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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 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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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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Jun 12, 2014 — Much great literature is informed by British gloom, from the Hound of the Baskervilles stalking the moor to Macbeth plotting in his dark castle. We wondered how a brighter Blighty would change that.
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May 9, 2014 — A huge number of adults in Europe will be obese or overweight by 2030, a study predicts. Ireland has the dubious honor of leading the way.
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Oct 28, 2013 — The system, which battered the U.K. with gusts of nearly 100 mph, killed more than a dozen people there and in the Netherlands, France and Germany.
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Jul 10, 2013 — Music is a staple at sporting venues around the world (think singing, brass bands, even cowbells). And Billy Cooper's trumpet has been a steady fixture at England's cricketing contests. But not at Trent Bridge, where England faces Australia. The ground doesn't allow instruments. Not everyone's happy. Top cricketers and the media are piping in.
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Feb 4, 2013 — A skeleton discovered under what's now a parking lot in the English city of Leicester is that of the warrior king, researchers say. They identified him by matching DNA to that of a distant relative who's alive today.
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Oct 9, 2012 — The National Health Service is providing care for short-term travelers. So if you're on holiday and run out of an HIV drug, the NHS will help out, gratis. But if you're thinking of going for a long time to get free care, you're probably out of luck.
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Jun 3, 2012 — Hundreds of thousands crowded the banks of the Thames Sunday to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II leading a flotilla of a thousand boats to mark her 60-year reign.
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Oct 6, 2011 — Wayne Rooney's father is one of the suspects being investigated because of suspicious bets placed on a match in Scotland. The soccer star has not been implicated.
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Feb 1, 2011 — The UK, Great Britain, and England are located near each other — or better yet are comprised of one another — yet many make the common mistake of referring to them as one in the same. Fret no more — here's a fast-paced explainer/reminder on the island(s) across the pond.
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Dec 7, 2010 — New research from the University of Warwick shows that the English of the late Middle Ages had higher levels of income than people do today in many of the world's poorest countries.
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