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A Shooting Foreshadowed By Taliban Threats

The Taliban threatened the Yousafzai family in northern Pakistan for years because they were outspoken in supporting girls' education. NPR reporter Philip Reeves recounts his previous meetings with the family patriarch, whose daughter, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, is now fighting for her life.
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Concerns Build Over Violence In Syria

Artillery fire between Syria and Turkey has further raised the stakes, and NATO has pledged to defend its Turkish ally. NPR's Peter Kenyon, Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma, and Soner Cagaptay of The Washington Institute discuss the broader implications.
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With A Database, Germany Tracks Rise Of Neo-Nazis

Despite six decades of required anti-Nazi teaching in German schools, neo-Nazis are on the rise. And last month, the country established the first centralized database to track them.
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100 Years Ago, Maillard Taught Us Why Our Food Tastes Better Cooked

The French know how to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of how cooking changes the taste, texture and color of food. Hundreds of scientists gathered recently near the village where Louis-Camille Maillard was born to honor him.
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Exile Defends Unity Of Syrian Opposition

Tensions are heating up between Syria and Turkey, as rebels and regime troops continue to battle it out. Host Michel Martin discusses whether the conflict can spill over with Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera International and Radwan Ziadeh of the Syrian National Council, a coalition of exiles opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Republicans challenge the State Department over security at the Libyan consulate. The U.S. sends troops to Jordan to monitor the Syrian crisis. And outrage mounts over the Taliban's shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl. Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera, Courtney Kube of NBC and Nathan Guttman of Channel 1 Israeli News join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Vatican II: A Half-Century Later, A Mixed Legacy

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, which opened the Catholic Church's window onto the modern world. Among other things, it gave a larger role to lay people and updated the liturgy. But the changes provoked a backlash, the effects of which are being felt even today.

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