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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Aug 5, 2014 — Her family said they were going on a vacation. But Nimco Ali was taken to a woman who performed genital mutilation. Now Ali is helping the more than 100,000 girls in the U.K. possibly at risk.
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Jul 24, 2014 — The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.
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Nov 16, 2013 — Women and girls are at increased risk of violence during humanitarian crises. But resources to address that often come after the initial disaster response. This week, aid groups and governments pledged to do something about it.
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Nov 12, 2013 — Citing high rates of sexual harassment and female genital mutilation, a new survey finds that women in Egypt face the worst treatment in the Arab world. Other countries with high levels of unrest — Iraq and Syria — are also among the worst for women, according to a new survey.
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Oct 26, 2013 — "I went to the grocery store," one Saudi woman who drove Saturday says. Her act defies a ban on Saudi female drivers; women took to the streets Saturday as part of a push to allow women to get driver's licenses.
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Sep 29, 2013 — Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan warned women against driving cars by saying it could affect their ovaries. His comments come a month before a planned day of disobedience, when activists will call for women to drive — a right they do not have in Saudi Arabia.
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Oct 2, 2012 — Compare the U.S. and Saudi catalogs. All the same stuff is for sale. But you won't find women in one.
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Jun 7, 2012 — Last month, with little notice or fanfare, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, got an amendment included in the huge annual Department of Defense bill that would permit military health insurance to cover abortions for servicewomen whose pregnancies are the result of rape or incest.
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