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Ill-Equipped And Underpaid, Kurdish Fighters Hold ISIS At Bay

Sun, 2014-11-09 08:24

With Iraq's military in tatters and U.S. forces gone, the Kurdish peshmerga is the only viable force to stave off ISIS in Iraq. With little support from Baghdad, discontent grows among the fighters.

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Maine Nurse To Move Out Of State Following Ebola Quarantine Row

Sun, 2014-11-09 07:09

Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined after arriving home from caring for Ebola patients in West Africa, plans to leave this week with her boyfriend but hasn't said where they will go.

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Despite Truce, Heavy Shelling Resumes In Donetsk

Sun, 2014-11-09 05:55

In the fiercest fighting in weeks, pro-Russian separatists appear to have renewed a push to seize the city's airport.

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Binding Or Not, Catalans Express Themselves In Referendum Vote

Sun, 2014-11-09 05:27

People in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain, many of whom harbor ambitions of independence, cast ballots in a symbolic statement.

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Germany's Merkel: Fall Of Berlin Wall Shows Dreams Come True

Sun, 2014-11-09 04:42

The chancellor, marking the 25th anniversary of the event, said the destruction of the Wall showed that "nothing has to stay as it is."

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Defiant Catalans Push Forward With Independence Vote

Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

Separatists in Catalonia are going ahead with an unofficial referendum on independence from Spain. They go to the polls today despite a high court order forbidding the vote.

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Richardson: Release Shows N. Korea Is Ready For Dialogue

Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

Two Americans jailed in North Korea have arrived home. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with former U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson, who has previously negotiated hostage releases with Pyongyang.

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Consultant On Homelessness: Cities Enable The Poor

Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

In many cities it is now illegal to feed the homeless. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Robert Marbut, the man behind the push to make handing out food a crime, who favors getting people into programs.

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Hand-Pumped Anesthesia Could Help With Surgeries In The Dark

Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

Across Africa, hospitals are struggling to provide surgery. Doctors, nurses, and even basics like electricity are in short supply. Now Johns Hopkins Medical Center is testing a creative solution.

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The Case For U.S. Combat Troops In Iraq

Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

Airstrikes against ISIS have had some success. But James Jeffrey, Obama's former ambassador to Iraq, says Americans on the ground are necessary to win the war.

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In Brazil, Race Is A Matter Of Life And Violent Death

Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

In 2012, 56,337 people were murdered in Brazil. But that figure hides a color-coded truth: Homicide rates are actually way down — if you're white. If you're black? Murder rates are up 40 percent.

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Reggae Vibe, Ebola Message: African Superstars Try To Go Viral

Sun, 2014-11-09 03:03

They're some of the most popular musicians in West Africa, joining voices to sing (mainly in French but also in some local languages) about defeating an "invisible enemy."

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New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

Sun, 2014-11-09 01:38

Major League Baseball is reviewing its controversial Rule 7.13, which bans most home plate collisions. Catchers actually face a bigger head-injury risk that the rule can't prevent.

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The Cold War 'Mole' Who Smuggled 1,000 East Germans To The West

Sun, 2014-11-09 01:32

Hasso Herschel fled East Germany in 1961 on a false passport. Over the next decade, he helped more than 1,000 East Germans flee by smuggling them through tunnels or by hiding them inside cars.

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'Chief Resilience Officers' Could Help Cities Cope With Calamity

Fri, 2014-11-07 17:00

The Rockefeller Foundation will pay 100 cities to hire people who can help them prepare for future shocks and stresses.

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Loretta Lynch To Be Nominated As Next U.S. Attorney General

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:27

A lead federal prosecutor in New York City, Lynch will be introduced by President Obama at the White House on Saturday. Her office has handled old-school Mafia busts, cutting edge cybercrime and more.

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Two Of Three States Reject Ballot Measures Restricting Abortion

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:22

North Dakota and Colorado voters struck down the "personhood" measures, which would give legal rights to fetuses. But Tennessee's Amendment 1 passed with 53 percent of the vote.

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For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:22

Post-elections, Molly Antopol and Jason Sheehan reflect on the results by turning to their favorite political books, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

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Dallas Ebola Monitoring Period Ends With An All-Clear

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:13

In Texas, more than 100 people had been monitored for the 21-day period that marks Ebola's incubation period.

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As A New 'Doctor Who' Season Ends, Have Its Stories Matched The Hero?

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:03

Britain's Doctor Who series finishes its first season with new hero Peter Capaldi on Saturday. TV critic Eric Deggans says Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor is often better than the stories he's in.

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