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Kerry's Visit To Russia A Chance To Talk Syria, Mend Fences

Secretary of State John Kerry sets off for what he calls "a long overdue" trip to Russia on Monday, and Syria is likely to top the agenda. But U.S.-Russian relations are frosty these days. The U.S. is imposing targeted sanctions on Russian human rights violators, while Moscow is preventing American families from adopting Russian children.
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The Threat To Indonesia's Biodiversity, Foretold In The 1800s

British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace warned well over a century ago about the risks to diverse forms of life in places like Indonesia. His words are more compelling today than when he wrote them.
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A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History

A dance band called Dur-Dur Band ruled the nightclub scene in 1980s Mogadishu, thanks to a unique sound made possible by access to Western culture and instruments.
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Malaysia: Entrenched Coalition Wins 13th Straight Election

The National Front coalition that has governed Malaysia for 56 consecutive years won a majority of parliamentary seats in a general election Sunday, extending its streak of victories that began in 1957.
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British Member Of Parliament Says Rape Claim Is False

One day after being arrested over allegations that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another, a senior British legislator says the accusations are without merit. Britain's House of Commons Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says the claims were made by people "who until yesterday I regarded as friends."
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Syria's News Agency Blames Israel For Damascus Blasts

Several explosions shook the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Sunday. Syrian state television says the Israeli military conducted the attack. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos in Amman, Jordan, and NPR's Emily Harris in Jerusalem.

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