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Frustrations Defeat Another Diplomat, As U.N. Syria Envoy Quits

Tue, 2014-05-13 12:05

The U.N. envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, quit in frustration over the difficulties of bringing an end to the civil war and the failure of the United Nations to intervene.

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In Somalia, Collecting People For Profit

Tue, 2014-05-13 12:05

Distributing aid can be an incredibly risky job for Westerners in Somalia, so local entrepreneurs have filled the gap. But what happens when aid become a profitable business in a lawless place?

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Obama Judicial Nominee Gets A Hostile Reception From Democrats

Tue, 2014-05-13 12:05

The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing from a controversial nominee for the Georgia federal district court bench. Though President Obama nominated him, many Democrats take issue with his history.

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150 Years On, Arlington National Cemetery Honors Its First Burial

Tue, 2014-05-13 12:05

Arlington National Cemetery kicks off celebrations of its 150th anniversary by commemorating its first military burial on May 13, 1864. Members of the family of Army Pvt. William Christman will participate in a wreath laying ceremony and place a stone of remembrance from the family's original home.

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American Ranchers Wary As U.S. Government Considers Brazilian Beef Imports

Tue, 2014-05-13 12:05

The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. American ranchers worry about the risk and lower beef prices.

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State Spots In Preschool Declining, Report Finds

Tue, 2014-05-13 11:52

Despite much hype, there were fewer seats for 4-year-olds in 2012-2013, leading to a decline in enrollment for the first time since researchers began examining the issue in 2002.

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International Aviation Agency Says Aircraft Tracking Is A Priority

Tue, 2014-05-13 11:18

Following the disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner, the International Civil Aviation Organization took a step toward defining an international standard for global monitoring of aircraft.

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Australian Government Plans To Slash Budget, Raise Taxes

Tue, 2014-05-13 10:53

Health, education and foreign aid would all take a hit under the proposal, but defense would see an increase and small- to medium-sized businesses would get a tax cut.

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Iraq Debates Law That Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls

Tue, 2014-05-13 10:48

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved the measure and sent it to Parliament for a vote. Opponents say it would be a major setback for a country that has mostly secular laws.

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4 Workers Killed In Turkish Mine Explosion

Tue, 2014-05-13 08:49

An unknown number are missing following the explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey. The accident was the latest in a long series of mining disasters in the country.

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At Least 20 Workers Killed In Turkish Mine Explosion

Tue, 2014-05-13 08:49

Dozens are missing and hundreds still trapped following an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey. The accident was the latest in a long series of mining disasters in the country.

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6 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Ambush

Tue, 2014-05-13 08:45

Meanwhile, Germany's foreign minister was trying to jumpstart talks between the central government in Kiev and pro-Russian militants in the east.

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Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results

Tue, 2014-05-13 08:34

The ruling by the European Union's highest court will require Google to remove material that citizens find embarrassing or harmful. But how does this play out, practically?

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International Envoy To Syria Lakhdar Brahimi Will Step Down

Tue, 2014-05-13 08:29

Lakhdar Brahimi steps down without making any progress toward ending Syria's civil war. Brahimi took over for Kofi Annan, who resigned in 2012 after a similarly frustrating term.

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Artist H.R. Giger, Creator Of Surreal Biomechanics, Dies

Tue, 2014-05-13 08:10

You might not know the name, but you probably know the work: H.R. Giger created some of the most powerfully creepy visuals in Hollywood's history for 1979's sci-fi film Alien.

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China's Communist Party Learns The Fine Art Of Public Relations

Tue, 2014-05-13 07:48

NPR correspondent Frank Langfitt watched as instructors walked party officials through a mock press conference. Many were reluctant to open up, seeing only the down side of sharing information.

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Employers May Start Paying You To Buy Health Insurance

Tue, 2014-05-13 07:32

It costs a lot for companies to buy health insurance, so the idea of giving employees money to buy their own coverage has a lot of appeal. But it might end up being more expensive for workers.

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Texas Set For First Execution Since Oklahoma's Botched Attempt

Tue, 2014-05-13 07:07

Defense attorneys for Robert Campbell want his execution delayed, but Texas says its single-drug execution method has been proven effective and efficient.

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Christopher Columbus Ship The Santa Maria May Have Been Found

Tue, 2014-05-13 06:43

The ship sank in 1492 after hitting reefs off the Haitian coast. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford says he's working with Haiti's government to carry out an archaeological excavation of the wreck.

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Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate

Tue, 2014-05-13 06:06

Red wine and chocolate may be good for you, but it's likely not from the resveratrol. A study finds that the antioxidant had no influence on longevity, cancer, heart disease or inflammation levels.

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