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Japanese Soldier Who Fought On For 29 Years After WWII Dies

For nearly three decades, until 1974, Lt. Hiroo Onoda lived in a Philippine jungle. During those years he continued to battle with villagers. As many as 30 people were killed. It wasn't until his former commander ordered Onoda to lay down his arms that he surrendered. Onoda died Thursday. He was 91.
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U.S. Tries To Limit Iran's Role At Syrian Peace Talks

Prospects for a political settlement to Syria's civil war at next week's talks in Geneva are slim. Iran is a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Renee Montagne assesses that support in a conversation with Iran-watcher Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council.
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Colombia Aims To Improve Its Embattled Mining Industry

Alabama-based Drummond Co. has been fined $3.6 million in Colombia for polluting beaches and dumping coal into the ocean. Drummond reflects the wider dilemma facing the Colombian government when it comes to mining. It is promoting foreign investment but environmental controls are lax, leading to contaminated rivers, mercury poisoning and deforestation.
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Catalonia Pushes For Independence From Spain

Lawmakers in the Spanish province of Catalonia have voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding a November referendum on independence from Spain. Madrid says it won't allow that to happen but it's unclear if it can stop the vote from taking place.
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'Lost Boy' Who Survived Civil War Avoids More Bloodshed

David Greene talks to Daniel Majok Gai, a former so-called Lost Boy who was in the new nation of South Sudan when violence erupted last month. He and his family spent a week hiding out in bushes and eventually escaped to Kenya. In 1987 when Gai was a boy, he was separated from his family during Sudan's civil war.
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An Unusual Twist In Recent West Bank Clash

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, near-daily incidents between Jewish settlers and Palestinians keep tensions at a constant simmer. Olive trees are destroyed, tires are slashed, mosques are defaced. But Palestinians defused further violence in a confrontation last week when they protected Jewish settlers.
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NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

A presentation slide cited by The Guardian is subtitled "SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit." The top secret Dishfire text-collection program was reportedly both global and arbitrary.
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ln A Global Economy, Why's It So Expensive To Transfer My Money?

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who recently arrived in London, reports that all the wonders of modern technology have somehow not managed to reduce the time or the maddeningly high costs of transferring money across national borders.
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In London, The Case Of The Purloined Water Lily

An exceptionally rare flower that is virtually extinct has been stolen from London's Kew Gardens, in a crime experts say could be the work of an obsessed collector. aA British newspaper says that stealing the precious water lily "is like an old master theft."
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Trial Starts For Suspects In Ex-Lebanese Leader's Slaying

The four Hezbollah members accused of killing former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 are being tried in absentia. Prosecutors in Leidschendam, Netherlands, said Thursday they have pieced together mobile phone data allegedly used by the plotters. Hezbollah has denied any role in the killing.

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