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Goats and Soda
9:53 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Toilets 'R' Him: Jack Sim Wants A Potty In Every Pad

Jack Sim, the founder of World Toilet Day, travels the world promoting access to safe and clean toilets.
John Poole/Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:02 am

Jack Sim's career is in the toilet — literally.

The 57-year-old Singaporean made his fortune in the construction industry when he was in his 40s. And he wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

Sim tried his hand at saving historic buildings and answering phone calls from people in distress, but neither felt right. "I was looking for something that was neglected and able to serve large number of people," he says.

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Wed November 19, 2014

U.K. To Deny Entry To Controversial U.S. Dating Guru

Julien Blanc
YouTube

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 12:06 pm

Britain says it won't allow a controversial American dating coach to enter the country as his presence isn't "conducive to the public good."

[Fair warning: If you click on any of the links in this story, you will see offensive material.]

The American in question is 25-year-old Julien Blanc. His Twitter profile says he is the executive coach for Real Social Dynamics, a dating advice company. Blanc was scheduled to make public appearances in the U.K. in February 2015.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Amid Scandal, Mexican First Lady Decides To Sell Mansion

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and first lady Angélica Rivera arrive in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 14 for the G20 summit.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:34 am

Amid rumblings about conflict of interest and corruption, Mexico's first lady says she will sell a multimillion-dollar home in one of the most glamorous areas of Mexico City.

In a YouTube video released late Tuesday, Angélica Rivera defiantly proclaims that she has "nothing to hide."

"I have worked all my life, and because of that I am an independent woman capable of building a patrimony with honesty," she said.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Day After Attack, Worshippers Return To Jerusalem Synagogue

Ultra Orthodox Jews look at bullet holes in the main window of a synagogue in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:52 am

A day after an attack that left five dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, worshippers returned for morning prayers.

The Associated Press reports:

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Take The Plunge Into World Toilet Day

Wilbur Sargunaraj "How to Use An Eastern Toilet" from YouTube
Wilbur World Wide

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:15 am

Today is a day to celebrate the wonders of the toilet — and to make a commitment to bringing toilets to all those in need. In case you're wondering, there are 2.5 billion people who are toiletless.

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Global Health
5:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:02 am

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Around the Nation
4:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Rabbi From Kansas City Killed In Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:41 am

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3:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Backlash Fails To Deter Protesters In Hong Kong's Mongkok Camp

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:02 am

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Goats and Soda
6:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

India Quarantines Ebola Survivor Because Of Infectious Semen

India has record no Ebola cases, but the country is on high alert and has quarantined hundreds of travelers from West Africa. This hospital in New Delhi has set up an Intensive Care Unit for potential Ebola patients.
Sajjad Hussain AFP/Getty Images

The headlines circulating on the Web Tuesday may have given you pause: "India's First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined," Time Magazine wrote on its website. "Man tests positive for Ebola, kept under isolation," Press Trust of India declared.

But those headlines don't tell the full story.

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Goats and Soda
4:01 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Aid Groups See A Drop-Off In U.S. Health Volunteers To Fight Ebola

Nurses Bridget Mulrooney and Kelly Suter volunteered to work for the International Medical Corps at an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia. IMC is reporting a drop-off in recruits this fall.
Stuart J. Sia International Medical Corps

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 2:14 pm

The federal agency that oversees many American healthcare workers volunteering in Ebola-stricken regions of West Africa says there's been a significant decline in the number of people who are willing to go. International aid groups attribute that drop to the mandatory quarantine rules implemented by New York and New Jersey last month.

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Asia
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Make Solemn Retreat As Authorities Move In

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:50 am

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World
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

French Authorities Work To Identify Militant In ISIS Video

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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Middle East
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Synagogue Attack Fuels Rising Tensions In Jerusalem

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dangerous Deliveries: Ebola Leaves Moms And Babies Without Care

A woman enters the Ebola treatment center at the Island Hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 6. She said she was bleeding heavily from a miscarriage and was turned away from other clinics in the city.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 9:24 am

For more than two decades, Lucy Barh has been helping women deliver babies. Even during Liberia's violent civil war, when other midwives left, Barh stuck around.

But none of this prepared her for a patient she saw a few months ago.

"I was on duty that day when the patient came in," says Barh, at the headquarters of the Liberian Midwives' Association in Monrovia. "We did the examination. She was not in labor."

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Asia
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

North Korea's Charm Offensive Doesn't Distract From Human Rights Record

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:04 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Measles Still Kills 400 Kids A Day — And It May Be Making A Comeback

This month, a doctor gives a measles vaccine to a child in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.
Mohammed Howais AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 2:25 pm

Measles might be preparing for a comeback tour.

Unlike Ebola, measles easily leaps between people. Virus-filled droplets linger, floating in the air or coating a coffee table for up to two hours after a contagious person coughs or sneezes. If you're susceptible to the disease and you breathe that air or touch a contaminated surface and then rub your eyes, you're screwed. Measles infects 90 percent of those who are not immune.

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Parallels
2:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

With Cash And Cachet, The Islamic State Expands Its Empire

The Islamic Youth Council in Derna, in eastern Libya, is among the local militant groups from Egypt to Libya that have reportedly pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:02 pm

Islamist militant groups from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to the coast of eastern Libya are pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.

The Sunni extremist group primarily operates in the chaos of Iraq and Syria but is using chameleon-like branding and the draw of cash to get militants who focused on local issues to join their brutal empire.

In an audio recording posted online last week, the head of the self-declared Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced that his group is going global.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Indonesia Urged To Stop 'Virginity Tests' For Female Police Recruits

Only some of these officers, seen in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Jan. 13, are exempt from a "virginity test." Human Rights Watch wants Indonesia to scrap the practice for its female police recruits.
Hotli Simanjuntak EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 12:22 pm

A human rights group is calling on Indonesia to scrap "virginity tests" given to female police recruits.

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Parallels
10:37 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Once Tolerated, Westerners Are Now Targeted By Radical Islamists

Islamic State fighters march in Raqqa, Syria. The group has killed five Western hostages in recent months. In the 1990s, many radical Islamist groups gave interviews to journalists and refrained from kidnapping Westerners.
AP

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 12:43 pm

The Islamic State isn't the first Middle East extremist group to make a gruesome spectacle of kidnapping and killing Westerners. The first wave came in the 1980s, when Hezbollah in Lebanon seized dozens of Westerners amid an anarchic civil war.

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Animals
5:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Encourages Chinese To Stop Buying Ivory

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:24 am

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Europe
4:18 am
Tue November 18, 2014

France Shocked That Frenchman Is A Knife-Wielding ISIS Militant

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 3:26 pm

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Asia
3:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Hong Kong Authorities Clear Area In Protest Zone

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 3:25 pm

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Global Health
3:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Sierra Leone Colleagues Mourn Dr. Salia, Who Succumbed To Ebola

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 7:09 am

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Middle East
3:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

A Syrian's Struggle To Get By

The population of the Syrian city of Douma — a rebel enclave — has dropped from 750,000 to about 250,000 since the start of the Syrian conflict. Photographer Saeed al-Batal (a pseudonym) has captured life in this city under siege. Here, a scene from Douma photographed on Oct. 23.
Saeed al-Batal

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 3:52 pm

Syria is in the news constantly, yet it's rare that we hear from Syrians inside the country who face daily struggles to get by.

As the war grinds on and with winter approaching, we reached out to photographer and filmmaker Saeed al-Batal, a pseudonym he uses for his safety.

Al-Batal painted a grim picture of his life in Douma, a suburb to the north of Damascus that has been under siege.

Here are the highlights of his interview with NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep:

Please describe your situation.

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Parallels
1:34 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Near The Front Lines In Iraq, An Homage To The White House

Construction workers in Irbil, in the Kurdish north of Iraq, work on Kurdish business tycoon Shihab Shihab's version of the White House.
Leila Fadel NPR

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 7:21 am

There are a lot of American knockoffs in the Kurdish parts of northern Iraq: Burger Queen is Burger King's twin, and instead of Papa John's, people get their pizza at PJ's.

The latest knockoff comes courtesy of Kurdish businessman Shihab Shihab after he decided he'd like to live in the White House. So he's building one for himself, his wife and his child — a mere 50 miles or so from a raging war against the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State, or ISIS.

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The Two-Way
8:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Hong Kong Clears Part Of Main Protest Camp

Masked pro-democracy protesters move a barricade farther away from an office tower Tuesday in accordance to a court injunction to clear up part of the protest site, after the arrival of bailiffs outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Authorities were preparing to clear part of a key area of the heart of the city that has been occupied by the demonstrators for nearly two months.
Tyrone Siu Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:21 pm

With the courts having sided with the government, workers in Hong Kong today began clearing barricades from the main camp student protesters have been operating out of for more than two months, wire services report.

According to The Associated Press, "students, who have been protesting for greater democracy in the former British colony, did not resist."

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The Two-Way
5:14 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

Vape was chosen as the word of the year for 2014 in part because it provides a window "onto how we define ourselves," says Casper Grathwohl of the Oxford University Press. Here, women exhale vapor clouds during a competition at the Henley Vaporium in Manhattan.
Elizabeth Shafiroff Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 8:28 am

The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes has now sparked the notice of the estimable Oxford Dictionaries, which has chosen "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. The word can be a noun or a verb; it beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."

Noting that e-cigarettes have come a long way since the early 1980s, when the "vape" was first breathed into life, the folks at Oxford Dictionaries say it took awhile for the new market, and the new word, to mature.

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Energy
4:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Pipes for TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline are stored in Gascoyne, N.D. The U.S. House has voted to approve the proposed project, which would allow crude oil to flow from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate plans to vote Tuesday on legislation that would greenlight the project.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:36 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.

The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long — just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.

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Goats and Soda
3:39 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

For Babies, Preterm Birth Is Now The No. 1 Cause Of Death

Premature and sick babies are cared for in the neonatal unit at Isaie Jeanty maternity hospital, operated by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 6:30 pm

Babies around the world face a lot of risks to their health: pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, to name a few.

But it turns out that no single infectious disease takes a greater toll than the simple fact of being born premature.

Premature birth is now the single largest cause of death among babies and young children. Every year, 1.09 million children under age 5 die due to health complications that stem from being born before week 37 of pregnancy (a 40-week pregnancy is considered full-term).

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Middle East
2:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Outpouring Of Grief For Iranian Pop Star Catches Regime Off Guard

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:59 pm

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An outpouring of public grief has caught Iranian authorities off-guard. Thousands of young people took to the streets yesterday, after they learned of the death of a 30-year-old pop star, Morteza Pashaee.

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