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NPR Story
1:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Drones Move From War Zones To The Home Front

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 1:45 pm

Congress recently passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which — along with funding the Federal Aviation Administration's budget through 2015 — encourages the acceleration of unmanned aircraft programs in U.S. airspace. Drones have taken on a large role in military operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The new legislation could make the technology more prevalent in several arenas, from local police departments to farmers monitoring crops.

NPR Story
1:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

France's Presidential Contest: Like America's, But Different

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 1:53 pm

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NPR Story
1:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Letters: Baseball, Finances And Intimacy

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 2:02 pm

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Op-Ed: North Korea Gets Too Many Second Chances

The United Nations Security Council issued a strong condemnation after North Korea's failed satellite launch attempt. Such condemnations were also issued in 2006 and 2009. In a piece in Foreign Affairs, Dartmouth College government professor Jennifer Lind argues that North Korea gets too many second chances.

Middle East
12:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

The Standoff Over Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 9:28 am

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. We don't know much about Saturday's talks in Istanbul between Iran and the group of six major powers, but all sides used positive terms like constructive and agreed to a second round in Baghdad.

While diplomacy continues, the United States warns that the window for talks is closing. There's open talk of preemptive air strikes in Israel, and ever-tightening sanctions continue to squeeze Iran's economy.

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