Two passenger trains lay next to each other in India after they derailed Tuesday night. The accident is being blamed on flash floods on a bridge outside the town of Harda in Madhya Pradesh state. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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2 Trains Derail In India, Killing At Least 24; Floodwaters Blamed

More than 300 people survived, according to local media reports. Just minutes before the crashes, another train had passed safely over the same area.

Girls plays basketball at a school for some 2,000 Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, southern Turkey. The school, which depends on private donations, is struggling to remain open. The students attend in five separate shifts throughout the day. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A Syrian Refugee School: Nearly 2,000 Students, 5 Shifts, 3 Languages

Many Syrian refugee children haven't been to school in years. NPR's Deborah Amos visits one school in southern Turkey that serves as a refuge for those lucky enough to attend.

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Parallels - World News

Need 'Friends' For Your Wedding? In South Korea, You Can Hire Them

Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.

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All five of these people are running for president, but it looks like only one will make it into the first Republican debate. Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

The top 10 candidates, as determined by Fox's analysis of polls, will debate Thursday. But even when you average polls together, it's tough to tell the difference between the lower-ranked hopefuls.

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The Salt

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

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Energy

When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach WPRN

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

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Business

The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

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