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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Jul 22, 2014 — Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of Vladimir Putin, died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. The inquiry would identify "where responsibility for the death lies."
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Jul 13, 2014 — The retired Anglican bishop said the end of former South African President Nelson Mandela's life robbed him of his dignity.
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Jun 12, 2014 — The Court of Appeal ruled that while the core of the trial can be held in secret, portions of it must be open to the public. It also allowed the suspects, known until now as AB and CD, to be named.
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Jun 10, 2014 — Wartime rape has often been treated as something that's inevitable. A global summit in London looks for ways to stop the abuses and hold perpetrators responsible for sexual violence in conflict zones.
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Jun 5, 2014 — The trial, due to begin June 16, involves two men whose names and alleged offenses are being kept under wraps. U.K. media are calling it a "casting aside of the centuries-old doctrine of open courts."
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May 26, 2014 — U.K. Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided that the English literature list for a national exam needs to be more English, so he is swapping American texts in the curriculum for British ones.
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May 11, 2014 — The Rock of Gibraltar is on a peninsula attached to Spain. It's been sovereign British territory for 301 years, but many Spaniards still say it belongs to them.
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Mar 19, 2014 — The new coin is being described as the most secure ever produced, but it won't be introduced until 2017.
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Mar 18, 2014 — For the first time, Scots will be able to vote on whether they want to remain part of the United Kingdom or strike out on their own. So far, polls suggest most favor unity over independence.
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Feb 26, 2014 — Ukraine is headed toward an important moment, as a vote on an interim government has been scheduled for Thursday. William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, explains the diplomatic situation.
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