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Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the three men convicted of murder, piracy and kidnapping in the 2011 seizure of a yacht off the coast of Oman.
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Reviving Middle East Peace Talks

Kojo explores the art of international negotiation and finds out what could set the newly launched Middle East peace talks apart from past failed attempts.

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U.S. State Department Cautiously On Alert

U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world will be closed on Sunday and possible for longer. The State Department says it is taking the step "out of an abundance of caution" and wouldn't say if they are receiving direct threats. Members of Congress say there are concerns about an al-Qaida-linked attack. Last year, the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in Benghazi, along with three other Americans. At that time, there were also violent protests at U.S. embassies in Cairo and Tunisia.
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In Egypt, 'Third Square' Protesters Seek Middle Road

Growing numbers of Egyptians are turning against the generals, politicians and youth group credited with sparking the popular groundswell that led to the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi less than a month ago. Some are joining Third Square, a new movement that's emerged as a result of growing discontent.
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Gay Bars Join Russia Protests By Boycotting Stoli

Gay bars from West Hollywood to London are condemning Russia's anti-gay laws by shunning one of its most iconic exports: vodka. The foremost brand affected by the boycott is Stolichnaya, or Stoli. The company says it's being wrongfully targeted.
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Weakening Yen Strengthens Toyota's Profits

Friday, Toyota announced that it nearly doubled its quarterly profit over one year ago. The robust earnings were largely due to the weakening of the Yen, brought on by the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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State Department Issues Travel Warning

State Department officials are issuing travel warnings at D.C.'s international airports to those heading to the Middle East.

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Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence?

In one analysis, economists predict that extreme weather could boost the number of international conflicts by as much as 50 percent by 2050. Higher temperatures might also increase the rates of murder, rapes and domestic violence, they say because aggression seems to rise with the mercury.
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Pope Francis' Comments: 'A Bridge, Not A Barrier'?

Pope Francis made headlines with his recent comments about gay priests. But many Catholics thought what he said about politics, poverty and women during his Brazil trip were just as ground-breaking. Host Michel Martin gets perspective from Father Leo Patalinghug and Professor Anthea Butler.
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Bradley Manning: Whistleblower Or Traitor?

Army Private Bradley Manning was convicted after turning over thousands of sensitive documents to Wikileaks. He may now face more than 100 years in prison. Host Michel Martin talks about what comes next with NPR's Arun Rath.

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