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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Syria unrest

May 7, 2014 — The rebels surrendered the city to President Bashar Assad's forces as part of an agreement that gave them safe passage.
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May 6, 2014 — The Greek government made grandiose promises to house Syrian refugees in empty resorts on Greek islands. It didn't work out that way. These days, Syrians have no hope for asylum or benefits there.
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Feb 9, 2014 — The refugees were reportedly leaving the besieged city of Homs on the same day that a United Nations aid convoy came under fire.
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Feb 8, 2014 — The Syrian Red Crescent says its workers were wounded as they tried to deliver aid to a rebel-held section of the besieged city of Homs.
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Jan 20, 2014 — The main group opposing the Assad regime had issued an ultimatum saying it would pull out unless the invitation to Tehran was revoked.
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Nov 7, 2013 — NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson is also a contributor to Fox News. Some listeners complain that she has a conservative bias. A review of her work finds otherwise.
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Jul 9, 2013 — The highly lucrative Syrian television industry continues to turn out programs — largely from neighboring Lebanon — as the country's civil war continues. The shows are evolving to reflect current events, as envisioned by the government.
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Jul 1, 2013 — Amid the turbulent Middle East, Jordan remains stable — for now. But internal and external pressures are mounting. From within, a faltering economy and a popular demand for a say in how the country is governed. And from without, a flood of refugees from Syria that are straining resources.
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Apr 8, 2013 — A major blast inside what's known as the "Square of Security" in the Syrian capital today is the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the capital. The instability has grown so quickly in the past month or so that many die-hard Damascenes are fleeing.
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Mar 20, 2013 — More than 8,000 Syrians cross the border into neighboring countries each day. Lebanon has the biggest urban refugee population in the region, and the highest number of unregistered Syrians. The U.N. says despite its best efforts, Syrian refugees in Lebanon can still expect to wait at least four months before receiving help.
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