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Pakistan's Mixed Message: Celebrations Amid A Security Lockdown

The country's Independence Day was a study in contradictions. The effort to mark the occasion in the capital Islamabad kept bumping up against anxiety over protest marches against the government.
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Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.
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A Fiasco At The Burial Ground, A Prank At The Shop: Covering Ebola

Jason Beaubien reports on his body temperature (you won't believe it), a burial fiasco (you won't believe that either) and a prank that made his driver laugh.
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Gaza Quiet After Israel, Hamas Reach Cease-Fire Extension

A few tense hours were marred by Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes, but since then, things seem to be quiet.
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To Unburden Bridge, Paris Discourages Love Locks

People have been putting padlocks on a bridge over the river Seine as a symbol of their love. So many attached love locks that the weight is damaging bridge railings.
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Northern Iraq Burdened With Military, Humanitarian Crises

Steve Inskeep talks to Tom Bowman about the U.S. thinking on the humanitarian crisis. David Greene gets an assessment of the U.S. military's re-engagement in Iraq from retired Gen. Michael Barbero.
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Israel, Hamas Agree To Cease-Fire Extension

Another temporary cease-fire is in effect between Israel and Hamas. Egypt's foreign minister is leading indirect talks and says the sides have agreed to a five-day extension.
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Mideast Tensions Force Arab-Israeli Writer To Leave Jerusalem

Sayed Kashua had assimilated into Israeli society as much as any Arab could. But last month, the Arab-Israeli writer packed up and left Israel. He tells Steve Inskeep why he left Jerusalem.
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A Surge Of Migrants At The Border ... Of Spain

Spain is dealing with its biggest migration crush in decades. More than 1,200 people this week alone have landed on the country's Mediterranean coast in flimsy rafts and boats.
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Medical Aid Group: Liberia's Ebola Cases Spiral Upward

Doctors Without Borders is preparing to re-open an Ebola isolation unit in Liberia. The country will again have two Ebola treatment centers, but Doctors Without Borders says it is still not enough.

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