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    • Beloved Around the World, the Late Leonard Cohen Had Deity-Like Status in Israel

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Israelis have been in love with Canadian-born singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away this week at the age of 82. It all goes back to the time Cohen sang for Israeli troops during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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    • New Leak: Jared Kushner Says There May Be ‘No Solution’ to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 3 mins
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    It was supposed to be an off-the-record briefing. But comments from Jared Kushner about the Middle East peace process he's been tasked with are getting some attention.

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    • Should the Muslim Brotherhood Be Designated a Terrorist Group?

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    It's the ideological forefather of many radical Islamist groups. But past US administrations have refrained from putting the Muslim Brotherhood on its list of foreign terrorist organizations. Now, the Trump White House is considering doing just that.

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    • South Korean Catholics Take the Lead in Protesting Against Nuclear Power

    • By: Matthew Bell
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    The nuclear threat from North Korea is a big deal. But in South Korea, some Catholic leaders see a different nuclear problem, right in their own backyard. Catholic clergy are taking the lead in protests against South Korea's dependence on nuclear energy.

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    • In South Korea, Pretty Much Everything Is a Little Bit Buddhist. Including Politics.

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
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    Their last president was impeached. As voters get ready to pick a new leader on May 9, Korean Buddhists say now's the time to pray for peace and national healing.

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    • Trump's Speech Was Short on Foreign Policy Details, but That Wasn't the Point

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "Trump's Speech Was Short on Foreign Policy Details, but That Wasn't the Point" is from the April 27, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.

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    • ISIS Is Losing Its So-Called State, so It's Shifting Its Message

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "ISIS Is Losing Its So-Called State, so It's Shifting Its Message " is from the June 27, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.

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    • The Biggest Megachurch on Earth and South Korea's ‘Crisis of Evangelism’

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
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    Seoul, the capital of South Korea, has more megachurches than any other city in the world. But right now, Protestant evangelical leaders in South Korea don’t have the best reputation.

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    • This Dissident Poet Says Elections and the Nuclear Pact Give Him Hope for Iran

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 16 mins
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    "This Dissident Poet Says Elections and the Nuclear Pact Give Him Hope for Iran" is from the April 28, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.

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    • A U.S.-Trained Scientist Was Deported, Then Became the 'Father of Chinese Rocketry'

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Qian Xuesen studied at MIT and then joined the Manhattan Project, the top secret U.S. atomic bomb program. Later, during the McCarthy era, Qian was kicked out of the country after being implicated as a communist sympathizer. Back in China, he went on to become the “father of Chinese rocketry.”

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    • In South Korea, Being Gay Is Still Taboo

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
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    A watchdog group that tracks human rights in the South Korean military says the army leadership is violating its own regulations by going after soldiers suspected of homosexual activity.

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    • Trump Says There Are 2 Million 'Criminal Aliens' in the US. It's Not Clear Where He Got That Number

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 3 mins
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    "Trump Says There Are 2 Million 'Criminal Aliens' in the US. It's Not Clear Where He Got That Number" is from the September 1, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.

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    • This Apocalyptic Korean Christian Group Goes by Different Names. Critics Say It's Just a Cult.

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The Shinchonji Church of Jesus was founded in South Korea back in 1984 by a man whose followers call him, "the promised pastor." The group has grown in its home country and expanded into Western nations. But not without notoriety.

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    • Gay Marriage Is Legal in Mexico, but Mexicans Are Still Fighting over Whether It Should Be Allowed

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 3 mins
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    "Gay Marriage Is Legal in Mexico, but Mexicans Are Still Fighting over Whether It Should Be Allowed" is from the September 13, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.

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    • If You’re Young and South Korean, North Korea Might Not Seem So Scary

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 6 mins
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    North Korea is developing nuclear weapons, testing missiles and threatening to show no mercy to its enemies. But in South Korea, which has never signed a peace treaty with the North, many young people just aren’t that worried.

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    • Evangelicals Are Speaking Out in Favor of DACA Recipients

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 3 mins
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    President Donald Trump has been able to count on the support of many evangelical Christians. But many evangelical leaders are speaking out in favor of the DACA program that Trump has decided to cancel.

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    • A Son of North Korea's First Family Is Dead, and Details of the Case Are Murky

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
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    At one time, Kim Jong-nam was thought to be the natural successor to his father, North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader,’ Kim Jong-il. Now, the younger Kim is dead. And experts suspect that his death might have been a political assassination ordered by his own half-brother, the current supreme leader — Kim Jong-un.

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    • Tensions With North Korea Are on the Rise, Yet Again

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Vice President Mike Pence visited South Korea this week and offered a pointed warning to North Korea. But this is far from the first time the rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear program has grown heated.

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    • The Ayatollah and the Rabbi who Teamed Up to Help Syrian Refugees

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
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    "The Ayatollah and the Rabbi who Teamed Up to Help Syrian Refugees" is from the April 6, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.

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    • US Muslims Aren't the Only Ones Horrified by Newt Gingrich's Call for a Religious Test

    • By: Matthew Bell
    • Narrated by: Marco Werman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "US Muslims Aren't the Only Ones Horrified by Newt Gingrich's Call for a Religious Test" is from the July 15, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.

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