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First Western War In Afghanistan Was An 'Imperial Disaster'

In 1839, Great Britain and Russia were playing the world map like a chessboard — and for no reason other than geography, Afghanistan got caught in the middle. In Return of a King, historian William Dalrymple tells the story of Britain's calamitous invasion.
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Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee

From handpicking to sorting, it's women's hands that take on much of the labor involved in producing coffee around the world. New initiatives are empowering women to reap more of the financial rewards.
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Minaret Of Iconic Syrian Mosque Destroyed In Fighting

The Syrian government and rebels blamed each other for the destruction of the minaret of the 11th century Umayyad Mosque in the ancient city of Aleppo. One archaeologist described the damage as "a disaster."
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Bolivia Takes Chile To Court Over Access To Sea

The landlocked nation wants to reclaim access to the Pacific that it lost in a 19th century war. But it's unclear if Chile will submit to the International Court of Justice and engage in the process.
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As Myanmar Reforms, Old Tensions Rise To The Surface

After decades of military rule, Myanmar is experiencing rapid economic and social reforms. But some now fear that long-suppressed ethnic and religious tensions will be hard to contain. Violence between Buddhists and Muslims that began in the western part of country last year now appear to be spreading.
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In the Golan Heights: Stray Bullets And Spring Cleaning

The Syrian civil war rages just a short distance across the frontier from Israeli-occupied territory. As spring blossoms around them, Israelis are watching warily.
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From The Border To The Fortune 500

Hector Ruiz is one of the few Latinos who have led Fortune 500 companies. He grew up poor in a small coal-mining town in Mexico. He shined shoes to help his family get by, and walked across the U.S.-Mexico border each day to go to high school in Texas. Host Michel Martin talks with him about his new memoir, Slingshot.

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