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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. David Greene talks to Julie Ioffe, of the New Republic, about what Russia's next move may be in Ukraine.
 
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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
 
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.
 

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August 21, 2014 | KWMU · The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, more than 160 people have been arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · The aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., has focused attention on police-involved killings more broadly in the U.S. But statistics on shootings by police are scarce. To learn why, Audie Cornish speaks with David Klinger, an associate professor at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
 
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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Aug 19, 2014 — Pope Francis is "profoundly saddened" by news that the wife of his nephew and her two young children have been killed, Vatican Radio reports. His nephew is in intensive care.
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Aug 13, 2014 — Upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which the north frequently protests, may also have inspired the show of belligerence, reports NPR's Jason Strother.
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Aug 13, 2014 — The Vatican hasn't had formal relations with China since 1949, when the communists took charge. Pope Francis is flying to South Korea today for a five-day visit.
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Jul 25, 2014 — In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.
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Jul 13, 2014 — In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Francis is quoted as calling pedophilia a "leprosy in our house." The Vatican has disputed parts of the article.
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Jul 7, 2014 — The pope holds his first official meetings with victims of sexual abuse, saying that the priests who hurt them behaved like "a sacrilegious cult."
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Jun 21, 2014 — Pope Francis made the statement during an open-air mass, saying mafiosos have a "contempt for the common good."
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Jun 5, 2014 — The five Italians who were replaced were associated with the Vatican's discredited old guard. The new members are from four countries, and include a former Bush administration official.
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May 29, 2014 — Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have agreed to attend the joint prayer meeting at the Vatican, set for next week.
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May 24, 2014 — Francis is only the fourth pontiff to visit the Holy Land in 2,000 years. Francis will make stops in the West Bank and Jerusalem during a three-day visit.
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