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Syria's Main Opposition Agrees To Peace Talks

The Syrian National Coalition, the Western-backed opposition group, agreed Friday to attend this week's peace talks in Switzerland. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with reporter Deborah Amos about what led to the decision, and whether the talks might help resolve a raging three-year conflict.
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Germans Cautious About Obama's NSA Proposals

President Obama proposed changes to address how the National Security Agency collects and stores information, especially with regards to surveillance of foreign governments. But Germans are especially skeptical that the changes will actually mean an end to American eavesdropping.
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Opium Poppy Growth Booming In Afghanistan

The U.S. has sent billions of dollars to Afghanistan for drug eradication, but to little effect. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, who testified on the hill Wednesday about the future of counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan.
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Syrian Doctor Cares For Refugees In Turkey

Dr. Mahmud Angrini fled Syria with almost nothing but the shirt on his back. He now lives in Southern Turkey and works with NGOs to help others who are trying to flee the fighting. He spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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Piracy Dips To A New Low On The High Seas

According to the International Maritime Bureau, piracy on the high seas is at its lowest level for six years. NPR's Rachel Martin looks into the reasons why.
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Will Obama's NSA Policy Alter The Nature Of Intelligence?

The president announced changes to the NSA surveillance program Friday, months after revelations made by Edward Snowden. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Joel Brenner, former inspector general of the NSA, about whether those steps will significantly change the nature of how we collect and analyze intelligence.
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Octogenarian Sailor Sets Out On Antarctic Expedition

Octogenarian Eric Forsyth has been sailing the world for more than 50 years, at times on his own. Forsyth speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what it's like to be alone at sea, why he loves to sail and about his current trip to Antarctica.
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From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother. Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever.
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Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine that has become the gold standard. But there are more misses than hits.
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Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On

Federal forces are backing away from a plan to disarm the civilian militias that are defending their communities from ruthless drug traffickers. In the western state of Michoacan, it's unclear how long the fragile peace will last.

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