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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 24, 2014 — The City of Chester, which sank in 1888 after colliding with the liner Oceanic, has been found. At the time, false reports that the other ship's Chinese crew failed to assist stoked racial hatred.
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Apr 7, 2014 — The 633-foot-long vessel, which may have suffered a loss of power, ran aground within yards of a popular jogging path in the Chinese territory.
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Feb 8, 2014 — A Spanish-led consortium working to build a new lock system to accommodate larger ships says it will stop work until a deal is reached.
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Jan 31, 2014 — The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."
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Jan 23, 2014 — The 300-foot Lyubov Orlova snapped its towline a year ago while en route to the scrapyard. The ship could contain hundreds of rats that have been eating themselves to survive.
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Jan 15, 2014 — The International Maritime Bureau says there has been a 40 percent drop in piracy worldwide since 2011, and that much of the drop was due to fewer attacks off the Somali coast.
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Jan 2, 2014 — Grupo Unidos por el Canal, made up of Spanish, Italian, Belgian and Panamanian firms, says it will halt work if it doesn't get paid for $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the next three weeks.
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Oct 25, 2013 — An email purportedly confirms the two men were captured off the coast of the Nigerian town of Brass, but there was no immediate word of demands or a ransom.
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Oct 21, 2013 — The chief engineer of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, one of 35 arrested for allegedly carrying illegal weapons, was reportedly prevented by cellmates from killing himself.
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Oct 18, 2013 — Indian authorities say the vessel was intercepted last week carrying arms that had not been declared.
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