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3:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Civil Liberties Groups Call For Obama To Enact NSA Changes

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:42 pm

Civil liberties groups are urging President Obama to follow through with the recommendations of his NSA review committee. The panel suggested limiting the spy agency's electronic surveillance.

Africa
3:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Goes To CAR To Appeal For Peace

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:42 pm

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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, made a rare visit to the Central African Republic today. Its government was toppled earlier this year, and Muslim and Christian militias are now locked in a brutal fight. Samantha Power met with the country's new president and appealed for reconciliation to prevent further atrocities.

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Europe
3:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

In Storied Hastings, English Fishermen Worry About Overfishing, Competition

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:42 pm

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We've been hearing this week about a special relationship between many British people and something called the Shipping Forecast. It's a broadcast on BBC Radio of sea and weather conditions off the coast of the British Isles. Even landlubbers enjoy it each night before bed.

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Europe
3:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Vladimir Putin Says He'll Free The Jailed Oil Tycoon Who Criticized Him

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:42 pm

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The imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khordorkovsky, who will apparently be pardoned by Putin, has spent the last decade in Siberian prison camps, gulag light, he calls it, but the conditions are brutal. Susan Glasser covered Khordorkovsky in Moscow for the Washington Post at the height of his power and later corresponded with him while he was in prison for a lengthy profile in Foreign Policy magazine several years ago.

Susan, welcome to the program.

SUSAN GLASSER: Thank you so much.

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Europe
3:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Russian Amnesty Likely To Free Greenpeace Activists, Pussy Riot Members

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:42 pm

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And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with a surprise announcement out of Russia. With the Sochi Olympics fast approaching, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised amnesty for up to 2,000 prisoners. He said he would pardon a crew of Greenpeace environmentalists as well as two members of the dissident punk band Pussy Riot.

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