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Syria Says Israeli Warplanes Strike Targets Near Damascus

The Syrian Observatory says the airstrikes appeared to target Hezbollah arms shipments.
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Washington Post Reporter, Detained For Months In Iran, Is Charged

Jason Rezaian, the newspaper's Tehran bureau chief, was arrested in July, but the Iranian government has so far declined to say why.
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U.S. Reportedly Unaware Of Second Hostage Ahead Of Failed Rescue

When U.S. Navy SEALs raided an al-Qaida hideout in a failed bid to rescue American Luke Somers, they didn't know that South African Pierre Korkie was also being held there.
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6 Gitmo Detainees Transferred To Uruguay, U.S. Says

Four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian were released to the South American country early today as part of a deal to reduce the inmate population at the controversial prison.
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Mideast Conflicts Converge In Once-Quiet Turkish City

Gaziantep is a city that brings together Syrian rebels, U.S. aid workers and suspected ISIS militants. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Robin Wright of the Wilson Center about her recent trip there.
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Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Upgrade

The theoretical physicist has been using the same communication system for more than 20 years, until now. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Horst Haussecker of Intel about the new and faster technology.
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For Iran, The Trend Lines All Seem To Point In The Wrong Direction

Many Iranians were upbeat when Hassan Rouhani was elected last year. But much of that optimism has faded due to the nuclear talks that are dragging and a bleak economic outlook.
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In Liberia, 'Looking Good Is A Business'

Liberians have been through a lot. A long, devastating civil war left the nation in a shambles, and now Ebola is raging across the country. But even when things are bad, Liberians like to look good.
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In The Philippines, More Than 1 Million Flee Typhoon Hagupit

The storm toppled trees and flooded neighborhoods across a swath of the island nation, but so far appears to have spared the region the deadly destruction of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
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The Decreasing Loneliness Of The Indian Long-Distance Runner

Our India correspondent used to say she'd only run if a tiger were chasing her. Now she's a jogger in New Delhi — and finds that many former non-runners are joining her in parks and in races.

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