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Afghans Defy Threats To Pick A President

Despite warnings from the Taliban that they would disrupt the poll with violence, voter turnout in Afghanistan has been good and the day mostly peaceful. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with reporter Sean Carberry about the presidential elections.
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Ban On Stores' Late Hours Is Lawful, French Court Says

Cosmetics retailer Sephora had hoped to keep its top Paris store open until midnight. Instead, the shop must observe the traditional closing time of 9 p.m.
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'Hotel Rwanda' Manager: We've Failed To Learn From History

As a hotel manager in Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina sheltered more than a thousand people, saving their lives during the 1994 genocide. Now, 20 years on, he says history is repeating itself.
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Chinese Ship Reportedly Detects 'Pulse Signal' In Search For Airliner

A search ship has detected an ultrasonic pulse on a frequency used by black box recorders, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.
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With Modern Election, Voters Make A Break From Old Afghanistan

Afghans voted for a new president Saturday, with only scattered violence. NPR'S Renee Montagne tells NPR's Scott Simon that the vote reflects the country's tug between tradition and modernity.
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For Syrian Refugees, 'Life Has Stopped'

Syrian refugees have flooded into Lebanon since the war began. The UN said this week that 1 million refugees are now in the country. NPR's Scott Simon and Alice Fordham discuss the impact.
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Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks

After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time.
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Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

Iran reportedly nominated a diplomat with ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S Embassy in Tehran. It's the latest sign of how hard it will be for the U.S. and Iran to overcome decades of mistrust.
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Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

No major violence has been reported since polls opened Saturday, in elections that may result in the nation's first democratic transfer of power.
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McDonald's Shuts Its Restaurants In Crimea

The fast food chain cited the "evolving situation" for a decision to close its restaurants in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta.

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