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Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

Robert Siegel speaks with Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, on his visit to Washington, D.C. Rinkevics is in town to to discuss Russia and security cooperation with the U.S.
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Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brush Fire, Goes Home

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.
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Bomb Attack On Shiite Mosque In Pakistan Leaves At Least 55 Dead

Jundullah, a Sunni militant group with links to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh province.
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Balloonists Crossing Pacific Set Distance Record

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev, flying east over the Pacific Ocean, surpassed the previous record of just over 5,200 miles set in 1981 for gas-filled balloons.
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Jailed Saudi Blogger Granted Another Reprieve From Flogging; Reason Unclear

Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in prison. Two previous rounds were also canceled.
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China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting 'Western Values'

Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country's institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China's leaders and political system.
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Russia's Economic State Is A Reversal Of Fortune For Putin

Renee Montagne discusses the state of Russia's economy with Sergei Guriev, a former economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Guriev is now living in exile in Paris.
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Civilians In Debaltsevo Flee Russian-Backed Separatists

The Ukrainian army reinforced its positions and evacuated civilians on Thursday from an enclave north-east of Donetsk that has Russian-backed separatists attacking on three sides.
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Turkish Officials Seem To Ignore Threats Of Extremist Violence

Alert levels were raised in Europe after the Paris terrorist attacks. Experts say Turkey should be concerned, pointing out that "being a Muslim country won't exempt Turkey from violence."
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Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.

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