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The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.
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After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.
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Palestinians Seek To Join International Criminal Court

Membership in the ICC could allow the Palestinians a means to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. But the move is likely to draw sharp response from Israel and the U.S.
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Fallen Heroes: A Tribute To The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola

The virus has taken a tragic toll in their ranks. At hospitals and clinics, their photos are displayed along with messages from their friends and family: "May you rest in perfect peace."
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A Son Is Lost Without His Mother. So Is A Country

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh is hailed as a hero in Nigeria. She and her team refused to release an Ebola patient who was demanding to leave the hospital. But her dedication came at a cost.
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Obama's Iran Remarks Labeled Conciliatory, Naive

In an interview with NPR, the president left open the door to reopen the embassy in Tehran, called Iran's defense concerns "legitimate" and said it could become a "successful regional power."
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Weather Hampers AirAsia Search; Sonar May Have Found Parts Of Plane

Sonar may have located parts of the AirAsia flight that disappeared Sunday over the Java Sea with 162 people on board. Recovery teams have now pulled at least seven bodies from the choppy waters.
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2014 Got Off To A Tense Start For China

President Xi Jinping consolidated power in a manner not seen since the 1980s, making him China's most powerful leader in a long time. And, he waged an intensive anti-corruption drive.
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Need A New Year's Ritual? We Have Some Ideas

Across the country and the world, people will ring in the New Year with rituals. Steve Inskeep reports on a few — including taking a plunge in to the freezing Irish Sea on New Year's Day.
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Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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