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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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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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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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