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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 — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — 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 27, 2014 | NPR · Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.
 
July 27, 2014 | NPR · Anne Barnard from The New York Times talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the differences between the current explosion of violence in Gaza and previous ones.
 
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July 27, 2014 | NPR · The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.
 

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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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Apr 19, 2014 — Citing recent progress and the Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings.
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Mar 24, 2014 — President Obama and other leaders of the world's biggest industrialized nations say they're not going to summit with Russia in June.
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Mar 14, 2014 — Crimeans vote Sunday on whether to split from Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies vow to penalize Russia if it continues to intervene. Secretary of State Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Friday.
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Mar 13, 2014 — The crisis in Ukraine continues. On Sunday, there's a referendum in Crimea about whether to split from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.
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Mar 5, 2014 — There was no one-on-one meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers, but Secretary of State John Kerry said all sides agreed the impasse in Crimea must be resolved through dialogue.
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Sep 18, 2013 — Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will bring evidence to the U.N. Security Council. Russia is still, though, working with the U.S. to get Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime to give up its chemical weapons.
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Sep 12, 2013 — Russia is "playing games. ... They know that the regime in Damascus is a criminal regime," Gen. Salim Idris tells NPR. Many Syrians, he says, "can't understand why the Russians and Iranians are supporting the [Assad] regime" and why "our friends are delaying" in coming to the opposition's aid.
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Feb 7, 2012 — "We are asking for [an] SOS," says blogger and citizen journalist Omar Shakir from inside Homs, as heavy machine gun fire echoes in the background. He and others in the city say government forces continue to kill people there.
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