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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
April 16, 2014 | NPR · NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Feb 10, 2014 — Iraqi officials believe a belt packed with explosives detonated as an instructor was conducting a demonstration. About 20 militants were killed and 15 or so were wounded. It appears that no innocent bystanders were hurt.
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Jan 16, 2014 — The Marine Corps is looking into images obtained by the entertainment website TMZ. They appear to show U.S. Marines burning the corpses of Iraqi fighters during the 2004 battles in Fallujah.
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Jan 4, 2014 — Al-Qaida fighters are attacking police stations and local officials. Sunni militias, who have battled al-Qaida in the past, are exerting themselves in other parts of the city. Government forces have pulled back, allowing freedom of movement for fighters from all sides.
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Nov 29, 2013 — The discovery is reminiscent of the period following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq when Sunni and Shiite death squads roamed the streets. More than 5,000 people have been killed this year, making it one of the deadliest years in Iraq since violence hit a peak in 2006-'07.
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Oct 31, 2013 — Violence is rising again in Iraq, with at least 5,000 people killed this year. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants U.S. military hardware to fight back. He's also seen as a key figure when it comes to developments in Iran and Syria.
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Oct 6, 2013 — Part of the school building reportedly collapsed as a result of the blast. At least 12 students and their principal died in the attack on an elementary school, according to reports.
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Sep 30, 2013 — Most of the explosions struck areas with large Shiite populations; news agencies report as many as 13 or 14 separate explosions.
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Sep 21, 2013 — In Sadr City, a bombing attack has killed dozens of people, with the death toll continuing to rise Saturday. Multiple reports are citing at least 65 deaths in the attack, one of several in Iraq today.
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Sep 12, 2013 — The world's spotlight is on Syria, but its neighbor Iraq also faces rising violence. Extremists linked to al-Qaida are behind many of the attacks that have targeted civilians and the country's security forces.
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Sep 4, 2013 — Some of Syria's neighbors are already feeling the impact of the civil war there. The war has led to an upsurge in regional violence and has sent refugees flowing across borders.
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