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Banned Burkini Highlights Tensions Over French Terrorist Attacks

In France, a number of mayors in beach towns have banned the body and head-covering bathing suit worn by Muslim women known as the burkini. Muslims call it Islamophobia.
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Strong Earthquake Strikes Central Italy While Residents Slept

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday morning. It set off tremors in Rome nearly 100 miles away. David Greene talks to Nicole Winfield, an AP correspondent in Rome.
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Biden To Try To Smooth U.S. Relations With Turkey

Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey for meetings with the country's president. It's the highest level U.S. visit to Turkey since a failed coup attempt there that led to a crisis in U.S. relations.
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Egyptian Prisons Blamed For Young Men Becoming Radicalized

The unprecedented numbers of political prisoners in Egyptian jails could lead to a super-sized version of an old Egyptian problem: prisoners being radicalized behind bars.
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Zika Images Show 'Worst Brain Infections That Doctors Will Ever See'

Babies born with small heads are "just the tip of the iceberg" of what Zika does to a fetus's brain, says Dr. Deborah Levine, a contributor to a new study.
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'The Terror Years' Traces The Rise Of Al-Qaida And ISIS

Lawrence Wright's new book collects his essays for The New Yorker on the growth of terrorism in the Middle East, from the Sept. 11 attacks to the recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers.
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Controversy Erupts In Russia Over Report On Female Genital Mutilation

It's the first systematic documentation of the practice in the republic of Dagestan. Reactions from a mufti, a priest and a rabbi have sparked a charged debate.
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Gang Rape Of Aid Workers In South Sudan Is A Turning Point

The country faces one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. But the brutal rape has left aid agencies wondering whether to pull out their foreign staff.
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Syrian Regime Area Residents Suffer Amid Deadly Rebel Offensive

Syrian regime attacks like the one that wounded an Aleppo boy in images last week have been commonplace. But recently rebels are attacking civilians on the government side of town as well.
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South Sudan's Current Conflict Leaves Residents In 'Desperate State'

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Justin Lynch, a journalist in Juba, South Sudan, about the roots of the current conflict in that country.

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