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Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The president recommends that more than 12 million acres of the region receive the highest level of protection available for public lands.

Alexis Tsipras, (center), leader of Greece's Syriza left-wing main opposition, waves to his supporters after voting at a polling station in Athens on Sunday. Petros Giannakouris/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Anti-Austerity Leftists Win Greek Election

The leftist Syriza party, which has vowed to roll back EU-mandated austerity measures, has edged out the ruling center-right party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

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Michel Martin, Going There

Rising Football Star: Prepare For The Worst, Pray For The Best

Football is the most watched sport in America — and, increasingly, it's one of the most controversial. High school football star Nahshon Ellerbe shares what he loves about the game.

After moving back home, Tom Toro didn't know what to do with his life. But a stack of magazines at a used book sale gave him an idea. "There they were," Toro says. "Cartoons in among the articles." Courtesy of Tom Toro hide caption

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My Big Break

How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Tom Toro was a directionless 20-something film school dropout. Then, after an inspired moment at a used book sale, he started submitting drawings to The New Yorker ... and collecting rejection slips.

Father Najeeb Michaeel shows off one of the many Christian manuscripts he saved from Iraq's Christian libraries. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.

Allison Begalman, a student at the University of Southern California, wears goggles and headphones to experience a virtual mortar strike on civilians in Aleppo, Syria. James Delahoussaye /NPR hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

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