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While Spain Struggles, The Basque Region Shines

The Basque region has long been infamous as home to the ETA separatist group, fighting for independence from Madrid. But with a cease-fire in place, the Basque country is now becoming known for its strong economy.
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Polio's End Depends On Three Tough Countries

Vaccination campaigns have erased polio in almost every country in the world, but the disease persists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Obstacles in each country, including religious extremism, difficult terrain and transient populations, make eradication efforts difficult.
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'Elders' Seek Solutions To World's Worst Problems

A group of respected world leaders who call themselves "The Elders" have made it their goal to find solutions for a host of intractable global problems. Two members, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson discuss their accomplishments and ongoing projects.
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Italian Earthquake Experts' Confounding Conviction

Many scientists expressed outrage after an Italian court convicted six earthquake experts of manslaughter for not doing enough to warn the public before a 2009 quake that killed more than 300 people. NPR foreign correspondent Sylvia Poggioli talks about the trial and other recent events in Italy.
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Rooibos Tea Gets Its Own Sensory Wheel, Just Like Wine And Coffee

Following wine, whiskey, cheese and chocolate, rooibos has been professionally swirled, sniffed and sipped in the interest of justifying its place in the premium tier of gourmet food pricing. The South African government is spearheading the effort.

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