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As U.S. Strikes Targets In Iraq, A Sense Of Deja Vu

On Thursday, President Obama became the fourth U.S. president in a row to initiate military strikes in Iraq. NPR's Arun Rath reflects on 23 years of on and off airstrikes in the country.
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Militias Around Baghdad Defend Against Islamic State Militants

Fears that the militant Sunni group would advance on the capital have receded, but communities close to the city remain nervous and armed. NPR's Arun Rath talks to The Guardian's Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who was recently embedded with Iraqi Shiite militias around Baghdad.
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Fear Of Tunnels, Not Rockets, Rattles Israeli Community

Residents of a town near the Gaza border say they know how to respond to rocket fire. They're less certain about how to protect themselves from potential attacks by militants using secret tunnels.
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U.S. Planes Continue To Drop Food, Water For Trapped Yazidis

For the second day, U.S. forces dropped aid to a community trapped by Islamist forces. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mitchell Prothero, correspondent for McClatchy, about the latest from Irbil.
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Ukraine Rebels Reportedly Make Cease-Fire Offer

The self-styled prime minister of the Independent Donetsk republic says his forces are willing to stop the fighting to avert a humanitarian crisis.
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Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency

Speaking at the White House, the president says the humanitarian and military problems in the country are "a long-term project."
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Exasperating Detour Drives One Brit To Build His Own Road

When construction made his trip to town take 10 times longer, a businessman made a deal with a local farmer over a pint at the pub and built a private toll road.
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Israel Intensifies Airstrikes In Wake Of Gaza Cease-Fire

Dozens of targets have been hit since the 3-day truce ended on Friday, while Hamas has launched 70 rockets into Israel.
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For A Proper Pretzel Crust, Count On Chemistry And Memories

The key to getting a good soft pretzel to brown properly is to dip it in a lye solution, the same stuff that's used to make soap. But a German mom insists it takes much more than that.
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You Asked Questions About Ebola — And We Have Answers

Where did it start? Why are some patients able to survive? Shouldn't we be more concerned about malaria? Dr. Darin Portnoy of Doctors Without Borders answers your queries.

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