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The Violence In Gaza, Through The Lens Of One Family's Losses

The Gaza Strip has sustained more than 1,500 Israeli airstrikes. A family with no apparent ties to Hamas lost one of two sons last week; the mother and father died in similar attacks six years ago.
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Ukraine and Russia on the Brink

Cross-border tensions over the shadowy war between Russia and Ukraine are at a boiling point following attacks and evidence of Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine. Kojo explores what's at stake and what's next diplomatically.

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Darkened By A Bloody History, Baltics Hope To Be Bolstered By NATO

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are now members of the EU and NATO, but they have painful memories of the Soviet occupation. The Baltic states are asking for a bigger NATO presence in their countries.
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A Brief Lull Shatters In Gaza, As Cease-Fire Falls Apart

An attempt at a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has broken down. Hamas rejected the terms of the cease-fire, and Israel renewed its campaign of air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
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With A Deadline Days Away, Iran Nuclear Deal Might Get An Extension

Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to Washington, D.C., after meeting the Iranian foreign minister about nuclear negotiations. The deadline for a deal limiting Iran's nuclear program is Sunday, but it might be extended.
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A Few New Faces Aren't Likely To Satisfy Iraqi Government's Critics

Iraq chose a new speaker of its parliament today — a small step that the U.S. has been urging it to take toward ending the crisis there. But many say it's far from the overhaul that's needed.
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The American Adviser's Quandary: What More Can Be Done In Iraq?

A recent American assessment of Iraq's military has come to some bleak conclusions. What more can U.S. advisers offer an Iraqi security force they have already spent years training?
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U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Officials say the snails are "highly invasive, voracious pests" that eat paint and stucco off houses. But the snails are a prized delicacy in West Africa, where they're marinated or grilled on sticks.
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Why A Village Leader Ordered The Rape Of A 14-Year-Old In India

Rape is illegal in India. But history and tradition make it hard to enforce the law. And in remote parts, rape of a female relative is still considered fair punishment for a man's crimes.
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For Caine Prize Winner, Writing Went From Phase To Way Of Life

The Caine Prize for African Writing was awarded on Monday to Kenyan Okwiri Oduor. Oduor joins guest host Jacki Lyden, along with last year's winner, Tope Folarin, to talk about the prize.

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