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Google Vs. Facebook: A Map Of Global Conquest

The two powerhouses are the most visited sites in the world, according to the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute.
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Suing The U.N. Over Cholera In Haiti

Advocates for Haitians killed or sickened by a deadly cholera epidemic are taking the unprecedented step of suing the United Nations, saying U.N. peacekeepers introduced the disease.

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Vietnamese General Who Was Key Architect Of Tet Offensive Dies

Vo Nguyen Giap was a legendary Vietnamese general credited with defeating French forces — and French colonial rule — in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. He was also a key architect of the 1968 Tet offensive, which convinced many Americans that the Vietnam War could not be won. General Giap died Thursday at the age of 102.
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Meat-Drenched Oktoberfest Warms To Vegans

With more Germans going vegan and vegetarian, the Munich festival wants to accommodate them. Restaurants say their vegan options at this year's festival are selling well.
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Giant Hornets Kill Dozens In China; Warm Temps Might Be Cause

The insects are the size of an adult's thumb and can sting multiple times, delivering a large dose of venom.
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Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive

NPR's Steve Inskeep says that in his interview with Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, the Israeli prime minister seemed bent on exposing the other side of Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani.
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'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

A new film The Fade shows that from Accra to New Jersey, the barbershop has a special place in the black community. Host Michel Martin talks to the film's director, Andy Mundy-Castle about what he learned from following four barbers across the world.
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Do You Know What The U.S. Government Is Up To In Syria?

The U.S. has provided more than $1.5 billion to Syria since the war began more than two years ago. Virtually all of it is has been spent on humanitarian aid and social programs, though that gets much less attention than the relatively small amount that goes to the Syrian rebels.
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Vietnamese General Who Led Fight Against U.S., France, Dies

Vo Nguyen Giap, who masterminded the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and the Tet Offensive against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces 14 years later, died Friday at a hospital in Hanoi.
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Grim Search Resumes Off Sicily; It's Feared 300 Drowned

A small boat packed with about 500 people trying to get from Africa to Europe lost power, caught fire and then sank on Thursday. At least 155 people were rescued. The search continues, but rescuers hold out little hope for finding many more survivors.

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