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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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Oct 4, 2013 — Try to get Siri to confirm the news and she only gives you a runaround. But voice actor Susan Bennett has stepped forward to tell CNN that she's "classic" Siri on Apple's U.S. iPhones and iPads.
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Jun 11, 2012 — The latest iPhone Siri ads, featuring actors Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich and Zooey Deschanel, are entertaining enough — if you enjoy watching people talking to themselves. Sure, Apple seems to be pushing its smartphone, but the subtler message may be about something else.
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Jan 17, 2012 — Now we have taken another step into making our machine fantasies a reality. It is, literally, impossible to know how things will turn out. But we should at least be cognizant of the corners we turn.
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Jan 17, 2012 — What if Siri had other plans?
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Dec 2, 2011 — When it was discovered earlier this week that Apple's new iPhone assistant had trouble telling users where to find abortion providers, abortion rights groups immediately cried foul.
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