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Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

Archaeologists are now mapping a wall in eastern China that is as much as 15 feet tall in some places, and predates the more famous barrier by 300 years. Hundreds of miles long, it was likely erected to keep neighboring Chinese dynasties from invading each other, historians say.
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No Al-Qaida Link In Benghazi Attack, 'New York Times' Reports

The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in the Libyan city on Sept. 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The newspaper says the attack was led by local fighters and was fueled in large part by anger at a video denigrating Islam.
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Student Killed In Clashes At Egyptian University

The violence at Al-Azhar university between police and students who support the Muslim Brotherhood comes amid a government crackdown against the organization. The crackdown is being intensified ahead of a constitutional referendum next month.
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'Smell Of Death' Lingers In South Sudanese City

Heavy fighting in recent days between rebels and government-backed forces has created a wasteland in the South Sudan city of Malakal. Dead bodies line the streets and thousands of refugees are without food as U.N. peacekeepers struggle to assess the needs here. Host Arun Rath talks to NPR's Gregory Warner, who is traveling with U.N. officials in Malakal.
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Who Will Lead The Middle East Out Of Turmoil?

2013 was a dismal year in the Middle East. More than two years after the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the region has largely descended into chaos and violence. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Marc Lynch, a Middle East analyst at George Washington University.
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What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem

Jews, Muslims and tourists just trying to avoid sunburn all have their own distinct headwear in Jerusalem. NPR's Emily Harris takes us on a shopping tour in the Holy Land.
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Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer

A senior official in South Sudan said Saturday that government troops will attack the main rebel stronghold if the rebels turn down a proposed cease-fire. The government had offered a truce on Friday to end two weeks of ethnic violence that has killed more than a thousand people.
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The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.
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As The Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape

Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? It's only human to wonder what the future will hold, especially on the threshold of a new year. In one German tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water — then it's anyone's guess what the strange shapes portend.
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Christmas Amid Typhoon Haiyan's Ruins

A month after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, killing thousands and destroying many homes, rescue workers are helping the community to rebuild the area and get people back on their feet. But many celebrated this holiday season without gifts or electricity. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Save the Children aid worker Katie Seaborne to get the latest on the rebuilding effort.

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