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Suicide Bombings In Russia Raise Concerns About Olympics Security

Investigators in southern Russia say two deadly bombings in the city of Volgograd appear to follow the pattern of attacks by Islamist separatists from the nearby North Caucasus region. It's a dire concern for the Russian authorities, who worry that this could be the lead-up to attacks during the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. Security analysts say the bombings could even be a diversionary tactic to distract the security forces before an even bigger attack. It also raises concerns about security for New Year's crowds in major Russian cities.
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Mexican Auto Industry Revs Up For Big Year

Industry officials say they are on course to boost production to as many as 4 million autos annually. That's good news for Mexico but has many in the U.S. worried, especially as Audi gets ready to build a new luxury line plant in Mexico and not in the U.S.
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Muslim Pop Star Yuna Climbs The U.S. Charts

The indie-pop singer, already a star in her native Malaysia, also owns a fashion boutique and wears chic headscarves while performing. She says she's not compromising her style or her religion.
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New Rendition of Woody Guthrie's 'Deportee' Song

Woody Guthrie's folk song, 'Deportee' recalls the 1948 plane crash that killed 28 undocumented immigrants. Host Michel Martin talks with artist Tim Hernandez, about why he recently updated the song. This segment initially aired March 28, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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VIDEO: Volcano Erupts In El Salvador, Ash And Gas Soar

The Chaparrastique volcano blew for the first time in 37 years, producing a cloud that rose as much as six miles into the air. Airlines canceled many flight into and out of the country. While things are calmer today, gases are still rising from the volcano.
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South Sudan Violence: 'The Stories They Tell Are Horrible'

South Sudan is the world's newest nation, but observers say it could be heading toward civil war, or even genocide. NPR's Gregory Warner updates host Michel Martin on the latest from South Sudan.
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Third Icebreaker Fails To Reach Stranded Ship In Antarctic

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been stuck in the ice for a week. The 74 passengers and crew are safe, but may have to be airlifted to ships in open water. They continue to post messages and videos — some indicating that life on board may be getting a bit tedious.
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Doctors Unsure Whether Michael Schumacher Will Survive

The Formula One racing legend was critically injured Sunday when he hit his head while skiing in France. Doctors are "working hour by hour" to save him, but can't predict what will happen. At his peak a decade ago, Schumacher was among the most famous and highest-paid athletes in the world.
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'Blood On The Snow' After Second Suicide Blast In Russia

An explosion Monday tore apart a bus, killing more than a dozen people and injuring many others. It followed Sunday's bombing at a train station in the same city, Volgograd. Suspicion is falling on Chechen extremists who want to create a separate Islamist state.
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2 Bombings In Russia Raise Olympic Security Questions

One of southern Russia's largest cities is reeling from two deadly bombings in the last 24 hours. The violence took place in Volgograd which is hundreds of miles from Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will be held. This has raised questions about whether these acts of terrorism are related to the staging of the Olympics.

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