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Tsunami Survivor: Banda Aceh Is Still Vulnerable

Sat, 2014-12-27 03:44

Rina Meutia survived the devastating tsunami 10 years ago in Indonesia's Banda Aceh. She talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the immediate aftermath and how the region has changed since then.

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Long Plagued By Corruption, Romania Seeks To Make A Fresh Start

Sat, 2014-12-27 03:44

The country has suffered from graft and poverty since the fall of communism 25 years ago. Can a new president and an anti-corruption crusader make a difference?

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King Kong Out To Crush Bigfoot's Claim To Fame As First Monster Truck

Sat, 2014-12-27 03:43

Bigfoot 4X4 is a legend in the monster truck world, but another truck is challenging its claim as first car crusher. The bragging rights are big deal in what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

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Thousands Expected To Attend Funeral Of Slain New York City Officer

Sat, 2014-12-27 03:42

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with WNYC's Ilya Marritz about Saturday's funeral for Rafael Ramos, one of two New York City police officers killed by a gunman who was targeting law enforcement.

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Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

Sat, 2014-12-27 02:59

Dr. Ian Crozier was Emory University Hospital's sickest Ebola patient; his kidneys failed and he was on life support. He made a miraculous recovery and says the illness made him a better physician.

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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

Sat, 2014-12-27 02:08

"We like Iraq, but Iraq doesn't like us," says a displaced Christian man. He's just one of example of religious minorities who have been dislodged from parts of Iraq where they have ancient roots.

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Body Of Catholic Priest Found In Southern Mexico

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:31

Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta's body was recovered after his abduction earlier this week in the southern state of Guerrero, where 43 students disappeared in September.

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Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.

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Donations Stream In For Slain New York City Police Officers

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

A foundation that supports first responders killed in the line of duty says it will take over the mortgages of the two New York City police officers killed last week as donations begin to come in.

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In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the "world's greatest deliberative body."

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For Iran And The West, A Rocky Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

Next year could be a make-or-break moment for efforts to ensure Iran can't acquire a nuclear weapon. But experts said the same about 2014. Instead, two deadlines came and went with no progress.

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For Russia's President, A Year Of Costly Triumphs

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

Vladimir Putin's popularity soared after the Winter Olympics and the annexation of Crimea. But his year is ending on a bitter note, with Russia in a deep recession and isolated internationally.

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One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

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Doubts Persist On U.S. Claims On North Korean Role In Sony Hack

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

Some cybersecurity researchers continue to voice skepticism about the FBI's claim that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony Pictures. That's not unusual in a crime that often uses misdirection.

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Businesses Buzz With Anticipation In Wake Of U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

The U.S. economic embargo on Cuba is still solidly in place. But the president's executive action opening relations with the island has set off a frenzy of speculation about a new era of U.S.-Cuba commerce.

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Already Bleak Conditions Under ISIS Deteriorating Rapidly

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

Liz Sly of The Washington Post speaks with Audie Cornish about how the so-called Islamic State's attempt to govern and administer services like a state is breaking down, with food and power shortages.

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Doubts Grow Over U.S. Claims On North Korean Role In Sony Hack

Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

Some cybersecurity researchers have begun to voice skepticism about the U.S. government's claim that North Korea was behind the recent attack on Sony Pictures.

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Wake Held For Slain NYPD Officer

Fri, 2014-12-26 10:21

The ceremony for officer Rafael Ramos comes nearly a week after he and partner Wenjian Liu were shot and killed in their patrol car by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

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Saudi Women Reportedly Referred To Terrorism Court For Driving

Fri, 2014-12-26 08:55

The two women were arrested as they tried to cross the border from UAE, where they had legally obtained driver's licenses. The two also are said to have been active online against the ban.

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Turkey Frees Teenager Who 'Insulted' The President

Fri, 2014-12-26 06:26

The most recent crackdown on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's critics is proof for many that Turkey is veering toward authoritarianism.

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