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3:04 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Kenya Threatens Again To Close Dadaab, World's Largest Refugee Camp

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:32 am

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3:04 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Protesters Clash With Israeli Police Over Treatment Of Ethiopian Jews

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 3:18 pm

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Parallels
1:23 am
Mon May 4, 2015

A Novel Dutch Lawsuit Demands Government Cut Carbon Emissions

Much of the Netherlands is below sea level, including Amsterdam. Urgenda argues that any rise in the sea level could have a huge impact on the country.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 12:37 pm

A lawsuit in the Netherlands is taking an unusual approach to climate change. So unusual, in fact, that experts around the world are watching it closely, wondering whether it might spark a major shift in environmentalists' efforts to limit carbon emissions.

If that happens, it won't be the first time that Marjam Minnesma has turned the status quo on its head.

She's founder and director of a Dutch environmental organization called Urgenda, an abbreviation for "urgent agenda."

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Asia
3:42 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

In Nepal, Efforts Underway To Salvage Ancient Sites Damaged By Quake

Buddhist monks recover a statue of a Buddhist deity from a monastery at Swayambhunath.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 2:20 pm

Swayambhunath — also known as the Monkey Temple, for its holy, furry dwellers that swing from the rosewood trees — is one of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley, an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus as well as Buddhists. It was also one of the worst damaged by last month's earthquake.

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Middle East
10:40 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Yemen's Descent, Through A Photographer's Lens

Alex Potter for NPR

Editor's Note: Photographer Alex Potter arrived in Yemen in 2012 as the country was going through an uprising, part of the broader upheavals in the Arab world. She has lived in the capital Sanaa for much of the past three years, growing deeply attached to the country and the people even as Yemen has descended into chaos.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Italian Coast Guard Rescues 3,700 Migrants In Mediterranean

Migrants arriving at the Lampedusa island harbor aboard an Italian Coast Guard ship early Sunday. Ships rescued 3,690 migrants in just one day from smugglers' boats on the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard says.
Mauro Buccarello AP

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 2:01 pm

Italy's coast guard says it has managed to rescue some 3,700 migrants in a single day from smugglers' boats off the coast of Libya in 17 separate operations designed to stem the tide of illegal immigration to Europe from refugees leaving North Africa.

The operations took place just weeks after an estimated 800 migrants were drowned when their boat capsized en route to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

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Goats and Soda
8:17 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Nepal's Medical Worries: Crowded Hospitals, Open Wounds

Hospital staff members work at the reception area of a hospital in Kathmandu. Some 14,000 were injured in Nepal's earthquake.
Nicolas Asfouri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:09 pm

An estimated 14,000 were injured in April's earthquake in Nepal. The caseload is overwhelming hospitals in Kathmandu, says Dr. Bianca Grecu-Jacobs, a resident in emergency medicine from California who was working in Nepal when the quake struck.

"[In] the lobby areas, patients just are on the floor waiting," Grecu-Jacobs says via Skype from Katmandu. "They strung up IVs for patients who need them in whatever manner they can."

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Sun May 3, 2015

101-Year-Old Man Among Quake Survivors Found In Nepal

A boy crawls into the ruins of a collapsed building to look for usable things in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday. Officials say they have found three survivors in the rubble a full week after a powerful earthquake.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 2:05 pm

Rescue workers digging through the rubble in Nepal have discovered three survivors — including a man thought to be 101 — a week after a powerful earthquake leveled buildings in the South Asian country, killing more than 7,000.

NPR's Russell Lewis reports from Kathmandu: "The man was found alive in the rubble of his home northwest of the capital Kathmandu. He only had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for observation. Rescuers found him on the same day that Nepali officials ruled out finding any more survivors from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake."

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Asia
6:45 am
Sun May 3, 2015

To Restore Its Shattered Treasures, Nepal Has A Secret Weapon

Master carvers like Ratna Muni Brahmacharya are in a position to play a key role in restoring Nepal's many damaged temples and monuments.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:09 pm

Blue-uniformed police do the heavy lifting in Dubar square in the city of Patan, one of Nepal's oldest. Moving wooden beams and stacking broken bricks, they sift through ruined monuments, some of which date back four centuries and more.

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Sun May 3, 2015

A Boat Of Their Own: All-Women Team Tackles Sailing's Toughest Race

Leg 5 from New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil aboard aboard Team SCA in March.
Anna-Lena Elled /Team SCA

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:09 pm

What's the worst thing about sailing through the fierce winds and mountainous seas of the Southern Ocean?

"Just being freezing cold," says Sara Hastreiter, a 30-year-old native of Wyoming who is crewing on the first all-women Volvo Ocean Race team since 2001. The eight-month around-the-world event, sailed in stages, set off from Spain in October.

"Getting out of your bunk when you're just violently shivering. That's really tough," she says of the remote stretch of water that circles Antarctica.

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World
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

World Bank Borrowers Accused Of Funding Unfair Evictions

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:41 am

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Middle East
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

In A Surprise Move, Saudi King Picks His Successors

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:09 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

China Promises $46 Billion To Pave The Way For A Brand New Silk Road

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:29 pm

Go to Xi'an city in northwest China, and you can still hear amateur musical ensembles playing court music from the Tang Dynasty. One of the tunes is about flowers — tulips imported over the Silk Road from Europe some 1,300 years ago.

The Silk Road was a network of trade routes that allowed the exchange of goods and ideas between Asia and Europe, including between the Roman Empire and China's Han Dynasty, towards the end of the first century B.C.

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Goats and Soda
3:39 am
Sun May 3, 2015

What Happens To A Country When An Outbreak Of Ebola Ends?

Hair salons and bicycles are abundant in Bumba, a town in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Courteys of Dr. Heidi Larson

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 9:53 am

Liberia is nearing a milestone. On May 9, its Ebola outbreak will be officially declared over, assuming no new cases between now and then.

But what happens when an outbreak of Ebola ends?

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

30 Graves, Thought To Be Burmese Migrants, Found In Thailand

Thai policemen measure shallow graves in Songkhla province in southern Thailand on Saturday. Authorities say the 30 or so gravesites appear to contain remains of illegal migrants from neighboring Myanmar.
Sumeth Panpetch AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 11:59 am

At least 30 gravesites have been uncovered in a mountainous area of southern Thailand — many containing remains thought to be migrants from neighboring Myanmar, says Michael Sullivan, reporting from Thailand for NPR.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Death Toll In Nepal Crosses 6,800

A Nepali woman cries as she participates in a candlelight vigil for victims of last week's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:01 pm

Authorities in Nepal now say the number of dead from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the South Asian country a week ago has risen to 6,841, as rescue workers recover more bodies from the wreckage. More than 14,000 are reported injured.

NPR's Russell Lewis, reporting from Kathmandu, says thousands are still missing and some 130,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed and another 10,000 buildings have been demolished, according to the government.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

A September 1995 photo shows Ruth Rendell, in London. The prolific crime writer died Saturday at the age of 85.
Max Nash AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:05 pm

British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell — one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels — has died at age 85 following a stroke in January, her publisher said in a statement.

"It is with great sadness that the family of author Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, announce that she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday 2 May, aged 85. The family have requested privacy at this time," Hutchison said in the statement.

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Asia
5:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Conditions Slowly Improve After Nepal Quake

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:27 pm

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5:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories Of War Have Faded

Members of the 9th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force go ashore at Danang, South Vietnam, on March 8, 1965. Assigned to beef up defense of an air base, they were the first U.S. combat troops deployed in the Vietnam War.
AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 3:38 pm

The first American combat troops to arrive in Vietnam landed in the coastal city of Danang 50 years ago this past March. The 2,000 Marines had the job of protecting the nearby U.S. air base.

It took the members of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade almost an entire day to bring their men and materiel ashore that day in March 1965. Nguyen Tien knows, because he was there.

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National Security
5:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards

A shackled detainee is transported by guards, including a female soldier, at Camp Delta detention center, Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, in this photo from December 2006.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 6:08 pm

A clash between Muslim inmates and the female soldiers assigned to guard them has led to a standoff at the lockup in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A judge has blocked female guards from shackling and escorting five Muslim men being tried for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.

Walter Ruiz is the lawyer for one of the Guantanamo detainees who object to being escorted by female guards.

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The Two-Way
4:35 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Kate Middleton, Wife Of Prince William, Has A Baby Girl

Prince William and his wife, Catherine, who is the duchess of Cambridge show their newly-born daughter to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in central London on Saturday.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 9:14 am

The wait wasn't long. Just hours after she checked into the hospital in early labor, the Duchess of Cambridge delivered a baby, Kensington Palace announced Saturday.

The baby weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and both mother and child are doing well, the palace added via Twitter.

The baby is fourth in line to the throne, behind grandfather Prince Charles, dad Prince William and brother Prince George, born in July 2013.

Officials have said the duke and duchess did not know the gender of their second child.

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Goats and Soda
3:28 am
Sat May 2, 2015

You Want To Go To Nepal And Help Out. Is That A Good Idea?

In Haiti after the earthquake, volunteers with All Hands toss buckets from the cement mixer back to the sand piles for a quick refill.
Courtesy of All Hands Volunteers

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 6:07 am

A thousand people have already signed up to go to Nepal on the website for All Hands – a U.S. group that sends volunteers to help out after a disaster. Indeed, people around the world are eager to assist on the ground.

But will your presence hinder more than it will help?

We asked officials at several organizations working in Nepal. Their answer: It depends. On when you go; Whether you're part of an organized group or on your own; And if your skills and experience match what's needed.

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The Two-Way
12:24 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Kate Middleton, Wife Of Prince William, Is In Labor

Royal supporter John Loughrey salutes with men dressed as soldiers carrying boards with proposed baby names outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on Friday.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 4:30 am

Fans of the British royals are beside themselves with excitement.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has checked into St. Mary's Hospital in London and is in the early stage of labor, the BBC is reporting.

This baby will be fourth in line to the throne, behind grandfather Prince Charles, dad Prince William and brother Prince George, born in July 2013.

Officials have said the duchess and her husband do not know the gender of their second child.

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Goats and Soda
4:39 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Show Us The Aid: Anger In An Ancient Nepali Town

A grandmother and her grandson sit on the belongings that they have salvaged from their collapsed homes on April 29, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Omar Havana Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 2:18 pm

Where is the aid?

That's what the people of the ancient city of Bhaktapur want to know.

The historic gate to old Bhaktapur is about the only thing still standing after the earthquake. The ornate temples have crumbled. Brick homes were reduced to rubble. People have lost everything, including loved ones.

People are living under tarps or out in the open, without running water or toilets. Some 70 people are living in an improvised hut. Flies are everywhere. People say they haven't had any help from the outside — no medicine, no food.

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Goats and Soda
4:19 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

A Man Said To Be Ebola-Free Could Still Infect A Partner During Sex

There's a new concern to add to possible means of transmitting Ebola: unprotected sex with a male survivor of the virus.
Abbas Dulleh AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 6:26 pm

For the first time since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976, a woman has been found to have very likely contracted the virus through unprotected sex with a man who survived the disease.

A 44-year-old woman in Monrovia developed symptoms on March 14; Ebola was confirmed on March 20. Medical investigators ruled out all the usual transmission suspects: travel to or interaction with visitors from countries with Ebola; attending the funeral of a victim; or contact with people with symptoms.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

PROFILE: Young Prosecutor In Gray Case Shows No Tolerance For Police Misconduct

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on Friday. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 10:12 pm

When Marilyn Mosby was elected in January as state's attorney for the city of Baltimore, it's unlikely she had any inkling that just four months later she would be thrust into the national spotlight.

But as Mosby stood behind a bank of microphones Friday and announced criminal charges - including murder and manslaughter — against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, it looked as though she was born into the job.

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Business
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

U.S., Canada Announce New Safety Standards For Oil Trains

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

Transportation officials in the U.S. and Canada are imposing tougher safety standards on trains hauling crude oil.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Canada's Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced Friday that shippers must use stronger tank cars to haul oil across North America by October 1. The new rules will also mandate the use of a controversial braking system on trains carrying crude.

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Africa
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

South African Government Denies Xenophobia Played Role In Man's Death

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

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Africa
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Nigerian Military Rescues Boko Haram Captives

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

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Europe
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

French Government Investigates Military For Alleged Child Abuse

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

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