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The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.
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Amid Violence, Iraq Fractures Again Along Religious Lines

Nearly a decade ago, Iraq's war drove millions from their homes and divided the country along sectarian lines. It's happening again in response to the latest brutality by the Islamic State.
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Hotel Looking For Guests With Social Media Clout

The luxury hotel in Stockholm will let you stay for free if you have 2,000 friends on Facebook, or 100,000 fans on Instagram.
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New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.
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White House To Find Successor To Defense Secretary Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation on Monday. He will stay on until his replacement is found. Why did Hagel resign, and what does it mean for the Obama administration's policies?
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What's Preventing A Nuclear Deal With Iran?

Renee Montagne talks to Hooman Majd, an Iranian-American journalist, who writes extensively about Iran. An interim deal between Iran and Western powers was struck more than a year ago.
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Britain To Announce Sweeping Counterterrorism Legislation

The British government plans to introduce measures it says will help authorities combat terrorism. The proposed legislation includes a ban on insurance companies covering the cost of ransom demands.
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Kerry Urges Congress To Ease Up On Iran Nuclear Negotiators

Secretary of State John Kerry is urging lawmakers to give diplomats some more time to negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans are skeptical of the administration's overtures to Tehran.
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As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.
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Islamist Al Shabab Militants Kill 28 In Kenya Bus Attack

Kenya says its forces have killed more than 100 suspected Islamist militants following the weekend's deadly attack on a Kenyan bus. The Al Shabab militants, however, say that whomever the Kenyans got, it wasn't them. In the weekend attack, gunmen pulled people off a bus and killed 28 of them.

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