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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.
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The Ebola Survivors Who Can't Go Home

They beat the deadly virus, but transportation back home is hard to come by. So they're living in an abandoned hospital ward, hoping someday to resume the life they had before Ebola struck.
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Universities To Speakers Who've Visited West Africa: En Garde!

Fears of Ebola — not always justified — have caused organizers in Africa and the United States to cancel or reschedule events they worry may lead to spread of the disease.
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Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.
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Europe's Short-Term Economic Fixes Can't Solve Long-Term Problems

Eurozone fears are bubbling and the markets are unhappy about it. New data suggest the continent may be about to enter its third recession in six years.
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'Bring Back Our Girls' Hopes Release Brings An End To Campaign

Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former member of the Nigerian government and one of the leaders of the Bring Back Our Girls effort.
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Out Of The Lockerbie Bombing, A Bond And A 'Letter Of Note'

Audie Cornish speaks with Frank Ciulla about a poignant letter cherished by his family. It was written after his father was killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.
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In Iraq, Anbar Province Remains Fiercely Contested

Over the last few weeks, Islamic State fighters in Iraq have been on the offensive in Anbar province, just west of Baghdad. We look at the latest on efforts to drive back the extremists.
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Families Of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Skeptical Of Boko Haram Truce

The Nigerian military announced on Friday that it had reached a truce with Boko Haram militants. The agreement includes the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped six months ago.
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In Brazil, Conservationists Worried New Congress Could Harm Amazon

The make up of Brazil's new legislative body will have a big impact on the world because of a surge in the so-called ruralist bloc and their track record on environmental protections in the Amazon.

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