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With Amnesty Russia Polishes Its Image Before Winter Olympics

There have been more political developments in Russia. A jailed member of the protest band Pussy Riot was freed from prison on Monday. Another band member is expected to be released soon. Over the weekend, jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was freed from prison.
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Grab Some Tea And Binge View British TV Dramas

British dramas, mostly from BBC America, have become gold mines of binge viewing for American TV fans seeking a deep dive into compelling series. Gillian Anderson's The Fall, David Tennant's Broadchurch and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock are just a few of the series which offer hours of escape.
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High Numbers Of Casualties Tell The Story In Iraq

We're using numbers to highlight some of the stories of 2013. We look now at the situation in Iraq and the number is 6,639. Steve Inkseep talks to William Dunlop of Agence France-Presse, which has been compiling numbers of those killed and wounded in Iraq.
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Syrian Activist Seeks Support From Syrian-Americans

Raed Fares, a pro-democracy activist from the Syrian town of Kafr Nabl, has helped lead that town's anti-government protests since the very early days of the Syrian conflict in 2011. This week, Fares is in the U.S., on only his second trip outside of Syria. Fares is attempting to rebuild support for the revolution among Syrian Americans. He speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about the conflict and the toll it has taken on his town.
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Americans Are Safely Airlifted Out Of South Sudan

So far about 380 American officials and private citizens and 300 foreign nationals have been airlifted from the country.
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'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

More than 240 people have left Germany to join the civil war in Syria — the largest reported number from a European country. Some officials fear the radicalized German fighters could eventually pose a security threat to Europe.
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CAR Atrocities Must Be Answered, Says UN Ambassador Samantha Power

Muslim-Christian violence in the Central African Republic continued as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power traveled there on Thursday. She's urging the international community and local leaders to bring those responsible for atrocities to a peaceful means of justice.
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New Agreement Could Bring Democracy Back In Tunisia

A deal between the ruling Islamists and the secular opposition has opened a new path for Tunisia. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a post-Arab Spring update on the country from researcher Monica Marks.
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Egypt's Turbulent Year

It was a year of turmoil in Egypt. After being democratically elected following Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed from power. The military-led government has since consolidated its power and cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood. NPR's Rachel Martin and foreign correspondent Leila Fadel review this year's tumultuous developments.
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Freed Russian Oil Tycoon Says He'll Work For Release Of Prisoners

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's imprisonment was widely seen as the Kremlin's attempt to silence his opposition. During a press conference, Khodorkovsky added that he did not have political ambitions.

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