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Thai Protest Leader Says He Advised Army Chief Prior To Coup

Suthep Thaugsuban, who led months of anti-government rallies prior to last month's putsch, tells supporters that he's had the ear of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha since 2010.
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Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders

Secretary of State John Kerry is touching on a number of complex foreign policy issues this week — from violence in Iraq, to political instability in Egypt and the conflict in Ukraine.NPR's Jackie Northam is on the trip and talks with All Things Considered.
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World's Chemical Weapons Watchdog Clears Syria

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons has announced that Syria has handed over the last of its declared chemical weapons stockpile. Despite the milestone, what questions remain about chemical weapons in Syria?
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Guilty Verdicts Claim 3 More Reporters, As Egyptian Courts Roll On

An Egyptian court issued its verdict in the trial of three journalists from the Al Jazeera English network. Though evidence of their alleged crimes was never presented in court, two of the journalists were slapped with seven-year sentences and one with a ten-year sentence. The decision has been met with international condemnation.
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Maliki's Power Base Crumbles As Iraq Slips Into Chaos

The Iraqi prime minister once boasted that he brought stability to the country, but as Iraq looks more like a Sunni vs. Shiite battlefield, critics say Nouri al-Maliki's policies have led to the mess.
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Along Iraq-Syria Border, Two Key Crossings Fall To Insurgents

Ned Parker, the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters, speaks with Melissa Block about the ways in which the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has moved to take control of the border between the two countries.
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U.S. Tip-Toes Closer To Unprecedented Fine On French Banking Giant

The U.S. government is reportedly nearing a settlement with BNP Paribas, drawing to a potential end allegations that the French bank hid $30 billion in transactions involving countries that violated U.S. sanctions.
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Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity

Back in 2011, Iraq refused to grant American troops immunity, so the U.S. pulled out leaving no residual forces.
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Beijing: Hong Kong Democracy Referendum 'An Illegal Farce'

State-run media have denounced the unofficial vote organized by pro-democracy activists. So far, more than 700,000 people have cast ballots.
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Hugh Masekela Reminisces On Musical Motivations, Mandela

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is one of the giants of his continent's music. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin sits down with Masekela to discuss his life and work.

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