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Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Upgrade

The theoretical physicist has been using the same communication system for more than 20 years, until now. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Horst Haussecker of Intel about the new and faster technology.
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For Iran, The Trend Lines All Seem To Point In The Wrong Direction

Many Iranians were upbeat when Hassan Rouhani was elected last year. But much of that optimism has faded due to the nuclear talks that are dragging and a bleak economic outlook.
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In Liberia, 'Looking Good Is A Business'

Liberians have been through a lot. A long, devastating civil war left the nation in a shambles, and now Ebola is raging across the country. But even when things are bad, Liberians like to look good.
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In The Philippines, More Than 1 Million Flee Typhoon Hagupit

The storm toppled trees and flooded neighborhoods across a swath of the island nation, but so far appears to have spared the region the deadly destruction of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
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The Decreasing Loneliness Of The Indian Long-Distance Runner

Our India correspondent used to say she'd only run if a tiger were chasing her. Now she's a jogger in New Delhi — and finds that many former non-runners are joining her in parks and in races.
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Remains Of 1 Of 43 Missing Mexican Students Identified

In September, 43 students went missing in Mexico; drug gang members confessed to their murder last month. Now, the remains of one student have been identified.
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'Always Giving Us Hope': Friends, Family Remember Luke Somers

The American photojournalist was held captive by al-Qaida militants in Yemen for more than a year; he was killed Saturday during a failed U.S. rescue attempt.
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American Hostage Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

American photojournalist Luke Somers was killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. special forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Sean Carberry in Afghanistan about what happened.
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Key Al-Qaida Leader Reportedly Killed In Pakistani Raid

Adnan Shukrijumah, who allegedly planned bombings in London and New York and served as the head of al-Qaida's external operations, was killed by troops near the Afghan border, Islamabad says.
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Q&A: J is for Jihad

A new book argues that education aid, when done badly, can bring the opposite of peace.

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