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How Much Clout Does Pope Francis Have In The Middle East?

The pontiff made a symbolic gesture when he visited the Middle East recently, adding his presence to peace and reconciliation efforts. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli talks more about the visit.
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With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners

After a terror attack in northwestern China, mourners left flowers at the scene and citizens took to social media and called for an evening protest. The government saw this as a threat.
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Soldiers Arrest Thai Politician As He Speaks Out Against Coup

A former minister of Thailand's ousted cabinet was detained Tuesday at a news conference. The arrest comes as ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is released.
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Ukraine Retakes Airport, After Airstrikes And Dozens Of Deaths

Violent clashes erupted Monday and Tuesday; at least 35 people have died. Government forces launched an operation at the airport one day after Ukraine's national elections.
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Nigerian Officials Say They've Located Missing Girls

More than 200 girls who were abducted by militants in Nigeria's northeast have been located – but Nigeria's military says it's too risky to try to free them by force.
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Leader Of Anti-Semitic Party In Hungary Finds Out He's Jewish

One of the founders of Hungary's far-right Jobbik Party has discovered he is Jewish, and that his grandmother is an Auschwitz survivor. Now, he keeps kosher, attends synagogue and visits Israel.
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World Cup Fans Preoccupied With Soccer's Version Of Baseball Cards

World Cup stickers called Paninis have been traded for five decades around the globe. Every four years, the Italy-based publisher Panini releases World Cup souvenir sticker albums.
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Egypt's Presidential Voting Comes During Crackdown On Dissent

Egyptians are at the polls again Tuesday for the final day of the presidential elections. And the outcome seems pretty predictable, ex-military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be the next president.
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Beirut's Holiday Inn: Once Chic, Then Battered, Still Contested

The Holiday Inn was a landmark that towered over glittering Beirut in the 1970s. The Lebanese civil war ravaged the city and the hotel. The debate over the hotel's carcass carries on to this day.
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How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

After Stalin's death, people in the Soviet Union could begin to debate politics again without fear of repression. This "thawing" took place in private kitchens, where music and art flourished, too.

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