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In Iraq, Shiites Take Up Arms Against Sunni Militants

As Sunni extremists take over much of the north and west of the country, Shiites are fighting back. It brings back memories of the bloody years of sectarian strife that U.S. troops fought to subdue.
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Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

Cuba's communist government has allowed the creation of small private businesses in recent years. An estimated 1 million Cubans have taken the plunge, making progress in fits and starts along the way.
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With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market

With more people traveling between Cuba and the U.S., money and goods are moving, too. The influx has allowed Cuban-Americans to become investors in the island's emerging private sector.
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Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

Some of tequila's oldest traditions are fast being erased as international spirit conglomerates take over family businesses. And tequila makers are worried about their impact on the environment.
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AP: Parts Of Irish 'Mass Graves' Story Exaggerated By Media

The Associated Press says Irish and American media turned speculation into certainty on some details of infant and child burials at a Catholic home for unwed mothers near Galway city.
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As Heart Attacks Rise In China, So Does Attention To Quality Of Care

There's been a quadrupling of hospitalizations for heart attacks in China since 2001. An in-depth look finds improvements in some heart attack care and significant quality gaps for others.
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Pro-Russian Separatists To Join Ukrainian Cease-Fire

Days after Kiev announced a unilateral weeklong halt in the fighting, forces belonging to the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic" say they will honor it.
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Thai Protest Leader Says He Advised Army Chief Prior To Coup

Suthep Thaugsuban, who led months of anti-government rallies prior to last month's putsch, tells supporters that he's had the ear of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha since 2010.
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Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders

Secretary of State John Kerry is touching on a number of complex foreign policy issues this week — from violence in Iraq, to political instability in Egypt and the conflict in Ukraine.NPR's Jackie Northam is on the trip and talks with All Things Considered.
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World's Chemical Weapons Watchdog Clears Syria

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons has announced that Syria has handed over the last of its declared chemical weapons stockpile. Despite the milestone, what questions remain about chemical weapons in Syria?

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