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Kabul Suicide Attack Kills 21 At Downtown Restaurant

At least 21 people — most of them foreigners — died when the Taliban struck a restaurant popular with Westerners in downtown Kabul on Friday. Two of them were Americans. It appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.
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Nigeria's New Anti-Gay Law A Harsh Reminder Of Global Attitudes

This week, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan quietly signed into law one of the most repressive anti-gay measures in the world. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Jonathan Cooper of the U.K.-based international gay rights group Human Dignity Trust about the state of gay rights in Nigeria and around the world.
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'Lunch' Gets Boxed Out: India's Oscar Pick Controversy

India's Film Federation chose a movie called The Good Road as the country's best foreign language film submission to this year's Oscars — but it didn't make the Academy's short list, and many say another film, festival favorite The Lunchbox, should have been chosen. Film critic Aseem Chhabra tells Lynn Neary that the federation is quite secretive, and no one really understands its process.
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Three Years After Uprisings, Arab States Take Different Paths

Tunisians were celebrating this week. Egyptians were voting on a new constitution. Syrians are hoping peace talks can end their civil war. Several Arab Spring nations are now working through key events that will shape the road ahead.
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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.
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IMF, UN Staff Among 21 Killed In Kabul Restaurant Attack

A suicide attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign nationals killed at least 21 people on Friday, including a senior official with the International Monetary Fund and four United Nations employees.
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Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge

If there was a consensus from Congress after President Obama's NSA speech Friday, it was that Congress itself must play a major role to play in the ultimate fix.
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A Newsprint Shortage Hobbles Venezuelan Media

Venezuela is running out of newsprint and newspapers are shutting down. Media outlets say that it's another form of harassment by a government that often doesn't like what independent media reports.
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Foreign Fighters Flood Both Sides In Syrian War

When peace talks open in Switzerland, one common concern between the West and Syria is expected to be the threat of Islamist extremists and the rise of al-Qaida-linked militias. Thousands of Sunni militants from around the world have joined the rebel groups in Syria, but there are other groups of militant foreign fighters who support the Syrian regime. Iraqi Shiites are being recruited in the thousands to bolster Syria's armed forces. Recruiting billboards and social media help portray the fight as an existential battle between Sunnis and Muslims.
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Dispatches From Ethiopia: U.S. Ambassador To The African Union

Kojo talks with the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, Reuben Brigety, at his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, about South Sudan peace talks, the African Union and the U.S. role on the continent.

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