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More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, the president says U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century should focus on diplomacy and counterterrorism rather than large-scale military operations.
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10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

From his focus on peace instead of war to his praise for the U.S. stance in Ukraine, the president took a different tone Wednesday than he did in his 2009 commencement speech at the military academy.
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American Said To Have Carried Out Suicide Bombing In Syria

Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group, says a U.S. citizen known as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki helped carry out a suicide attack on Sunday.
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America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says

"We don't face an existential crisis," the president told NPR in an exclusive interview. He said the U.S. is blessed with a growing economy and no prospect of war with another nation-state.
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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

The study is the first to test an oral vaccine in the middle of an outbreak — in Guinea in 2012. And it offered a remarkable degree of protection against this deadly disease.
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Pakistani Taliban Reportedly Split Over 'Un-Islamic' Practices

After months of bloody clashes between the two factions, one group says it has left because bombings of public places, extortion and kidnappings are "un-Islamic."
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Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm

The worm causes a debilitating intestinal disease called schistosomiasis. And the parasite is spreading rapidly because of an economic boom along the shores of East Africa's Lake Malawi.
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Force And Fear In The Air, As Syrian Refugees Go To Polls In Lebanon

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are already voting in an election that's seen as Bashar Assad's rigged bid for legitimacy. Many refugees believe that if they don't vote, they'll never be allowed back home.
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55 Convicted In Public Trial In China's Northwest

The "sentencing rally," which occurred in a sports stadium before a crowd of 7,000, is reminiscent of the open-air trials of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and '70s.
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Ukraine Promises To Crush Insurgency; Chechnya Denies Sending Troops

Chechnya's leader says the country hasn't sent fighters to join rebels in eastern Ukraine, denying a charge that gained substance when Chechens were reportedly found after recent fighting.

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