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2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

As part of a series on hashtag activism in 2014, Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Open Society Foundation. Ezekwesili was one of the early promoters of the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, about schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April.
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What Has Changed Since Airstrikes Against ISIS Began?

The U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS has been going on for nearly five months. Audie Cornish speaks to Eric Schmitt of The New York Times about how militants' capabilities have changed.
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How Donald Duck Helps Swedes Celebrate Christmas

Every year on Christmas Eve, Swedish families gather around to watch Donald Duck's Christmas special on TV.
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Islamic State Captures Jordanian Pilot In Syria

Jordan says one of its pilots was captured by the self-titled Islamic State in Syria. The plane crashed while the pilot was conducting airstrikes against the militants. The U.S. military is trying to determine the cause of the crash.
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A Blizzard Of Cash: Christmas Comes Early To Hong Kong

Drivers and pedestrians leapt into busy Hong Kong traffic to scoop up millions of dollars of bills spilled by a security van. Much of it has not been returned.
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Japanese Artist Indicted For 'Vagina Kayak'

Provocative artist Megumi Igarashi has been arrested twice in Japan this year for distributing data that lets people make a 3-D printed kayak that incorporates a model of her genitals.
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U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters And Cost $1 Billion

Spending exceeds $8 million per day. Operation Inherent Resolve, as the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State is known, is getting its own inspector general to oversee government costs.
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China's Fierce Anti-Corruption Crackdown: An Insider's View

China's president has pushed hard to combat corruption. But he's meeting resistance from some bureaucrats who say their incomes have fallen because bribes are less common.
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Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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25 Years After Death, A Dictator Still Casts A Shadow In Romania

Nicolae Ceausescu ruled with an iron fist for 25 years until he was overthrown and executed on Christmas Day in 1989. A quarter-century after his ouster, the country is still dealing with his legacy.

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