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Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza

Escalating its conflict with Hamas, Israel began shelling the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, clearing the way for ground troops. Israel is targeting tunnels Hamas uses to attack its territory.
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A Brief History Of Civilian Planes That Have Been Shot Down

It's rare, but commercial flights do come under fire. In fact, the Ukrainian army accidentally downed a Russian civilian plane with a missile during a military exercise in Crimea in 2001.
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Feeling The Heat, Burning The Suits: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

The Ebola treatment center in Kailahun is the largest ever built, with 64 beds. A visit reveals the toll on the staff — and how much of the Ebola-fighting budget literally goes up in smoke.
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Malala Yousafzai Continues To Push For Equality And Justice

The global icon traveled to Nigeria to visit with schoolgirls who escaped from Boko Haram militants. In this encore broadcast, she talks about what drives her activism to change the lives of women.
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She's Got A Perfect Afro — And A Melodious Vision For African Musicians

Meklit Hadero was born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S. She's a folk-jazz artist who's been likened to Joni Mitchell. And she brings East African musicians together to share their beats.
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Malaysian Jet That Crashed In Ukraine May Have Been Shot Down

A U.S. official has told NPR that a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying nearly 300 people was likely shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
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Beating The Odds: Coping With The Loss Of An Incarcerated Parent

In part four of our Beating the Odds series, we'll hear from a teenager about the dark period her family experienced after her father went to prison.

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Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions

The tax was imposed on about 350 of the nation's top polluters under the country's previous center-left government.
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Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes

It's the second plane in recent days that Kiev says was downed by a missile fired from Russian territory — the strongest accusation to date of Moscow's direct involvement in the separatist conflict.
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A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins

Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. But the peace is now over, and attacks have resumed.

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