Wolf celebrated Hannukah in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank last year. As the holiday approached, she felt lonely, until her Palestinian host mother and a few neighbors came to watch her light candles on her portable tin menorah and hear her explain the holiday story. Courtesy of Amelia Wolf hide caption

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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.

United States' Abby Wambach fights for the ball with Brazil's Bruna Benites during a final match of the International Women's Football Tournament in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday. The game ended in a draw, giving Brazil the tournament victory. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Finishes Second In Brazilian Tournament

Brazil and the U.S. played to a 0-0 draw in the final of the International Tournament of Brasilia, giving Brazil the first-place finish overall. None of the games was televised in the U.S.

King Felipe VI of Spain attends the Congress of Deputies for the proclamation as King of Spain to the Spanish Parliament on June 19, 2014. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

7 Stories You Should Have Paid More Attention To in 2014

From Japanese protestors self-immolating in Tokyo to species vanishing from earth, we learn more about the stories that didn't make headlines in 2014. Share yours using #2014Stories.

Instead of turning the tree into mulch, the town decorated it and ushered it in with a special town reading of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Ben Allen/WITF hide caption

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Around the Nation

It Just Needed A Little Love: An Ugly Spruce Ties A Town Together WITF

When a shabby-looking, 50-foot "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree went up in the middle of downtown Reading, Pa., around Thanksgiving, many saw it as a metaphor for the city's troubles.

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As a child, Emily Blunt had a stutter that was so bad, she could hardly say her own name. "The misdiagnosis [was] that I was a tense child," Blunt says. "And I wasn't. I was desperate to speak." John Phillips/AP hide caption

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My Big Break

Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

The actress stars in the new film Into the Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.

Martha McCullough shows off a photo of her grandfather, Christmas Moultrie, who was born on the Mulberry Grove Plantation before Gen. Sherman's army burned it down ahead of the capture of Savannah in 1864. Both McCullough and Hugh Golson, a descendant of the plantation's owner, knew Moultrie as children. Carl Elmore/Courtesy Savannah Morning News hide caption

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Race

Bound By A Plantation, Two Georgians Remember A Special Christmas GPB

Gen. Sherman burned the plantation down on his way to Savannah, and now the descendant of the planter and the grandchild of that planter's emancipated slave delight in sharing their story.

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Tunisian voter Dina Ghlisse, 19, displays her finger with the indelible ink mark after voting in La Marsa, on the outskirts of Tunis, on Sunday. More than three years after Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring across the Middle East, the country is choosing a president. Hassene Dridi/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Tunisia, Cradle Of Arab Spring, In Historic Presidential Vote

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The rellenong manok at La Cocina de Tita Moning, a restaurant in Manila. Chef Suzette Monitnola uses a traditional recipe from the 1930s that belonged to her grandmother. Aurora Almendral for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of Filipino culture.

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