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Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America

One community has lost so many men that it's now called the Island of Widows. Researchers are struggling to figure out the cause of the disease. Some suspect a popular herbicide.
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In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks

Lovebirds write their names on a padlock, attach it to something and toss the key. Sweet, right? Non, say opponents in Paris who want to ban a practice they say is damaging architecture and more.
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Egypt's Relations With U.S.: 'It's Like A Marriage. It's Not A Fling'

In an interview with NPR, Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy pushes back against critics, insisting that his government will restore democracy and saying that the courts are acting independently.
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In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King

Spring in Edirne means the annual Liver Festival, where locals feast on the fried livers of lambs that grazed on nearby plains. It's just the thing to get you through a long day of oil wrestling.
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Heated Words, And Mild Relief, In Russia's Response To New Sanctions

Russia reacted angrily to new EU and U.S. sanctions, which were imposed in response to Russian interference in Ukraine. Russia's deputy foreign minister vowed to deliver a "painful" response.
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One Day From Elections, Iraq Is Racked By Violence

In Iraq, at least 17 people are dead and dozens wounded after a pair of bombs struck an outdoor market. It's just the latest deadly attack on the eve of Iraq's national parliamentary elections.
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In Diplomacy, Obama Aims To 'Hit Singles,' Not Swing For Fences

As President Obama returns from his trip to Asia, he's defending the trip's modest diplomatic accomplishments. He says that, while such efforts may not be sexy, they're better than unforced errors.
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Ethiopian Bloggers Arrested

Six pro-democracy bloggers, all founders of a group known as 'Zone9,' were arrested in Ethiopia last week along with three journalists. We talk to colleagues of the jailed bloggers about the move and the larger political landscape ahead of national elections in 2015.

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North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills Near Southern Border

The exercises, while not uncommon, are considered provocative in the immediate wake of President Obama's visit to South Korea.
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EU Follows U.S. In Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

The sanctions targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle" drew a response from Moscow, which described them in Cold War terms.

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