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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A ... Guy In A Giraffe Suit?

In Scotland, a guy was "on the loo" one day when he wondered what it would be like to dress us as a giraffe and then go around performing random acts of kindness. Six months later, he's something of a national sensation.
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Gaza Returns Rockets For Israeli Airstrikes

The conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip continues to escalate after Israeli airstrikes flattened key targets in Gaza and Palestinian rockets threatened deeper into Israel than ever before.
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Iron Dome Embraces Tel Aviv As Residents Take Cover

Sirens have beachgoers diving into the sand and pedestrians ducking behind cars in a city that has not seen a rocket strike in more than two decades. Israel's political and military echelons are calling for a harsh response.
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Hamas Remains Defiant As Fighting Escalates

Overnight, Israel stepped up its air assault against rocket launches from Gaza. Friday, Palestinians showed for the first time they could send a weapon into Jerusalem, and Israel is threatening a ground invasion. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Anthony Kuhn about the continuing airstrikes in Gaza.
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Renewed Violence In Gaza A Test For New Leaders

As violence intensifies between Israelis and Palestinians, politics is playing a big role in how governments in the region are reacting. Israel has an election coming up, while Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is navigating new territory and Syria is hoping for a distraction. Host Scott Simon talks with Rob Malley of the International Crisis Group.
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Sierra Leone's Diamonds Still A Source Of Contention

Blood diamonds, as they were once known, helped fuel atrocities in both Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia. While no longer termed "conflict diamonds," they remain a divisive issue for the small West African nation.
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Secretary Of State Speculation Turns Up Heat On Rice

President Obama hasn't even named his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who plans to step down at the end of this term. But there's already been a lot of heated rhetoric this week over one of the front-runners, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
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Petraeus Testifies On Benghazi At Closed Hearing

Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill on Friday. In his first appearance since he resigned from the CIA over an extramarital affair, Petraeus, briefed members of Congress on the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The secret session focused, according to members of Congress, on how the attack began and whether the Obama administration mischaracterized events.
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Despite Taboo, Jordanians Call For King's Removal

Thousands of demonstrators went back onto the streets of Amman and other Jordanian cities on Friday. The protests were sparked by fuel price hikes, but some are now calling for the downfall of King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in the region.

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