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Munich Mayor Survives Key Political Test: Tapping The First Keg

Every year at Oktoberfest, the mayor of Munich, Germany, faces a public challenge — driving a tap into the ceremonial first beer barrel. Expectations were especially high for new mayor Dieter Reiter.
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Air Campaign Against ISIS Continues As Rebels Look To Regroup

Air strikes continue against ISIS and the U.S. is considering establishing a no-fly zone in Syria to protect civilians and allow rebels to regroup. Arun Rath talks to NPR's Deborah Amos and Leila Fadel.
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At U.N., India's Modi Discusses Pakistan, Terrorism, And Peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the U.N. one day after Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. Modi said it's up to Pakistan to create an "appropriate atmosphere" for peace talks.
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Kidnapped By ISIS, One Woman Tells How She Saved Her Sisters

Last month, ISIS terrorized a village, slaughtering the men and kidnapping the young women to force into marriages. On young woman's sisters gave her the courage to escape.
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U.S. Leads More Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq And Syria

Seven airstrikes hit in Syria and three in Iraq, according to U.S. Central Command, which adds that Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates participated in some strikes.
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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.
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Hiker Catches Volcano's Eruption On Video, And Is Overtaken By Ash

The sudden eruption in central Japan surprised and stranded hikers, and caused one death. A hiker managed to shoot video of the shocking sight of an immense billowing gray cloud speeding toward them.
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For Missions Over Hostile Syria, Air Force Unwrapped Its Newest Jet

Available since 2005, the $90 million F-22 fighter was simply more machine than the military had needed - until there were worries about whether Bashar Assad's air defenses would stand down.
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How To Keep 'Political Order': Make Modest Promises, And Deliver

Francis Fukuyama, a former neo-conservative thinker, says that people worldwide still want democracy, but many transitioning nations are ill-equipped to give it to them.
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Is Obama's War-Powers Shift Hypocrisy, Or Inevitable For A President?

Despite his liberal bona fides and campaign objections, President Obama's foreign policy decisions look very much like those of his predecessors.

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