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How NATO Is Trying To Change The Narrative In Afghanistan

The International Security Assistance Force is engaged in an aggressive media campaign to show Afghans their army and police are capable of providing security, and that the international community will continue to provide economic and military support. But the U.S.-NATO-led mission is doing more than "messaging" the Afghan public, it's also trying to reach audiences back home.
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Families Of Drone Strike Victims Tell Their Stories

Human rights groups reported recently on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan that have killed civilians. On Wednesday, family members of victims of those strikes meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
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Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa

The number of polio cases globally sank to an all-time low in 2012. But outbreaks in Syria and Somalia this year are jeopardizing efforts to eradicate the virus. A recent visit to the Somali-Ethiopian border highlights just how easily polio can regain a foothold in rural, insecure communities.
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French Hostages Held In West Africa Since 2010 Win Freedom

The four, captives of an al-Qaida affiliate, will be on their way home soon, French President Francois Hollande says. They had been held since their capture at a uranium mining operation in Niger.
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Syrian Drug Sales Fuel Country's Civil War

Audie Cornish talks with Aryn Baker, Middle East bureau chief for Time magazine, about her recent article on the use of illegal drug Captagon in the Middle East and its role in the Syrian civil war. Different groups involved in the conflict have been selling the amphetamine to fund their respective operations.
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Polio Returns To Syria As Health System Crumbles

The World Health Organization has confirmed that polio has re-emerged in Syria for the first time in 14 years. Efforts are underway to immunize millions of children throughout the Middle East to try keep the virus from spreading.
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NSA Chief: We Did Not Collect French, Spanish Phone Data

The head of the NSA testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday. General Keith Alexander disputed news reports that the NSA collected the phone call data of citizens in France and Spain. The NSA is facing tough criticism over its extensive surveillance efforts, including the apparent monitoring of phone calls of the leaders of countries that are close U.S. allies. The NSA controversy has also prompted legislators to change the way the agency conducts surveillance. Two reforms aim to limit the NSA's ability to collect the phone records of U.S. persons in bulk.
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Israeli-Palestinian Talks Progressing, Despite Sore Spots

Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have met 13 times — that's a hair over once a week if you count from August 13, the first day they sat down together in this part of the world since Kerry announced the restart of talks. What true progress has been made is difficult to judge, but some things are clear. Settlements are a continuing sore point for Palestinians. The Jordan Valley will be fought over for both its economic and security value. Some Israeli lawmakers are trying to tie the government's hands, while others have gone to Ramallah to show support. And nobody knows what to do about Hamas.
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Tienanmen Square Car Crash Leads To Questions And Censorship

Police in China are reportedly searching for two men from the country's far west region in connection with a car crash in Tiananmen Square that killed five people and injured 38 Monday. The incident has Chinese censors deleting online discussions relating to the crash.
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New Evidence Re-Opens Britain's 'Plebe-Gate' Scandal

A year ago, a conservative British cabinet minister was forced to step down after being publicly excoriated for dismissing a pair of police officers as 'plebes', or commoners. Now, a new version of events is beginning to emerge.

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