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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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"Cuban Twitter" and U.S.-Cuba Relations

The revelation that the U.S. Agency for International Development covertly launched a Cuban social media platform to undermine Raul Castro's government have caused controversy at home and abroad. We discuss its implications for diplomatic...

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USAID Tied To Secret "Cuban Twitter" Operation

An Associated Press investigation revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development secretly created a social media platform in Cuba with the intention of fueling political unrest. During the more than two-year program, USAID...

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As Pressures Mount On Putin, Analysts Wonder What He Hopes To Gain

U.S. and Russian relations are rapidly deteriorating over Russian President Vladimir Putin's agenda in Eastern Europe. Sanctions and other pressures haven't convinced Putin to change his course — so why is he persisting? And what is his goal?
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Mystery Of Mounting Inequality Might Find Answer In Brand-New Tome

Jacob Goldstein from the Planet Money team reports on a big, buzz-worthy new book from one of the world's leading experts on inequality.
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Between Afghans And Political Milestone, Threat Of Violence Looms

Afghans vote Saturday for a successor to President Hamid Karzai. It could be the country's first ever democratic transfer of power, but fraud and violence are expected.
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U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.
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Kerry: 'Reality Check Time' In Middle East Peace Talks

The secretary of state says both Israel and the Palestinians need to "spend some time thinking about making some very difficult decisions."
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India Sentences 3 To Hang For Multiple Rapes

The men were sentenced under a new, tougher law on sexual assaults. They were convicted in two separate cases, including the rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai.
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Finding Peace After Genocide

It has been 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. Reverend Celestin Musekura lost congregation members in the bloodshed. He discusses how faith has helped foster reconciliation.

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