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Ethiopian Bloggers Arrested

Six pro-democracy bloggers, all founders of a group known as 'Zone9,' were arrested in Ethiopia last week along with three journalists. We talk to colleagues of the jailed bloggers about the move and the larger political landscape ahead of national elections in 2015.

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North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills Near Southern Border

The exercises, while not uncommon, are considered provocative in the immediate wake of President Obama's visit to South Korea.
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EU Follows U.S. In Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

The sanctions targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle" drew a response from Moscow, which described them in Cold War terms.
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Thousands Of Iraqis In America Vote In Parliamentary Elections

Local Iraqis and Iraqi-Americans are casting their ballots for the parliamentary elections taking place across the Atlantic that will decide the leadership in their home country.

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Iraqis Recall Al-Maliki's Lead In Return To Shiite Dominance

On Wednesday, Iraq will hold the first national election since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011. The front-runner is the party of current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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How Much Will New U.S. Sanctions Affect Russia?

On Monday, President Obama announced the latest measures aimed at punishing Russia for its links to violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia accuses the U.S. of "Cold War tactics."
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For Peace Talks To Resume, Israel Insists Hamas Must Change

Steve Inskeep talks to Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer about the recent announcement that Fatah will attempt to form a unified government with Hamas.
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Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

City planners and architects began preparations to empty the town and build what they hope will be a new and improved version 2 miles away.
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With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back

As civilians continue to pour out of Syria, some countries are pushing back and telling the refugees they aren't welcome. Bulgaria has been particularly harsh, according to Human Rights Watch.
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Washington Levels New Sanctions At Russia, Pulls Some Punches

In response to events in Ukraine, the Treasury Department added sanctions on seven Russian officials and 17 companies. The Obama administration has refrained from targeting whole sectors of the Russian economy and is going out of its way to proceed as part of a coalition in part to avoid an 20th century Cold War stand off.

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