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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tens of thousands of displaced Gazans face skyrocketing prices for limited water supplies, and severely disrupted electricity service. As well, long lines are developing for staples like bread.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Christian Science Monitor reporter Christa Case Bryant tells Renee Montagne why the Israeli army is finding Hamas a more formidable foe now than during the 2009 war.
 
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July 30, 2014 | NPR · An explosion rocked a crowded Gaza market during what was expected to be a lull in the fighting. Earlier in the day a United Nations school was hit by what U.N. officials say was Israeli artillery fire, killing at least 15 people. Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza continues to be fired into Israel.
 
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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Hamas militants are using tunnels in and out of Gaza to strike inside Israel. Israelis are questioning how the tunnels grew to be so complex and why the military hasn't been able to shut them down.
 
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July 30, 2014 | NPR · A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
 

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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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Fate and fatalism

Jun 17, 2014 — From the longest-distance skyjacking in American history to a Little Prince who has had his heart broken by a rose, these books are guaranteed to put your head in the clouds.
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Sep 28, 2012 — Tea Obreht's Balkan adventure tale, The Tiger's Wife, is on the list for a 47th week.
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Aug 24, 2012 — In the run-up to its film debut, David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas appears on the list at No. 11.
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Nov 6, 2007 — David Mitchell's nested box of stories isn't just cleverness, says writer Maile Meloy. The novel has a heart, a fierce intelligence and a single, recurring soul.
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Jun 16, 2005 — Author David Mitchell displays in this novel a prodigiously sneaky gift for black comedy, a full-throated disgust at the hash mankind is making of the world, and the one thing you never find in the same package as all those other virtues: plot.
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Oct 17, 2004 — The Booker Prize will be announced this coming Tuesday. One of the leading contenders is David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. With an experimental structure that incorporates six novellas, the question is whether this is a stunt or a true literary breakthrough. Martha Woodroof of member station WMRA reports.
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