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Thai Ruler Says He’s Prepared To End Martial Law

By Scott Neuman on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power last May, says he will lift martial law and replace it with a constitutional provision that gives him the very same powers.

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After A Tough Election, Israel’s Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

By Greg Myre on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

The Israeli leader ruffled feathers during the bruising campaign. Since then, he has sought to make amends. In the latest move, Israel is handing over money it had withheld from the Palestinians.

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LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

By Eyder Peralta on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

For decades, Carlos Varela has doled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.

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App That Aims To Make Books ‘Squeaky Clean’ Draws Ire From Edited Writers

By Colin Dwyer on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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University Of Oklahoma: Racist Chant Learned At National Frat Event

By Scott Neuman on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

President David Boren, releasing an investigation into the incident involving Sigma Alpha Epsilon, contradicts statements by the fraternity’s national office that the chant was learned locally.

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Reid Backs N.Y.’s Schumer To Succeed Him As Senate Democratic Leader

By Krishnadev Calamur on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made the endorsement on Nevada Public Radio after saying earlier today that he won’t seek re-election in 2016.

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He, She Or Hen? Sweden’s New Gender-Neutral Pronoun

By Scott Neuman on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

The latest edition of the official dictionary of the Swedish language contains a new pronoun among its 13,000 new words — hen, to go along with he (han) and she (hon).

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Saudi Arabia Pounds Rebel Targets In Yemen On 2nd Day Of Air Campaign

By Jackie Northam on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Airstrikes and anti-aircraft fire rocked the capital, Sanaa, while Houthi rebels continued their push into southern Yemen. Meanwhile, Arab foreign ministers gathered in Egypt.

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Indiana Suspends Ban On Needle Exchanges To Combat HIV Outbreak

By Scott Neuman on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm

The state’s governor says he would temporarily OK a program in one county after dozens of new infections were reported stemming from the injection of the prescription drug Opana.

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Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt ‘2-Person’ Cockpit Rule

By Scott Neuman on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

In the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of a German airliner, carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia say they will emulate a U.S. rule requiring two people in the cockpit at all times.

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