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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. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many 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 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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Nov 14, 2012 — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been caught up in the scandal surrounding former CIA Director David Petraeus. But the Pentagon chief cautioned today that Allen may not have done anything inappropriate.
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Sep 23, 2012 — A little-known, but longtime nuclear standoff ended this week when U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a 26-year-old ban that kept New Zealand naval ships from docking at U.S. bases. The ban stems from New Zealand's nuclear-free policy that forbids U.S. nuclear ships into its ports.
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Jun 7, 2012 — The defense secretary expresses frustration with terrorists' ability to attack U.S. forces in Afghanistan because they have safe havens in Pakistan.
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Jun 4, 2012 — In Hanoi, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta returned a North Vietnamese soldier's diary. Vietnam's defense minister gave Panetta an American Army sergeant's letters. The exchange marks another milestone in the countries' relations.
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Feb 3, 2012 — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of retaliation if Israel tries to hit Iran's nuclear sites. His comments followed word that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there's a strong likelihood of such action by Israel this spring.
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Feb 1, 2012 — The U.S. and NATO are aiming to end their combat operations in Afghanistan next year, the defense secretary told reporters today. They'll continue to focus on training and advising Afghan forces.
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Dec 15, 2011 — In a low-key ceremony at the Baghdad airport, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others marked the occasion. After nearly nine years of war and the deaths of 4,500 U.S. military personnel, almost all troops have left the country.
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Jun 22, 2011 — About 11,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in Minot, N.D. And flooding continues to the south in other states.
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Jun 9, 2011 — With bin Laden dead, "we have a unique opportunity to make new gains on al-Qaida," he tells the Senate Armed Services Committee as the confirmation hearing on his nomination to be secretary of Defense begins.
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May 16, 2011 — "There was no one essential ... piece of information that led us" to the al-Qaida leader, the CIA chief said in a letter. And some detainees subjected to "enhanced interrogation" lied about key information — the identity of a bin Laden courier.
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