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In Krasikov's World, Dreamers Can't Afford Dreams

Tell Me More is reading literature from countries on the rise in the global arena: the so-called BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Sana Krasikov's short story collection, One More Year, focuses on Russia. She talks with host Michel Martin about her characters and what it takes to make it in Russia.
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Fighting Has Forced More Than 1.5 Million Syrians To Move, U.N. Says

The ongoing crisis is underscored by the enormous number of people who have been forced to flee their homes. While nearly 150,000 have sought refuge in other countries, far more have been uprooted but remain in Syria.
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Egypt Accused Of Inflating Facts On Sinai Attacks

Egypt's military said it hit back hard against Islamist militants after 16 soldiers were killed in an ambush near the border with Israel Sunday. State media reported more than 20 militants were killed in operations as part of a new military campaign in northern Sinai. But evidence of the clashes has not been found.
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Anti-Blasphemy Law Introduced In Tunisia

Steve Inskeep talks to Tunisian journalist Asma Ghribi about threats to personal freedoms and human rights under the Islamist-led government. Amnesty International released a report after a journalist critical of the government was arrested on "public morals" charges for drinking on a beach.
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Why Evading U.S. Rules May 'Tempt' Foreign Banks

The London-based Standard Chartered Bank faces charges of laundering Iranian funds and violating U.S. sanctions against Tehran. The U.S. has laws in place regulating foreign assets, but how effective are they?
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Doubts Emerge Over Egypt's Offensive In Sinai

Earlier this week, the Egyptian military announced it had carried out a major security operation in the Sinai against Islamist militants involved in an ambush that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead. The military said warplanes and artillery were brought to bear against the militants, and there were reports of up to twenty people dead. But reporters on the ground in north Sinai say they have seen no signs of the government offensive like damage or funerals.
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Tiny Island Nation Finds Olympic Pride In Weightlifter

Nauru, the smallest nation at the Olympics, did itself proud in weight lifting. Itte Detenamo was one of two competitors from his country and finished fourteenth in his category.

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