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Ahead Of Elections, Israelis Talk Politics

Israelis go to the polls Tuesday in parliamentary elections that are expected to propel Benjamin Netanyahu back to the premiership. NPR's Larry Abramson talks with host Rachel Martin about the issues at play in the election, from relations with Iran, to the economy.
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Life In Damascus: Plenty Of Food, Not Enough Electricity

The Syrian capital is doing better than most cities, and residents try to maintain a semblance of normalcy. Food shortages have eased, though there are daily power cuts.
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Standoff Over Hostages Continues In Algeria

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley has an update on the situation at an Algerian gas facility where Islamic extremists took western hostages four days ago. The Algerian government says the fates of all the workers at the facility will be known by the end of the day.
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Hostages, Militants Reported Dead After Assault Ends Standoff

Algerian special forces stormed a gas installation where militants were holding several hostages on Saturday, according to Algeria's state media. The reports claim 11 militants and seven hostages were killed during a final assault to end the four-day crisis.
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Facts Buried In Hostage Crisis In Algeria

The hostage-taking drama at an Algerian gas and oil plant in the Sahara desert is in its fourth day. The Algerian army has reportedly laid siege to the facility and is fighting a remaining group of entrenched jihadists who have hostages. Host Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.
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U.K. Asks Students To Learn Poetry 'By Heart,' Not By Rote

Poetry By Heart is a new program in which students memorize two of 130 poems and recite them in a contest. Poet Jean Sprackland, who helped compile the list, says memorizing a poem makes it "something that lives with you forever."
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'Algerian Style': Cooperative, To A Point

Algeria has been acting alone in the hostage situation at the remote In Amenas natural gas field, relying on its years of experience fighting terrorism internally. It has turned down offers of support and advice from other nations, including the U.S. Yet any anger over Algeria's go-it-alone approach has been muted; the nation is a critical ally of the U.S.

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