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Israel, Hamas Agree To More Talks As Truce Appears To Hold

But the two sides appeared no closer to a settlement to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip that has left nearly 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers, dead.
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Autobot$ Rule: Why Transformers 4 Is China's Box Office Champ

Transformers: Age of Extinction hauled in more than $300 million to become the country's all-time top-grossing film. A loyal and nostalgic fan base and action set in China help explain its popularity.
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Scientists Investigate Outbreak Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Sea stars, commonly referred to as starfish, are experiencing a massive die off. Sea star wasting syndrome has wiped out millions of them along the West Coast — from Mexico to Canada.
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Kurdish Forces Reclaim 2 Iraqi Cities Taken By Sunni Extremists

For the latest news out of Iraq, Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris and Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a correspondent for the news website Al-Monitor.
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What Makes A Nation Happy?

A group representing some of the world's richest countries has created an interactive online tool that invites the public to rank 11 factors that contribute to happiness.
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For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef

The French phrase mise-en-place means to gather and arrange the ingredients and tools needed for cooking. But for many culinary professionals, its organizing principles are also a way of life.
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Militias Battle In Libyan Cities As New Parliament Convenes

Three years after Moammar Gadhafi's ouster, Libya remains in political turmoil. Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz tells NPR's Arun Rath that the international community must follow through on its intervention.
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Turkey's Erdogan Wins First Direct Presidential Election

The country's prime minister for the past decade has said he wants to expand the powers of the until-now largely ceremonial post.
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West African Border Crossings On Lockdown Amid Ebola Spread

Guinea denied earlier reports that it had closed its border with neighboring Liberia, but sources on the scene say trucks are blocking the crossings.
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Entrepreneur Looks Beyond Africa's Problems To Focus On Solutions

To promote global trade, Vital Sounouvou founded a company that connects producers with traders, allowing a farmer in Benin to sell products to a buyer in South Africa — with just a cellphone.

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