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Pope Francis Touches Down In Havana

The pope arrived in Cuba on Saturday for the start of a 10-day trip that will include his first-ever visit to the U.S. In Cuba, the pope's visit will highlight his role as peacebroker.
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Thai Activists Stage Pro-Democracy Rally In Defiance Of Junta

A few hundred activists from the New Democracy Movement marched through the streets of Bangkok calling for a restoration of elected government.
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Pope Arrives In Havana For Start Of Cuba Visit

Francis will spend several days in the island nation, where he will visit President Raul Castro. In the U.S., the pontiff will meet with President Obama and address Congress and the United Nations.
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China Calls On North Korea To Halt Planned Space Launch, Nuclear Test

Beijing says "all parties" involved in the North Korean nuclear issue should refrain from actions that could increase tensions.
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Let's Go Fly A Million Kites (And Watch Them Cut Each Other)

Each January, the skies over cities in the Indian state of Gujarat are full of kites. It's a celebration of spring — and a chance for cutthroat competition.
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The Pope's Visit Will Stretch Cuba's Overworked Hotels And Eateries

The number of tourists visiting Cuba this year may break last year's record of 3 million. With this weekend's visit by Pope Francis, Cuba's overflowing tourist infrastructure will be put to the test.

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On Greek Island, Syrians And Iraqis Find Respite Before Moving On

NPR's Peter Kenyon sends this postcard from the Greek island of Lesbos, where he met a Syrian woman whose relatives were killed by ISIS, and an Iraqi man who worked with U.S. forces.
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Croatia, Hungary Trade Refugees And Harsh Words

Zagreb has begun sending thousands of migrants back to hard-line Hungary, sparking a war of words between the two nations over border security.
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U.S. Works To Speed Up Refugee Response

Anne Richard, the assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, tells NPR's Scott Simon the Obama administration wants to ramp up the number of Syrian war refugees it takes in.
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Russia's Military Deployment In Syria Reignites Contact With U.S.

NPR's Scott Simon discusses Russia's new military deployments to Syria with Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times. Myers says Russia worries its client, Syrian President Bashar Assad, may soon fall.

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