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July 22, 2014 | NPR · Foreign ministers meeting Tuesday in Brussels are threatening deep sanctions against Russia over the Malaysia Airlines crash. But some nations might hesitate because of their economic ties to Russia.
 
July 22, 2014 | NPR · Renee Montagne talks to Anton La Guardia, who covers the European Union for The Economist, about the possibility of deep EU sanctions against Russia at Tuesday's foreign ministers meeting.
 
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July 22, 2014 | NPR · Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tells NPR the nation can't "absorb" all migrants fleeing violence and must secure its own border first. He dismissed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton as old news.
 

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July 21, 2014 | NPR · As the Israeli military expands its assault in the Gaza Strip, casualty numbers continue to grow. At last count, more than 550 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 25 Israeli soldiers have died. On Monday, an Israeli strike hit a hospital in central Gaza, killing people in the intensive care unit.
 
July 21, 2014 | NPR · Violence continues to escalate in the Gaza Strip. According to many foreign observers, Egypt must play a key role in any peace agreement between Israel and Hamas. To find out why, Robert Siegel speaks with Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
 
July 21, 2014 | NPR · It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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The Hobbit

Jan 20, 2014 — The giant bird was being used to promote The Hobbit film trilogy, which was shot in the Pacific nation. Authorities say no one was hurt when it came crashing down during a 6.3-magnitude temblor.
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Dec 10, 2013 — The latest installment in the Hobbit movie trilogy opens this week. And some hard-core fans plan to celebrate not just with a marathon screening of the Lord of The Ring films that came before it, but with a full day of feasting — seven meals, hobbit-style. We offer up a sample menu.
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Nov 22, 2013 — Google and Warner Bros. have teamed up to create an interactive experience. It's been launched in advance of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, part two of director Peter Jackson's movie trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book.
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Apr 29, 2013 — It looks like tea is joining the ranks of fan fiction and fan art as an option for expressing your love for the likes of everything from Downton Abbey and Doctor Who to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. One company is selling crowdsourced fandom blends inspired by customers' favorite TV shows, books, movies and comics.
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Nov 21, 2012 — Ash is spewing thousands of feet into the air from a volcano in the New Zealand national park where Lord of the Ring's climatic scenes were shot. Scientists are warning that the peak that served as a stand-in for "Mount Doom" may soon erupt.
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Nov 19, 2012 — Three horses and two dozen smaller animals reportedly died. Wranglers say there were sink holes and other "death traps" on the property. The movie production company later paid for improvements at the farm. Director Peter Jackson's movie premieres later this month.
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