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Africa
2:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Does Egypt's Crisis Signal The End Of Political Islam?

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:32 pm

We take a look at what the Muslim Brotherhood's fall from grace means for the future of religion and politics in Egypt. Was it tested, failed and now dead?

World
2:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

E.U. Meeting In Egypt Does Little To Quell Political Crisis

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:32 pm

European Union envoy Catherine Ashton completed a round of talks in Cairo with Egyptian officials and opposition leaders including ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Ashton says she will continue her mediation efforts to resolve Egypt's worsening political crisis.

Afghanistan
2:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Pentagon Report: Taliban Still Strong In Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:32 pm

The latest Pentagon report to Congress on Afghanistan says the insurgency is still "resilient" and violence in some areas is at the same level as last year. But the Afghan forces are taking the brunt of the casualties now that the U.S. troop presence has decreased and the remaining forces have turned to training the Afghans.

The Two-Way
12:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Ireland Enacts Law Providing For Abortion, A First

Ireland now has its first law making abortion legal in the country under specific conditions, after President Michael D. Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 into law Tuesday.

The legislation provides women with access to abortion in cases where their lives are at risk, including medical emergencies and cases in which suicide could be a factor.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Investigators: Train Conductor Was On Phone During Spain Crash

Flowers pay tribute to the victims of the train that crashed in northwestern Spain last week. The driver of the train was on the phone and traveling at nearly twice the speed limit, according to court papers.
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:18 pm

The driver of a Spanish train that derailed and killed 79 people was speaking on the phone and had taken the train to nearly twice the speed allowed on the stretch of track where the crash occurred, according to court investigators who reviewed the train's "black box" recorders.

After reaching speeds of 119 miles per hour, train conductor Francisco Jose Garzon Amo tried to slow the train down "seconds before the crash," according to an Associated Press report on the court's preliminary findings, which were released Tuesday.

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Africa
10:04 am
Tue July 30, 2013

After 3 Decades Of Mugabe, Could Zimbabwe Get A New Leader?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Detroit's bankruptcy last week made headlines because it was the biggest in history, but now comes the question of why this happened and what, if anything, this means for other American cities. We'll hear two very different views about this in just a few minutes. But first, we want to turn to two significant elections in Africa this week. The West African country of Mali is being praised for a smooth presidential vote this past weekend.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Taliban Attack Frees At Least 175 From Pakistani Prison

Pakistani policemen stand outside the central prison after an overnight attack in Dera Ismail Khan. Officials say Taliban insurgents freed hundreds of prisoners, including hard-line militants.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 9:25 am

Scores of prisoners were freed from a prison in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, after Taliban militants armed with explosives and automatic weapons reportedly stormed the facility. At least nine people, including five guards, died in gun battles and other violence at the prison, according to multiple news outlets.

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Egypt's Ousted President Morsi Is 'Well,' Says EU Official

Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi demonstrate against the military-backed government in Cairo. Morsi, who has been detained since July 3, is in good health, a European official says.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 8:33 am

After a long talk with ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton says Morsi, who has been detained for nearly a month, is in good health.

"We talked for two hours; we talked in-depth. He has access to information, in terms of TV, newspapers — so, we were able to talk about the situation," Ashton tells the BBC. "And we were able to talk about the need to move forward."

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U.S.
3:27 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Statue Brings Friction Over WWII Comfort Women To California

South Korean police stand guard beside a comfort woman statue in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul in May. The Southern California city of Glendale will dedicate an identical statue on Tuesday.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 7:01 pm

For decades, Koreans have been pushing to preserve the legacy of women forced to provide sex to Japanese army soldiers during World War II. Glendale, Calif., will dedicate a statue memorializing the victims, known as "comfort women," on Tuesday. But the statue has spurred controversy in this Southern California city, where some area residents say it is a divisive reminder of the horrors of war.

The sculpture is a bronze statue of a young girl. She looks about 14 — around the same age as many comfort women when they were forced into military brothels run by Japan's imperial army.

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The Two-Way
3:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Head-On Train Collision In Switzerland Leaves Dozens Injured

Two passenger trains were involved in a head-on collision in Switzerland on Monday.

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Europe
2:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Memorial Service Honors Victims Of Spanish Train Crash

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 7:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

A memorial service today in Spain to remember the victims of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. An American passenger died in a hospital over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 79. The train was carrying more than 200 passengers from Madrid when it derailed in northwestern Spain last Wednesday night.

Reporter Lauren Frayer is following developments from Madrid, and she joins me now. And, Lauren, tell us a bit more about this memorial mass tonight at the - that massive, soaring cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

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Middle East
2:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kerry Relaunches Mideast Peace Talks Amid Skepticism

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:24 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This evening, after a three-year hiatus, Secretary of State John Kerry is re-launching Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Kerry has tapped a longtime expert on the region, Martin Indyk of The Brookings Institution, to be the day-to-day point person on negotiations. Many are skeptical that this renewed effort will work. But as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, Secretary Kerry has made it a top priority.

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Religion
2:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Pope's Comment On His Openness To Gays 'Remarkable'

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 7:01 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. On his flight back from Brazil today, Pope Francis surprised reporters by engaging in a freewheeling 81-minute discussion of hot-button issues, including homosexuality.

POPE FRANCIS: (Foreign language spoken)

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Middle East
2:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Egyptian Crisis Slows Flow Through Gaza's Smuggling Tunnels

Workers in the Gaza Strip load a truck with sacks of cement that arrived via a smuggling tunnel from Egypt. Gazan officials say the Egyptian military has cracked down on smuggling tunnels that bring many goods into Gaza.
Emily Harris/NPR

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:24 pm

At the very southern end of the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, sweaty men in bare feet carried bags of cement on their backs from a stack near a gaping hole in the ground to a waiting truck.

The cement had come through a tunnel from Egypt, a lucky load that made it.

Over the past several weeks, Egypt's military has cracked down on the smuggling tunnels that bring many goods into Gaza.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

No Safe Places In Syria: Photographer Abducted At Media Center

Syrians search for survivors under the rubble of a destroyed house after a barrel bomb was dropped from an air force helicopter in Saraqeb on July 20.
Daniel Leal-Olivas AFP/Getty Images

We're catching up with a harrowing story out of Syria about a Polish photographer who was kidnapped last week and is possibly being held for ransom. NPR's Rima Marrouch sent this report.

Photographer Marcin Suder was staying at a media center in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb in Idlib province when a group of masked men reportedly stormed in Wednesday morning. They beat a Syrian media activist, stole equipment and abducted Suder.

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Parallels
8:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Putin's Latest Feat Of Derring-Do? Bagging A Really Big Fish

Putin rides a horse in the mountains of the Siberian Tyva region on Aug. 3, 2009.
Alexei Druzhinin AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:01 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't been shy about showing off his macho — and often shirtless — side.

There was that picture with the gun ...

the one with the tiger cub ...

the one in which he discovered an archaeological treasure ...

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Pope Francis Discusses Gay Catholics: 'Who Am I To Judge?'

Pope Francis returned to Rome on Monday after his trip to Brazil. The flight included a news conference in which the pope struck a conciliatory tone about gay Catholics. He also explained what he keeps in his black bag.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:26 am

Gay people should be integrated into society instead of ostracized, Pope Francis told journalists after his weeklong trip to Brazil. Answering a question about reports of homosexuals in the clergy, the pope answered, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

In what's being called an unusually broad and candid news conference, Francis took questions from reporters for more than an hour as he flew from Brazil to the Vatican; his plane landed Monday.

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Parallels
6:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Group Faults Apple For Labor Violations At China Supplier

Apple is under fire again for labor violations at its supplier's factories in China.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:53 am

There's been concern about working conditions at factories run by Apple's foreign suppliers since the story last year about Foxconn. At the time, the tech giant moved to address those concerns to show that it took them seriously. But more allegations surfaced Monday centering on Apple's effort to build a cheaper iPhone.

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The Two-Way
5:57 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Italian Investigators Search For Cause Of Deadly Tour Bus Crash

Rescuers prepare coffins for victims of a bus crash in southern Italy. At least 38 people died after a bus plunged off a highway and into a ravine.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:10 am

Investigators in southern Italy are examining the scene a day after a bus carrying nearly 50 people plummeted off a highway and into a ravine east of Naples. Italian news agencies say at least 38 people died Sunday night after the bus crashed through a guardrail and fell nearly 100 feet to the rough terrain below.

The crash injured at least 10 people, including people who were in cars the bus hit before it left the roadway. Several children are believed to be among the wounded.

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The Two-Way
5:15 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Barrage Of Car Bombings Kills Dozens In Iraq

Iraqis walk past a wall that a car bomb destroyed, next to the Ahl al-Bayya' mosque in southeastern Baghdad Monday. At least 10 bombings were reported in the city today.
Ali Al-Saadi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 8:22 am

More than a dozen car bombs exploded in Iraq early Monday, killing more than 50 people in Baghdad and other areas. At least 10 explosions were reported in the Iraqi capital during the morning rush hour.

Monday's bombings wounded more than 100 people, the BBC reports.

"Police and medical sources said the attacks, which appeared to be coordinated, were concentrated on towns and cities in Iraq's predominantly Shi'ite south," Reuters reports, "and districts of the capital where Shi'ites reside."

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The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Israel, Palestinians To Restart Talks In Washington

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni during a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Rome in May.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Israeli and the Palestinian negotiators will sit down to peace talks in Washington on Monday, picking up from where they left off five years ago, the State Department says.

Secretary of State John Kerry has personally extended an invitation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to send senior negotiating teams to the U.S. capital "to formally resume direct final status negotiations," spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

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Science
2:36 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

'Batman' Style: How We Can See With Sound, Too

Echolocation is second nature to animals such as bats and dolphins. Can humans also find their way using sound as a tool?
Ian Waldie Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 9:30 am

Birds do it. Bats do it. Now even educated people do it. Echolocation is the process used by certain animals to identify what lies ahead of them, by emitting sounds that bounce off objects.

Now a team of researchers has created an algorithm that could give the rest of us a chance to see with sound.

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Cannes Jewel Heist Nets Bling Worth $53 Million

Actress Sharon Stone at the 66th international film festival in Cannes in May. The Mediterranean resort town is famous for the jewelry-clad celebrities it attracts.
Joel Ryan Invision

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 1:16 pm

A jewelry exhibit at the posh Carlton Hotel in Cannes was held up on Sunday and an estimated $53 million worth of goods was swiped. It was the third such heist in the French Riviera resort in as many months.

A police spokesman, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, says one or more thieves took the jewels around noon on Sunday, but it wasn't immediately clear if they were armed.

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The Two-Way
5:47 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Millions Gather On Rio Beach To Hear Pope Deliver Sunday Mass

Millions jammed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro for Pope Francis' final Mass on his trip to Brazil on Sunday.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 11:34 am

This post last updated at 11:30 a.m. EDT

Millions of faithful thronged Brazil's Copacabana Beach to hear Pope Francis deliver Sunday Mass, the culmination of the Latin American pontiff's first papal trip abroad.

Francis, speaking from a massive stage erected on the beach, urged those gathered for World Youth Day's concluding Mass to spread the Gospel "to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent."

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Parallels
5:38 am
Sun July 28, 2013

A Simple Visa Request Vs. Afghan Bureaucracy

The collection line outside Kabul's Passport Office. NPR producer Sultan Faizy spent more than two weeks trying to get reporter Sean Carberry's visa renewed.
Sean Carberry NPR

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 6:53 am

You think getting a passport or renewing your driver's license in the U.S. is a headache? Well, welcome to Afghan bureaucracy. On July 7, Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry asked producer Sultan Faizy to begin the process of renewing Sean's six-month resident visa. Here's Sultan's log of what happened:

July 7: I took the application letter along with the copies of Sean's work permit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Security wouldn't let me in with my press ID. After more than 30 minutes of calling the media department, I was able to drop off the letter.

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News
5:07 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charged With Pimping

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 10:31 am

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SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:

A French court says former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will stand trial on charges of being part of an organized prostitution ring. The once-powerful French politician was considered a step away from the French presidency when he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid in May 2011. As NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports, his fall from grace isn't over yet.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Foreign language spoken)

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News
5:07 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Islamabad's Defiantly Consistent Chinese Eatery

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 10:31 am

Cities sitting nervously on the edge of wars have a tendency to change very quickly. Take Pakistan's capital, for example. But some things never change, like an unexpectedly delicious Chinese restaurant.

News
5:07 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Tackling Sexual Harrassment On England's Transit

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 10:31 am

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SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:

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News
5:07 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Egypt Clashes Among Country's Worst Bloodshed

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 10:31 am

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SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Susan Stamberg.

Egypt's Health Ministry reports more than 70 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters that took place on a major road in Cairo. Most of them were supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from which he hails.

Reaction to the fighting in Egypt is rather muted at the moment. But as NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports, a growing number of Egyptians are concerned over what the government is planning next.

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Parallels
3:51 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe And The Countries They Shaped

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (left) greets South African President Nelson Mandela in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1998. The two men have shaped their countries in dramatically different ways.
Rob Cooper AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:41 am

As the ailing Nelson Mandela turned 95 this month, the international community celebrated his legacy and rooted for his recovery.

Just to the north in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, 89, is running for re-election this week. He's looking to extend his 33 years in power, which have been marked by authoritarian rule, economic collapse and international isolation.

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