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Kate Bush Sells Out 22 Shows In Less Than 15 Minutes

Kate Bush fans have waited 35 years for her to go on tour. The rather reclusive British singer-songwriter has launched her first live shows since 1979 — but she's performing all of them in London.
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How The Islamic State Smuggles Oil To Fund Its Campaign

As Islamic State militants have marched across Syria and Iraq, oil smuggling has been a major part of their strategy. They have targeted oil fields and refineries and work with a range of middlemen.
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Time To Send A Message To Pregnant Women Who Use Tobacco

For the first time, there's data on tobacco use by pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries. The news is not too bad. But there's still a need for messages about the risk to an unborn child.
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Iraqi Parliament Approves New Government Led By Abadi

After months of uncertainty and political wrangling, Iraq finally has a new government, led by Shiite Haider al-Abadi. He replaces Nouri al-Maliki.
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New Iraqi Government Still Faces ISIS Threat

Iraq's parliament elected a new prime minister and cabinet officials on Monday but it's unclear whether the changes will help counter the Islamist militants who have taken over much of the country.
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Radicalized Westerners May Face Prison If They Go Home

More than 500 British Muslims have traveled to Syria to fight in its civil war over the past three years. Now some of them have become disillusioned and want to return home — but a long prison term may be waiting for them. Robert Siegel talks to Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.
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If Scotland Ever Leaves U.K., What Stays Behind?

Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Tickell, author of the blog "Lallands Peat Worrier" and law lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. He's a supporter of Scottish independence and talks about how it might affect currency, armed forces, treaty obligations, regulations and law.
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From A Chinese Apartment To Wall Street Darling: The Rise Of Alibaba

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's initial public stock offering in New York is expected to be one of the biggest ever. It's come a long way since a former English teacher founded it in 1999.
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After A Tumultuous Summer, Ukrainian Kids Return To School

With Ukraine in an uneasy cease-fire, schoolkids returned to class this month and attempted to resume normal life. They tell what back-to-school feels like when their country's been at war all summer.
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In The County Where Ebola First Struck Liberia, A Cry For Help

The virus reportedly crossed the border from Guinea into lush Lofa County in March. Health workers risk their lives to care for the sick — and are "flabbergasted" at the lack of international aid.

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