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After 4 Years, Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Gets His Passport Back

Authorities had seized Ai's passport in apparent retaliation for his social and political work. Ai's work is often fiercely critical of the Chinese government.
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After Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Mideast Allies

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is in Saudi Arabia, part of a Middle East swing where he's trying to reassure American allies that their security will not be compromised by the nuclear deal with Iran.
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Can Greece Get A Handle On Its Notorious Tax System?

A big problem for Greece as it attempts to climb out of its fiscal hole is its corrupt and inefficient tax system. The tax code is maddeningly complex and evasion is high.
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As Challenges Shift, Syria's Moderates Navigate Unexpected Territory

They protested against the Assad regime in 2011, hoping for democracy. Now they're in exile, fighting extremists for their country's future and trying to provide a lifeline for others back in Syria.
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New Zealander Wins French Scrabble Title, But Doesn't Speak French

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, about Nigel Richards' win.
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Former President Of Chad Forced To Appear In Court For War Crimes Trial

The imprisoned former president of Chad, Hissene Habre, fueled chaos at a court in Senegal trying him for the deaths of thousands of people during his rule. He dismissed the trial as a masquerade.
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Americans Seek Compensation For Assets Lost In Cuban Revolution

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Richard Feinberg, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and a Brookings Institution fellow, about the unsolved claims after the revolution.
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U.S.-Cuba Ties Are Restored, But Most American Tourists Will Have To Wait

Now that Cuba and the United States have restored full diplomatic ties, what will it take to lift sanctions impeding business and travel?
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Trying To Get The World Unhooked From Hookworm

The worm infects 740 million people and causes anemia and loss of protein. A vaccine is in the works. And some brave souls are testing it out by ... getting infected with hookworm.
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Female Genital Mutilation Is A U.S. Problem, Too

A new report says an estimated half a million American girls are at risk. The U.S. and other developed countries can learn from efforts in Africa to eliminate the practice.

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