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At Iranian Colleges, Some See Brighter Future In Another Country

President Hassan Rouhani is promising more opportunities for young Iranians. NPR's Peter Kenyon found that many college students like his rhetoric, but don't want to wait and see if it becomes reality.
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Delhi's Crusading Chief Minister Resigns, Slams Main Parties

Arvind Kejriwal stepped down less than two months after his stunning rise to the position. His move came after lawmakers in the state assembly blocked an anti-corruption measure that he has championed.
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Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

Mount Kelud blasted volcanic soot 12 miles into the air on the island of Java as it erupted, killing several people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands.
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Syria Peace Talks Appear Near Collapse

The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are in deep trouble. Representatives of the opposition met a delegation from Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime several times this week. But the two sides can't agree on an agenda.
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Men's Olympic Figure Skating Moves To Free Program

Some unfortunate falls have changed the outlook for men's figure skating. Japan and Canada are in the lead. And, Russian star Evgeni Plushenko withdrew from the competition because of a back problem.
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Venezuela's Crime And Shortages Fuel Anti-Government Protests

Anti-government demonstrations have turned violent. Steve Inskeep talks to Juan Forero, a Wall Street Journal correspondent, about the backdrop for the protests — a collapsing economy, rampant crime and shortages of basic goods.
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Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy

Most Iranians back President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to reach out to the world, but so far there's been very little tangible improvement in an economy that's been hurting for years.
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More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees

President Obama used to say that he wanted to rely more on career diplomats to serve as U.S. ambassadors. But he's been opting for political appointees who are big donors with limited international experience.
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U.K. Warns Scotland: Vote To Secede, Lose Common Currency

Scots vote in a referendum on independence from the U.K. in September, and the pro-independence leader had previously said the new country would retain the pound as its currency. The message from London on Thursday: Not so fast.
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Syrian Unrest Explodes Into Beirut Suburbs

Beirut's sprawling southern suburb used to be a lively place, with cafes and juice bars spilling onto the streets. But it's also an area where Hezbollah enjoys wide support, and as the group has got more involved in the Syrian conflict, there have been repercussions for its supporters in the form of car bombs. The once-vibrant area is now filling sandbags and putting up blast walls — though a feisty spirit endures.

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