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Mediator: Syrian Peace Talks Have 'Not Come Out With Very Much'

Lakhdar Brahimi apologizes that the first two rounds of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition have produced little of substance.
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Drink Vodka, Eat Pickles, Repeat: Mastering The Zakuski Spread

Zakuski are like Russian tapas. More than a delicious snack, these dishes also tell the story of Russia. From "Herring Under a Fur Coat" to pickled everything, zakuski teach us about harsh winters and state-sponsored products in the Soviet era.
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1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

Twenty-six percent in a survey of 2,200 people conducted in 2012 answered that the Sun revolves around the Earth, and fewer than half correctly answered a question about human origins.
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Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'?

Thousands of Muslims have resorted to hiding in mosques or even churches, afraid of being killed by Christian militias. Many are asking for help crossing the border, but the United Nations is hesitant to support the minority's exodus.
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Author Of Book Yanked In India Says Move Has Backfired

Penguin Books, India, withdrew Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternate History after a Hindu group's court challenge. The group said the book denigrated Hinduism. Doniger defended the publisher but said the Indian law that makes offending religious sentiment a crime should be changed.
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When Not In Sochi, Order The Khatchapuri And Eat Like You Are

Athletes and spectators are giving the food in Sochi rave reviews. But what are they eating, exactly? It's a mashup of Soviet-era Russian faves, punctuated with foods of the Caucasus that have long been special treats for people visiting the Russian Riviera.
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Diasporas Reinvesting In Their Home Countries

The Washington region is home to several large diaspora communities. During a recent trip to Africa, Kojo spoke with two members of D.C.'s Ethiopian diaspora who are focused on investment opportunities inside of the country where they grew up.

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WATCH: A Death-Defying Climb To The Top Of Shanghai Tower

Two daredevils, one from Russia, the other from the Ukraine, sneak onto the construction site at the as-yet-unfinished world's second-tallest building and climb to the top.
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo On A Mission To Preserve Culture

South Africa's award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are first and foremost a family. Members Albert Mazibuko and Babuyile Shabalala tell host Michel Martin what's kept the group together for 50 years, and share a bit of their signature sound. This segment originally aired Jan. 30, 2014, on Tell Me More.
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Friend Finds Humanity In The Death Of Journalist Daniel Pearl

Journalist Asra Nomani spent years trying to process the death of her good friend, Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in Pakistan. Host Michel Martin hears why Nomani needed to tell Pearl's final story. This segment originally aired Jan. 28, 2014, on Tell Me More.

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