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Along Iraq-Syria Border, Two Key Crossings Fall To Insurgents

Ned Parker, the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters, speaks with Melissa Block about the ways in which the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has moved to take control of the border between the two countries.
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U.S. Tip-Toes Closer To Unprecedented Fine On French Banking Giant

The U.S. government is reportedly nearing a settlement with BNP Paribas, drawing to a potential end allegations that the French bank hid $30 billion in transactions involving countries that violated U.S. sanctions.
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Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity

Back in 2011, Iraq refused to grant American troops immunity, so the U.S. pulled out leaving no residual forces.
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Beijing: Hong Kong Democracy Referendum 'An Illegal Farce'

State-run media have denounced the unofficial vote organized by pro-democracy activists. So far, more than 700,000 people have cast ballots.
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Hugh Masekela Reminisces On Musical Motivations, Mandela

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is one of the giants of his continent's music. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin sits down with Masekela to discuss his life and work.
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Child Detention Centers: A 'Headache' For The Obama Administration

U.S. officials are detaining thousands of immigrant children who tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Two journalists discuss conditions at detention centers, and what's driving the migrants.
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Top Malaysian Court Upholds Ruling On Who Can Use 'Allah'

A lower court decided last year that only Muslims can use the word to describe God. But the government now says the ruling applied only to the Catholic newspaper that brought the case.
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Christian Woman Escapes Death In Sudan Over Conversion

Meriam Ibrahim, 27, says she was raised an Orthodox Christian after being born to a Muslim father. A court ordered her release Monday, throwing out a death sentence.
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Egyptian Court Sentences Journalists To Lengthy Prison Terms

Three journalists who work for Al-Jazeera have been sentenced to prison terms — two for seven years and a third for 10 years — by an Egyptian court. The three men were accused of aiding terrorists.
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Netanyahu Blames Hamas For Kidnapping Of Teens

Israel's military has been rounding up politicians or operatives linked with Hamas after the kidnapping of three teenagers. Steve Inskeep talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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