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Crimeans Ready For Vote On Joining Russia

Residents of the Crimea region vote Sunday on whether to join Russia. The region is controlled by pro-Russian forces, and the Ukrainian government in Kiev has declared the referendum illegal.
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'Waiting For Godot' Strikes A Chord In Tehran

Samuel Beckett's drama is playing before full houses in the Iranian capital Tehran. Some view it as an allegory of their desire to see change that never seems to come.
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In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day

Two ousted presidents, journalists and many activists are all on trial in the overburdened court system. Many cases stem from the country's political turmoil and there's no guarantee of a fair trial.
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A Farewell To Carrot Cake (And Other Things Lost Without World War I)

All Things Considered asked listeners to imagine how one aspect of the last 100 years would be different if the Great War had never happened. We received more than 1,500 fascinating stories.
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The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy

The World Bank is undergoing a vast reorganization, its first in nearly 20 years. The process has been controversial, but the bank's president says it's needed to foster better internal collaboration.
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Where Does The U.S. Stand On Secessionist Movements Abroad?

In an upcoming referendum, Crimean voters will decide whether to declare independence from Ukraine. Jonathan Paquin has studied U.S. stances on breakaway groups, and he explains what to watch for.
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As A Big Vote Gets Closer, Crimea Grows More Distant From Ukraine

The pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea are preparing the ballots for Sunday's referendum on the region's future, but there's already a growing sense of isolation from Ukraine.
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Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Russia risks "massive political and economic damage" if it continues its policy on Ukraine and that the European Union's relationship with Russia may suffer.
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Pilot On Jet Mystery: Prepare For Possibility We'll Never Know

As the search for the Malaysian airliner goes on, one might wonder: How do you fly these jets, and what do pilots do when in distress? Pilot Patrick Smith, author of Cockpit Confidential, explains.
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As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future

Afghanistan has lost its first vice president, a warlord who fought beside the U.S. against the Taliban. Mohammed Qasim Fahim's death presents his Tajik brethren a tough choice in upcoming elections.

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