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Iran's Invitation To Syria Peace Talks Causes Diplomatic Stir

Syrian opposition groups threatened to skip the talks on ending Syria's civil war after the United Nations invited Iran to attend. The U.S. is also trying to figure out if Iran would agree to terms calling for an end to the Assad regime. Renee Montagne talks to Rami Khouri, director of the Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut.
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Flying Doctors Nigeria Began As Female Pilot's Dream

Dr. Ola Orekunrin's dream of creating an air ambulance service in Nigeria was dismissed by many experts as impossible. But the young doctor and helicopter pilot refused to give up. Dr. Orekunrin tells host Michel Martin what it took to set up Flying Doctors Nigeria. This segment originally aired Dec. 5, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Fairness In Covering Israel And The Palestinians: The End Of An Accounting

Over 11 years, John Felton has reviewed more than 4,000 NPR stories related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in quarterly reports that form an extraordinary study of American journalism. This is his last one. His summation: some flaws, but that the critics who charge bias really want bias for their side.
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Profiting From Rhinos, Far From Their Habitat

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Rhinoceros horns now sell for more on the black market than cocaine or heroin. Demand from Southeast Asian consumers is primarily to blame. In order to cash in, thieves have begun targeting a different kind of rhino habitat: museums. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with journalist Adam Higginbotham about the so-called "Rathkeale Rovers," a gang suspected of several thefts.
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Iran To Take First Step Toward Long-Term Deal

On Monday, the nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran officially kicks in. But this agreement is just a first step in a long negotiation process. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Karim Sadjadpour, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about what to expect from additional disarmament talks.
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South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing

For the third consecutive year, one section of the U.S.-Mexico border had a higher rate of illegal crossing than any other — the Rio Grande Valley. It's the closest crossing for Central Americans fleeing violence at home, but for them, the U.S. crossing is just the last, deadly portion of the trip.
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Iran Nuclear Deal Takes Effect Monday

The deal is only an interim one, but it is the first step in yet another effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute, who does not believe that this deal is a good one. Pletka is the co-author of Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran.
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Syria's Main Opposition Agrees To Peace Talks

The Syrian National Coalition, the Western-backed opposition group, agreed Friday to attend this week's peace talks in Switzerland. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with reporter Deborah Amos about what led to the decision, and whether the talks might help resolve a raging three-year conflict.
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Germans Cautious About Obama's NSA Proposals

President Obama proposed changes to address how the National Security Agency collects and stores information, especially with regards to surveillance of foreign governments. But Germans are especially skeptical that the changes will actually mean an end to American eavesdropping.
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Opium Poppy Growth Booming In Afghanistan

The U.S. has sent billions of dollars to Afghanistan for drug eradication, but to little effect. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, who testified on the hill Wednesday about the future of counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan.

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