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Facts Buried In Hostage Crisis In Algeria

The hostage-taking drama at an Algerian gas and oil plant in the Sahara desert is in its fourth day. The Algerian army has reportedly laid siege to the facility and is fighting a remaining group of entrenched jihadists who have hostages. Host Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.
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U.K. Asks Students To Learn Poetry 'By Heart,' Not By Rote

Poetry By Heart is a new program in which students memorize two of 130 poems and recite them in a contest. Poet Jean Sprackland, who helped compile the list, says memorizing a poem makes it "something that lives with you forever."
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'Algerian Style': Cooperative, To A Point

Algeria has been acting alone in the hostage situation at the remote In Amenas natural gas field, relying on its years of experience fighting terrorism internally. It has turned down offers of support and advice from other nations, including the U.S. Yet any anger over Algeria's go-it-alone approach has been muted; the nation is a critical ally of the U.S.
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Netanyahu Competing Against His Own Right In Upcoming Election

Robert Siegel talks to Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and columnist for Bloomberg View, about the stir his column caused regarding Obama's private comment, "Israel doesn't know what its own best interests are."
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With Aid Of French Troops, Malian Fighters Halt Advance By Islamist Militants

In Mali, French-backed government forces said they retook a town from Islamist militants intent on pushing south toward the nation's capital.
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Algerian Attack Was 'Well-Coordinated And Heavily Armed Assault'

The news blackout that Algeria has imposed on the hostage crisis at a gas plant was agonizing for some families with loved ones in danger.

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