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Binding Or Not, Catalans Express Themselves In Referendum Vote

People in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain, many of whom harbor ambitions of independence, cast ballots in a symbolic statement. The majority voted for independence, but turnout wasn't high.
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Germany's Merkel: Fall Of Berlin Wall Shows Dreams Come True

Chancellor Angela Merkel, marking the 25th anniversary of the event, said the destruction of the Wall showed that "nothing has to stay as it is."
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Richardson: Release Shows N. Korea Is Ready For Dialogue

Two Americans jailed in North Korea have arrived home. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with former U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson, who has previously negotiated hostage releases with Pyongyang.
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Defiant Catalans Push Forward With Independence Vote

Separatists in Catalonia are going ahead with an unofficial referendum on independence from Spain. They go to the polls today despite a high court order forbidding the vote.
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In Brazil, Race Is A Matter Of Life And Violent Death

In 2012, 56,337 people were murdered in Brazil. But that figure hides a color-coded truth: Homicide rates are actually way down — if you're white. If you're black? Murder rates are up 40 percent.
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The Case For U.S. Combat Troops In Iraq

Airstrikes against ISIS have had some success. But James Jeffrey, Obama's former ambassador to Iraq, says Americans on the ground are necessary to win the war.
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Hand-Pumped Anesthesia Could Help With Surgeries In The Dark

Across Africa, hospitals are struggling to provide surgery. Doctors, nurses, and even basics like electricity are in short supply. Now Johns Hopkins Medical Center is testing a creative solution.
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Reggae Vibe, Ebola Message: African Superstars Try To Go Viral

They're some of the most popular musicians in West Africa, joining voices to sing (mainly in French but also in some local languages) about defeating an "invisible enemy."
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The Cold War 'Mole' Who Smuggled 1,000 East Germans To The West

Hasso Herschel fled East Germany in 1961 on a false passport. Over the next decade, he helped more than 1,000 East Germans flee by smuggling them through tunnels or by hiding them inside cars.
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Two Americans Held In North Korea Are Released

Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held for months in North Korea, have been freed as President Obama prepares to depart for a summit in Asia.

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