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Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

The appeal is part of a larger $65.8 billion request sent to Congress to fund overseas operations. A White House statement says "moderate" rebels would be vetted before being funded.
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A Century From Archduke's Death, Spotlight Turns Back To Bosnia

Bosnia has been buried in historic floods and paralyzed by political dysfunction. Now, locals in Sarajevo are frustrated that the world has only begun focusing on the region for the upcoming anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination, which helped trigger World War I.
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In Brazil, The Home Team's Not The Only Team To Root For

All Things Considered watches World Cup games with Brazilians of both Japanese and Italian descent, to see who Brazilians root for when they don't root for Brazil.
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Crowded By Two Shaky States, Turkey Shifts Its Weight In Policy

The chaos in Iraq has Turks reconsidering their opposition to autonomy for Iraq's Kurds. Turks have viewed the issue as too provocative for the millions of Kurds living in Turkey; now, though, more Turks see the Kurds as a possible security buffer between Turkey and Iraqi extremists.
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The Young Cuban Who's Bringing Activism In Line With The Revolution

Morning Edition host David Greene speaks about a man named Isbel Diaz Torres, a new kind of Cuban activist. Greene says Torres' interests extend Cuba's socialist revolution, rather than oppose it.
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Remembering Salwa Bugaighis, The Libyan Advocate Who Took On Ghadafi

A prominent Libyan human rights worker was assassinated Wednesday. NPR's Leila Fadel interviewed Salwa Bugaighis earlier this month and remembers the lawyer's efforts against former dictator Moammar Gadhi's regime.
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In New Iraqi Conflict, 'Sunni Awakening' Stays Dormant

During the U.S. war in Iraq, American forces paid Sunni tribal leaders in the western and northern regions of the country to turn against al-Qaida. The episode was called the "Sunni Awakening." But now, with ISIS consolidating its gains in these same regions, the tribes involved in the Awakening are cutting deals with the militant group or staying on the sidelines entirely. Shashank Bengali of The Los Angeles Times explains.
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Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

Unlike in the rest of the world, more Americans are using the drug, according to a new United Nations report. Marijuana's potency is also on the rise, the report found.
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On Being Gay, And Socialist, In Cuba Today

Isbel Diaz Torres sees his LGBT rights activism as an extension of Cuba's socialist revolution. Attitudes are changing, but he's still struggling to find a place in the island's political landscape.
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Global Sound, Local Impact: Son Jarocho In The Nation’s Capital

Every week, an eclectic group gathers in a cramped community center in Mount Pleasant to learn and play traditional folk music from Mexico's Caribbean coast.

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