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Artist Shirin Neshat Captures Iran's Sharp Contrasts In Black And White

The Iranian-born visual artist has made her home country's turbulent history the subject of high art. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a retrospective of her work.
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Elian Gonzalez Says He Would Like To Visit U.S. As A Tourist

Now 21, Gonzalez was seized 15 years ago from his relatives in Miami by U.S. officials who returned him to his native country. His mother died trying to reach the U.S. His father wanted him back.
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Self-Declared Islamic State Takes Iraqi City Of Ramadi

NPR's Melissa Block interviews New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango about how the self-proclaimed Islamic State took control of Ramadi, Iraq, despite American air support.
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White House Says Fall Of Ramadi, Iraq, Is A 'Setback'

The Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again as a major American political issue.
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Cellphones Or School? What Makes Kids Around The World Happy

Whether they're rich or poor, kids around the world are generally happy with their lives, an international study finds. But when it comes to liking school, poor children come out on top.
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Labor Groups Blast Working Conditions In Qatar Ahead Of World Cup

Their call comes on the same day the BBC said a reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari jail for trying to film migrant workers who are building the infrastructure for the sporting event.
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Motorist Uses Fountain As A Free Car Wash

A man in Wakefield, England, drove his car in circles under the fountain's jets. The cleaning continued until a police car drove up. No word if the driver was ticketed or if he was packing a ShamWow.
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How China's Censors Influence Hollywood

Huge box office numbers underscore how essential the Chinese market has become to Hollywood's bottom line. Money is power — meaning the Communist Party has increasing influence over big U.S. movies.
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Rohingya Migrants Left Out At Sea, No Country Will Allow Them Ashore

Rohingya Muslims are fleeing their homeland of Myanmar but no country will take them in. Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Smith of Fortify Rights, a nonprofit watchdog that documents Rohingyas' plight.
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ISIS Takes Control Of Ramadi, Key Iraqi City

The so-called Islamic State, also known as Isis, seized Ramadi after government forces left their positions. The action came despite U.S. airstrikes and efforts of Iraqi ground forces to repel ISIS.

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