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John Kerry's Ambitious First Year

Sun, 2013-12-29 04:40

The secretary of state set big goals this year, from restarting the Mideast peace process to ending the civil war in Syria and curbing Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with David Ignatius of The Washington Post about how much progress Kerry has made this year.

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Security, Logistics Problems Plague Syria's Weapons Removal

Sun, 2013-12-29 04:40

The end of December is a crucial deadline for removing chemical weapons from Syria. Now the OPCW, the international organization overseeing that transfer, is backing away from that deadline. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel discusses the plan for chemical weapons removal and disposal, and why it's been so hard.

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'Terrorist' Label Is A Massive Setback For Muslim Brotherhood

Sun, 2013-12-29 04:40

On Wednesday, Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. New York Times Middle East reporter Kareem Fahim speaks with NPR's Jennifer Ludden on the latest developments from Cairo.

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Family Leave Laws Enacted In 10 Cities And States In 2013

Sun, 2013-12-29 04:40

Ten cities and states have passed laws guaranteeing access to some kind of family leave this year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with director Vicki Shabo about efforts to make family leave mandatory.

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Thousands Still Without Power As More Snow Due To Fall

Sun, 2013-12-29 04:16

A massive post-Christmas package of precipitation is headed up the East Coast today.

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Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor

Sun, 2013-12-29 02:09

Children in low-income families hear dramatically fewer words, which often sets them back in school and later life. The gap was officially documented in the 1990s, but has persisted. Now an entire city is trying to close the divide.

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Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

Sun, 2013-12-29 02:04

Archaeologists are now mapping a wall in eastern China that is as much as 15 feet tall in some places, and predates the more famous barrier by 300 years. Hundreds of miles long, it was likely erected to keep neighboring Chinese dynasties from invading each other, historians say.

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This Is (Not) The Most Important Story Of The Year

Sun, 2013-12-29 02:03

Stories that titillate, amuse or arouse flash-in-the-pan outrage may be more widely read and shared than solid information. Celebrity and scandals have always attracted media attention, but in the Internet age the balance is shifting more toward entertainment.

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