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Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 12:08

In June, Russia serves as the president of the United Nations Security Council. Already, that has meant a focus on Ukraine. Russia wants the Ukrainian government to end its military crackdown on separatists. It has also called for consultations on the humanitarian situation in the country.

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In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 12:08

President Obama is starting a European trip in Poland, where he will meet allied leaders from central and eastern Europe. They are worried about Russia's intentions after the recent events in Ukraine.

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As Polls Close, Many Syrians Fear The Days To Come

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 12:08

Some Syrians fear that after the elections, President Bashar Assad's regime will get worse. They suspect that truces will evaporate, arrests will increase and more of the country will be partitioned.

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In Competition To Host Olympics, Less Clamor Than Crickets

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 12:08

The Polish city of Krakow is only the latest to withdraw its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after a public referendum. So many localities have dropped out of the running that the games might just be hosted by the last contender standing. Robert Siegel talks with Olympic historian David Wallechinsky about what's behind the loss of interest.

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As World Cup Approaches, Brazilians Aren't Exactly Thrilled

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 12:08

New poll numbers from the Pew Research Center show widespread dissatisfaction in Brazil as the country prepares for the World Cup. The president gets negative marks, and few think the tournament will be positive for Brazil.

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In Syria, A Tense Election Day With Winner Little In Doubt

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 12:08

Syrians are voting in the country's presidential election, even as a civil war continues to rage around them. Sam Dagher of The Wall Street Journal is in Syria, and he discusses the disputed election.

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