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Fuel Is Crucial In The Battle Over Syria

Sat, 2015-07-04 03:52

The battlefronts in Syria are complex and the power map inside the country is being redrawn. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to correspondent Deborah Amos, who just returned from the region.

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Greeks Divided Ahead Of Eurozone Vote

Sat, 2015-07-04 03:52

Greeks are preparing for Sunday's referendum, which the government insists is about whether to accept more austerity. Critics say it's about keeping the euro.

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'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After They Fled Vietnam

Sat, 2015-07-04 03:52

Thousands of refugees escaped Vietnam after Saigon fell in 1975. Some recently returned to the site of their former refugee camp for a 40-year reunion — including the mother of NPR's Hansi Lo Wang.

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LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Instead Of Jail

Sat, 2015-07-04 03:52

When cops in Los Angeles encounter people who may be mentally ill, there's a specialized unit that can offer help on the spot.

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Just A Few Important Words About The 'Declaration Of Independence'

Sat, 2015-07-04 03:45

Along with the words and phrases that still ring out 239 years later are less noticed turns of phrase. They say a lot about the messages Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers wanted to send.

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A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

Sat, 2015-07-04 01:46

In the U.S., people often spend the Fourth of July grilling hot dogs and wearing their patriotic clothing. But there's more to this annual holiday than fireworks.

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Need A Hand? Don't Worry, The Ghanaians Got Your Back

Sat, 2015-07-04 01:39

They laughed, they jeered, and no one helped when she had to haul her belonging up a hill in New York. But in Ghana, people are more than eager to lend a hand.

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On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

Fri, 2015-07-03 12:28

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

Fri, 2015-07-03 12:28

The country's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position. The European Central Bank has stopped lending Greece money and a referendum Sunday could spell the country's exit from the eurozone.

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#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Fri, 2015-07-03 12:20

Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

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A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

Fri, 2015-07-03 12:03

Long before Cruz was the Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a teenager reciting conservative, free-market ideology.

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Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

Fri, 2015-07-03 09:44

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

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Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

Fri, 2015-07-03 08:22

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.

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Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

Fri, 2015-07-03 07:36

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

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Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Rival Humana

Fri, 2015-07-03 07:11

If the deal passes anti-trust scrutiny, it would be the largest-ever such acquisition in the insurance industry.

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When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Fri, 2015-07-03 06:59

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

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Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

Fri, 2015-07-03 05:36

An alliance of forces led by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front is battling the Syrian government for control of the key northern city.

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Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

Fri, 2015-07-03 05:24

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

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Hours From Greek Referendum, Pro-Bailout Side Holds Slight Edge

Fri, 2015-07-03 04:31

A new poll shows that those favoring the bailout hold a wafer-thin plurality despite Greece's premier labeling the international deal "blackmail."

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Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures

Fri, 2015-07-03 03:24

The liftoff of the Soyuz Progress 60P was a relief to astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station after two previous resupply missions — one Russian and one American — failed.

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