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Strike On Syria: Meaningless Gesture Or Necessary Response?

If the U.S. does not take action, Syrian President Bashar Assad will use chemical weapons "again and again," U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power says. But Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sees "no direct security threat" to the U.S. or its allies. The debate is building to votes in Congress.
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Humanitarian Aid Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syrian Strikes

Millions of Syrians have poured into refugee camps, where food, water and health services are scarce. As the U.S. prepares for possible military action, aid agencies are preparing for thousands more people to flee and worsen the humanitarian crisis.
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Tourists Flock To Downton, England

An English village is getting an accidental tourism boost thanks to the hit British TV show Downton Abbey. The show is set in a location that's fictional but that hasn't stopped American tourists from swarming Downton, England.
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U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power Presses For Strikes On Syria

As the White House begins a major public and private effort to rally support for U.S. military action in Syria, Steve Inskeep talks to Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is one of the architects of the White House policy on Syria.
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IOC Reinstates Wrestling To Summer Olympics

The sport of wrestling has been given a reprieve and will be included in the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympics. How did the ancient sport of wrestling wind up on the chopping block in the first place?
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Concert Stirs Strife In Disputed Kashmir Region

The German government sponsored the concert and chose as the venue Srinagar, Kashmir. That's the disputed territory in the Himalayas over which India and Pakistan have twice gone to war. Indian-controlled Kashmir has been torn by internal conflict as well for two decades as separatists fought to expel Indian forces.
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Rep. Cole Weighs In On Syria Resolution

The White House is pursuing a major effort to persuade members of Congress to support a military strike in Syria. Estimates show the number of House members publicly against a strike near an outright majority. Renee Montagne talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma who is opposed to military action.
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Pentagon Prepares For Strikes On Syria

President Obama has asked Congress for the authority to attack, citing evidence that Syria's government used chemical weapons against its own people. Planners must tailor strikes that are not too aggressive to satisfy legislators who don't want the Syria crisis to escalate. But they must develop plans that would be robust enough to make a difference in the war to satisfy others.
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Relief Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syria Strikes

Humanitarian groups are stockpiling supplies and readying a new refugee camp in Jordan. The conflict in the region is already the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world with millions of Syrians displaced from their homes.
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How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps

As the deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan approaches, Afghans have taken over the lead combat role in places like restive Helmand province. But U.S. forces are still engaged in major training efforts to make sure the Afghan-led security is sustainable.

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