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Factional Fighting Flares In South Sudan

Two years ago, South Sudan split from its northern neighbor Sudan. Linda Wertheimer talks to reporter Andrew Green in Juba about the fighting in South Sudan.
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Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring?

A German brewers association is seeking UNESCO World Heritage status for a 500-year-old law that dictates how to make beer. The brewers argue that the law ensures purity in German beers. But others say the law is from a bygone era.
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Russia Throws Ukraine Financial Lifeline Amid Popular Unrest

Moscow has agreed to a massive bailout package for Ukraine, a deal that could keep the country from bankruptcy next year.
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What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.
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Russia Agrees To Financial Massive Bail-Out For Ukraine

Moscow has agreed to a massive financial bail-out for Ukraine, including big discounts on natural gas supplies from Russia and billions of dollars in loans. The deal will buy some time for embattled President Viktor Yanukovich, but it's unlikely to solve Ukraine's weeks-long political crisis. Tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to occupy the main square in Kiev, protesting Yanukovich's refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union, and his turn toward Russia. Critics are asking what strings are attached to Russia's largesse, and economists question whether it's a good deal for anyone.
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A Storm-Lashed British Isle Famous For Church Bells, Populated By Few

The second part of NPR's series on maritime Britain begins on a small ferry en route to the storm-lashed island of Lundy. The island, just three miles long, is where pirates once awaited their prey. Today, there are just over two dozen permanent residents, all employed by a conservation organization that protects the island. Lundy has a pub, a small fire department and publishes its own stamps. Bells have been re-hung in the tower of an old gothic church, and since then some 2,000 bell ringers have made pilgrimage to the island.
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Some Competitors Say Free-Diving Needs A Safety Sea Change

Free-diving is a risky sport, involving swimming deep into the ocean without the aid of air tanks. But after a diver's death in November, some free-divers worry that the sport's governing body is still not doing enough to prevent common injuries and reel in overambitious competitors.
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How The U.S. Helped Fight The Global AIDS Epidemic

Ten years ago Congress approved a $15 billion plan to combat HIV in developing countries. Since then, the global health initiative has funded HIV treatment for nearly 7 million people and prevented hundreds of thousands of babies from getting infected during childbirth.
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Romanian Project Reunites Abandoned Children With Families

Romania continues to struggle with the legacy of abandoned children nearly a quarter-century after the fall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. A half-million-dollar program to reintegrate children into their biological families is offering material goods to participants, based on individual need.
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Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels

Most social networks require users to be at least 13. But Itay Eshet's daughter, like many kids, wanted to join Facebook when she was just 10. So Eshet created a site just for younger kids, designed to protect them from bullying and other risks while teaching them to navigate social media safely.

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