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A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing12/24/14
Months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens, families of the lost passengers and crew struggle to cope. Many are unwilling to declare their loved ones dead.
Celebrating Hanukkah In A Palestinian City
American Jewish college student Amelia Wolf spent Hanukkah last year in Ramallah. As the holiday approached, she was lonely — until her Palestinian hosts got wind of how she was feeling.
Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists
When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.
With A Presidential Vote, Tunisia Seeks A Peaceful Transition
Tunisia launched the Arab uprisings four years ago when it ousted a dictator. Sunday's presidential election heralds the country's steady, but not-yet-guaranteed progress.
Hello, I'm Calling From 'La Mafia'
Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. That means jobs that in the U.S. are relatively safe and boring, like driving a bus, can be incredibly dangerous. It all starts with a phone call.
In Gaza, The Specter Of ISIS Proves Useful To Both Sides
The Islamic State is not believed to be in the Gaza Strip. But a flier in its name was recently sent around the territory. Both Israel and Hamas are trying to use it to their advantage.
Shopping On Shore Leave: How Seafarers Head To The Mall
Most of us pack a lot of trips to the mall into the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But what if you could only go shopping for just a few hours once a month?
Sydney Residents Rally To Head Off Anti-Muslim Violence
Audie Cornish talks to Australian terrorism expert David Kilcullen about the relationship between the Australian government and Muslim communities.
Survivor Of Mexican Student Attacks Tells Of Bullet-Riddled Escape
As the investigation into the presumed murder of 43 students in Mexico continues, one student who says he escaped the attacks describes how police surrounded the students' buses and began to fire.
Oil Prices Go Down, Russia's Gold Buying Goes Up
Russia, China and other emerging market countries have been buying up large quantities of gold, something governments and individuals have done for centuries during uncertain economic times.
Postcard From Mexico: Mother Clings To Hope That Students Are Still...
Mexican authorities recently identified the remains of one of the 43 students believed killed by drug traffickers working with police. Families are having a tough time believing the official story.
For Yazidi Women, Escaping ISIS Doesn't Mean The Ordeal Is Over
Many of the 5,000 Yazidi hostages in Iraq are women who are being raped. Those who return to their deeply conservative community face new trauma: shame, invasive "virginity tests," possible pregnancy.
Argentina: Where Cash Is King And Robberies Are On The Rise
With spiraling inflation and a distrust in banks after the country's 2001 default, Argentines are keeping more cash on hand. And that means robbery rates are spiraling, too.
Facing Threats From ISIS And Iran, Gulf States Set To Join Forces
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is expected to form an unprecedented, NATO-inspired joint military command. The growing strength of ISIS and Iran's influence has made cooperation more urgent.
Liberian Businesses Reopen Their Doors, But Customers Are Wary
The Ebola outbreak shuttered shops, cafes and offices. As the situation eases, many have now opened again — but as restaurant owner Mama Quaye can testify, business is hardly booming.
In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On
The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.
Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf hopes to have no new Ebola cases by Dec. 25. But with the virus popping up in remote places and crossing over from neighboring countries, the battle is far from over.
North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery
A North Korean official now denies its involvement in one of the worst corporate hacks in history, after a different official played coy. How sophisticated are the Hermit Kingdom's hackers?
From German Teen To ISIS Jihadist: A Father's Struggle To Understand
Manfred Karg's 19-year-old son, a convert to Islam, is one of at least 60 Germans killed fighting alongside ISIS militants. Karg says efforts to stop the flow to Syria and Iraq are taking too long.
Uruguay Tries To Tame A 'Monster' Called Cannabis
Uruguay's audacious new law not only legalizes pot, it mandates that government grow and distribute it. Some say the government has pinched more than it can roll.
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