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Will Cuba Meeting Of Pope And Patriarch Help Heal A 1,000-Year Rift?

The split dates from when Christianity first spread through the Roman Empire. Friday's meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill is the culmination of longstanding efforts to promote dialogue.
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Kerry, Lavrov Agree On Need For Cease-Fire In Syria

At a meeting in Munich Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, agreed they would try to implement a cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid into Syria.
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UAE Names Minister Of Happiness

The country's prime minister intends to channel policies and plans to achieve a happier society.
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Progress In Munich Talks: What That Means For Syrian Peace Process

Crucial international talks are underway in an effort to rev up the stalled Syrian peace negotiations. Here's what you need to know.
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Saudi Arabia Turns To Plan B As Low Oil Prices Rattle Economy

Planet Money tries to find out how low oil prices will change Saudi Arabia economically and culturally.
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NATO To Deploy Warships Between Greek Islands And Turkey

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews Ivo Daalder, former ambassador to NATO and currently president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, about how NATO can help the migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea.
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Global Markets Slide As Fed Chair Janet Yellen Briefs Congress

Stock markets around the world were down again Thursday. In the U.S., the Dow and the S&P were down about 2 percent at mid-day. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill briefing lawmakers, and the price of oil slipped below $27 a barrel.
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NATO Ships To Crack Down On Migrant Smuggling Networks

NATO is sending warships to patrol the waters between Turkey and the Greek islands, hoping to stop the activities of smugglers moving migrants into Europe. But those smugglers almost never leave the Turkish coast, and many people in Greece see the move as a public relations exercise aimed at assuaging German public opinion.
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Mexican City Gets Makeover Just In Time For Pope Visit

The city of Ecatepec, Mexico, got a makeover just in time for the Pope Francis' visit, which will undoubtedly show the schism between Francis' progressive church and Mexico's conservative hierarchy.
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Secretary Of State John Kerry Meets Russian Counterpart In Munich

As the U.S. blames Russia for undermining attempts to end the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart in Munich on Thursday. It's looking like a key moment in the effort to deal with the war.

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