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Next U.S. President Faces A Middle East 'In Turmoil'

Foreign policy hasn't been a major focus this election season, but whoever wins will face a delicate tangle of issues in the region. On top of a major decision about Iran, the U.S. must deal with a new government in Egypt, an intensifying war in Syria, and nervous allies in the Persian Gulf.
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S. Africa Mine Dispute Surfaces Other Issues

A deadly dispute over pay and conditions has left 44 people dead in South Africa. Striking miners are refusing to go back to work until their demands are met. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the latest repercussions.
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From War To Competition: Vets In Paralympics

Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence about the 2012 Paralympic Games and the achievements of American athletes who are also veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Istanbul, A City Of Spies In Fact And Fiction

Turkish officials recently arrested several suspected Iranian spies. But these cases are but a pale echo of Turkey's heyday as a mecca for spies. During World War II, Istanbul was a crossroads that swarmed with agents. It has inspired authors from Eric Ambler to John le Carre — a tradition that continues today.
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Yet Again, Congo Faces The Specter Of Civil War

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been awash in rebel groups for nearly two decades. An emerging force, M23, controls a large swathe of territory in Congo's troubled east.
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America's Best Chefs Answer The Call To Serve Their Nation

The State Department is deploying a new, elite force onto the precarious stage of international diplomacy. More than 80 top chefs from across the nation were inducted into the first-ever American Chef Corps on Friday.
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Europe Debt Plan Raises Hopes, With Much To Do

Once again this week, European officials sat down and tried to figure out what to do about the debt crisis. Investors seem to like the plan they came up with, and stock prices rose. But the program still faces hurdles, including a major court ruling in Germany next week. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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