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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Health Worsens

The 85-year-old Sharon has been in a coma since 2006, when a massive stroke incapacitated him.
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Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia

A baby born today in Ethiopia is three times more likely to survive to age 5 than one born in 1990. This reduction in child mortality isn't due to expensive international aid, but rather an investment in bare-bone health clinics run by minimally trained community workers.
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Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws

Brazil is the world's third largest market for Facebook, the fifth largest for Twitter, and it has quickly become the largest market for Lulu, the controversial man-rating app for women. That has highlighted the country's race to pass legislation to keep up with a quickly changing society.
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Ice Cream Truck Switches From Jingles To Text Messages

Sweden's icy winter leads a lot of people indoors which didn't deter one enterprising ice cream truck driver. He simply played his truck's jingle louder. So loud, that residents complained. Which led the ice cream company to come up with a quieter substitute to the traditional jingle: texting.
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New Year's Celebrations Move Around The Globe

Renee Montagne reports on how some cities all around the world celebrated the beginning of 2014.
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In Troubled Magazine World, 'La Hulotte' Is One Rare Bird

Former science teacher Pierre Deom started writing, illustrating and publishing the French nature journal to educate kids about the environment. Forty years later, the magazine is so popular it sometimes receives 1,300 letters a day.
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Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

A local Christian aid group is trying to help villages adapt by planting drought-tolerant crops and setting up pumps for irrigation. But even with new methods and crops, farmers still need to know: When is it safe to plant?
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Malala Yousafzai's Hope Is Stronger Than Ever

A year after she was shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai was back spreading her message about educating girls around the world. Malala, and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, talk with host Michel Martin about their hope for Pakistan's future. This segment originally aired Oct. 15, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese

Japan's tough new law protecting state secrets was a victory for Washington, which had long pressured its Asian ally to exert tighter control over classified information. But the controversial law has triggered widespread outrage in Japan and undermined the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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Berlin's Frenzied Fireworks Have Locals Leaving, Hiding On New Year's

For about eight hours on New Year's Eve, Berlin sounds like a war zone with thousands of people taking to the streets to shoot off fireworks — and not just into the air. Subways, passing cars and even pedestrians are also targets. Many residents choose to leave the city because of the noise and danger. Those who remain tend to stay indoors because it isn't safe outside. The launching of most of these fireworks is illegal and hundreds of people are injured and maimed. Half of them are innocent bystanders. Yet Berlin police rarely intervene on this night. Officials say there is little they can do to stop what's become a dangerous tradition in the German capital.

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