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10:16 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Egypt's Citizens Still Wait 'To Breathe Deep The Air Of Freedom'

Anti-government demonstrators celebrated in Tahrir Square upon hearing the news of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011.
John Moore Getty Images

Amid all the holiday celebrations, you may have missed this story from overseas.

An Egyptian court announced a retrial for three journalists from Al Jazeera who have been languishing in jail for more than a year for the crime of reporting the news. The scheduled retrial is a small step in the right direction for a nation that has seen its historic revolution of just four years ago almost totally reversed.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Japanese Tourist Allegedly Kidnapped, Repeatedly Raped In India

A candlelight vigil in December marks the second anniversary of a high-profile gang rape in India. In that incident, six men raped the girl and beat her while she was traveling with her 28-year-old friend, before throwing them out on the streets.
Arkaprava Ghosh Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 10:56 am

Police in India's eastern city of Kolkata have arrested several suspects for allegedly kidnapping and holding a young Japanese student for weeks while they repeatedly raped her.

The unidentified woman was abducted from a village near Bodh Gaya, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites, located about 80 miles south of Patna, The Associated Press quotes police officer Akhilesh Singh as saying. Authorities believe she was kidnapped by an organized gang that targets single women tourists.

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The Two-Way
6:07 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Man Accused In 1998 Bombings Of U.S. Embassies Dies In Custody

A file image from the FBI website shows alleged al-Qaida operative Abu Anas al-Libi, who has reportedly died in U.S. custody.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:00 am

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Abu Anas al-Libi, the man who allegedly planned the 1998 attack on U.S. embassy buildings in East Africa and was awaiting trial in America, has died of complications from liver surgery, the Justice Department confirms.

Al-Libi, believed to have been an al-Qaida operative, was captured by U.S. special forces in the Libyan capital in Oct. 2013 and brought to the U.S. to stand trial.

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Afghanistan
6:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Afghans Take The Stage At Kabul's Emerging Rock Scene

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:22 pm

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Sean Carberry has just completed a two and a half year stint as NPR's Kabul correspondent. In his final postcard from Afghanistan, Carberry, a former professional musician, takes us into Kabul's underground music scene.

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Goats and Soda
6:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

U.N.'s Anthony Banbury: Zero Cases Of Ebola Is The Only Option

Anthony Banbury (second from left) just completed his final tour of West Africa before stepping down as the head of U.N.'s Ebola mission.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 9:59 am

As the new year begins, the Ebola virus continues its deadly spread in West Africa. More than 20,000 are infected and nearly 8,000 have died throughout the region. The number of victims keeps climbing in Guinea and Sierra Leone, and dozens of new Ebola cases in Liberia this week mark a setback after recent improvements.

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World
7:37 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Clowning Without Borders Aims To Give Refugees Another Way To Heal

Lebanese clown Sabine Choucair, a member of "Clowns Without Borders," performs for children in June at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern town of Chtoura, Lebanon.
Bilal Hussein AP

On a cold November morning, 300 children gather in a soccer field in Zaatari, a Jordanian village next to the country's largest refugee camp.

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Latin America
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Why Are Fewer Mexicans Crossing The U.S. Border?

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

More non-Mexicans were apprehended at the southern border than Mexicans in 2014 and apprehensions of Mexicans have fallen to a historic low. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks with Jeff Passel of the Pew Research Center.

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Europe
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Migrants On Cargo Ships Often Know Crew Will Abandon It

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Middle East
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

After Uprising, A Struggle To Restore Tunisia's Ancient Emblems

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Europe
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Life Getting Tougher For Syrian Migrants, Refugees In Russia

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

When A Rebel Is Homesick, He Might Be Willing To Surrender

Michael Sharp visits with Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, home to displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A coordinator for the Mennonite Central, he has an unusual approach to peacemaking.
Jana Asenbrennerova Courtesy of MCC

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:26 pm

Today marked a U.N. deadline for one of Africa's most notorious rebel groups to surrender.

It didn't.

Instead, the group known as the FDLR is said to be recruiting and re-arming and continuing its 20-year sexual and economic exploitation of villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The Two-Way
1:54 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

30 Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Wreckage, Officials Say

Members of the National Search And Rescue Agency carry coffins containing bodies of the victims aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 to transfer to Surabaya at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, on Friday. Officials say 30 bodies have been recovered so far.
Achmad Ibrahim AP

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:04 am

Indonesian officials say 21 more bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 were recovered today from the Java Sea, bringing the number of bodies found from the air disaster to 30.

The Associated Press quotes an Indonesian official as saying five of the bodies recovered today were still strapped to their seats.

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The Two-Way
12:41 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's The Interview, which sparked condemnation in North Korea, which allegedly hacked the studio.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 12:52 pm

President Obama today issued an executive order authorizing expanded sanctions against North Korea and the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in response to Pyongyang's alleged role in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The White House accused North Korea of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014."

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Kim Jong Un's Little Sister Reportedly Marries

People watch a TV news program showing Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, in November. She has reportedly married the son of the ruling party secretary.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 3:29 pm

Kim Yo Jong, the youngest sister of the North Korean leader, who holds a key high-level post in the secretive party hierarchy, has reportedly married a son of one of the country's most powerful officials, South Korea's Yonhap news agency says, quoting unnamed Chinese sources.

North Korea's state media reported last year that Kim Jong Un's sister, who is reportedly in her late 20s, had assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party.

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Parallels
9:23 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

Buddhists pour fish into the river in Shanghai. Environmentalists say the ritual, while well-intentioned, can introduce invasive species. Many of the fish are quickly swooped up in nets by fishermen who position themselves nearby.
Julia Langfitt for NPR

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 4:31 pm

China today is a whirlwind of competing trends: authoritarianism versus personal freedom; pollution versus environmentalism, and self-interest versus spirituality.

That last conflict plays out every other Sunday morning in Shanghai when hundreds of Buddhists pack the banks of the city's Huangpu River. Monks in saffron-colored robes lead believers in song in the shadow of some of the world's tallest skyscrapers.

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Europe
3:20 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Months Later, Examining Russia's Takeover Of Crimea

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:57 am

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Middle East
3:12 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Saudi King, 90, In Riyadh Hospital For Tests

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:57 am

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Parallels
1:26 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Age 85 And Still Stylish On The Streets Of Berlin

Ali Akdeniz, 85, who always dresses to impress, in some of his various outfits in Berlin. Thanks to photographer Zoe Spawton, he became the star of a blog called What Ali Wore.
Courtesy of Zoe Spawton

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:44 am

Ali Akdeniz and Zoe Spawton are outside the cafe where they first met in 2012. Ali leans forward and strikes a pose, one hand on his hip, the other holding out his prayer beads.

Spawton, who is taking his picture, used to waitress here. She'd see Ali walk by every morning on his way to work as she was setting up tables and chairs out front.

He caught her eye because of his put-together, plucky apparel. Today, Ali is turned out in an immaculately tailored beige suit, pork-pie hat and sheepskin coat.

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Goats and Soda
1:24 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia

Ecologists found signs of Ebola in a Rousettus leschenaultii fruit bat. These bats are widespread across south Asia, from India to China.
Kevin Olival/EcoHealth Alliance

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 10:45 am

A few years ago, disease ecologist David Hayman made the discovery of a lifetime.

He was a graduate student at the University of Cambridge. But he spent a lot of that time hiking through the rain forest of Ghana, catching hundreds of fruit bats.

"We would set large nets, up in the tree canopies," he says. "And then early morning, when the bats are looking for fruit to feed on, we'd captured them."

Hayman didn't want to hurt the bats. He just wanted a few drops of their blood.

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The Salt
3:43 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then, At Last, A January Christmas Feast

Abebe, the owner of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, Kenya, shows some of the foods permitted during the pre-Christmas fast. Orthodox Ethiopians typically eat just one vegan meal per day for 40 days before the Christmas feast on Jan. 7.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 2:48 pm

An Ethiopian kitchen can be a place of both succulence and self-denial.

In the kitchen of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, the owner, Abebe, demonstrates how his cook prepares the dish called kitfo. It's raw minced beef whipped together with cardamom and chili and a spicy butter, with a texture and taste closer to delicate cheese than to steak tartar.

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Latin America
2:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Brazilian President Begins New Term With Tough Road Ahead

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:11 pm

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In Brazil today, a somewhat lukewarm inauguration for second term president, Dilma Rousseff.

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Goats and Soda
2:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Painful Virus Sweeps Central America, Gains A Toehold In U.S.

A woman protects her child's face in Managua, Nicaragua, as health workers fumigate for mosquitoes that carry chikungunya. The virus started spreading through Nicaragua and Mexico in the fall.
Esteban Felix AP

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:34 pm

Most of us will remember 2014 as the year Ebola came to the U.S. But another virus made its debut in the Western Hemisphere. And unlike Ebola, it's not leaving anytime soon.

The virus is called chikungunya: You pronounce it a bit like "chicken-goon-ya."

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Latin America
2:24 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

In Brazil, Plastic Surgery Seen As A Right, Not A Privilege

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:34 pm

With January first marking the start of many people's self-improvement projects, Lourdes Garcia Navarro shares a story she reported earlier this year about plastic surgery in Brazil.

This story first aired on All Things Considered on Oct. 7, 2014.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Japan's Population Declined In 2014 As Births Fell To A New Low

Japanese babies — the number born last year was a new low.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 11:34 am

Japan's population fell by a record 268,000 people last year, new data show, with preliminary figures showing just more than 1 million births in 2014.

The figures released by the country's health ministry showed that the estimated number of people who died in 2014 was 1,269,000, about 1,000 above the previous year. The number of births was 1,001,000, down about 29,000 from 2013. The total population declined by a record 268,000.

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The Two-Way
5:06 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Egyptian Court Orders Retrial Of Al-Jazeera Journalists

Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed (from left), Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and correspondent Peter Greste appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terrorism charges in Cairo, Egypt.
Heba Elkholy AP

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:32 am

An Egyptian court has canceled the sentences and ordered a retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists who have been in jail for more than a year.

NPR's Leila Fadel, who was in the courtroom, tells Morning Edition that while this is good news for the men, their family members worry that another protracted legal proceeding could mean more time behind bars.

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were convicted on terrorism charges. They insist they were only doing their jobs, and many news organizations, including NPR, have called for their release.

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Education
3:15 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Peripatetic Students Thrive At Department Of Defense Schools

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 5:48 am

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Latin America
3:13 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Cuban Authorities Detain Dissidents Ahead Of Free Speech Rally

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 5:48 am

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Asia
3:07 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Fatal Stampede Dampens Shanghai's New Year Celebrations

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 5:48 am

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Middle East
3:05 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Egyptian Court Orders Al-Jazeera Journalists To Be Retried

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 5:48 am

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The Two-Way
9:38 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Stampede Kills 3 Dozen At Shanghai New Year's Celebration

Emergency vehicles navigate the New Year's Eve crowd in Shanghai after a stampede by revelers in the historic riverfront district. At least 35 people were killed.
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Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 1:03 am

Updated at 3:00 a.m. ET Thursday:

Officials in Shanghai says at least 36 people have been killed in the stampede, and at least 47 others received hospital treatment. Thirteen people were seriously injured.

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