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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.
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Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

Pro-democracy protesters have replaced barricades in the congested Mong Kong district of the city hours after authorities dismantled the obstacles.
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Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

In the British island territory, Gonzalo has wiped out power to roughly half of the island's 70,000 inhabitants.
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Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons

The Free Syrian Army has been outgunned in the country's multi-sided civil war. But they say they have fighting experience, and if the U.S. provides arms and training they could play a key role.
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European Slowdown Drives Roller-Coaster Week In Markets

Concerns in Europe over a slowdown in economic growth have been rattling global financial markets. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent John Ydstie about the volatile week on Wall Street.
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Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.
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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.
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The Ebola Survivors Who Can't Go Home

They beat the deadly virus, but transportation back home is hard to come by. So they're living in an abandoned hospital ward, hoping someday to resume the life they had before Ebola struck.
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Universities To Speakers Who've Visited West Africa: En Garde!

Fears of Ebola — not always justified — have caused organizers in Africa and the United States to cancel or reschedule events they worry may lead to spread of the disease.
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Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

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