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Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant

The recipient is a 21-year-old from a tribe in South Africa, whose organ was amputated due to complications from the circumcision. The hope is that transplants could be one way to aid other victims.
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Japan, China Hold Security Talks, Hoping To Defuse Tensions

The meeting between foreign ministers on both sides is the first such dialogue in four years after relations were frozen by Beijing in 2011 over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.
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A Chinese Tourism Boom Has South Koreans Cramming

South Korea is the top foreign destination for Chinese tourists, which means Koreans are scrambling to adjust to the hordes of travelers from the mainland.
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Thai Court Charges Ex-Premier Yingluck With Negligence

Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a military coup in May, will be tried for her role in overseeing a failed policy to boost the price of rice paid to mostly poor, rural farmers.
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Tunisian Museum Attack: 'I Thought It Was A Game,' Witness Says

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack that struck travelers from Japan, France, and other countries. Tunisia's president says his nation is "in a merciless war against terrorism."
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Australian Leader Raises Furor In Parliament With 'Goebbels' Comment

Roars of disapproval rang out in Australia's Parliament on Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Labor leader Bill Shorten "the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy."
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Filmmakers Find A Different Way To Show The Syrian Conflict

For years, an anonymous Syrian group has been posting short, simple films on the Internet featuring people opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But their films feature Syrians with every point of view, even including some who support the Assad regime. And they rarely show Syria's destruction or images of death. Charif Kiwan, a spokesperson for the group, calls such depictions undignified.
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Benjamin Netanyahu And Washington

The Israeli prime minister now says he opposes creating a Palestinian state, an idea the U.S. supports. Steve Inskeep speaks with Politico's Michael Crowley about changes in U.S.-Israeli relations.
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Attack On Museum Seen As Strike Against Tunisian Economy

Tunisia is reeling after a deadly attack on the Bardo National Museum left at least 20 foreign tourists dead. The gunmen took hostages before police shot two of the militants and caught at least one.
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As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

As part of an experiment, the men and women of a Marine armor unit are being assessed on difficult physical tasks, such as hooking up heavy towing gear. The women are keeping up, but it's a struggle.

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