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Author: Putin Has Always Been A 'Playground Bully'

Is Vladimir Putin insane? Not at all, according to Masha Gessen, author of the political biography, The Man Without a Face. She talks to NPR's Jacki Lyden about Putin's world view.
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Tension, Violence Build One Day Ahead Of Crimea Vote

Crimea will hold a referendum on Sunday about whether to leave Ukraine. With reports of intimidation ahead of the vote, correspondent Gregory Warner gives NPR's Jacki Lyden the latest from Yalta.
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The Passengers On Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

American Philip Wood was returning to his girlfriend in Beijing after a visit to Texas. He was among the 239 people on board the flight that's been missing since last Saturday.
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U.S. Ambassador Speaks Pidgin English; Nigerians Love It

Pidgin English is a second language for tens of millions of Nigerians, but it's not every day that you hear a diplomat speaking it. The U.S. ambassador recently gave it a shot in a radio interview.
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Prime Minister: 'Deliberate Action' Disabled Missing Jet's Systems

Malaysia's prime minister says he is now certain that someone disabled the communication systems on the airliner, but he stopped short of calling the disappearance a hijacking.
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U.S. To Relinquish Remaining Control Of The Internet

The U.S. government is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to gather global stakeholders and come up with a transition plan.
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Boeing 777 Pilots: It's Not Easy To Disable Onboard Communications

Four commercial jetliner pilots say they would need to pore over checklists and other aircraft documentation to figure out how to disable radios and a text-based automatic communication system.
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With All Eyes On The East, A Seige Mentality Settles On Kiev

As the Crimean referendum approaches and Russia conducts military maneuvers near the border, many in Kiev say they feel under siege. They're convinced that Russian ambitions extend beyond Crimea.
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Two Days Before Secession Vote, Crimea Is Starkly Divided

With Sunday's referendum in Crimea fast approaching, people there are split into two sharply divided camps. Both are convinced that their side is right.
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The Poorest In Caracas Stay Reluctant To Join Venezuelan Protests

Protests are still roiling Venezuela after a month, but the opposition is having trouble attracting demonstrators from poor neighborhoods. The protests continue to struggle to find broader support.

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