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When It Comes To Human Rights, Is Russia Moving Backward?

The Winter Olympics are here, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has committed massive resources to make this a shining moment for modern Russia. But for months, controversy over Russia's "anti-gay propaganda" law has loomed. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Svetlana Zakharova, an activist with the Russian LGBT Network, and Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic magazine.
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Iran: Warships Will Steam Close To U.S. Waters As 'A Message'

An admiral in charge of Iran's 'Northern Navy' said 'fleets' are already making way for Atlantic waters, but he did not say the number or type of vessels.
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Olympic Guests Find Comfort Zones In First Day Of Games

The day after the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, in the heart of the Olympic Park, visitors were upbeat. And all the controversies of previous days — stray dogs and unfinished digs — seemed to fall away.
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Syrian Humanitarian Convoy Reportedly Attacked

The Syrian Red Crescent says its workers were wounded as they tried to deliver aid to a rebel-held section of the besieged city of Homs.
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French Court Orders Google To Display Notice On Its Search Page

The Internet giant has been ordered to publish a public notice that it violated French regulations on user privacy and was ordered to pay a $200,000 fine.
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Is Early Sochi Criticism Par For The Course?

The Sochi Olympics have been criticized for poor preparation, security concerns, and Russia's policies on human and animal rights. The Russians aren't pleased. But host-bashing is a popular pastime.
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Panama Canal Expansion Suspended Over Cost-Overrun Dispute

A Spanish-led consortium working to build a new lock system to accommodate larger ships says it will stop work until a deal is reached.
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Found: The First Porsche — And It Was Electric!

The very first car developed by Ferdinand Porsche was not a sleek speed machine. The wooden-framed, open-carriage P1 was recently unearthed in a garage in Austria where it sat for more than 100 years. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Achim Stejskal, director of the Porsche Museum about the surprising find.
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Obama Administration Sharpens Its Language Toward Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Bashar Assad's regime of using starvation as a weapon of war. Critics say the U.S. has not done enough to stop the violence, but Washington doesn't have many options.
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Declining Drone Strikes Give Cover To Pakistan's Peace Talks

Talks are underway between representatives of the Taliban and Pakistan's government. Meanwhile, the U.S. appears to have slowed the pace of drone attacks on Pakistan, which may be intended to allow Islamabad to pursue these peace talks. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shuja Nawaz, the director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council.

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