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April 18, 2014 | NPR · The agreement calls on all parties to refrain from violence, requires that illegally-armed groups disarm and that control of government buildings be returned to Ukrainian authorities.
 
April 18, 2014 | NPR · President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.
 
April 18, 2014 | NPR · Morning Edition spent a lot of time recently reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama has deported 2 million people from the U.S. But many say that number is misleading.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
 
April 19, 2014 | NPR · In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge.
 
April 19, 2014 | NPR · Russia is in the middle of a planned upgrade and expansion of its military forces, but global affairs professor Mark Galeotti tells NPR's Arun Rath that Russia's military has its limits.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.
 

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Sep 11, 2013 — In the face of congressional and popular resistance to his call for retaliation against Syria, the president had a conversion on the missile flight path to Damascus. But what constitutes presidential wisdom and strength in today's global politics? It may have less to do with traditional notions of strength and more to do with vision and adaptability.
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Sep 3, 2013 — Congress is going to consider the president's request for the OK to take military action. Obama says he's confident the resolution will allow the type of strike that cripples the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons against its own people. House Speaker Boehner is supporting the president.
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Jun 16, 2013 — Iran, Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the key global stakeholders in the conflict that has taken an estimated 93,000 lives. Here's a look at what some of them stand to gain — or lose.
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Jun 14, 2013 — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also cast some doubt on the United States' claim that the regime of Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons against rebel forces.
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Jun 2, 2013 — In Syria, the port city of Tartous is fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad. It's where many of his supporters, as well as Syrian soldiers, go for vacation. So far about 300,000 Syrians have also fled to the city looking for work and refuge from fighting in cities like Damascus and Qusair.
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Apr 30, 2013 — The bombing is the second in as many days in Damascus and is thought to be part of a stepped-up campaign against the government.
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Feb 23, 2013 — The Syrian National Coalition says it won't attend meetings in Moscow, D.C., and Rome in protest of the continued violence. The announcement comes as fighting in Aleppo intensifies.
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Nov 20, 2012 — The newly formed Syrian National Coalition is the "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," British Foreign Secretary William Hague says. Britain joins France in recognizing the organization.
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Aug 2, 2012 — As fighting intensifies in the Syrian city, there are fears about the deadly consequences for civilians.
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Jul 18, 2012 — Wednesday's bombing in Damascus, which killed several senior figures in President Bashar Assad's inner circle, also shattered the notion that he and his government still have firm control of the capital.
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