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American Dana Vollmer celebrates after her gold medal win Sunday in the women's 100-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics

In Olympic Swimming, Records Smashed, Hopes Dashed

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Most civilians have fled the Syrian town of Derat Azza after protracted shelling by Syrian troops. Shops are closed, and rebels are trying to tightly control any information flowing out of the town. Bunny Coleman for NPR hide caption

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Inside Rebel-Held Syria

In Syrian Conflict, Both Sides Vie To Control Message

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In this image provided by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network, a woman holds a child in front of their destroyed home in Tremseh, Syria, on July 14. The authenticity, content, location and date have not been independently verified. AP hide caption

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Inside Rebel-Held Syria

Unspinning The Narrative Of A Syrian Massacre

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A Free Syrian Army solider mans a checkpoint in the northern town of Ariha, on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria, last month. In rural areas held by rebels, new institutions are cropping up to fill the void left by the receding Syrian state. Khalil Hamra/AP hide caption

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Inside Rebel-Held Syria

In Syria's North, A Shadow State Emerges

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A Spanish NATO soldier on patrol in Afghanistan. Insurgents in the country have been busier this summer than last, and more often than not, civilians are paying the price. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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Afghanistan

Taliban's 'Summer Offensive' Heats Up In Afghanistan

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Battles on the Syria-Turkey border, like the one at the Bab al-Hawa border post, are a cat-and-mouse game for Syrian rebels. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Inside Rebel-Held Syria

Border Battles A Cat-And-Mouse Game In Syria

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks in Bow, N.H., on July 20. On his upcoming trip, Romney plans to make stops in the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Mitt Romney

Romney's Foreign Agenda: Listen, Learn, Olympics

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In this image taken July 16 and provided by Edlib News Network, a Syrian girl holds a poster that reads, "Greetings from Kfarnebel's children to the Free Syrian Army soldiers in Damascus," during a demonstration in Kfarnebel, Syria. Rebels hold large swaths of territory in rural Syria. Fighters in the village of Atima recently launched their first operation against the regime. AP hide caption

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Inside Rebel-Held Syria

In 'Free' Syrian Village, A Plea For U.S. Help

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Drag queens at an outdoor restaurant in Copacabana incorporate safe sex messages into a show of lip-synced songs and risque jokes. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Activists Fear Brazil's Triumph Over HIV Has Fizzled

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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps signed an endorsement deal with Subway in 2008, but because Subway is not an Olympic sponsor, Phelps isn't allowed to appear in a Subway ad from July 18 to Aug. 15 2012. via SubwayEatFresh365/YouTube hide caption

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics

For Olympic Committee, Marketing Is No Game

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