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Fears Grow That ISIS Might Target Palmyra's Ancient Treasures

Ancient ruins in the Syrian city captured by Islamist extremists could suffer the same fate as priceless artifacts that were destroyed in other cities seized by the group.
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Freed From Boko Haram, Hostages Now Held By Nigeria's Military

The nearly 300 people rescued last month from Boko Haram are in military custody. There are suspicions that some are working with the extremist group. Renee Montagne talks to the AP's Michelle Faul.
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Personal Ad First: Mother In India Places Gay-Marriage Ad For Son

In India, homosexuality is illegal. Some big papers rejected the personal ad which read: Seeking well-placed, animal loving, vegetarian groom. Her son has received several responses.
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U.S.-Cuba Talks To Resume On Re-Establishing Diplomatic Relations

The U.S.-Cuban thaw announced last December raised expectations of a new diplomatic relationship. But talks, which resume Thursday, are moving slowly on the first step: re-opening embassies.
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Revelations Of British Pedophile Ring Spur Flood Of Abuse Reports

There were whispers of a pedophile ring at the highest levels of British government. Revelations suggest those rumors had substance and that a culture of deference helped hide child abuse for decades.
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U.S.: Venezuelan Officials Involved In Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

Steve Inskeep talks to Juan Forero of The Wall Street Journal about his report that officials are being investigated for allegedly turning the country into a hub for cocaine and money laundering.
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ISIS Takes Control Of Syria's Ancient City Of Palmyra

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra, known for its well-preserved antiquities. It also has gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.
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U.S. Engagment Against ISIS Can't Be Timid, Retired Marine General Says

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Marine General Gregory Newbold about what the U.S. is doing right, or wrong, in its efforts to militarily contain the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
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Why A Chinese Government Think Tank Attacked American Scholars

The think tank's article says professors are miscasting the history of the country's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). That's big for the Communist Party, which is invested in history — and who interprets it.
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WHO Calls For $100 Million Emergency Fund, Doctor 'SWAT Team'

The World Health Organization isn't ready for the next pandemic or international health crisis, so the agency's leader is calling for major reforms. But will the changes be enough?

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