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2 U.S. Soldiers Among More Than A Dozen Killed In Afghan Attacks

An Afghan Supreme Court official and 12 mine clearers were also among those killed in several attacks since late Friday.
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Oil Prices Go Down, Russia's Gold Buying Goes Up

Russia, China and other emerging market countries have been buying up large quantities of gold, something governments and individuals have done for centuries during uncertain economic times.
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Hong Kong Protesters Leave The Streets, Not Their Cause

Hong Kong's final pro-democracy protest camp was removed by the police this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Frank Langfitt about the future of the movement and relations with mainland China.
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Just Under The Surface, Palestinian Rivals Remain Bitterly Divided

The two leading Palestinian factions recently agreed to end a feud and work together. But in the Gaza Strip, the wounds have not healed from a nasty bout of infighting in 2007.
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London Men Decks Their Beards With Beads And Baubles

The hottest Christmas trend — at least according to a London ad agency — is Beard Baubles: tiny ornaments to hang on facial hair. NPR's Scott Simon ponders the ramifications of this fashion statement.
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A Michel Du Cille Disciple Remembers His Late, Great Boss

NPR's Ben de la Cruz worked for du Cille at the Washington Post. Stunned by the news of the photographer's death in Liberia, de la Cruz tells what he learned from the man with the gentle soul.
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Syrian Women Displaced By War Make Tragedy Of 'Antigone' Their Own

Sophocles' ancient Greek play chronicled a princess' plight after a horrible civil war 2,000 years ago. Syrian refugee women in Beirut are incorporating their lives into a new production of the drama.
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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.
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Japan May Be In A Post-Growth Era, With Or Without Abe

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to win snap elections this weekend. But successive Japanese governments have been unable to reverse economic stagnation and the population expected to shrink by two-thirds over the next century.
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Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Interrogation experts have tried to get shows like 24 to tone down the torture. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says that may not be as easy as it sounds.

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