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U.S. Closes Embassy In Libya Amid Violent Clashes In Capital

Weekend Edition Sunday - July 27, 2014 - 8:11am

Security in Libya has deteriorated badly enough that the U.S. shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday. NPR's Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill about the situation.

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Russia's Military Intelligence Service Fights Shadow War For Ukraine

Weekend Edition Sunday - July 27, 2014 - 8:11am

On top of Moscow's secretive foreign intelligence service, there's an even deeper layer of information gathering. NPR's Arun Rath talks to writer Mark Galeotti about the agency known as the GRU.

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Effort To Secure MH17 Crash Site On Hold Amid Fresh Fighting

Weekend Edition Sunday - July 27, 2014 - 8:11am

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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Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators

NPR News - July 27, 2014 - 8:11am

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Donetsk, Ukraine, says government forces appear to be gaining ground against rebels who control the wreckage site.

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News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign

NPR News - July 27, 2014 - 8:11am

The government has already swept up 25,000 officials this year. The most recent high-profile victim is CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang, but it's not clear what he's suspected of doing.

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A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters

NPR Arts & Culture - July 27, 2014 - 8:01am

Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony (a type of flower). For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.

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Q&A: How Is The Native College Experience Different?

NPR Education - July 27, 2014 - 7:33am

For Native American students, getting ready for college can be thrilling, alienating, and downright infuriating.

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At 75, Batman Still Seeks Justice, Not Revenge

NPR Arts & Culture - July 27, 2014 - 7:26am

Batman keeps avenging the death of his parents, but "it's not a vendetta, it's a crusade," says author Glen Weldon. "He represents the idea of: 'This thing that happened to me? Never again.' "

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Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store

NPR Arts & Culture - July 27, 2014 - 7:03am

NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.

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A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery

NPR Arts & Culture - July 27, 2014 - 7:03am

Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.

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You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe

NPR News - July 27, 2014 - 7:03am

Goat — it's the other red meat! And it's easy to mess up. Kenyan-born Kevin Onyona reveals the secrets to a tender yet hearty stew: You've got to break down that meat, and you've got to give it love.

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Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store

NPR News - July 27, 2014 - 7:03am

NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.

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Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive As Hamas Offers New Cease-Fire

NPR News - July 27, 2014 - 4:08am

A proposed 24-hour extension to Saturday's humanitarian cease-fire didn't last past Sunday morning. Hamas, which rejected that truce, says it is now willing to accept a new cease-fire.

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Volunteer Recap: A Summer With Her Mind On The Toilet

NPR News - July 26, 2014 - 5:13pm

Dionna Fry spent last summer in Ethiopia, finding out how the locals liked a new kind of latrine that reduces the risk of disease — and can turn waste into fertilizer for a fruit tree.

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Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

NPR Arts & Culture - July 26, 2014 - 5:09pm

Lifetime's general manager says the channel is trying to reflect "the true breadth" of America. It recently launched a reality show called BAPs — which stands for "Black American Prince or Princess."

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Director Says Hoffman Inhabited 'Most Wanted Man' Role

NPR Arts & Culture - July 26, 2014 - 5:09pm

Anton Corbijn directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles — playing a haggard German intelligence agent in the film adaptation of the John le Carré spy thriller A Most Wanted Man.

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Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

NPR Arts & Culture - July 26, 2014 - 5:09pm

Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

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An Idea That Stuck: How A Hymnal Bookmark Helped Inspire The Post-It Note

NPR Arts & Culture - July 26, 2014 - 5:09pm

3M employee Art Fry had a problem: When he sang with his church choir, his paper bookmarks fell out of his hymnal. Thankfully for Fry, his coworker Spencer Silver had a new adhesive in the works.

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The Long History Of The Gaza Tunnels

NPR News - July 26, 2014 - 4:15pm

Alexander the Great complained about the tunnels under Gaza during his siege of the area in 332 BC. They are still an issue today as the Israelis and Palestinians slug it out.

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Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk

NPR News - July 26, 2014 - 3:34pm

Kiev's forces have been advancing on key rebel stronghold in hopes of forcing a collapse of the separatist movement.

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