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To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek

After local authorities got word of a planned environmental protest in the southwestern city of Chengdu, they decided to make Saturday a workday. Security personnel, meanwhile, converged on the city center in a display of force.
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Seven U.S. Troops Die In Attacks In Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed five members of the U.S. Army Saturday, according to military officials. In a separate incident, a member of the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops, killing two Americans.
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World War II Code Is Broken, Decades After POW Used It

It's been 70 years since the letters of John Pryor were understood in their full meaning. That's because as a British prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, Pryor's letters home to his family also included intricate codes that were recently deciphered by codebreakers for the first time since the 1940s.
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An Unexpected Festival Paints A Different Version Of Kabul

In a land where music was once banned, the Sound Central alternative arts and music festival is in its third year of showcasing the growing cultural scene in Afghanistan. Several thousand Afghans are attending this year's festival featuring live music, poetry, short films, painting and skateboarding.
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U.S.-Mexico Relations Complicated, Conditioned By Drug War

Host Scott Simon speaks with David Shirk about U.S.-Mexico cooperation in the drug war. Shirk is an associate professor of political science at the University of San Diego and recently finished his tenure as director of the Trans-Border Institute at USD. He is also the author of The Drug War in Mexico: Confronting a Shared Threat.
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Places Transformed: Syrian Refugees Overwhelm Camps, Towns

The fighting in Syria has created tens of thousands of refugees seeking shelter in neighboring Jordan. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about a refugee camp in northern Jordan that has quickly become the second largest such camp in the world. Then we hear voices from a small town in southern Lebanon, where recently arrived Syrian refugees now outnumber the Lebanese residents.
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On Mexico Trip, Obama Maintains Economic Focus

President Obama is in Costa Rica to discuss regional cooperation and security with regional leaders. This follows talks he had in Mexico with President Enrique Pena Nieto. During his two-day visit, Obama tried to steer the focus away from contentious issues like immigration and drug violence.

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