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11:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Ramadan In A Warzone: Is This Time Of Reflection Enough To Stop Conflict?

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Music Interviews
11:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Belgian Singer Stromae Hopes To Bring French Flair To The U.S.

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, we're ending on a musical note. You might remember my conversation earlier this year with recording artist Stromae. He's already one of the biggest names in dance music in Europe. You're going to be hearing more about him because he is heading out on his first major North American tour later this year. Before then, though - soccer fans take note - he wrote Belgium's World Cup anthem, "Ta Fete." And you might catch it when the Belgians play Team USA tomorrow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TA FETE")

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Parallels
11:01 am
Mon June 30, 2014

What's A Caliphate?

An Iraqi Turkmen fighter looks at an icon of seventh century Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, Islam's fourth caliph and cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, in Taza Khormato, Iraq, earlier this month.
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:32 am

The Islamic caliphates had a long and glorious run, but in the 21st century, they seemed consigned to history. Simply put, a caliphate is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader, and it has existed in one form or another for most of the 1,400-year history of Islam.

The collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago marked the end of the last caliphate, an extraordinarily powerful one that had survived for more than four centuries.

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Mon June 30, 2014

2 American Men Likely To Face Trial In North Korea

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 3:17 pm

Two Americans who entered North Korea this spring could be headed for trial there, as they're accused of "hostile acts against the country," according to state media. A trial date for the two, who were traveling separately, hasn't been announced.

From Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports:

"Matthew Miller, 24, entered North Korea as a tourist in early April. State media there said he ripped up his tourist visa and demanded asylum.

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The Two-Way
5:24 am
Mon June 30, 2014

ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit

Displaced Iraqi citizens receive meals to break their Ramadan fast from a Kurdish charity group. Iraq's central government has launched its first major operation against the ISIS insurgent group.
Hussein Malla AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:58 am

Extremist Sunni group ISIS has announced a plan to rule the territory it has carved out of Iraq and Syria in recent months, in a declaration that touches on public services, salaries and compensation for damages from the violence.

The plan was unveiled as Iraq's central Shiite government tries to retake the city of Tikrit, in its first major operation against the insurgents.

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Asia
3:08 am
Mon June 30, 2014

In Unofficial Referendum, Hong Kong Voters Demand Change

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Residents of Hong Kong are pushing for more say over how they are governed. Results are in today on a referendum organized by democracy advocates aimed at giving Hong Kong voters power over choosing their own leader. Hundreds of thousands of residents casted ballots over the last 10 days. The vote is non-binding, but pro-democracy leaders hope it will apply pressure on China's Communist Party, which, in any event, has denounced the vote. Joining us to tell us more is NPR's Anthony Kuhn, he's in Hong Kong. Good morning.

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Africa
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

China Tries To Establish Foothold In Zambia, Tanzania

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Shots - Health News
1:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

Lauren Kay has never met her therapist in person. The 24-year-old entrepreneur found it difficult to take time off work for appointments.

So she started seeing a psychotherapist online.

"It's definitely been different," she says. Kay, who lives in New York, found her counselor through an online therapy service called Pretty Padded Room. When it's time for an appointment, all she has to do is log in to the website, click a link and start video chatting.

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Parallels
7:54 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

For Iraqis, A Ramadan Filled With Fear And Uncertainty

Iraqis shop for food in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Baghdad on Saturday.
Karim Kadim AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:53 pm

For more than a billion Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan begins this week, as different religious leaders sight the first new moon of the month.

Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk and traditionally break that fast with an elaborate meal followed by a lot of tea and sweets. But many face a bleak Ramadan this year. In Iraq, extremists have taken over much of the country and show no sign of easing their fighting.

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The Impact of War
3:07 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions

A decade ago, U.S. soldiers were fighting and rebuilding in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit. The past few weeks have seen those cities, among others, fall to the Sunni militant group ISIS. Here, a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard Thursday near an ISIS checkpoint in Mosul.
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:45 am

In Iraq this weekend, government forces launched an offensive against the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. On Sunday, the government said it was using Russian-made jets to attack Sunni militants in the northern cities of Tikrit, the hometown of the late dictator Saddam Hussein, and Mosul. Both cities remain under insurgent control.

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Sports
3:05 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Colombia Advances In World Cup, Two Decades After Infamous Murder

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 4:27 pm

The Colombian national team has reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time ever. It comes on the anniversary of the infamous murder of star Colombian player Andres Escobar, just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with John Rojas, a Colombian-American journalist whose new Spanish-language book Futbol de negro is a fictionalized account of those weeks.

The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Sunni Extremist Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate

The official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claims this picture shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:20 pm

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group that's been leading an insurgency in Iraq, made a bold statement today: The organization's Shura Council has declared a new caliphate, and the organization's extremist leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph.

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Parallels
12:23 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon'

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves from a MIG 29 fighter aboard the country's largest warship, INS Vikramaditya, off the coast of Goa, India, on June 14.
STR Xinhua /Landov

India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says he has been denied the "honeymoon" period that new governments traditionally enjoy. Just one month after taking office, he has also asserted that he has defied expectations and secured a firm grip on India's sprawling government.

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Europe
10:59 am
Sun June 29, 2014

In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders

Not quite 3 years old, Oscar Bayeda is just learning to ride with the help of P'tit Velib's bike-sharing program for children.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 1:58 pm

A bike rental scheme in Paris that began seven years ago has been such a success, the city has launched a version for children. Parents can now rent bikes for tots up to 8 years old at locations across the city.

Officials say the program won't cost Paris a cent and might help build a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens — or perhaps inspire a few future Tour de France champions.

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The Two-Way
6:22 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Iraqi Military Launches Offensive Against Insurgents In Tikrit

The Iraqi prime minister's security spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassem Atta, holds a press conference on Saturday in Baghdad. The government is launching an offensive against insurgents in the northern city of Tikrit.
Ahmad al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 10:27 am

The Iraqi government launched a heavy offensive on Tikrit, the hometown of the late dictator Saddam Hussein and one of the early wins by the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The Associated Press reports the Iraqi government moved in on Saturday with ground troops, tanks and helicopters. The wire service adds:

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Africa
6:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

In Nigeria, Many Girls Are Married And Divorced Before Adulthood

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 1:14 pm

Nigeria's rate of child marriage is among the highest in the world. Michelle Faul of the Associated Press tells NPR's Don Gonyea that the rate of girls being divorced and abandoned is rising too.

Europe
6:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Muslim Refugees In Greece Make Do Without A Mosque

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 10:23 am

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

This weekend Muslims begin observing Ramadan, the holy month of prayer and reflection and a dawn-till-dusk fast. Greece is home to a small but tight-knit Muslim community, some of whom are refugees of wars in Iraq and Syria. There's no public mosque in Athens, so they worship in converted basements and apartments. Joanna Kakissis visited one makeshift mosque in and sent us this postcard.

(SOUNDBITE OF IMAM PRAYING)

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Iraq
6:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Emerging Alliances In Mosul Raise Tensions And Complications

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 10:23 am

Sunni militants were originally welcomed when they rolled into the Iraqi city of Mosul, but now there's a power struggle between the local tribes, Sunnis and Saddam Hussein's former Baathist party.

Iraq
2:59 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Baghdad Sits In Limbo As Government Forces Push Back On ISIS

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 4:22 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

The phrase Civil War is starting to pop up more and more when it comes to Iraq. Large swaths of the country are held by militants led by the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - or ISIS. Today government forces began an offensive to retake the northern cities of Mosul and Tikrit.

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Business
2:59 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Australia Joins Flood Of Global Investment In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 4:22 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

If you're just joining us, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. Silicon Valley's dynamic and flush economy is attracting investors from all over the world. The Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, has already invested millions into the ride-sharing company Lyft. Russian investors have large stakes in companies like Facebook and Twitter.

Now Australia is getting in on the action. Carlos Watson is the co-founder of the online magazine, Ozy. And he joins us now. Carlos, what kind of investments are we talking about here?

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Iraq
2:59 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

ISIS Controls Northern Cities, But Local Forces Run Them

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 4:22 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

In cities now under the control of ISIS militants, Iraqi civilians are stuck in the middle of a violent confrontation between the government and insurgents. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad is Middle East correspondent for The Guardian. And he's been traveling north of Baghdad. He says even though ISIS has military control of Northern Iraqi cities, local Sunni groups are actually running day-to-day life there.

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National Security
2:59 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Benghazi Suspect Arrives On American Soil To Face Charges

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 4:22 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. One of the men accused in the deadly attack on an American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, has arrived in the U.S. to face justice. Ahmed Abu Khatallah was picked up nearly two weeks ago by special operations forces and FBI agents in Libya. He was held on board a Navy ship - a ship with a bow forged from steel from the World Trade Center towers. Now he's in Washington. And today he appeared in a federal court in the nation's capital.

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Iraq
10:43 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call

This image posted on a militant website shows ISIS fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria, where the extremist group trains recruits, including Westerners.
AP

This week a young man in Texas became the first American to plead guilty to terrorism charges related to the recent fighting in Iraq.

Michael Wolfe, 23, was arrested just before he boarded a plane. He was on his way to join ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni extremist group that has been storming its way across Iraq for the past two weeks.

ISIS and hundreds of other rebel groups in Syria have inspired thousands of young men around the world to leave their homes and join the fight.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Suspect In Benghazi Attacks Now On U.S. Soil, Pleads Not Guilty

This undated image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 2:19 pm

(This post was last updated at 3:55 p.m. ET.)

Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan man the United States says played a key role on the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, is now on American soil.

In a short appearance at the federal court house in Washington, D.C., Khattala pleaded not guilty to a single count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists.

NPR's Carrie Johnson is at the court house and reports:

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Iraq
6:02 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Kerry Urges Mideast Leaders To Contain ISIS

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 10:43 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Secretary of State John Kerry is a ending week-long diplomatic trip through Europe and the Mideast. Secretary Kerry went from Baghdad to Erbil and then on to Brussels and Paris. He finally ended up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he warned that the Sunni Muslim group ISIS is a threat to the whole region, not just Iraq.

NPR's Jackie Northam has been traveling with Secretary Kerry. She joins us from the last stop on his journey in Shannon, Ireland. Jackie, thanks for being with us.

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Middle East
6:02 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Region's Leaders Promise To Protect Iraq's Holy Sites

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 10:43 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

One of the things many countries can agree on is the importance of protecting Iraq's cultural and religious heritage in the midst of this conflict. There are holy sites in the country that have existed for thousands of years.

Last week, Iran's president vowed to cross the border to defend Shiite shrines in Iraq. And thousands of Shia Muslims in India have said they'll do the same. That would widen the conflict even more.

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Latin America
6:02 am
Sat June 28, 2014

In Argentina, Pope Francis' Legacy Is Complex

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 10:43 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Catholics eager for change have embraced Pope Francis. He's charmed and impressed people of all faiths with his simple gestures. But he's a man with a complicated path.

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Europe
5:51 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Sarajevo Celebrates WWI Centennial With Joy And The Macabre

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 10:43 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

I'm Scott Simon. One hundred years ago today, a 19-year-old named Gavrilo Princip fired two shots that rocked the world. He shot and killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, along with the archduchess, Sophie, as they rode a car through Sarajevo.

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Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba
3:29 am
Sat June 28, 2014

We Said 'No Car Pictures'

David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:34 am

When NPR photographer David Gilkey was headed off to Cuba to shoot some of our stories, I told him, as his photo editor, that there was one cliché he should absolutely avoid: cars.

He talked about it with weekend host Scott Simon (which you can listen to above). Our conversation was a little different.

Kainaz: So David, we sent you to Cuba with one very specific directive: No cars. (Well, that and cigars.) Remember?

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Parallels
3:10 am
Sat June 28, 2014

A Rogue Libyan General Tries To Impose Order With An Iron Fist

Libya's Gen. Khalifa Hifter speaks at a news conference in Abyar, a small town to the east of Benghazi, on May 31. Hifter, a former military officer in Moammar Gadhafi's army, has has launched a self-declared campaign against Muslim extremists. This has won him both supporters and enemies.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 10:43 am

No one is safe in Libya these days. Judges, activists, human rights defenders and former officers in Moammar's Gadhafi's army are being silenced with bullets and knives.

There are no formal security forces, weapons remain unsecured and the economy is foundering because rebels seized oil ports in the east.

For all these reasons, a rogue general with a checkered past has found support in large swaths of the country as he vows to fight what he calls terrorist groups.

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