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Islamic State Stitches Itself Into Fabric Of Seized Communities

NPR's Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard about how the self-declared Islamic State has been digging itself deeper into the communities it has seized.
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Of 4 Million Syrian Refugees, The U.S. Has Taken Fewer Than 1,000

The U.S has sent humanitarian aid to help Syrian civilians, but only a small number of refugees have been allowed into America. Now the U.S. says it will increase the number of those admitted.
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How Mexico Quietly Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

A series of low-profile court rulings culminated with a Supreme Court decision this month that says limiting marriage to a man and a woman was discriminatory and in violation of the constitution.
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As NAFTA Memories Linger, Unions Hold Fast Against New Trade Deal

Labor unions argue it's yet another deal that will erode American jobs and benefit corporations. But labor specialists say there's a flip side: Companies more engaged in global trade pay higher wages.
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Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi To Life, And Then To Death

The rulings in Cairo confirm sentences against the ousted leader that were handed down this spring. NPR's Leila Fadel says "the cases have been criticized as show trials with fantastical accusations."
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Al-Qaida Says Its No. 2 Leader Was Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Nasir al-Wahishi was part of al-Qaida's "old guard," NPR's Alice Fordham reports. He was a veteran of the fighting in Afghanistan and had been Osama bin Laden's personal secretary.
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'Jurassic World' Speaks A Universal Language

Jurassic World made more than $500 million in less than a week. The movie was No. 1 in every country. That includes China which only allows about 30 Hollywood movies to officially screen each year.
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Will Pope's Much-Anticipated Encyclical Be A Clarion Call On Climate Change?

On Thursday, the Vatican releases Pope Francis' document on the environment and poverty. He has said he believes global warming is a moral, and man-made, issue — angering climate change skeptics.
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Al-Qaida's No. 2 Leader Is Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate announced on Tuesday that its leader Nasir al-Wahishi was killed by a U.S. drone strike last week. He was also the second-in-command to overall chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
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Clinton Walks Delicate Line On Trade, Economy In First Press Conference

The Democratic presidential candidate called the current stalemate in Congress a "process issue" and also addressed the question of her family's finances.

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