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Jailed Protest Leader Urges Venezuelans To Keep Demonstrating

Leopoldo Lopez tells his supporters they need to keep pressing for new leadership to replace the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. The government blames him for clashes in the streets.
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Why Can't The Former Soviet Republics Figure Out Democracy?

Ukraine is the latest bloody example of an ex-Soviet republic unable to build a stable political system. Despite more than 20 years of independence, most of these countries still face autocratic rule.
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Stromae's Lyrics 'Show A Different Vision Of The World'

Stromae has become a music sensation in Europe with his catchy rhythms and lyrics evoking real-life struggles. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his work and personal story.
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U.K. Court OKs Detention Of Reporter Glenn Greenwald's Partner

David Miranda was stopped and held at London's Heathrow Airport for nine hours in August. Authorities seized a hard drive that had materials provided by "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden.
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Kiev Is 'A War Zone' As Chaos Continues In Ukraine

Clashes between police and anti-government protesters continue. On Tuesday, at least 25 people were killed and more than 240 were injured.
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Kurds Bypass Iraq Government, Build Oil Pipeline To Turkey

In the autonomous northern region of Iraq, the Kurds have decided to take the contentious matter of oil into their own hands. They built a pipeline out of the country bypassing the central government and sparking outrage in Baghdad. Steve Inskeep talks to Ben Lando, of the Iraq Oil Report, which covers daily happenings in and around Iraq.
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Dozens Dead In Ukraine Anti-Government Protests

As Ukrainian riot police tried to clear thousands of demonstrators camped out behind barricades on the capital's Independence Square, protesters responded with rocks and Molotov cocktails. It was the deadliest day since pro-Western demonstrators took to the streets last fall to protest the pro-Russian president's decision not to sign a trade deal with the European Union.For more, Renee Montagne talks to the BBC' David Stern.
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In Venezuela, Anti-Government Demonstrations Build

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans marched in Caracas after the arrest of an opposition leader. The protests come a year into the tenure of President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen a sagging economy.
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Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico

President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. The three presidents are talking about the increased trade among their countries, 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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Malala Fund Tries To Help Educate Child Refugees From Syria

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has become a powerful advocate for children's education. She toured a refugee camp in Jordan along the border with Syria. Malala and Shiza Shahid, the CEO of the Malala fund, spoke with Renee Montagne about the desperate need for more schools and educational opportunities for children of Syrian refugees.

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