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Violence In Iraq Mars Runup To Election

Next week, Iraqis go to the polls. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Ned Parker, Reuters Baghdad bureau chief, about whether Iraqis will take a stand against extremism in the parliamentary elections.
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Ancient Form Of Poetry Captures Afghan Women's Lives

From drone strikes to the songs of the ancient caravans, the type of poem called landay reflects Afghan life. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Eliza Griswold, translator of Afghan women's landays.
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U.S. And Philippines Agree On 10-Year Military Plan

More American military troops and assets could soon be placed in the Philippines in a new deal that is expected to be formalized Monday, as President Obama arrives in Manila on his trip to Asia.
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An Independent Scotland Could Falter Economically

As Scottish voters prepare for a referendum vote on Scottish independence, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro about whether Scotland would stay in the European Union.
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Scotland Could Prosper Outside The United Kingdom

In September, voters in Scotland will decide whether to end the union with England and return to independence. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Scottish Parliamentarian Fiona Hyslop about the vote.
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Colosseum Gets A Good 2,000-Year Scouring

The Colosseum is getting its first top to bottom cleaning in 2 millennia. The scrub-down began in December and is slated to cost $35 million before its completion in 2016.
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Crisis Escalates In Eastern Ukraine

A group of international observers has been detained by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as Kiev ramps up military operations. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
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Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the Vatican's massive plaza to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.
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S. Korea Prime Minister Offers Resignation Over Ferry Sinking

Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of the sinking and for lax regulatory enforcement that authorities say contributed to the accident.
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Fear For Sherpas' Future Grows With Each Climbing Tragedy

Sherpas have a great reputation as the world's best climbers. But when something goes wrong up in the mountains, it deeply affects the small ethnic group and its communities around the world.

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