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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.
 
July 27, 2014 | NPR · Anne Barnard from The New York Times talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the differences between the current explosion of violence in Gaza and previous ones.
 
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July 27, 2014 | NPR · The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.
 

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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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Mar 11, 2014 — The government wants to build sea walls that will be 30 feet high in places and stretch for more than 200 miles. Some say the $8 billion effort is too costly and will ruin the beaches.
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Oct 22, 2013 — The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, a joint project with Russia, begins producing electricity on the country's southern tip.
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Aug 20, 2013 — The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the plant, says about 80,000 gallons of contaminated water have spewed from a metal holding tank. The leak is reportedly the largest of several at the tsunami-damaged facility.
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Oct 12, 2012 — The admission marked a reversal for Tokyo Electric Power Co., which had defended it preparedness before the 2011 tsunami.
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Jun 25, 2012 — Seafood markets in Fukushima, Japan, are being stocked with locally caught products again, as officials seek to reintroduce local fare in the area that hit by a nuclear meltdown in 2011. Seeking to lure customers back, the seafood was available at a 40 percent discount at one store.
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Feb 16, 2012 — In Japan, a family whose sake business has its roots in the Edo Period (which ended in 1868) is finally back at work, after months of disruption brought on by the catastrophic failure of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The family isn't brewing at their old facility — but they are using their own yeast.
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Dec 21, 2011 — Shortly after the Japanese tsunami, Google sent video teams back to the worst-hit areas to cover 44,000 square miles' worth of devastation.
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Apr 11, 2011 — One month later: A look at memorials dedicated to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami
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Mar 25, 2011 — Japan Prime Minister: nuclear situation is grave
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Mar 24, 2011 — NPR photographer David Gilkey spent the day photographing the city of Rikuzentakata — or what remains of it.
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