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Found At Sea: 30 Tons Of Hashish, On Fire

Crew members set the fire to get rid of their cargo, according to officials in Italy and Malta. Authorities had approached the Gold Star, a Tanzania-registered ship, for an inspection Friday afternoon.
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Downing St. Denies 'Dozy' David Cameron Left Secrets Unguarded

The prime minister took a train from London to York on Saturday, and a passenger says Cameron left his "red box" unattended for a time. It's one of the traditional briefcases that British officials use to carry papers. Cameron's office, though, says security personnel were always near.
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NSA Surveillance And The Legacy Of 9/11

Kojo examines new revelations about NSA surveillance and explores the tension between national security and personal privacy.

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'New' Van Gogh Painting Identified; Was In A Norwegian Attic

Sunset at Montmajour was painted in 1888. Because it was unsigned, researchers had doubted its authenticity. But now, thanks to closer examinations of the canvas, brush strokes and letters that Van Gogh wrote, experts are convinced it's the real thing.
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Strike On Syria: Meaningless Gesture Or Necessary Response?

If the U.S. does not take action, Syrian President Bashar Assad will use chemical weapons "again and again," U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power says. But Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sees "no direct security threat" to the U.S. or its allies. The debate is building to votes in Congress.
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Humanitarian Aid Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syrian Strikes

Millions of Syrians have poured into refugee camps, where food, water and health services are scarce. As the U.S. prepares for possible military action, aid agencies are preparing for thousands more people to flee and worsen the humanitarian crisis.
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Tourists Flock To Downton, England

An English village is getting an accidental tourism boost thanks to the hit British TV show Downton Abbey. The show is set in a location that's fictional but that hasn't stopped American tourists from swarming Downton, England.
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U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power Presses For Strikes On Syria

As the White House begins a major public and private effort to rally support for U.S. military action in Syria, Steve Inskeep talks to Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is one of the architects of the White House policy on Syria.
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IOC Reinstates Wrestling To Summer Olympics

The sport of wrestling has been given a reprieve and will be included in the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympics. How did the ancient sport of wrestling wind up on the chopping block in the first place?
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Concert Stirs Strife In Disputed Kashmir Region

The German government sponsored the concert and chose as the venue Srinagar, Kashmir. That's the disputed territory in the Himalayas over which India and Pakistan have twice gone to war. Indian-controlled Kashmir has been torn by internal conflict as well for two decades as separatists fought to expel Indian forces.

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