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Activists Offer Protest Tour Of Spain's Modern Ruins

A new form of alternative tourism is cropping up across Europe, with people eager to see the shattered remains of the continent's boom-and-bust economy. In Valencia, Spain, those tours take tourists past the city's many deserted construction projects.
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Romanian Horse Meat In British Lasagna Reveals Complex Global Food Trade

What's that horse meat doing in the Norwegian lasagna? The growing European food scandal shows that in a world where food trade seems borderless, old-fashioned quality controls remain critical.
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More On The Life, Death Of Prisoner X

Mystery continues to surround the life and death of Prisoner X, who was held in an Israeli jail for unknown reasons and found dead in his cell in 2010, in what Israeli officials have called a suicide. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Larry Abramson.
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The Dark Side To French-African Ties

President Francois Hollande's visit to Mali, after French troops routed Islamist extremists, brings to mind France's long relationship with its former colonies in Africa. African troops helped France and the allies defeat Hitler's forces, and Hollande expressed gratitude for that while he was in Mali. But there's also a dark side to the French-African connection.
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Weeping Olympian Pistorius Faces Murder Charge In Court

South African sports star Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears when he appeared in court Friday to face a charge of murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. The double amputee is known as the Blade Runner for his athletic prowess on the track.
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Conflict Transforms Syrian English Teacher Into War Photographer

Nour Kelze, a 25-year-old resident of Aleppo, was a teacher. Then the war came to her city, and with it, a new career as a war photographer. She has been chronicling the violence from the front lines.
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Is Russia Marked For Meteors?

Friday's major meteor strike is the third such incident to hit Russia in just over a century. Coincidence?

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