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Goats and Soda
10:06 am
Thu April 2, 2015

The Kids Brainwashed By Boko Haram Were Silent For Good Reason

No one knows how many children have been affected by the spread of Boko Haram across Nigeria and neighboring countries. This photo shows the school uniforms of the girls kidnapped from a school a year ago.
Glenna Gordon Glenna Gordon for NPR

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:52 am

It's a story that spread around the world last month: The Cameroonian army had rescued scores of children from Boko Haram. Morning Edition was among the news outlets that covered the story of youngsters said to be so traumatized, they'd forgotten their names.

This was the account of Christopher Fomunyoh, an expert on democracy in Africa and native Cameroonian who had traveled to the center where the children were being held.

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Africa
8:08 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Al-Shabab Militants Cross Border To Storm University In Kenya

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Citing Plagiarism, Indian Journal Retracts Paper On Plagiarism

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 10:12 am

An Indian scientific journal has retracted a paper on plagiarism because — wait for it — sections of it were plagiarized.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Airbnb Starts Listing Homes In Cuba; Average Rate Is $43 A Night

A new section of the Airbnb home rental site shows places available for short-term stays in Havana.
Airbnb

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 9:53 am

Less than three months after the U.S. announced it will ease travel to Cuba, home rental site Airbnb is listing properties in the island nation. The average price for a room or home in Havana is currently $43. The company says it's starting out with more than 1,000 listings.

A look at the offerings Thursday morning found everything from "beautiful colonial rooms for rent in the heart of Havana" for $27 a night to a "a holiday sanctuary" chalet on the outskirts of Havana that can accommodate 10 guests for $1,000. It includes a pool.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Dozens Killed In Sinking Of Russian Fishing Trawler

A Russian Emergencies Ministry ship is seen through the window of a helicopter during a rescue operation after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sank off the coast of Kamchatka, in the Sea of Okhotsk, on Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 9:03 am

A Russian fishing trawler plying the frigid northern waters off the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula suddenly capsized and sank, reportedly while recovering its nets, killing at least 56 among a crew of 132.

At least 63 people have been rescued after the Dalniy Vostok went down in the Sea of Okhotsk, leaving 13 still missing in the bitterly cold water.

As NPR's Corey Flintoff reports, some of the rescued crew members said the vessel was hoisting aboard a net full of fish when it capsized and sank in just 15 minutes.

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The Two-Way
5:44 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Yemen's Rebels Seize Presidential Palace In Aden, Despite Airstrikes

Houthi fighters gather in the Yemeni city of Aden on Thursday. The Shiite rebels and their allies seized the presidential palace in this southern coastal city.
Wael Qubady AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 2:32 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Yemen's Houthi fighters and their allies seized a central area of Aden, capturing the presidential palace on a hilltop of the southern port city. The Shiite rebels took the area despite an eight-day air campaign by a Saudi-led coalition to stem the Houthis' advance.

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World
5:17 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Did You Remember Wednesday Was April Fools' Day?

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 8:08 am

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The Two-Way
4:26 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Kenya Says Operation Against Al-Shabab Militants Is Over; 147 Dead

Students gather at a distance from the Garissa University College after an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday. The attack has injured dozens of people; a siege is ongoing.
AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 2:52 pm

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

Kenya's National Disaster Operation Center says the government's operation against al-Shabab militants on a university campus in Garissa is over. It says that 147 people were killed, along with four militants.

The center added that 587 students had been evacuated from the building; 79 people were injured. It said all students were accounted for. The school reportedly is attended by more than 800 students.

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Iraq
3:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Shiite Militias Move Into A Sunni City: What Happens Next?

Iraqi security forces, most of them Shiite Muslims, gather Thursday in Tikrit at the entrance of a palace that belonged to the former dictator Saddam Hussein. The Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group, had held Tikrit since last summer. When it was in control, the group painted its black flag on a blast wall at the entrance to the compound.
Khalid Mohammed AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 12:29 pm

A motley collection of forces is in the process of clearing out the self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, from the Iraqi city of Tikrit. They include Iraqi army and police, as well as irregular forces. Those militias — and many of the security forces — are Shiite, and they are moving into a Sunni city.

When I arrived in Tikrit on Wednesday, the day after anti-ISIS fighters took the city center, militiamen on the roof of a government building were running up three of their yellow banners, just a little higher than the national Iraqi flag.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Iranian Nuclear Talks Enter Overtime As Debate Continues On Key Issues

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger about differences in the American and Iranian approaches to the talks. While the U.S. is focused on numbers and limits, the Iranians are trying to show its people it hasn't bowed to U.S. demands.

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Health
2:39 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

When it comes to an employee's mental health status, what does an employer need to know, or have a right to know?
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Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 12:12 pm

The horrifying crash last week of the Germanwings flight operated by Lufthansa has put a spotlight on what the airline knew — and what it should, or could have done — about its pilot's mental health.

Lufthansa could face unlimited liability, after the pilot allegedly brought the plane down deliberately. Here in the U.S., employment experts say monitoring employees' mental health status raises a thicket of complicated issues.

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Parallels
2:20 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much, But Not All Of City

Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen look for Islamic State extremists in Tikrit on Tuesday. Iraqi forces were going house-to-house in search of snipers and booby traps.
Khalid Mohammed AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:01 am

Driving from Baghdad north to Tikrit, we speed up a main road Wednesday through small towns that have been won back from the self-declared Islamic State, or ISIS. Some still have smoking buildings.

On the outskirts we pass through places that have obviously seen heavy fighting. Half-built houses are pocked with bullet holes, their windows shattered.

As we move into Tikrit proper, the excited fighters begin celebrating, Iraqi style, with gunshots into the air. They have reason to celebrate. A hard-fought battle appears to be nearing a conclusion.

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Iraq Claims Victory Over Militants In Strategic City Of Tikrit

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) tours Tikrit after it was retaken by security forces Wednesday, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 2:43 pm

The Iraqi government says its security forces have retaken Tikrit from militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Recapturing the strategic city after a monthlong battle is considered a major setback for the jihadist group, also known as ISIS.

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Parallels
12:55 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Matamoros Becomes Ground Zero As Drug War Shifts On Mexican Border

State police officers patrol a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Matamoros, in northeast Mexico, in 2011. Mexico's drug and turf wars have descended on the once tourist friendly border town of Matamoros.
Alexandre Meneghini AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:00 pm

Matamoros, which sits across the bridge from Brownsville, Texas, used to be a laid-back border town famed for margaritas and manufacturing.

But for at least the past five years, it's grown more and more violent: first, when the Zetas broke away from the Gulf Cartel, and more recently as a new feud has broken out between two factions within the Gulf.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Thailand Lifts Martial Law, But Critics Say Its Replacement Is Worse

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 2:56 pm

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has approved a request from the country's junta to lift martial law.

The announcement, which was made on television Wednesday, goes into effect immediately. But, as reporter Michael Sullivan is telling our Newscast unit, while the lifting of martial law is good news, critics say what it's being replaced with is worse.

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Wed April 1, 2015

World's Oldest Person Dies At Age 117

Misao Okawa, who died at age 117, posed for a photo with her son Hiroshi Okawa, 92, (left) and other family members as they celebrated her birthday last month in Osaka, Japan.
Buddhika Weerasinghe Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 3:09 pm

She was born in 1898. And now comes word that Japan's Misao Okawa has died at age 117. She had been the world's oldest person since 2013, according to Guinness World Records.

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The Two-Way
5:43 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks: Kerry Will Remain In Switzerland For Another Day

Prolonged nuclear talks gave Russian journalists time to play a game of giant chess Wednesday in a courtyard of the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Brendan Smialowski AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 1:13 pm

(This post was last updated at 3:12 p.m. ET.)

A day after the self-imposed deadline passed for reaching a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program, negotiators are still working.

By evening in Switzerland, the State Department said Secretary of State John Kerry would remain in Lausanne until at least Thursday morning.

"We continue to make progress but have not reached a political understanding," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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The Two-Way
5:16 am
Wed April 1, 2015

CEOs Of Germanwings, Lufthansa Visit Crash Site

Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann (left) and Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr visited the site of the Germanwings jet crash in Le Vernet, France, on Wednesday.
Claude Paris AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 10:08 am

Top executives of Lufthansa and Germanwings airlines visited the site of last week's plane crash that killed 150 people. Speaking with reporters, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr did not respond to questions about the co-pilot's medical history.

Spohr said that while his airline is learning more about the crash, "it will take a long time for all of us to understand" how the tragedy occurred.

From Berlin, Esme Nicholson filed this report for our Newscast desk:

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Africa
4:50 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Nigeria's New President: From Military Ruler To 'Newborn Democrat'

Supporters of Muhammadu Buhari celebrate ahead of their candidate's victory, in Kano, Nigeria, on Tuesday.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 3:22 am

In the middle of the night, after a long day waiting for election results on Tuesday, supporters of former military leader Muhammadu Buhari took to the streets of Abuja to celebrate his historic victory in Nigeria's presidential election.

Many were chanting, "Change" and carrying traditional brooms, the symbol of Buhari's party. Jubilant supporters, men and women, were sweeping the ground and the air, saying their leader would sweep out corruption and the extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and sweep in order and rule of law.

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Middle East
4:01 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Continue Past Deadline

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 3:22 pm

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3:01 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Understanding The Forces At Play In Yemen's Civil War

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:13 pm

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Politics
4:19 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran Adding Instability In Middle East

"We must try as best we can to balance isolation and engagement, pressure and incentives, so that human rights and dignity are advanced over time," Obama said five years ago, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:03 am

Even before he became president, Barack Obama was imagining the possibilities of a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran. His willingness to reverse decades of official U.S. hostility was one of the things that set Obama apart on the campaign trail.

"We have to have a clear break with the Bush-Cheney style of diplomacy that has caused so many problems," Obama told NBC's Meet the Press in November 2007.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Lufthansa Says It Knew Of Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz's Depression

Andreas Lubitz competes in the Airportrun in Hamburg, Germany, on Sept. 13, 2009. Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot, is believed to have deliberately crashed his plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps last week.
Michael Mueller AP

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 6:09 pm

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed his aircraft into the French Alps last week, had informed Lufthansa in 2009 of a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said in a statement.

Lufthansa says a note about a "previous depressive episode" was found in email Lubitz apparently sent to the Lufthansa flight school when he resumed his training after a months-long interruption.

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Iraq
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Iraqi Forces Make Advances In Tikrit, Prime Minister Says

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:03 am

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Europe
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Greece Cracks Down On Longtime Tax Evasion Problem

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:03 am

Greeks don't trust their own state to give them good services, so for decades they have evaded taxes. Now the new leftist government says it will crack down on rich tax evaders to bring in revenue to pay back state debts.

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Middle East
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Saudi Arabian Airstrikes Create Dangerous Situation In Yemen

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:03 am

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Farea Al-Muslimi, who is reporting for NPR in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and is also a visiting scholar with the Carnegie Foundation. He describes how the fighting in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis inside the country.

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Africa
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Opposition Candidate Defeats Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

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Afghanistan
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Non-Profit Helps Young Afghan Women Reach Country's Tallest Peak

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 1:36 pm

An American NGO called "Ascend" is training Afghan girls to scale their country's highest peak this year. The young women are a mix of haves and have-nots and their circumstances shed light on which of them might succeed.

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Europe
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Lufthansa Says Co-Pilot Suffered From Depression During Training

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:00 pm

Speculation about the mental state of the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps a week ago has focused attention on airline industry practices and questions of medical confidentiality.

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Health
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Germanwings Co-Pilot Shines Light On Opaqueness Of Mental Illness

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:00 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Michael C. Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, about how someone's deep inner turmoil can remain hidden from coworkers, neighbors and casual friends.

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