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No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice found in cakes and cider, and even spiking our spinach, if we're lucky. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan back in the 1600s.
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Egyptians Debate What New Decrees Will Mean

In Egypt, the main association of judges is calling for a nationwide strike by the country's courts to protest last week's power grab by the Egyptian president. So far, few courts are taking part.
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U.S. Maneuvers In Middle East Diplomacy

Host Rachel Martin talks with P.J. Crowley, who served on the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, about the role of the United States in the negotiations between Israel and Hamas and the cease-fire in Gaza. Crowley also served as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs from 2009 to 2011.
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Bullet Dodged In Turkey, But Kurdish Conflict Lingers

A possible humanitarian crisis was averted recently when hundreds of Kurdish inmates called off a 68-day hunger strike. Talks over more rights for the Kurdish minority are promised, but longstanding grievances and heavy loss of life suggest that the Kurdish issue will continue to be a drag on Turkey's regional ambitions.
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Fiscal Woes Fade For Catalan's Independence Fervor

Calls for secession in Spain's northern region have been reignited by the economic crisis. Catalonia's leader is vowing to call a referendum on independence, if he's returned to power in Sunday's election.
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Aid Workers Struggle To Provide Services In Congo

Fighting between rebel and government forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has set off a humanitarian crisis. In one small refugee camp, workers from international aid groups are doing what they can to try and help some of the roughly 100,000 Congolese displaced by the fighting.
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Burst Of Protest In Egypt But No Revolution, Yet

President Mohammed Morsi's decision to neutralize the judiciary this week brought into sharp focus just how politically polarized this nation-in-transition is. But despite the protests, there are few signs that the country is in the throes of a new uprising.

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