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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.

Fall Of The Tower Of David: Squatters Leave Venezuela's Vertical Slum

The half-finished skyscraper in Caracas, home to thousands of poor residents, is being emptied. The tower made an appearance in the Showtime series Homeland.

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Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling

The radical Islamic State and former associates of Saddam Hussein have fought together against Iraq's government. But the fault lines between the unlikely partners are beginning to show.

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Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry met separately Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to ease tensions in the Gaza Strip.

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Costa Concordia's Rusty Hulk Embarks On A Final Voyage

More than two years since it ran aground off an Italian island and killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship is finally up and away. Cocooned in stabilizing containers that act as floats, the crippled ship is headed to Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap.

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Out Of The Amazon, Uncontacted Indians Face Diseases Of A New World

An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, explains why this tribal people left its village.

A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has treated more than 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Now the 39-year-old is fighting for his life in an isolation ward.

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Palestinian's Death Provokes Israeli Debate On Defining Terrorism

Israel says the recent killing of a Palestinian teenager was an act of terror and his family is eligible for state benefits. This doesn't sit well with one group that assists Jewish victims of terror.

Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors

A Taiwanese domestic flight that was attempting to land in bad weather related to a strong typhoon crashed near the runway Wednesday on an island off Taiwan's western coast.

Netherlands Mourns As Crash Victims’ Bodies Arrive

July 23, 2014
A convoy of funeral hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum on July 23, 2014. (Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images)

The remains are being taken to a military base in Hilversum, southeast of Amsterdam. Robert Chesal joins us from there with details.

Commonwealth Games Begin

July 23, 2014
An athlete trains at Hampden Park, venue for the track and field athletics ahead of the Commonwealth Games on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Only A Game‘s Doug Tribou is in Scotland for start of the Commonwealth Games, an event that takes place every four years.

Foreign Policy Challenges Pile Up For Kerry

July 23, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 23, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is logging lots of miles as he deals with challenges in Ukraine, the Middle East and more.

And The Leaders In Innovation Are…

July 23, 2014

Switzerland has the highest potential for innovation in the world, according to a new report. We take a look at how the U.S. ranks.

ISIS Forces Christians To Flee Iraq City Of Mosul

July 23, 2014
An Iraqi security officer, stands guard outside the Church of the Virgin Mary in the northern town of Bartala, on June 15, 2012, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

The militant group’s threat — convert, leave or die — has forced most Christians in Mosul to leave.

Deeply Divided Opinions On Israel And Gaza Make News Coverage A Balancing Act

July 23, 2014
NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin is pictured filing a report from Gaza on June 17, 2014. (NBC/YouTube screenshot)

Nearly every report on the fighting between Israel and Hamas is considered biased by one side or the other.

Why Israeli Officials Are Upset Over Flight Cancellations To Ben Gurion Airport

July 23, 2014
Israeli passengers walk near a departure time flight board displaying various cancellations at Ben Gurion International airport, near Tel Aviv, on July 23, 2014. (Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. and European safety agencies temporarily banned flights to Israel’s international airport after a rocket landed a few miles away.

Malaysia Jet Victims’ Bodies Arrive In Netherlands

July 23, 2014
Dutch military men carry coffins containing the remains of victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, during a ceremony at Eindhoven Airbase on July 23, 2014, after a Hercules transport plane carrying the coffins landed from Ukraine. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have landed in the city of Eindhoven.

Why Come North? A Panel Discussion On US Immigration Policy

July 23, 2014
In this Saturday, July 12, 2014, photo, migrants walk along train tracks and boxcars after getting off a train during their journey toward the US-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, southern Mexico. (AP)

Crisis at the US border. What do Latinos on this side of the border have to say? We’ll ask our special roundtable.

Commonwealth Games: More Than A Mirror Of Olympic Sports Schedule

July 22, 2014

The Commonwealth Games have many of the events you see in the Olympics — and many you don’t. And this year, Commonwealth Games spectators will get a glimpse of some things on the horizon for the Olympics. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports from Glasgow.

Commonwealth Games Bring History And The Queen’s Baton To Glasgow

July 22, 2014
A member of the Queen's Baton Relay in the Scotstoun section of Glasgow, Scotland poses for photographs before beginning his (short) portion of the 190,000 km relay. The baton is en route to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. (Doug Tribou/Only A Game)

The Olympics have a torch. The Commonwealth Games have the Queen’s Baton, which travels through all of the 71 participating nations and territories on its way to the Games.

Hong Kong Debates Independence From China

July 22, 2014
A child holds up a banner during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong on July 1, 2014 as frustration grows over the influence of Beijing on the city. Organizers said the massive pro-democracy rally saw a turnout of over half a million demanding universal suffrage to elect the city's next leader. (Dale De La Rey/AFP/Getty)

There is deep anxiety in Hong Kong that China has no intention of allowing people on the island to choose their next leader

After Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Closer Look At Planning Flight Paths

July 22, 2014
The Malaysia Airlines accident is raising a lot of questions about what flights routes airlines take and what restrictions are placed over war zones. (Glenlarson/Wikimedia)

Retired pilot John Ransom discusses how to factor in war zones, and how the decision is made to close an airspace.

On The Ground In Gaza

July 22, 2014
Palestinian relatives of Hasan Baker, 60-years-old, grieve during his funeral in Gaza City, on July 22, 2014. A series of Israeli air strikes early killed seven people in Gaza, including five members of the same family, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Emily Harris joins us from Gaza City to discuss the fighting and what people there are thinking.

The 'Elephant Whisperer' Of World War II

July 22, 2014
Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, aka "Elephant Bill," is the hero of Vicki Constantine Croke's new book, "Elephant Company." (Courtesy Random House)

We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II heroism.

A Deeper Look At The Israel-Gaza Conflict

July 22, 2014
Smoke rises after an Israeli shelling at the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep fighting "as long as necessary," raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks. (AP)

The escalated Gaza offensive. We’ll get the views from both sides and the latest developments.

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