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Shiite Fighters Drawn To Fight In Syria By Islamic Prophecy

For the first time in modern history, Shiites are crossing borders to fight against the "evil ones," meaning Sunnis. As Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah has openly admitted, his men are leading battles in Syria, and Iraqi fighters stream in join them, Shiites back at home envision the coming of the hidden imam. They say all the signs in Syria point to the Mahdi's imminent appearance.
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What's In A Name? A Lot If You're A Country

The Afghan government reportedly pulled out of talks because the Taliban used the name Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the plaque of its office in Qatar. It's not the only time disputed names have stymied diplomacy. We look at some past examples.
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After A Surge Of Violence, The Threat Of A New Civil War In Iraq

Since the beginning of April, more than 2,000 people have died in bombings and other attacks in Iraq. NPR foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers, just back from a trip to Baghdad, explains what's behind the recent rise in violence and what's changed since U.S. troops left the country in 2011.
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Second Reported Miracle Paves Way For Pope John Paul's Sainthood

A Costa Rican woman was reportedly cured of a severe brain injury when her family prayed to the late pontiff.
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Why Slave Labor Still Plagues The Global Food System

As consumers, we are at one end of a food supply chain that sometimes leads back to slavery. A State Department report on human trafficking shows that many farm and food workers around the world are still victims of trafficking and forced labor.
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Singapore Endures Record Smog

The choking haze that's enveloped the city state is being caused by brush fires in Indonesia, and Singapore's premier says it could last for weeks.
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Will Brazil's About-Face Drive Back Protests?

An increase in bus fare sparked protests in Brazil this week. But even though some municipalities are rolling back the fares, people are still frustrated by the high cost of living and poor government services. Guest host Celeste Headlee takes a closer look at the anti-government protests.
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Ignoring Threats, An American Reports On His Native Mexico

Alfredo Corchado has a complicated relationship with Mexico. He was born there, but became a U.S. citizen. He's returned to Mexico to report on the country's drug violence and corruption, earning multiple death threats. Now he's written about his experience in Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness.
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Music, An Underlying Force Behind Protests

Music has influenced - and been influenced by - many social movements. As protesters flood the streets in Brazil, NPR's Alt Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd discusses popular Brazilian protest songs with guest host Celeste Headlee.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The Afghan government stalls peace talks with the Taliban. President Barack Obama calls for cuts in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. And widespread protests continue in Brazil. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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