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Wife Works To Free Pastor From Iranian Prison

Iranian-American Saeed Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity in 2000, and is a pastor of a church in the U.S. Now, he's serving time in an Iranian prison on charges of disturbing national security. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Naghmeh Abedini, his wife, about her husband's imprisonment and her campaign to get him released.
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As Afghan Troops Take The Lead, They Take More Casualties

For many Americans, the war in Afghanistan may feel like it's winding down and interest in the conflict has waned. But in parts of Afghanistan, there's still daily fighting. Afghan troops, who are increasingly on their own, are suffering more casualties than the Americans and NATO troops ever did.
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It's Time To Rediscover The IUD, Women's Health Advocates Say

Intrauterine devices are more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy — and they work for years. But misnomers about side effects and high initial costs have kept many women in the U.S. from using them. Health organizations and private companies are looking for ways to change that.
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Car-Centric Spain Begins To Embrace The Bicycle

For the first time on record, bicycles have outsold cars in Spain. Higher taxes on fuel and on new cars have prompted cash-strapped Spaniards to opt for two wheels instead of four.
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Reports: U.S. Captures Al-Qaida Leader In Libya Raid

An al-Qaida leader indicted in the United States for coordinated 1998 attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa was captured on Saturday in a daytime military raid in Libya, according to several published and broadcast reports.
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Navy SEAL Team Reportedly Attacks Militants On Somali Coast

A force that raided a seaside house in Somalia early Saturday included members of a U.S. Navy SEAL team, according to reports. There were conflicting reports on the whereabouts and condition of the target, a senior leader of the al-Shabab militant group.
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What A Downed Black Hawk In Somalia Taught America

It's been 20 years since the Battle of Mogadishu, a mission gone wrong that cost 18 American lives. The operation and its aftermath left an opening for extremists, says journalist Mark Bowden, and made the U.S. more cautious about sending troops into foreign conflicts. Would the operation go differently today?
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Teaching Recent History In Egypt

After a turbulent summer, Egyptian students are heading back to school. How do teachers incorporate rapidly unfolding history into a curriculum? Officials tell state media they are in the process of amending textbooks to erase changes that the Muslim Brotherhood government had made earlier.
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Syria Expected To Spar With Inspectors As Weapons Hunt Begins

An team of experts entered the country on Tuesday to find and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. The Assad regime has agreed to allow access, but the United Nations resolution and the Chemical Weapons Convention also give the country some rights in the process. Weapons expert Amy Smithson fears he will exploit that.
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At 300, Encyclopedia Pioneer May Yet Get A Hero's Burial

French philosopher Denis Diderot was the driving force behind one of the first compendiums of human knowledge, but his contributions have been largely lost to history. Now, the anniversary of his birth has prompted calls to reinter his remains in Paris' Pantheon, alongside the likes of Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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