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6:08 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Russia Arrests 2 In Connection With Nemtsov Murder

A portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and flowers photographed on Friday at the site where he was killed on February 27, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 7:35 am

Two suspects are in custody in connection with last week's murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on a Moscow street, but it is not clear whether either of the detained are alleged to have fired the fatal shots.

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Having Loved And Lost, One Man Takes On Medical Malpractice In India

Dr. Kunal Saha (far right) and Anuradha were married in Calcutta, India in 1985. She died 11 years later after being prescribed a dangerous dose of a steroid.
Courtesy of Kunal Saha

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 11:57 am

People sometimes ask Dr. Kunal Saha if he is married. His wife, Anuradha, died on May 28, 1998, and he has not taken a new wife. But Anuradha is still so wedded to Saha's thoughts, his heart and his life's mission that he feels no hesitation answering "yes."

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Snowden: Asylum In Switzerland A 'Great Political Option'

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by the ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu on Feb. 14.
Marco Garcia AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:29 pm

Edward Snowden wants Switzerland to grant him asylum.

The NSA leaker made the remark as he spoke to an audience in Geneva via a video link from Moscow, where he has been living in exile to avoid U.S. prosecution on espionage charges.

"I would love to return to Switzerland, some of my favorite memories are from Geneva. It's a wonderful place," Snowden told the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, where the Oscar-winning documentary about his case, Citizenfour, was screened.

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World
2:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Russian Democracy Activist Says Nemtsov's Death A Major Turning Point

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:04 pm

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Muslim Identity In Europe
2:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Dresden Anti-Immigration Protests Cause Tension In Muslim Community

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:04 pm

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And I'm joined now by my colleague Audie Cornish, who's been reporting this week on Muslims in Western Europe. Audie, hi.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

North Korean Diplomat Stopped In Bangladesh With $1.4 Million In Gold

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:23 pm

Customs authorities in Bangladesh would like to know what a top North Korean diplomat was doing with $1.4 million in gold in his luggage as he arrived on a flight from Singapore to Dhaka.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 1:16 pm

Three men, two from Vietnam and one from Canada, who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

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Asia
10:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

Susannah Ireland for NPR

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 7:03 am

"I have no one. I've lost everything. My children are gone, my parents are gone. My husband's family doesn't ask about me. They don't even look for me, they don't even know if I eat," says Manu Ghosh, 85.

That's her above, seen before and after the Hindu festival of Holi at her ashram in northern India.

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Goats and Soda
10:11 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Volunteer Recap: Connecting Moms To Midwives In Timor-Leste

In the rural Manufahi district, health centers, like this one in the Turiscai village, are using a mobile health program to connect expectant mothers and their midwives.
Courtesy of Gena Barnabee

At first the tiny country of Timor-Leste reminded Gena Barnabee of being in the U.S. It had movie theaters, malls and plenty of roads.

Then Barnabee left the capital city. And the scenery changed dramatically.

Mountains and hills stretch for miles and miles in the rural southern part of Timor-Lest. There are only a few villages sprinkled throughout. And there's only "a little bit of a road," recalls Barnabee, who spent three months there.

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Muslim Identity In Europe
10:09 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Germans Open Their Homes To Refugee Roommates

Berlin residents Mareike Geiling (left) and her boyfriend, Jonas Kakoschke, speak with their roommate, a Muslim refugee from Mali. Geiling and Kokoschke helped launch a website that matches Germans willing to share their homes with new arrivals.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 7:47 pm

Asylum-seekers are flooding into Germany in record numbers, with more than 200,000 applying for that status last year, many from Muslim countries, according to the government.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Tajik Opposition Leader Shot Dead In Istanbul

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:27 pm

Umarali Kuvatov, an outspoken critic of Tajikistan's autocratic president, was killed by a single shot to the head on a street in Istanbul, where he had been living in exile, according to Turkish media reports.

Kuvatov, 47, a businessman turned government opponent, was head of the Group 24 opposition movement. He had accused Tajik President Emomali Rahmon of corruption and nepotism.

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Asia
3:05 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Dealing With Malaysia Airlines Over Missing Jet 'Has Gotten Worse'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

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This Sunday marks one year since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared.

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Europe
3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Will Greece's New Government Help The Muslim Minority Integrate?

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:14 am

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The Salt
2:57 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima

Farmer Magoichi Shigihara checks on his cucumber farm in Nihonmatsu in Fukushima prefecture, about 31 miles west of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, in May 2011. Testing shows radiation in foods grown and raised in Fukushima is back to pre-accident levels.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:24 am

Nearly four years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, people in Japan are still hesitant to eat foods grown around the site of the accident. They worry that anything grown in the region will contain dangerous levels of radioactive elements, increasing their risk of cancer.

Sometimes, food from Fukushima will bear a photo of the farmer who grew it or a number to dial to learn more about each bag of rice or vegetables, just to ease customers' concerns.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:55 pm

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Muslim Identity In Europe
2:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Kurdish-German Journalist Makes Light Of Hate Mail In Spoken Word Act

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:44 pm

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Muslim Identity In Europe
2:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Highest-Ranking Muslim German Official Says Terrorist Attacks Bolster Discrimination

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:55 pm

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Parallels
2:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Boko Haram Takes A Page From ISIS Propaganda Playbook

The most recent propaganda videos from Boko Haram have higher production values than in the past and other similarities to ISIS-produced videos.
Boko Haram Sendvid

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:55 pm

In its latest video, Islamist extremists from the Nigerian group Boko Haram display the bodies of two men accused of spying. They have been beheaded.

Gone are Boko Haram's occasional grainy videos, replaced by slick productions apparently inspired by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

It's a development that may indicate a shift in allegiance by Boko Haram away from al-Qaida.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle In Tikrit

A Shiite fighter sits on a military vehicle in the town of Hamrin in Salahuddin province on Thursday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:49 pm

Thousands of refugees have fled fighting in Tikrit, according to the U.N., as Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga battle to expel extremists from the self-declared Islamic State from the city.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that ISIS militants have set fire to oil wells in Iraq's north in an effort to slow government forces.

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The Two-Way
1:36 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

A man walks by with a basket of bread during the official presentation ceremony of three new robots that were installed Tuesday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, to help tackle the city's traffic.
Federico Scoppa AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 3:55 pm

Perhaps, we will welcome our robot overlords after all.

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Goats and Soda
1:27 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Why Is The VP Of Sierra Leone Running The Country By Laptop?

Sierra's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana (right) is in charge while President Ernest Bai Koroma (center) is in Europe.
Michael Duff AP

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:59 pm

Ebola hasn't been in the news much lately.

That's because the number of new cases has plummeted since the height of the epidemic late last year. In fact, the turnaround has been so dramatic that Liberia, once the hardest-hit country, is now on the brink of declaring itself Ebola-free.

But two headlines from Sierra Leone this week caught our attention.

According to reports, a boat with sick fishermen sparked a new outbreak in the capital. Meanwhile, the vice-president of Sierra Leone was under quarantine after his bodyguard died of Ebola.

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 2:20 pm

Ryan Pate's anger stemmed from Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics' refusal to extend his leave so he could recover from a back injury. He took to Facebook in January to express his displeasure, calling his employers "backstabbers" and Arabs "filthy." When he returned to the United Arab Emirates, he received a call from the police asking him to come in.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Thu March 5, 2015

India Threatens BBC Over Decision To Air Rape Documentary In U.K.

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a news conference on her documentary India's Daughter on Tuesday. The film, which has been banned in India, was broadcast Wednesday in the U.K. — a decision that has angered the Indian government.
Altaf Qadri AP

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:36 pm

Updated at 4:26 p.m. ET

India says it will take action against the BBC for broadcasting a documentary in the U.K. about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi. The government, which has banned the Indian media from broadcasting India's Daughter or even showing clips from it pending an investigation, also ordered YouTube to take down the film.

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The Two-Way
7:52 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Singapore Court Sentences 2 Germans To Caning And Jail Over Graffiti

Andreas Von Knorre (right), one of two German nationals arrested for vandalism in Singapore, arrives in a police car at the state court on Nov. 22, 2014. Both men were sentenced Thursday to a prison term and caning.
Roslan Rahman AFP/Getty Images

Two young German men who broke into a train depot in Singapore to spray-paint graffiti on a commuter train car have been sentenced to nine months in prison and three strokes from a cane. They were tracked down and arrested in Malaysia last November.

Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21, had been working in Australia when they traveled to Singapore and broke into the depot. They soon became the subject of an international pursuit.

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The Two-Way
6:22 am
Thu March 5, 2015

North Korea: Attack On U.S. Ambassador Is 'Deserved Punishment'

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul, South Korea, after the attack.
Yonhap EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 11:27 am

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

North Korea is calling an attack on U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert by a knife-wielding political activist "deserved punishment" for America's joint military exercises with Seoul. Meanwhile, Lippert, who has received stitches to his face and undergone surgery on his arm after the assault, says he is "doing well."

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Parallels
5:51 am
Thu March 5, 2015

In Israel, A Vote To Choose A Leader And An Identity

Shoppers walk through a market in downtown Jerusalem last November, shortly before Israel's coalition government collapsed. As Israel prepares for elections on March 17, the diverse population has very different notions of what the country should look like.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 11:58 am

Israel's March 17 election is two years earlier than it should be, thanks to the collapse of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government in December. Contributing to the breakup was an impassioned debate over whether a stronger legal emphasis on the country's Jewish character would ultimately make Israel less democratic.

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World
5:06 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Canadians Told To Stop Drawing Spock On $5

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 8:11 am

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Africa
3:04 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Boko Haram Ramps Up Attacks Despite Effort To Repel Them

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 8:11 am

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Parallels
1:58 am
Thu March 5, 2015

In Berlin, Grassroots Efforts Work To Integrate Inner-City Schools

Young fans of the German national soccer team drink iced tea in July 2010 as they watch the FIFA World Cup semi-final match Germany vs. Spain in an Arabic cafe in Berlin's Neukölln district. The neighborhood has gentrified rapidly in recent years, but many of the white families moving in leave once their children reach school age. Local groups are trying to change that.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 8:11 am

In parts of Berlin, racial segregation in schools is far from official policy, but it is often a reality. In the fast-gentrifying district of Neukölln, young, mainly white professionals usually move away as soon as their kids reach school-age.

But small, parent-led initiatives are working to change this trend and ensure their local schools better reflect the neighborhood.

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Parallels
1:44 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Boris Nemtsov: 'He Directed His Words Against Putin Himself'

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead last Friday, was one of the most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin. No arrests have been made in his killing.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 8:11 am

Boris Nemtsov was just 37 when Russian President Boris Yeltsin named him deputy prime minister in 1997. Trained as a physicist, Nemtsov symbolized a new generation of young leaders who rose to power in the chaotic aftermath of the Soviet breakup.

But after Vladimir Putin became president, Nemtsov joined the liberal opposition and became an outspoken critic. He was arrested on several occasions, but continued his attacks on the Russian leader.

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