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Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.
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Cargo Ship With Hundreds Of Migrants Was Headed Toward Italian Cliffs

Robert Siegel talks to Italian Red Cross spokesperson Mimma Antonacci, who was in Gallipoli, Italy, to assess the situation of the migrants rescued from a cargo ship.
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Cuban-Americans Cautiously Optimistic About U.S. Relations

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with writer Achy Obejas about Cuban-American response to changes in U.S.-Cuba relations.
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International Revelers Ring In The New Year

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro checks in with three people from all over the world who have already rung in the new year.
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The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.
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After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.
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Palestinians Seek To Join International Criminal Court

Membership in the ICC could allow the Palestinians a means to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. But the move is likely to draw sharp response from Israel and the U.S.
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Fallen Heroes: A Tribute To The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola

The virus has taken a tragic toll in their ranks. At hospitals and clinics, their photos are displayed along with messages from their friends and family: "May you rest in perfect peace."
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A Son Is Lost Without His Mother. So Is A Country

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh is hailed as a hero in Nigeria. She and her team refused to release an Ebola patient who was demanding to leave the hospital. But her dedication came at a cost.
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Obama's Iran Remarks Labeled Conciliatory, Naive

In an interview with NPR, the president left open the door to reopen the embassy in Tehran, called Iran's defense concerns "legitimate" and said it could become a "successful regional power."

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