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In Venezuela, A Candidate Out Of Left Field

Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday in local elections. A strong opposition showing could force the increasingly authoritarian presidency of Nicolas Maduro to change course. Among the candidates: a former Major League Baseball player-turned rapper.
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Hagel Arrives In Afghanistan, Has No Plans To Meet With Karzai

The U.S. and Afghanistan have been at odds over a security agreement that allows U.S. troops to remain in the country past 2014. Hagel also met with leaders of Gulf nations to assure them the U.S. is not abandoning those ties in favor of a nuclear deal with Iran.
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As We Memorialize Mandela, Remember Those Who Stood With Him

By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few giants on the world stage. As NPR's Scott Simon remembers, he was not alone in offering his life for freedom, so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.
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With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe

Many Syrians fled their country and took refuge just across the border, planning to wait out the war. But now, a growing number are working with smugglers to get to northern Europe. The Syrians say they see no end in sight to the civil war and want to start a new life.
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How Mandela Expanded The Art Of The Possible

To an African-American coming of age in the late 1970s, there seemed two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in his lifetime. So much for youthful predictions.
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North Korea Frees Elderly U.S. Tourist After Weeks In Detention

Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War who was arrested by authorities in Pyongyang after a tour of the North, reportedly issued an apology for his "hostile acts."
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Mexican Official Says Six Arrested In Cobalt-60 Heist

The heist of the "extremely dangerous" radioactive material, which was later recovered, occurred earlier this week.
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Alan Weisman: "Countdown"

In "The World Without Us," journalist Alan Weisman explored what would happen to our planet if we were no longer living on it. Kojo talks to Weisman about his urgent and, ultimately, hopeful journey.

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Afghan Views On Politics And Security

The Asia Foundation recently completed a survey of 9,000 Afghan citizens in 34 provinces across the country. We explore evolving Afghan attitudes towards politics and security.

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Planet Money T-Shirt Exposes Issues Of Work, Trade And Clothes

All this week, All Things Considered and Morning Edition has aired stories about the global journey a T-shirt makes from seed to finished product. Over the months NPR's Planet Money team spent reporting the series, they tackled questions about trade, work and clothes play in the global economy. There's a whole lot more about a simple T-shirt's journey from cotton to completion here.

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