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A Paris 'Beach Party' Turns Into A Middle East Protest

Parisians create an urban beach on the banks of the Seine every summer to conjure seashores around the world. This year's fantasy beach, Tel Aviv, sparked protests and a rival "Gaza" beach.
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China Evacuates Tianjin Blast Site As Sodium Cyanide Found

Wednesday's massive explosion in Tianjin killed more than 100; then fire broke out, and more explosions followed. Now Chinese authorities are clearing the area over fears of sodium cyanide poisoning.
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U.S. Officials Say Self-Proclaimed Islamic State Leader Raped American Hostage

Mueller's family says officials have told them that she was taken as a "wife" by the leader of ISIS. Mueller's death was reported in February. The circumstances have not been confirmed by the U.S.
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'Running Away Is The Best Policy': Syrian Refugee Recalls Journey To Greece

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Soufian Almobark, who fled Aleppo, Syria, about his difficult journey to the Greek island of Lesbos, and the squalid conditions in the camp.
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What Caused The Warehouse Explosions In Tianjin, China?

Chinese officials have not said what caused the explosions Wednesday in Tianjin, China. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with chemical risk expert David Leggett about the chemicals known to be at the site.
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U.S. Investigating Whether ISIS Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Reports have said the self-proclaimed Islamic State likely used mustard gas against Kurdish forces. Officials tell NPR they have not determined what chemical, if any, was used.
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Japanese Prime Minister Expresses 'Profound Grief' For WWII Aggression

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a statement Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Asian countries, who were invaded by Japan during the war, closely watched the speech.
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U.S. Investigates Reports ISIS Used Chemical Weapons In Attack On Kurds

The United States is investigating reports that self-declared Islamic State fighters used a chemical agent, possibly mustard gas, in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq earlier this week.
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Letters: Greek Migrants, Summer Movies

NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listener letters, including reaction to an interview about boatloads of migrants washing up on the Greek Island of Chios, and a Bob Mondello piece about good movies to cool you off on a hot summer's day.
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Secretary Of State John Kerry Raises Flag At Reopened U.S. Embassy In Cuba

Secretary of State John Kerry raises a flag at the reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana on Friday, marking a change in relations between the Cold War era foes.

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