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Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank

Journalist Paul Salopek's journey from Africa to South America takes him to Israel and the West Bank, where he notes the physical beauty of the landscape stands in stark contrast with violence there.
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Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia

President Obama delivered a whirlwind news conference Wednesday, discussing a series of foreign policy issues from Afghanistan to Ukraine. Obama also announced a new round of sanctions against Russian banks, energy companies and individuals for what he sees as interference in Ukrainian affairs.
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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."
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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.
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Militias Clash At Libyan Airport For Fourth Day

The Tripoli airport has become a battleground between rival groups. The United Nations pulled its personnel out of the country earlier this week due to concerns about violence around the country.
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On Two Sides, Two Funerals — While Death Toll Mounts In Gaza

As the violence between Hamas and Israel continues, so too do the funerals that come in its wake. NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Emily Harris attended two such funerals today, in Tel Aviv and Gaza respectively, and they tell of what they learned there.
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The Devastation On The Ground In Gaza City

Audie Cornish speaks with Robert Turner of the United Nations in Gaza City, discussing the extent of the devastation there in the midst of Israel's bombardment.
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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

Rebels captured the eastern half of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, two years ago. Now President Assad's army looks likely to drive them out in what would be a major blow to the opposition.
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Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In 'East Of Melancholy'

The two countries share more than just a border, they also share a rich musical history. Classical pianist Tara Kamangar explores this relationship in her new album.
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Arts Program Makes Israeli And Palestinian Youth Hopeful For Future

The most recent violence between the Israelis and Palestinians has affected young people on both sides of the conflict. Guest host Jacki Lyden learns how one group is using art to foster peace.

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