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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
 
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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Venezuela

Aug 22, 2014 — The government hopes to clamp down on rampant cross-border smuggling of government-subsidized staples that has caused shortages on the country's store shelves.
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Jul 30, 2014 — The U.S. did not name the officials but said they have been responsible or complicit in perpetrating human rights abuses against the Venezuelan people.
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Jul 23, 2014 — The half-finished skyscraper in Caracas, home to thousands of poor residents, is being emptied. The tower made an appearance in the Showtime series Homeland.
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Feb 26, 2014 — The U.S. has wanted better relations with Venezuela, but the new president — like Hugo Chavez before him, say experts — uses the U.S. as a scapegoat to divert attention from domestic problems.
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Feb 23, 2014 — President Nicolas Maduro was elected less than a year ago, but he's already facing protests from restive students and others angry over high inflation and shortages of many goods.
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Feb 21, 2014 — The opposition says the current standoff has led to some of the worst violations of human rights during the rule of the current regime.
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Feb 20, 2014 — Leopoldo López has reemerged as an important opposition figure. And like he has in the past, he's courted controversy.
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Feb 20, 2014 — Genesis Carmona died after being shot Tuesday during an anti-government protest. The murder of another beauty queen, Monica Spear, is among the reasons protesters have taken to the streets.
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Feb 19, 2014 — Leopoldo Lopez tells his supporters they need to keep pressing for new leadership to replace the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. The government blames him for clashes in the streets.
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Dec 26, 2013 — The good news is that air travel to and from Venezuela is dirt cheap due to the difference between the official cost of tickets and the black-market currency rate. The bad news is that many flights are booked up months in advance.
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