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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tens of thousands of displaced Gazans face skyrocketing prices for limited water supplies, and severely disrupted electricity service. As well, long lines are developing for staples like bread.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Christian Science Monitor reporter Christa Case Bryant tells Renee Montagne why the Israeli army is finding Hamas a more formidable foe now than during the 2009 war.
 
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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · A surge of new cases in West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak has health officials worried that the epidemic is getting worse. Sierra Leone, for one, has declared a state of emergency, sending in troops to quarantine some of the hardest hit communities.
 

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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 9, 2014 — Nagin, who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
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Feb 12, 2014 — Ray Nagin was indicted last January, when prosecutors said he engaged in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.
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Sep 17, 2013 — A judge said five former New Orleans police officers deserve a new trial because of the "grotesque" misconduct of federal prosecutors. The officers were convicted in connection to the shooting deaths of two men in the aftermath of Katrina.
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Aug 20, 2013 — Melissa Block talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and editor behind the HBO series Treme about a new cookbook written in the voices of the show's characters. Elie says it reflects both old New Orleans traditions and more recent influences.
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May 16, 2013 — Police investigating the shootings that left at least 19 people injured in New Orleans Sunday have arrested Shawn Scott, 24, and his brother, Akein, 19. An additional four people were arrested and charged with harboring Akein Scott, the authorities said Thursday.
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May 14, 2013 — Second-lines — jazzy, rolling dance parties — are a staple in the black neighborhoods of the Big Easy. But on Mother's Day, a second-line parade was marred by a mass shooting that left 19 people injured. The violence has sparked questions of whether the events should be shut down, but those in "the culture" say linking violence to second-lines is unfair.
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May 13, 2013 — New Orleans police have released images of a suspect in Sunday's shootings that wounded 19 people at a Mother's Day parade. Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the man, one of three suspects.
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Feb 12, 2013 — In New Orleans today, one thing was made clear: Revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds. While the crowds were thinner than usual, many thought the weather was perfect for Fat Tuesday.
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Feb 12, 2013 — A path to freedom for enslaved blacks, an engine of economic independence, a treat for Mardi Gras revelers. Once you know the fascinating history of this Creole rice fritter, beignets will seem boring by comparison.
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Jan 18, 2013 — Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery and other corruption charges by a federal grand jury. When he became the city's mayor in 2002, Nagin, a former cable TV executive, promised to revive New Orleans' economy, and its trust in the city's government.
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