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Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

Karachi is Pakistan's economic hub, its major port and its largest city. It's also the country's most violent and crime-ridden city. But it's not all blood and thunder. Witness the musical Grease, now playing to packed houses in Karachi.
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Violence Gives Way To Calmer Thai Elections

Tensions are high in Thailand, after several were injured in protests in the capital, Bangkok, ahead of elections Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with reporter Michael Sullivan about the significance of the elections.
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After Crushing Bad Luck, A Free Bungee Jump

German tourists Paul Zeller and Nico Reiner were enjoying a vacation on New Zealand's South Island when a tree fell and crushed their car. NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to note that the tourists were offered free bungee jumps as compensation.
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Press Here To Say You Survived The Latest Bomb In Lebanon

Bombings are a frequent reality of living in Lebanon, so Lebanese student Sandra Hassan made an app to alert let friends and family know you're okay after violence strikes. It's getting a lot more attention that she had originally imagined.
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Knox Case Could Put U.S. In An Extradition Quandary

If the Italian government requests Amanda Knox's extradition, it's up to the U.S. to decide whether to comply. It's not necessarily a legal matter; extradition cases are often decided on politics rather than law.
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Maximilian Schell, Oscar-Winning Austrian Actor, Dies At 83

He won a best actor Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg, died after what doctors describe as a sudden illness.
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At Least 14 Dead In Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano

Mount Sinabung had been active for months and the latest eruption occurred only a day after authorities, believing the worst was over, allowed thousands of evacuees to return to their homes.
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'A Global Bathtub': Rethinking The U.S. Oil Export Ban

Amid rising production, U.S. oil companies say Congress should end a 1970s-era ban on oil exports. Some energy analysts agree, saying the way we visualize the global marketplace as a sort of chess game is holding us back. They say it's time for a new image: a bathtub.
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What Comes Next In Syria?

More than a week of negotiations in Geneva failed to produce a breakthrough. The two sides may meet again soon, but there's no sign they are capable of establishing a transitional government.
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British Royal Household Needs To Beef Up Reserves

The British royal family is in financial trouble, according to a report by members of the British Parliament. Castles are crumbling and the family is down to its last million in reserves. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with London correspondent Ari Shapiro about ways in which the royals could bring in more money.

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