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Afghans Are The Winners In Their Presidential Elections

Host Scott Simon takes note of the huge turnout and great pride Afghans exhibited during their presidential election runoff.
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In London, An Underground Home For The World's Mosquitoes

The location is a cavern beneath the streets of London, but it looks like a horror movie set in the tropics. Mosquitoes from all over the world live here in the interest of science.
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As ISIS Advances, Iraq's Military Melts Down

Forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, now control much of Iraq, as the country's military has disintegrated. NPR's Arun Rath talks to The Guardian's Martin Chulov about the latest.
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Military Strongmen: Seeding Chaos In The Name Of Power

In a region torn by violence, a leader who promises security can be appealing. Men with firm military ties are taking control across the Middle East again; here's one take on how they rise to power.
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To Explain Iraq's Crisis, Some Lawmakers Point To 2011 Withdrawal

The Obama administration is drawing criticism from Republicans for its handling of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the administrations choices and the possible political consequences for the President.
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The 'Kony 2012' Effect: Recovering From A Viral Sensation

The group Invisible Children shot to fame after its video "Kony 2012" went viral. The success led to a backlash, and now the organization must redefine its mission and its future.
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Kurdish Forces Step In Behind Fleeing Iraqi Troops

After Iraqi troops fled, Kurdish forces moved in to northern Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon asks the region's foreign minister, Falah Mustafah Baktir, if this is a push for an independent Kurdish state.
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Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells NPR's Scott Simon why Cuba can't hold on to its ballerinas.
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Is ISIS Violence A Sign Of A Permanent Sunni-Shiite Rift?

The conflict in Iraq is rooted in long-running ethnic and religious divisions. Middle East analyst Phebe Marr tells NPR's Scott Simon why political reconciliation appears nearly impossible.
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Ecuador Fights 'Bad Left' Notoriety

Ecuador's ambassador to Washington is hoping to turn a page in her country's stormy relationship with the U.S. But it's not easy once your government is branded as left-wing.

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