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U.S. Shelves Program Intended To Train Syrian Rebels

The U.S. will shift the focus to training so-called "enablers" in Turkey. Those leaders of opposition groups will gather intelligence and coordinate airstrikes with existing fighters.

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Mexico Says It Will Allow International Experts To Revisit Missing Students Case

Mexico says it will allow seven experts from five countries to re-examine the crime area. Mexican officials have said 43 students were kidnapped, murdered and burned.

December, 2013: A Tunisian boy waves a flag as he runs at a rally in Tunis, marking the third anniversary of Tunisia's revolution. A prominent member of the group that's credited with averting civil war in the country says the group acted "to give hope to young people." Zoubeir Souissi /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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How Tunisia's 'Quartet' Thwarted Civil War And Won The Nobel Peace Prize

Before the Quartet was formed, Tunisia seemed doomed to walk the same path of violence, retributions and political chaos that had wreaked havoc in Egypt.

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How Chef Paul Prudhomme Invented Cajun-Creole Fusion Food

Chef Paul Prudhomme, who died Thursday at 75, revolutionized Cajun and Creole cuisine and helped popularize it throughout the world. He also created a craze for "blackened" everything.

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Mother Teresa's Missionaries Of Charity Says No More Adoptions In India

The Catholic sisters known for their blue and white habits say they have asked the government to de-register 13 orphanages over religious objections to the country's new adoption guidelines.

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Gun Debate Divides Nation's Police Officers, Too

"Talking about firearms now is like talking about race" among officers, says a national law enforcement leader. In Milwaukee, for instance, a sheriff and police chief took vocal, opposing stances.

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2014. Sherman was the lead U.S. negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal. She stepped down from her post last week and is now teaching at Harvard. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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A U.S. Negotiator Says There's Still Pending Business With Iran

Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the Iran nuclear talks, tells NPR the U.S. still has plenty of other issues to settle with Iran, such as the release of Americans being held in that country.

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After A Breakdown, A Secret Breaks Free From A Family's Closet — And Heals

Surprised by a mental health crisis, Andrea Crook had refused medication — until her grandfather called. Her illness inspired him to reveal an old secret, which "changed everything," she says.

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'If They Have It, It's Undeniable': Lorne Michaels On Casting 'SNL'

The Saturday Night Live executive producer says criticism of the show's perceived lack of diversity frustrated him, but that the perception needed to be addressed.

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