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No Rules In The Great 'Game' Of Afghan Politics

Writer Tamim Ansary was born in Afghanistan, and his new book, Games Without Rules, traces the country's turbulent history over the past two centuries. The title refers both to the game played for control of Afghanistan and the popular sport of buzkashi, a sort of chaotic polo played with a goat carcass.
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Somali Chef Seizes The Chance To Return Home

London-raised Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu, Somalia, even though his restaurants have been attacked by suicide bombers more than once. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of authentic Somali cuisine and hospitality. (This piece initially aired Nov. 26, 2012, on Morning Edition.)
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Kazakhstan Celebrates First, And Only, President

On Dec. 1, Kazakhstan celebrated a new holiday: "First President's Day." The central Asian country feted its long-time leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, though outside observers have criticized what appears to be a growing cult of personality around the president in the oil-rich country.
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Pencils Down? French Plan Would End Homework

President Francois Hollande says the extra work penalizes students with difficult home situations, proposing doing away with homework in elementary and junior high schools. But others argue the individual work is exactly what those students need to succeed.
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In Pakistan, Secrets Of A 3,000-Year-Old Cemetery

A team of archaeologists is excavating an ancient cemetery in the Swat Valley. The site reveals the ancient Dardic community's burial and post-burial rituals, including using graves for more than one generation.
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Afghans Begin New Exodus, Often At Great Cost

Reversing a decade-old trend, more Afghans are now leaving the country than are returning, as uncertainty grows over the scheduled withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014. For many Afghans, legal migration is out of reach, but that doesn't keep them from sneaking out of their homeland.
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U.S. Tax Fight: The view From Asia

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with Demetri Sevastopulo, the Asia news editor for the Financial Times, about how people in Hong Kong and elsewhere in China view America's budget problems and the so-called "fiscal cliff."

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