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Asia

Hong Kong Protests Offer A Revelation To Mainland Chinese

Chinese mainlanders visiting Hong Kong have expressed amazement, even jealousy at the polite, civic-spirited and considerate crowds of protesters. But some on the mainland see activists as traitors.

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Goats and Soda

Europe's 'Moral Obligation' Is To Repair West Africa's Health Care System

With money and manpower, the European Union hopes to help stop the Ebola outbreak. But the EU has a long-term goal as well: Improving health care in West Africa to prevent future medical crises.

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Politics

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.

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All Tech Considered

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking Turnstyle

Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Invitation-only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

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Music Reviews

Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence

On an unlikely tribute album, singer Dionne Farris and guitarist Charlie Hunter tackle Warwick classics with revealing subtlety — and nods to the musicians' own origins in early-'90s rap.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Sen. Warren: We Need Regulators Who 'Work For The American People'

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Elizabeth Warren says new recordings of conversations by Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 meltdown have continued.

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Politics

Secret Talks And Back Channels Pervaded U.S. Ties With Cuba

The new book Back Channel to Cuba reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep sat down with co-authors Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande ahead of the book's release to discuss their findings.

Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik, 30, says her generation "can't just complain about the problems, we have to help solve them as well, because we're ultimately inheriting them." Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Politics

In New York's North Country, The Republican Party's New Poster Candidate

Elise Stefanik is 30 years old and running for Congress. If she wins, she would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Democrats hope filmmaker Aaron Woolf can help them hang on to the seat.

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Goats and Soda

Raya The Muppet Talks About Poop And Is Proud Of It

She's an aquamarine puppet with a mission: Stop the practice of open defecation. That's a tall order for a 6-year-old Muppet. But she's up for the job: "Let's face it. We all got to go."

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