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In Hostage Negotiation, Qatar Plays Middleman To Prove Its Worth

Mon, 2014-08-25 13:00

The small, gas-rich Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar played a key role in freeing U.S. hostage Peter Theo Curtis after nearly two years in Syria.

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Some Call For More Sharing In Ridesharing

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:42

A researcher says startups Uber and Lyft aren't really ridesharing services. An emerging set of services being tested promises to be more about sharing and less about being like taxis.

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Liberia's President Apologizes To The Mother Of A Slain Teenager

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:34

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to the poor neighborhood of West Point today. She talked with residents, handed out cash and apologized to the mother of a 15-year-old killed during last week's protests.

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In Latest Calif. Earthquake, Shake Alert Tests Its Legs

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Before the earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., an earthquake early warning system blared an alarm 10 seconds early. Doug Given, the Earthquake Early Warning coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, tells Melissa Block about the system that he's helped to institute.

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More Than 2,000 Mourners Gather To Lay Michael Brown To Rest

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Funeral services were held Monday for Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

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A New Strain Of Ebola Emerges In Democratic Republic Of Congo

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

A new outbreak of Ebola is being reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But scientists say it's not related to the Ebola epidemic going on in West Africa.

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In Michael Brown's Memory, Pleas For Justice And Calm

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

More than 2,000 attended the funeral for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Both family and clergy referred to Brown's death as a sacrifice for the greater good.

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Intimacy To Big Ideas

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Attenborough engaged audiences in the struggle for apartheid in Cry Freedom, and spent 20 years and his own fortune to bring Gandhi's story to the screen. NPR's Bob Mondello has this remembrance.

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Mexico Swears In A New Police Force, But Many Aren't Impressed

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

Mexico is inaugurating a new elite police force, a gendarmerie of 5,000 highly trained officers. The force was a campaign pledge by President Enrique Pena Nieto. His administration has touted a decrease in violent crimes, but despite the dip, the rate of kidnappings is up in many of the country's states.

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Wine Country Quake Leaves Behind Bottles In Shards

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

The wine industry in California's Napa Valley is taking stock of the damage from this weekend's magnitude 6.0 earthquake.

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To Make A Move North, Burger King Eyes Buying A Canadian Icon

Mon, 2014-08-25 12:06

The fast-food restaurant operator Burger King has announced that it's in talks to buy Tim Horton's, a Canadian chain of restaurants. The acquisition would likely herald the move of Burger King's headquarters to Canada, in an attempted tax inversion.

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Ukraine's President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections

Mon, 2014-08-25 11:55

Petro Poroshenko said fresh elections would be held Oct. 26. The move comes as his country continues to accuse Russia of backing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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Rival Leaders, Rival Governments In Libya As Crisis Deepens

Mon, 2014-08-25 11:43

Days after Islamist militias captured Tripoli's airport, the outgoing Parliament picked a new Islamist-backed government. Neighboring Egypt says the development threatens the entire region.

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Despite Crackdowns, China's President Rides A Wave Of Popularity

Mon, 2014-08-25 11:14

President Xi Jinping has suppressed Internet speech, imposed greater censorship and jailed critics. But his battle against corruption has made him broadly popular among ordinary Chinese.

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Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens' Health

Mon, 2014-08-25 09:18

The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.

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A Somber Show Of Support At Michael Brown's Funeral

Mon, 2014-08-25 07:49

It's been two weeks since the 18-year-old was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Mo. Large crowds are expected to attend Brown's funeral Monday; his dad asked for peace after weeks of protests.

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Ukraine Says Russian Military Vehicles Have Crossed Border

Mon, 2014-08-25 07:35

One Ukrainian military commander told the BBC that pro-Russian rebels may be trying to open a new front in the conflict.

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America's Middle East Scorecard: Many Interventions, Few Successes

Mon, 2014-08-25 06:40

U.S. actions have not resolved the multiple conflicts raging in the region. Are U.S. policies at fault, or are these convulsed lands simply beyond anyone's control?

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British Embassy Apologizes For Humorous Tweet About Burning The White House

Mon, 2014-08-25 05:46

The tweet joked about the burning of the White House 200 years ago by the British. It unleashed many tweets from Americans who didn't think relations were special enough for that kind of ribbing.

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California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

Mon, 2014-08-25 04:19

It's still too early to tell just how much the magnitude-6.0 quake will cost the region, but it comes after a drought had already made things difficult for wineries.

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