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Are Americans Bothered By Soccer?

George Vecsey was one of the first major sports columnists to cover soccer. He's been to eight World Cup tournaments and reflects on the sport's growing popularity in the United States.
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Chemist With Visual Flair Answers Burning Food Science Questions

A high school chemistry teacher in the U.K. started honing his visual talents by making posters for students. Now his infographics about food science and chemistry basics are a hit on the Web.
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Top Shiite Cleric Calls For Deal On Next Iraqi Leader Amid Crisis

The call Friday by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as Human Rights Watch said ISIS militants likely executed at least 160 unarmed men when they took the city of Tikrit.
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Suarez Ban Is 'Excessive,' Bite Victim Says

Days after being bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez during a World Cup match, Italy's Giorgio Chiellini says Suarez's four-month ban from soccer is too harsh.
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Ukraine Signs Trade Deal With EU, Risking Russia's Ire

The economic deal, which comes as a tense cease-fire is set to expire Friday in Ukraine, also includes two other former Soviet states, Moldova and Georgia.
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Travel Freedom Raises Questions About U.S. Policies Toward Cuba

After being away for decades, many members of the first generation of Cuban-American exiles are returning to their native land. But there are still many uneasy with the relaxed travel restrictions.
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ISIS Forged A Coalition To Seize Much Of Iraq, How Solid Is It?

Steve Inskeep talks to counterterrorism expert David Kilcullen, a former adviser to the U.S. military in Iraq, and journalist Rania Abouzeid, who has tracked the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
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Refugees From Eastern Ukraine Wonder When They Can Go Home

Ukraine and Russia give different estimates of how many have been displaced by fighting in the eastern provinces, but they agree that people are being forced from their homes in battle-scarred cities.
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Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup

The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday.
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Cuba's Black Market Loosens Government Control Of Information

David Greene met with two journalists on his trip to Cuba. One hosts a show at a state-run radio station. The other runs an independent news agency and distributes material by hand and USB drive.

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