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Militants In Nigeria Kill Seven Hostages, Including Westerners

The seven — four Lebanese, one British, one Greek and one Italian citizen – who worked for a construction company were kidnapped Feb 16. A militant Islamist group claimed responsibility.
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Afghan President Karzai Claims Taliban, U.S. Colluding

The allegations come as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his first visit to the nation as Pentagon Chief – and after a deadly explosion in Kabul on Saturday that the Taliban called a message to the new defense secretary.
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The Queen Takes A Stand For Women, And Maybe Gay Rights, Too

By signing a new charter for the Commonwealth states, Her Majesty is royally endorsing equal rights. One possible outcome of her support: If Prince William and Kate have a girl, she may well be queen someday.
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At The Vatican, A Social Media Blackout Keeps Cardinals Pure

Preparations at the site of Tuesday's papal conclave include a high-tech scrubbing of the chapel for bugs and electronic monitoring equipment. Wi-Fi will be blocked throughout Vatican City, and cardinals with Twitter and Facebook accounts have been warned.
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News From North Korea Careens From Terrifying To Ridiculous

There have been a host of developments in North Korea in recent days. From an unlikely diplomatic emissary in the form of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, to Pyongyang's aggressive response to new U.N. Sanctions. Host Rachel Martin talks with Victor Cha, a professor at Georgetown University and senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International studies.
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Defense Secretary Hagel Navigates Afghan War Zone

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is taking his first overseas trip since taking the top job at the Pentagon. He'll be visiting troops and key officials in Afghanistan. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's David Welna, who is along on the trip.
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Sniffing Out Bombs In Afghanistan: A Job That's Gone To The Dogs

Highly trained dogs are part of the U.S. military's fight against improvised explosive devices, which are the No. 1 killer of civilians and troops in Afghanistan. The dogs can search places that high-tech equipment simply can't.

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