

Devyani Khobragade was accused of lying on a visa application about how much she paid her maid in New York. But her arrest sparked outrage in India and caused tensions with the U.S.
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French Court Rules Controversial Comedian's Show Can Go Ahead

Authorities want to ban Dieudonne M'bala M'bala's performances because of perceived anti-Semitism. They say his trademark straight-arm gesture, known as a "quenelle," is a reverse Nazi salute. He denies the charge, calling it anti-Zionist and anti-establishment. But Dieudonne has seven prior convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech.
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Rare Horses Released In Spain As Part Of 'Rewilding' Effort

Two-dozen endangered horses were brought to an unfenced area of western Spain that's believed to have once been native territory for them.
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While U.S. Shivers, Australia And Brazil Sizzle

While it's been extremely cold in the U.S., it's been extremely hot in some parts of the Southern Hemisphere. So hot, in fact, that bats are dropping out of trees Down Under.
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Pakistani Teen Dies Stopping Bomber From Striking School

Fifteen-year-old Aitizaz Hasan is being hailed as a hero for his action earlier this week. A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a Shiite-dominated part of Hangu town.

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