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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.

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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.

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An Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.

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Iraqi policemen take up positions on a bridge north of Baghdad on Monday. There's a consensus among Western and Middle Eastern states that militants from the Islamic State pose a serious threat to the region. But there's no sign yet that countries like the United States, Russia and Iran are prepared to work together. Ahmed Saad/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

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