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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 29, 2014 | KERA · After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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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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Feb 13, 2009 — As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama routinely made promises that he would "restore our moral standing in the world." But, now that he occupies the White House, is his administration unveiling a new era in foreign policy?
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Nov 22, 2007 — Every year, Palestinians from towns and villages across the West Bank bring their ladders and tarps to local olive groves. Olive oil season is the center of local history and culture — and at the heart of the economy.
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Nov 19, 2007 — Philip C. Winslow has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and ABC radio, but he hasn't always been a journalist: His new memoir detailsthe time he spent working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the West Bank. It was during the second Palestinian intifada.
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Jul 20, 2007The Secret Servant is the 10th novel from thriller writer Daniel Silva. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says Silva is perhaps the best home-grown spy novelist among a new generation of writers.
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Jun 14, 2006 — The delicate relationship between an art school teacher with a secret Nazi heritage and an Israeli artist's model is the focus of Blue Nude, the latest novel by Elizabeth Rosner. Veronique de Turenne offers a review.
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Jun 4, 2006 — An Israeli woman and a Palestinian man find lifelong friendship in a search for understanding. In The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan ties a story of two families and the house that connected them, to the history of the Mideast conflict.
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May 15, 2006 — Sandy Tolan talks about his book The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East. The account grew out of a 1998 NPR documentary in which Tolan reported on a friendship between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman that served as an example of the region's fragile history.
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Dec 22, 2005 — Aaron J. Klein talks about his new book, Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response. It's about the secret, 30-year campaign to track down the killers of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, which was led by a secret Mossad unit, code named Caesarea.
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