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Local Economy Suffers After Afghan Housing Bubble Bursts

The housing bubble in Afghanistan was created by the influx of international organizations and their thousands of workers over the last 12 years. As countries pull out of Afghanistan, rent prices are tumbling, vacancies are soaring and sales have flatlined.
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Twittersphere Lets Us In On Diplomats 'Normal' Banter

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power used Twitter to tweet her Russian counterpart after he made snarky comments about her meeting with members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot. It's the latest high-profile incident of diplomats engaging each other using less than 140 characters. Renee Montagne talks with Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about diplomatic protocol in the era of social media.
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U.S. Soccer Team Gets 'Tough' Draw In World Cup's First Round

The World Cup soccer extravaganza being held in Brazil opens in June. And the U.S. team faces a number of challenges. It will face some of the world's best teams and will be doing this in the middle of the Amazon.
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Iran Celebrates Revolution's 35th Anniversary

The anniversary comes at a time when Iran's new president appears to be trying to reduce tensions over the country's nuclear program, and seeking closer ties with the West. Renee Montagne talks to Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, about the celebrations in Iran.
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Political Change Allows Ex-Iranian Diplomat To Visit Iran

Steve Inskeep talks to former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian on the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Mousavian was Iran's ambassador to Germany and a nuclear negotiator until Iran charged him with spying. He fled to the U.S. and recently made his first trip back to Iran in five years.
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Have A Lot Of Free Time? Watch All Of NBC's Olympic Coverage

NBC says its coverage of the Winter Olympics has drawn more than 100 million viewers over its first weekend. That indicates lots of interest in the games, which will fill 1,539 hours of coverage across NBC's broadcast network, cable channels and online. We have some suggestions for watching the Sochi Olympics — from the regular network broadcast to cable to the Internet.
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State Dinner To Fete French President Hollande

Tuesday night's State Dinner at the White House in honor of President Francois Hollande appears aimed at wowing him with all things French. Dishes include caviar and quail eggs.
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U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice

The two teams will meet Wednesday in an early round game, but they have an intense rivalry that has often turned to heated clashes on the ice. The players are neither embarrassed nor proud of the fighting, but, yes, it could happen again.
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Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks

As political sparring has gotten increasingly nasty in Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has found himself caught in the crossfire for his role in the peace talks. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki points to this criticism as a sign that Israeli and Palestinian sides are getting down to the painful details. Neither side wants to be labeled as the one to end negotiations, but outsiders are nevertheless striving to exert diplomatic and financial pressure in order to ensure talks continue. Some say that this pressure alone may get a framework for peace signed.
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In Britain, Deluge Shows No Signs Of Slowing

The winter weather in Britain is even worse than people expected this year. For more than a month now, the British Isles have been battered with storms that have destroyed train tracks, blocked roads and flooded large parts of the country. And as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from London, there's no end in sight to the dismal weather.

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