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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.
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U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.
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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).
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Obama Administration Officials Take The 'Malign' Line On Iran

'Malign' is the buzzword of the moment among administration officials to describe Iran's activities in the region. NPR takes a look at the use of the word.
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Afghan Government Says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

The Afghan government said Wednesday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar "died in April 2013 in Pakistan." The news comes just as peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban are due to resume.
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Senate Republicans Raise Concerns About Lifting Iran Economic Sanctions

Senate Republicans expressed skepticism about the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, including concern that the deal would allow Iran to acquire missiles and conventional arms in the coming years.
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Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released From Prison In November

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is expected to be released from prison in November, after serving 30 years of a life sentence.
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U.S., Turkey Plan To Create 'Islamic State Free Zone' Along Syrian Border

The two nations hope to push self-declared Islamic State fighters out of a swath of Syrian territory. Turkey also called an emergency NATO meeting Tuesday on ISIS threats within its borders.
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Clinton To Testify Again Before Benghazi Committee

The former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential candidate says she will appear to discuss the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.
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Pentagon Asks 'Armed Citizens' Not To Stand Guard At Recruiting Centers

The Department of Defense said it appreciates the "outpouring of support" but that the practice "could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks."

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