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Ukraine Crisis: New Government Takes Shape As Crimea Simmers

Also Thursday, ousted President Viktor Yanukovych says he's still Ukraine's leader and asks Russia to protect him. Along the border, Russian fighter jets are on patrol.
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NATO Pressures Karzai To Sign Troop Pact With U.S.

Without the deal, Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week that the U.S. will move ahead with plans to pull all U.S. troops out the country by the end of 2014. NATO plans to follow suit.
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Violence In South Sudan Targets Hospitals

Doctors Without Borders says patients have been shot, medical supplies looted and a hospital destroyed. David Greene talks to Sarah Maynard, a program director for the group, about the violence.
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Denmark-Based Lego Releases 2013 Results

Sales increased by 11 percent. The announcement does not include revenue tied to the chart-topping movie. The Lego Movie was released this month.
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Tensions Over Ukraine's Future Are Most Acute In Crimea

The Crimean Peninsula has a majority ethnic Russian population. Armed men took over 2 government buildings and raised the Russian flag. David Greene talks to Courtney Weaver of the Financial Times.
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Touring Reactor No. 4 At Tsunami-Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant

It's been nearly three years since the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Cleaning up and shutting down that plant involves huge challenges and risks that are expected to last for decades.
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Anti-Abortion Push Has Spain Debating Definition Of 'Progress'

Parliament is likely to approve a near-total ban on abortion, which has been legal in Spain since 1985. Some proponents argue change has come too quickly, breaking down traditional Spanish values.
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As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out

An estimated 3,000 families have been evicted to make way for building projects related to the 2016 Summer Games. The families and Olympic organizers don't always agree on whether it's an upgrade.
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Ask Me Anything: Reporting From Ground Zero In Ukraine

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson answers Redditors' questions about covering the demonstrations in Kiev's Independence Square, the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and the road ahead for Ukraine.
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U.S. Has Little Leverage To Stop Political Violence In Venezuela

The U.S. has wanted better relations with Venezuela, but the new president — like Hugo Chavez before him, say experts — uses the U.S. as a scapegoat to divert attention from domestic problems.

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