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Obama Leaves Middle East With Mixed Reviews

President Obama heads home from the Middle East Saturday, after a mixed reception to his four-day visit. Obama spent much of that time in Israel, trying to lay the groundwork to revive the long-stalled peace process with the Palestinians. He also traveled to the West Bank and met with Jordan's King Abdullah. NPR's Scott Horsley has a recap from Amman, Jordan.
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In Saudi Arabia, Shiite Muslims Challenge Ban On Protests

When demonstrators began rising up against Arab governments in 2011, Saudi authorities responded with large spending projects and with tough actions against protesters. However, the Shiite minority in eastern Saudi Arabia persists with regular demonstrations.
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Obama Leaves Mideast With Better Relationship With Netanyahu

President Obama's Mideast trip brought him to Israel, and may mark the beginning of a thaw in tense relations between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. What might that mean to prospects for peace in the region? Robert Siegel speaks with longtime Mideast diplomat Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.
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U.S. Pledges $200 Million To Jordan To Aid With Syrian Refugees

President Obama pledged $200 million in additional U.S. aid for Jordan on Friday to help in caring for a flood of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria. The pledge came as Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah II on the next-to-last day of the president's Middle East tour.
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U.S. Stands Firm On Decision Not To Arm Syrian Rebels

A decade ago, as the U.S. led an intervention to Iraq, France stood on the sidelines and members of Congress were so furious that they renamed French fries in the cafeteria as freedom fries. Ten years later, some lawmakers are urging the U.S. to follow the French lead in Syria. France, along with Britain, says it's time to arm the Syrian rebels and tip the military balance to force President Bashar al-Assad out of power. France has also taken a leading role in recent years in Libya, Mali and even on Iran.
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Chinua Achebe And The Bravery Of Lions

The world-famous Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died. Annalisa Quinn reflects on the legacy of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.
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Beta Israel: Snapshots Of The Ethiopian Jewish Community

Photographer Ilan Ossendryver admits he didn't know much about Ethiopian Jews before receiving an assignment to cover their migration to Israel.
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Nigeria's Outspoken Writer Chinua Achebe Dies At 82

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who played a critical role in establishing post-colonial African literature, has died. The author of Things Fall Apart was 82.
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Scientists Use Antacid To Help Measure The Rate Of Reef Growth

There's some evidence that carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere has slowed the development of coral reefs. So researchers are adding antacid to the water in a tiny part of the Great Barrier Reef, to see whether the corals will grow faster if their water supply is less acidic.

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