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Parallels
3:50 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

9 Months Pregnant, An African Woman Risks It All And Heads To Europe

Chantel, 3, and Antoni, 7 months, migrated to Spain from their native Cameroon, with their mother Tatiana Kanga, 25. Tatiana was nine months pregnant with Antoni when they crossed the Mediterranean Sea together in an inflatable boat.
Lauren Frayer NPR

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 8:23 am

Tatiana Kanga was nine months pregnant and had her 3-year-old daughter in tow when she set out from her native Cameroon, headed for Spain.

Kanga's journey took her and her young daughter, Chantel, across the continent northward to Morocco. From there, they crossed the Mediterranean Sea in a rubber dinghy.

"It was an inflatable boat, with 17 people," Kanga explains. "Seven of them were women, three children — and six of the women were pregnant, including me."

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World
3:31 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Yemen Crisis Creates Even Tougher Challenge For U.S. In Middle East

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:59 pm

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History
2:31 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Friday Marks Centennial Of Armenian Mass Killings During World War I

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:59 pm

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Europe
2:31 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Migrants Fleeing Violence Dock At Sicilian Port Of Augusta

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:59 pm

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Middle East
2:31 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Civilians Condemn Airstrikes For Creating Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:59 pm

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The Two-Way
1:36 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Acclaimed Australian Wellness Blogger Says She Made Up Cancer Claims

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 4:26 pm

Belle Gibson is an Australian blogger who said she cured her terminal brain cancer solely through diet and lifestyle, spawning a wellness empire, an award-winning app, a recipe book and a large online following. Trouble is, Gibson now says she made it all up.

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Parallels
1:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Turks And Armenians Prepare For Dueling Anniversaries On Friday

Armenians lay flowers Tuesday at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia. Armenians on Friday will commemorate 100 years since 1.5 million of their kin were killed by Ottoman forces. Armenians and many historians call it the first genocide of the 20th century, but Turkey fiercely rejects that label.
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Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 1:16 pm

Armenians are preparing to mark on Friday the 100th anniversary of the killing of as many as 1.5 million of their ancestors by the Ottoman Empire. And Turks are getting ready to celebrate the centennial of a major military victory by the Ottoman forces over the Allied powers at Gallipoli in World War I.

Turkey traditionally holds the Gallipoli ceremonies on April 25, which falls on Saturday this year. But it is moving up the events by one day to Friday in what critics call a clumsy attempt to overshadow Armenian Remembrance Day.

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Goats and Soda
1:09 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

A Young Mother's Death Raises Questions Without Answers

The grave of the 27-year-old Indian woman who died on Monday from head and spinal injuries.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:15 am

On April 20, 2015, the body of a 27-year-old mother of two was laid to rest in a village in India. She had been admitted to the hospital ten days earlier, with bleeding in the head and a spinal injury that left her paralyzed. She told authorities she had slipped and fallen. NPR contributor Wilbur Sargunaraj had the opportunity to speak with three of her close friends, who said her husband caused her death. Family members would not comment.

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Parallels
1:04 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Of Fruit Hats And 'Happy Tropics,' A Renaissance For Carmen Miranda

During her lifetime, singer and dancer Carmen Miranda (shown here in a dressing room at the London Palladium in 1948) was a huge success in the United States, but rejected at home in Brazil as a sellout.
George Konig Keystone Features/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:59 pm

Known for her outrageous costumes and beautiful voice, Brazilian performer Carmen Miranda was the highest-earning woman in Hollywood in the 1940s.

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Hungary Joins Poland In Condemnation Of FBI Chief's Holocaust Remarks

Hungary has joined Poland in protesting FBI Director James Comey's remarks about the Holocaust last week.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:59 am

We told you earlier this week about the anger in Poland over remarks made by the head of the FBI linking that country to the Holocaust. Hungary, which James Comey also mentioned in his speech, has now joined in the protests against the comments. The FBI chief, in an interview Tuesday, said he has no apology.

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia Shifts Military Campaign In Yemen; Airstrikes Continue

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:49 am

After announcing a more limited military campaign against rebels in Yemen, Saudi Arabia continues to conduct airstrikes that began weeks ago. President Obama says the U.S. has warned Iran, which has condemned the Saudi strikes, not to deliver weapons to rebels in Yemen.

It's unclear what the Saudi-led coalition is planning for the next phase of its military operation in Yemen. The group has said it will protect civilians, ensure the flow of humanitarian aid and secure safe passage for foreigners who want to flee the violence.

NPR's Alice Fordham reports:

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The Two-Way
6:19 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Wilding? Ruff Ride? Dog's Road Romp On Tractor Sparks Puns

Don the dog mugs for the camera after his joyride.
Traffic Scotland via Twitter

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:41 am

As soon as the news broke, Traffic Scotland took pains to say it was a serious event, not a joke. But that didn't stop people from putting their own spin on the story of the border collie who took control of a small tractor — which then drove onto a highway Wednesday.

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Europe
4:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

European Parliament President Urges Action On Migration Crisis

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 am

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Europe
4:29 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Migrants Recall Horrors Of Mediterranean Shipwreck

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 am

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There are more harrowing details emerging from a shipwreck off the coast of Libya last weekend. As many as 900 migrants were said to be onboard; only a handful survived.

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Middle East
3:02 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Saudi Strikes In Yemen Wrap Up; Operation Renewal Of Hope Begins

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 1:26 pm

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Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, has become the flashpoint in a conflict between bigger powers who are fighting for influence in the region.

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 am

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Parallels
1:49 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Last Armenian Village In Turkey Keeps Silent About 1915 Slaughter

Armenian refugees on the deck of the French cruiser that rescued them in 1915 during the massacre of the Armenian populations in the Ottoman Empire. The photo does not specify precisely where the refugees were from. However, residents of Vakifli, the last remaining Armenian village in Turkey, were rescued by a French warship that year.
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Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:45 am

A hundred years ago this week, the Ottoman Empire began the killings and forced marches of Armenians in what most historians call the first genocide of the 20th century.

Turkey staunchly denies that label, saying the deaths — estimated by historians at around 1.5 million — were part of widespread ethnic fighting in a civil war.

Regardless of the label used, the result was destruction of virtually every Armenian community in the Ottoman Empire, which collapsed after the war. What was left of the country transitioned into the modern-day Republic of Turkey.

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Parallels
3:20 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Smuggler To Desperate Migrants: 'Now I Am Sending You To Your Death'

Hamudeh al-Masaadi plays on the shores of Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, where they wait as their request for asylum is processed.
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:03 pm

Emad al-Masaadi, a 41-year-old house painter and taxi driver, fled Damascus with his wife and three young boys after their home was bombed in late 2012, just one of the countless hard-luck stories generated by Syria's civil war. They landed in Beirut, but after more than a year without work or cash, Masaadi wanted out.

"So I asked my friends, 'How can we get to Europe?' " says Masaadi, an industrious and optimistic man with a gracious smile.

The answer was clear: "Smugglers were the only way," he recalls.

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Asia
3:18 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

China-Pakistan Deal Highlights Waning U.S. Influence In Region

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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Europe
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

More Than 800 Dead In Mediterranean Migrant Tragedy

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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Middle East
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Saudi Arabia Says It Is Ending Airstrikes In Yemen

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:20 am

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Politics
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Business, Labor Debate Pacific Trade Deal Before Senate

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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Africa
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

To Escape Military Service, Thousands Of Young Eritreans Flee To Europe

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Report Lays Out 10 Most Censored Countries

Protesters support jailed veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu during a rally outside the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong last week. China ranks eighth on the Committee to Protect Journalists' list of 10 most censored countries.
Kin Cheung AP

The Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual report on the 10 Most Censored Countries today, with Eritrea, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia leading the list.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Saudis Say Operation In Yemen Entering New Phase

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 2:54 pm

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET

The Saudi-led military operation in Yemen is shifting gears, moving from airstrikes against Houthi rebels to a new phase that will include diplomatic and political efforts alongside military operations, Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said.

"The coalition will continue to prevent the movement of Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen," Asiri said at a news briefing in Riyadh.

He said coalition airstrikes had destroyed the ballistic missiles operated by the Shiite Houthis.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Tue April 21, 2015

China's President Promises Pakistan $45B In Investment

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:17 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ended a visit to Pakistan after signing $45 billion worth of investment agreements in the South Asian nation.

NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast unit that Xi's visit is being seen as a "game changer." Here's more from him:

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The Salt
10:56 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Tea Tuesdays: Tea, Tao And Tourists — China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

You can get a cup of tea at Cuiyun Palace on the west peak of Mount Hua.
Courtesy of James Guo

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:56 am

Imagine yourself clinging to a cliff face with nothing but uneven, worn wooden planks and chains to keep you from plummeting 7,000 feet to your untimely demise. Don't worry: You can rent a little red safety harness for $5. No one will make you wear it, though.

Oh, and you will probably encounter someone coming the other way, in which case you will have to maneuver around your neighbor as if playing a deadly game of Twister. Someone has to go on the outside, so I hope you're good at not blinking first.

You wouldn't do this for all the tea in China, you say?

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Goats and Soda
10:23 am
Tue April 21, 2015

How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Compared with Americans' digestive tracts, Yanomamis' teem with life, like a lush, tropical rain forest.
Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:03 pm

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.

Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.

And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have wiped a few dozen species right out of our digestive tracts. One missing microbe helps metabolize carbohydrates. Other bygone bacteria act as prebiotics. And another communicates with our immune system.

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Parallels
9:26 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Menaced By War, An Ancient Christian Village In Iraq Returns To Life

Three men water newly planted trees on March 18 in al-Qosh, an ancient Christian village in northern Iraq. The village emptied out last August as Islamic State fighters approached. But the extremists never entered al-Qosh and the village and residents have returned. The men are watering outside a monastery that dates to the 7th century.
Alex Potter for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 8:31 am

The ancient Rabban Hermizd Monastery, on a hill overlooking the northern village of al-Qosh, is a testament to the long history of Christians in Iraq. Stone walls leading up the hill are decorated with iconography, and the 7th-century monastery is covered with the ancient Syriac language, still spoken today by the people of al-Qosh.

"Christians have been here in the Ninevah plains for thousands of years. It would be a tragedy if we just disappeared," said Athra Kado, a local Syriac language teacher.

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World
5:34 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Isis Booted From List Of Pacific Hurricane Names

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