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Carrying The Torch For London's Last Gas Lamps

Jan 15, 2015
British Gas still has five employees who work as lamplighters, tending to the more than 1,000 centuries-old gas lamps that still line some of London's oldest neighborhoods.
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In France's Muslim Community, Stories Of Heroism, And Some Fear

Jan 15, 2015
Muslims were among the first people at the scene of last week's attacks in Paris. An employee of the kosher supermarket saved hostages, and a policeman died responding to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.
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Some French Muslims See Conspiracies In Paris Shootings

Jan 14, 2015
In Muslim communities around France, some don't believe the official version of events. In schools, some Muslim students refused to join in a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks.
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French Parents Cautiously Send Children Back To Jewish Schools

Jan 13, 2015
Moshe Goldwaser's 9-year-old daughter goes to a Jewish day school in the Paris metro area. He talks to Audie Cornish about how he and his wife discussed what happened at the kosher market with their daughter and why they all feel reassured by the security provided by the French government.
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Courted By The U.S. And Russia, Uzbekistan Ignores Critics

Jan 10, 2015
Uzbekistan has been a key partner for the U.S. in the Afghan war. Now that the U.S. role in that war is winding down, will Uzbekistan's poor human rights record become more of an issue?
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Life Flows Back Into The Waters Of Baghdad's Tigris

Jan 07, 2015
Some of the loveliest cities hug great rivers: Cairo on the Nile, Paris on the Seine. Baghdad's lifeblood is the Tigris. After years of war, commuter boats and even a rowing club ply its waters again.
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With The Saudi King Ailing, Succession Speculation Begins

Jan 06, 2015
King Abdullah, who's at least 90, was hospitalized last week and Crown Prince Salman delivered an annual televised speech Tuesday. One analyst says the kingdom is stable, perhaps too much so.
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Venezuela Braces For A Tough Year Ahead

Jan 04, 2015
The country's economy is a mess and low oil prices are hurting the oil-exporting nation. While President Nicolas Maduro is unpopular among many Venezuelans, the opposition is fractured and weak.
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After Making Waves In 2014, ISIS' Power Appears To Ebb

Jan 03, 2015
By the summer of 2014, a third of Iraq was under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State or ISIS, and people worried the capital might be next. Six months on, that's changed.
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Goats and Soda

When A Rebel Is Homesick, He Might Be Willing To Surrender

Jan 02, 2015
To help end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michael Sharp sits among the banana trees and talks with the fighters about memories of the past and dreams for their children.
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Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

Jan 02, 2015
It's a scene that reflects China's competing trends: Buddhist monks release fish into Shanghai's Huangpu River to "free" them. A few yards downstream, fishermen quickly scoop them up.
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Painful Virus Sweeps Central America, Gains A Toehold In U.S.

Jan 01, 2015
While some Americans worried that Ebola would spread around the U.S., a new mosquito-borne virus flew right in. It sickened more than 2,000 Americans and nearly a million people across the Caribbean.
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The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

Dec 31, 2014
The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.

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