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Editor's Note: 'A Taliban Execution Brings Back Painful Memories'

Earlier today, we published and distributed a story by Ahmad Shafi recounting his experience witnessing a public execution in Kabul in 1998. Since the story was published, it has come to our attention that portions of the piece were copied from a story by Jason Burke, published by the London Review of Books in March 2001. We have removed Shafi's story from our website.
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Proposed Changes To Military Service Roils Israel

The Israeli government may extend mandatory conscription to include the previously exempt ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arab citizens of Israel. But Arab Israelis, who say they are treated as second-class citizens, are furious about the proposed change, which many say is a loyalty test.
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Turmoil In African Nation Of Mali Continues

Melissa Block speaks with Jennifer Cooke, director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about the deteriorating situation in Mali. Islamic militants in recent days have destroyed sacred tombs in the ancient city of Timbuktu. A military coup there in March created a power vacuum, allowing the rebel and Islamist groups to take over the northern part of the country. West African leaders this past weekend urged Mali's interim government to request outside military assistance.
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Teen Years Pose New Risks For Kids Born With HIV

Botswana's successful efforts against AIDS mean more HIV-positive children than ever are living into adolescence. But that brings with it new challenges, as kids who've been on antiretroviral drugs their whole lives enter the tumult of the teenage years — and face the specter of drug-resistant mutations.
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'The Life That Follows' Disarming IEDs In Iraq

Brian Castner commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs and investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings. He returned home a completely different man, which he details in his memoir, The Long Walk.
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Can Newest Peace Plan For Syria Succeed?

UN special envoy Kofi Annan was back in Syria on Monday for more peace talks, which he deemed "constructive." But he recently said UN efforts to end the violence haven't succeeded and may never succeed. Attacks were reported in Homs and Dara over the weekend. Guest host Maria Hinojosa gets an update from Amnesty International's Donatella Rovera.
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1-Year-Old South Sudan: Potential To Be Harnessed

Much fanfare followed South Sudan's independence one year ago. But challenges were also exposed, like how to manage oil revenue and build roads, homes and schools. Guest host Maria Hinojosa learns how the world's youngest country has been doing this year. She speaks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Juba-based radio host Mading Ngor.

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