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New Bells Chime With Modern Pitch At Notre Dame Cathedral

For its 850th anniversary, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is getting new bells. Nearly all of its bells date from an 1856 renovation. Experts say the 19th century bells toll off key. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the new bells will join one original bell, known as Emmanuel, which remains in the south tower.
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Kerry Lands In Baghdad With Syria In Mind

Secretary of State John Kerry touched down in Baghdad Sunday on an unannounced trip 10 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein. On his agenda is urging Iraqi leaders to stop overflights of arms and supplies from Iran to Syria. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Michele Kelemen, who is traveling with Kerry.
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Musharraf Returns To Pakistan Amid Threats

After four years of self-imposed exile, Pervez Musharraf, the former military ruler of Pakistan has returned to the country. Even before he arrived, the Taliban threatened to assassinate him. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Julie McCarthy about his return.
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Nigeria Mourns The Loss Of Chinua Achebe

Award-winning author Chinua Achebe, sometimes described as the grandfather of modern African literature, died this week at age 82. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Obama Leaves Middle East With Mixed Reviews

President Obama heads home from the Middle East Saturday, after a mixed reception to his four-day visit. Obama spent much of that time in Israel, trying to lay the groundwork to revive the long-stalled peace process with the Palestinians. He also traveled to the West Bank and met with Jordan's King Abdullah. NPR's Scott Horsley has a recap from Amman, Jordan.
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In Saudi Arabia, Shiite Muslims Challenge Ban On Protests

When demonstrators began rising up against Arab governments in 2011, Saudi authorities responded with large spending projects and with tough actions against protesters. However, the Shiite minority in eastern Saudi Arabia persists with regular demonstrations.
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Obama Leaves Mideast With Better Relationship With Netanyahu

President Obama's Mideast trip brought him to Israel, and may mark the beginning of a thaw in tense relations between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. What might that mean to prospects for peace in the region? Robert Siegel speaks with longtime Mideast diplomat Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.

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