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Stumped Politician Phones Merkel On TV Quiz Show, Gets Voice Mail

Wolfgang Bosbach, a political ally of the German chancellor, called her twice when he was stuck on the celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
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Egypt's Former Army Chief Wins Presidential Election In Landslide

The country's election commission confirms preliminary results announced last week showing that Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi secured nearly 97 percent of the vote.
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Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

School is ending, so what can parents do to keep their kids reading this summer? Our parenting guests share book recommendations for young readers, with a focus on Latino writers and characters.
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Leggo My Legos! Australian Toy Stores Hit By Series Of Thefts

According to a detective, the crimes sound like the work of an "organized syndicate" that might be specifically targeting the interlocking toys.
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Israel Criticizes U.S. Decision To Deal With Palestinian Government

The new Palestinian unity government includes the militant group Hamas, which Israel and the U.S. view as a terrorist organization.
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Administration Defends Bowe Bergdahl's Release Amid Criticism

President Obama said that regardless of the circumstances of the Army sergeant's capture by the Afghan Taliban, "we still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity."
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Syrians Head To Polls In An Election Expected To Go To Assad

Only residents in areas controlled by President Bashar Assad's regime are allowed to vote.
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Obama Seeks $1 Billion To Boost U.S. Military Presence In Europe

His comments in Europe come amid simmering tensions with Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
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Israel Furious Over U.S. Decision To Work With Palestinians

Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer tells Steve Inskeep that the U.S. should have no relations with the new Palestinian government, which includes Hamas.
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U.S. To Work With Palestinian Unity Government Despite Hamas

The new Palestinian government includes Hamas, which the U.S. says is a terrorist organization. In spite of that, and Israel's objections, the U.S. says it will continue to fund the government.

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