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Fighting Intensifies In South Sudan Despite Calls For Ceasefire

There are reports of heavy fighting around the South Sudanese city of Bor, north of the capital Juba. Rebel forces and a feared tribal militia are said to be advancing on the city, and are already in control of territory around the sprawling U.N. base where thousands of displaced people have taken refuge. Meanwhile, East African leaders are pushing for a ceasefire and peace talks.
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In Syria, Conflict In Cyberspace Complements Ground War

The Syrian civil war is raging on the battlefield, but it's also raging online. While the rebels have gone online to recruit fighters and coordinate with allies, forces supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime have employed malware to infiltrate and track them. Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher at the University of Toronto who's following the cyber conflict in Syria, talks to Robert Siegel about the way the digital war is being waged.
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In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year

The Irony of Fate is the country's favorite holiday movie. Like classic American films such as It's A Wonderful Life, it captures the magic of the holidays, but in a way that is quintessentially Russian.
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Of 2.3 Million Syrians Displaced By Civil War, 45 Found Home In U.S.

Audie Cornish talks to Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard about the United States' role in resettling Syrian refugees.
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New Year's Eve: Dubai Puts On A Record-Setting Fireworks Show

Organizers of what is expected to be certified as the world's largest fireworks display ever put on a show in Dubai that was seen by thousands Tuesday, as viewers turned out to celebrate the new year and watch a huge spectacle.
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Deported Parents Struggle To Regain Custody

An estimated 5,000 children in the U.S. have been placed in foster care after their parents were deported. Regaining custody can be very difficult for deportees. Host Michel Martin talks with Candi Mayes of the Dependency Legal Group of San Diego, and KPBS reporter Jill Replogle.
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How Deflating: Huge Rubber Duck Goes Flat In Taiwan

The giant inflatable is supposed to project peace and harmony. But Tuesday, it suddenly burst. This isn't the first time that one of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's floating works of art has gone pffff.
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Rival South Sudan Factions Agree To Talks, Cease-Fire

The conflict pits the country's president against his former vice president, who is accused of plotting a coup. But the violence in the oil-rich nation also has tribal and ethnic dimensions that threaten the world's newest country.
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Happy New Year! The Celebrations Are Underway

The new year has arrived in Australia, New Zealand and other places in the Pacific. As 2014 begins around the world, we'll watch for highlights of the celebrations. Among the things to watch for: Dubai's bid to set a new world record for biggest fireworks display.
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Singing, Stomping, Stranded Explorers Prep Antarctic Helipad

Icebreakers haven't been able to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which is trapped in ice. As soon as the weather clears, it's hoped that a helicopter will be able to reach the scene and then carry passengers to other ships nearby.

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