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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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Jun 6, 2013 — A new website offers a different perspective on the ruins of Spain's construction bubble. Called Nacin Rotonda, or "Roundabout Nation," the site displays before-and-after aerial photos of Spanish towns, documenting how quickly half-built condos and urban sprawl have replaced open land in recent years.
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Mar 28, 2013 — Cypriots face tough restrictions on how much money they can withdraw. And the island nation's economy, which is based on financial services, faces the prospect of having to start over again.
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Mar 25, 2013 — The $13 billion bailout has some tough conditions. It is aimed at shoring up the island nation's banking sector and making sure its problems don't spread to other nations. But many Cypriots think their creditors have other intentions.
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Nov 27, 2012 — Leaders agreed on a plan to release some loan payments that Greece desperately needs, and to take steps that should help reduce that nation's debt.
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Jul 23, 2012 — Traders reacted to word that Europe's debt crisis may be deepening, China's economy may slow and some U.S. companies' earnings may be disappointing.
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Jul 13, 2012 — As heavily indebted European countries have seen their options dwindle, the ECB has flexed its muscle — and not always subtly.
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Jul 10, 2012 — The watchdog group says beatings are becoming all-too-common as some groups take out their frustrations on newcomers. Amnesty International has also recently released a report criticizing Greek police for excessive violence against migrants.
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Jun 29, 2012 — If the euro is to survive, the eurozone needs to be more like one country, and less like a bunch of different countries that happen to sit on the same continent.
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Jun 29, 2012 — At a summit in Brussels, leaders agreed to steps that were more bold than expected. A key part of the plan: Loans from a bailout fund will go directly to troubled banks in Spain. So the Spanish government won't pile up more debt.
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Jun 26, 2012 — Euro notes contain clues that suggest the common currency may not end well.
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