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Russia Agrees To Financial Massive Bail-Out For Ukraine

Moscow has agreed to a massive financial bail-out for Ukraine, including big discounts on natural gas supplies from Russia and billions of dollars in loans. The deal will buy some time for embattled President Viktor Yanukovich, but it's unlikely to solve Ukraine's weeks-long political crisis. Tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to occupy the main square in Kiev, protesting Yanukovich's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union, and his turn toward Russia. Critics are asking what strings are attached to Russia's largesse, and economists question whether it's a good deal for anyone.
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A Storm-Lashed British Isle Famous For Church Bells, Populated By Few

The second part of NPR's series on maritime Britain begins on a small ferry en route to the storm-lashed island of Lundy. The island, just three miles long, is where pirates once awaited their prey. Today, there are just over two dozen permanent residents, all employed by a conservation organization that protects the island. Lundy has a pub, a small fire department and publishes its own stamps. Bells have been re-hung in the tower of an old gothic church, and since then some 2,000 bell ringers have made pilgrimage to the island.
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Some Competitors Say Free-Diving Needs A Safety Sea Change

Free-diving is a risky sport, involving swimming deep into the ocean without the aid of air tanks. But after a diver's death in November, some free-divers worry that the sport's governing body is still not doing enough to prevent common injuries and reel in overambitious competitors.
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How The U.S. Helped Fight The Global AIDS Epidemic

Ten years ago Congress approved a $15 billion plan to combat HIV in developing countries. Since then, the global health initiative has funded HIV treatment for nearly 7 million people and prevented hundreds of thousands of babies from getting infected during childbirth.
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Romanian Project Reunites Abandoned Children With Families

Romania continues to struggle with the legacy of abandoned children nearly a quarter-century after the fall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. A half-million-dollar program to reintegrate children into their biological families is offering material goods to participants, based on individual need.
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Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels

Most social networks require users to be at least 13. But Itay Eshet's daughter, like many kids, wanted to join Facebook when she was just 10. So Eshet created a site just for younger kids, designed to protect them from bullying and other risks while teaching them to navigate social media safely.
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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It's Not So Simple

When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. That's the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.
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India-U.S. Row Over Diplomat's Arrest in New York Escalates

At issue is the arrest last week of India's deputy consul general in New York. She is accused of using false documents to get a work visa for her Manhattan housekeeper. India is calling her arrest "despicable and barbaric," and announced retaliatory steps against U.S. diplomats in the country.
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Edward Snowden Seeks 'Permanent Political Asylum'

The former NSA contractor lives in Russia where he has temporary asylum until mid-2014. In an open letter to the people of Brazil, he says permanent political asylum would give him the ability to talk more freely. The Brazilian newspaper that published the letter says Snowden wants asylum in Brazil.
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Moon Landing Is A Major Step Forward For China

China landed its first probe on the surface of the moon over the weekend. It's the first soft-landing on the moon's surface in nearly 40 years, and a big accomplishment for China's space program.

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