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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

UAE Names Minister of Happiness

2 hours ago

"It might seem crazy what I'm about to say,

Sunshine she's here, you can take a break . . .

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof,

Because I'm happy"

These lyrics from Pharrell's "Happy," 2014's best-selling song in the United States, could set the theme for the United Arab Emirates, where the prime minister has appointed a "minister of happiness."

Syrian peace talks are taking place amid a new urgency. The four-year-old civil war could be on the verge of yet another humanitarian disaster.

Late Friday night Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said they had agreed to work toward a "cessation of hostilities" among the warring factions in Syria to begin in one week. The agreement, which was backed by other major powers, also aims to accelerate humanitarian aid to besieged cities in Syria and bring the Syrian regime and the opposition back to the negotiation table, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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Melissa Melby, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Delaware, was pleased to hear a pre-med undergraduate excitedly describe participating in a brief medical outreach program to an impoverished Central American community. That is, until the student proudly recounted how she had performed a pelvic exam on a patients at the local clinic.

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