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Islamic State Reportedly Seizes Last Syria-Iraq Border Crossing

The checkpoint at al-Tanf, known as al-Waleed in Iraq, has been seized, according to a British-based monitoring group that says ISIS fighters now control half of Syria.
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How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.
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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominantly Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.
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State Department Envoy Defends Administration's Efforts Against ISIS

Steve Inskeep talks to Brett McGurk, the State Department's deputy special envoy to the coalition fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State, about the administration's strategy in Iraq and Syria.
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Talking To Qatar's World Cup Workers Gets BBC Reporter Arrested

Qatar is getting bad press for its treatment of migrant workers building 2022 World Cup facilities. Renee Montagne talks to the BBC's Mark Lobel, who was arrested when he talked to migrant workers.
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Visting Georgetown Professor Among Those Egypt Sentences To Death

Renee Montagne talks to Emad Shahin, one of more than 100 Egyptians who received a death sentence, along with ex-President Morsi, for alleged roles in events surrounding Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.
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Korean Air 'Nut Rage' Executive Freed From Prison

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded that a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking.
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Senate Advances Bill To Give Obama 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

The Senate is trying to wrap up its business before leaving Washington, D.C., for a week-long recess. That includes considering a bill to give President Obama expanded authority on trade.
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Macedonians, Ethnic Albanians Unite Over Effort to Oust Prime Minister

Macedonia escaped largely unscathed from the ethnic violence that defined the breakup of Yugoslavia. But the country's Slavs and Albanians live largely separate and unequal lives, until now.
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Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland could make history Friday when voters decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. It would be a striking change for a country where abortion is still outlawed and divorce was only legalized in the mid-1990s.

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