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Al-Qaida-Linked Militia Gains Control Of Fallujah

Robert Siegel talks to independent journalist Jane Arraf about the takeover of Fallujah and Ramadi by an al-Qaida-linked group. Arraf is based in Baghdad and was in Fallujah three weeks ago.
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Al-Qaida's New Rise In The Middle East

Experts join Kojo to understand the rise of militancy in Iraq and its traces in neighboring countries like Syria.

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Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh

More than a dozen people reportedly were killed, including an election officer who was beaten to death, and scores of polling stations were firebombed. The ruling Awami League won in a walk-away after the main opposition party boycotted the vote.
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Reframing The Immigration Conversation For 2014

As Congress returns from winter break, Speaker of the House John Boehner has called comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Host Michel Martin talks with immigration policy advocates Mark Krikorian and Ali Noorani about the political prospects for reform this year.
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Global Youth Unemployment: Ticking Time Bomb?

Tens of millions of young people around the world are unemployed — and some analysts say that could be a major problem in the future. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with Martina Gmur of the World Economic Forum.
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Stories To Watch In 2014

Host Michel Martin and guests talk about stories to watch out for in 2014. She hears from Jason Johnson, political science professor at Hiram College, Julio Ricardo Varela of the blog Latino Rebels, and Brendan Costello, co-host of radio's The Largest Minority.
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In One Man's Story, Two Sides Of The Immigration Debate

Mexico native Osiris Hoil overstayed his visa when he came to the U.S. Today, he employs more than 100 people at his restaurant chain District Taco. He's also a U.S. citizen now. Should immigration laws make it easier for people like Hoil to become citizens? Host Michel Martin hears from advocates on both sides of the immigration debate.
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Immigrant Turned Entrepreneur: 'Taco Stand Was My School'

Behind the heated debate over national immigration policy are millions of personal stories of struggle and triumph. Mexican native Osiris Hoil began his life in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and became a successful entrepreneur. He talks with host Michel Martin about his journey.
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Story That Kim Jong Un Fed Uncle To Dogs Was Probably Satire

The story appears to be false because it originated with a satirical post on a Chinese microblogging site. The post was picked up by a Hong Kong newspaper and then reported as fact around the world.
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In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction

Qiu Xiaolong has written eight detective novels based in his hometown of Shanghai. Qiu, who lives in St. Louis, embraces the advantages and problems of writing detective fiction in the Internet era, when Chinese people know so much more dirt about their system and leaders.

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