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2:39 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Investigators Still Looking For Black Box Data From Germanwings Plane

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:00 pm

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Parallels
1:42 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Lebanon's Reality TV: Like The Kardashians, Only Less Serious

A photo of the Abdelaziz sisters before their reality show aired.
Nadine Abdelaziz Via Instagram

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 12:51 pm

The Abdelaziz sisters live in a world of pretty artifice. Alice, Nadine and Farah answer the door in a flurry of hellos while their fluffball dog Stella barks and tinkles the bells on her tiny collar.

They usually live in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in a family home, but for the purposes of their new reality show, The Sisters, they reside in this apartment where green hillsides spill down from picture windows to the Mediterranean below.

"The view is amazing here," says Nadine, the middle sister. "And you see the weather today is sunny."

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The Salt
11:29 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

These beans, grown on test plots at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, can thrive in temperatures that cripple most conventional beans.
Courtesy of CIAT/Neil Palmer

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:16 pm

A planet that is warming at extraordinary speed may require extraordinary new food crops. The latest great agricultural hope is beans that can thrive in temperatures that cripple most conventional beans. They're now growing in test plots of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, or CIAT, in Colombia.

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Europe
10:40 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Germanwings Disaster Marks First Crash For The Budget Airliner

The airline operating the plane that crashed in the French Alps says the plane had been inspected and found safe Monday. Officials in the German town that lost 16 schoolchildren in the disaster say there will be no classes tomorrow, but children will be welcomed for counseling.

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Wed March 25, 2015

U.S. Confirms It Is Supporting Saudi Military Operations In Yemen

People seek shelter amid gunfire at an army base in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Wednesday.
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Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 5:00 am

Update at 2 a.m. ET Thursday: U.S. Confirms It Is Supporting Saudi Military Operations

In a statement late Wednesday night, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said:

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Goats and Soda
9:32 am
Wed March 25, 2015

How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where To Go In Liberia? Crowdsourcing!

Kpetermeni Siakor (left), a Liberian who is studying in Ghana, used crowdsourcing software to help out during the Ebola epidemic.
Courtesy of Ashesi University College

From more than 900 miles away, Kpetermeni Siakor helped get volunteers to the right neighborhoods in his native Liberia during the height of the Ebola epidemic.

He did it with Ushahidi, crowdsourcing software that was developed in Kenya in 2008, when the country experienced a wave of post-election violence. The word Ushahidi means testimony in Swahili.

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The Two-Way
4:57 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Investigators Examine Mangled Voice Recorder From Doomed Flight

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:05 pm

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French investigators say they are examining the cockpit voice recorder of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people onboard.

Remi Jouti, head of France's bureau of investigations and analysis, said at a news conference that the orange voice recorder was found mangled, but viable.

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Iraq
4:36 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Baghdad Dials Back Expectations For A Timeline On Mosul Offensive

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:18 am

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Asia
4:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

2 Brothers In Rural China Beat The Odds; Practice Law In Shanghai

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Europe
4:24 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Investigators Lack Answers In French Alps Plane Crash

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:18 am

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3:14 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Plane's Steep Decline Confounds Crash Investigators

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3:14 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Israelis Hope Obama-Netanyahu Rift Will Result In Change

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 6:18 am

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2:20 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Couple Spends Millions To Save Migrants In The Mediterranean

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) carries out its first rescue in the Mediterranean in August 2014. The Malta-based private rescue service founded by a wealthy American and his Italian wife has rescued more than 3,000 migrants since its launch in August 2014.
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Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 9:23 am

Christopher Catrambone, a wealthy businessman from Lake Charles, La., docks his boat these days in Malta, the Mediterranean island he now calls home. That boat, called the Phoenix, has been getting outfitted for a series of trips set to begin in May.

But Catrambone and his crew don't intend to use the Phoenix for luxury cruises. He and his Italian wife, Regina, invested about $8 million of their own money to buy the ship and hire a crew for an entirely different purpose: to save lives at sea.

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The Salt
2:19 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm

Vanilla is seemingly a prima donna spice because its pods have to be hand-pollinated and then boiled and dried in the direct sun for only one hour.
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Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 11:45 am

Let's start with a spice quiz. One is a bean discovered in Mexico. One's a tree native to India. One's the seed of a fruit discovered in Indonesia.

Today vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg can all be found in any spice farm in Zanzibar — the East African archipelago that was used as a spice plantation by the 18th century Omani Empire.

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World
3:32 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Mexican Drug Lords File Complaint Over Inhumane Prison Conditions

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 4:39 pm

Some of Mexico's most infamous drug traffickers, including El Chapo Guzman and Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal, have written a letter to the country's National Human Rights Commission complaining about conditions in the maximum security prison where they are being held.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Obama Says U.S., Israel Face 'Clear, Substantive Challenge'

President Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday in the East Room of the White House.
Susan Walsh AP

A significant disagreement between the United States and Israel was on full, public display at the White House on Tuesday.

During a news conference, President Obama said he took Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his word that there would not be a two-state solution in the Middle East as long as he is in power.

If you remember, Netanyahu made waves after he seemed to write off a two-state solution on the eve of parliamentary elections.

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The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Do-Si-Don't: China To Regulate Outdoor Square-Dancing

Chinese women holding toy guns dance to a revolutionary song during their daily exercises at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing. The Chinese government is beginning to regulate public square-dancing, after the practice drew complaints about noise.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 10:50 pm

China.org.cn, China's national online news service, is reporting that the country's General Administration of Sport and Ministry of Culture are planning to regulate outdoor square-dancing in China. The news website says the government has introduced 12 "choreographed practices" for dancers.

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Food
3:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

'The Katering Show' Reflects The Plight Of Food Intolerance

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:40 am

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Good news for the food intolerant and their best friends - there's now an online cooking show to help you cope.

(SOUNDBITE OF "THE KATERING SHOW")

KATE MCCARTNEY: I'm Kate McCartney.

KATE MCLENNAN: I'm Kate McLennan.

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Parallels
3:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Foreign Carmakers Shift Into Reverse In Russia

Cars drive past the Kremlin along the Moscow River last December. Foreign automakers had been ramping up production in Russia, but the country's economic woes have caused car sales to drop sharply. Several foreign automakers have cut back production, and General Motors is pulling out of Russia.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:40 am

General Motors announced last week that it's closing its auto plant in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Volkswagen says it will lay off workers and reduce shifts at a plant in central Russia.

The latest auto industry troubles highlight a dismal picture for foreign investment in Russia, which could see a 35 percent drop in sales this year.

Seven years ago, GM was looking at a bright future in the Russian market. Cars sales were taking off and would eventually grow at a rate of more than 10 percent a year.

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World
3:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Plane In French Alps Crash Considered Workhorse Of Commercial Aviation

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And as Eleanor told us, the Germanwings airline has had a good safety record. The same goes for the plane itself, the Airbus A320. NPR's David Schaper reports that it's one of the workhorses of commercial aviation.

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Europe
3:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

French Officials Describe Smoldering Wreckage At Germanwings Crash Site

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 10:40 am

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Russia Loses Bid To Deny Benefits To Spouses Of Gay U.N. Staff

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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 4:04 pm

The United Nations has approved a plan to give family benefits to the spouses of same-sex employees if they are legally married.

Russia had led an effort to derail the plan, which was announced by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in July. But the U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80-43 against Russia's proposal.

There were 37 abstentions, and 33 countries did not vote. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria and China were among the countries that supported Russia.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

Reproduction of a letter to the National Commission of Human Rights from criminals, drug dealers, murderers and kidnappers in "El Altiplano," Mexico's highest-security prison.
Ronaldo Schemidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:13 am

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission is dealing with a new case of alleged violations by federal officials. This complaint, however, comes from the country's most vicious and notorious criminals — more than 100 of them.

Nearly 140 prisoners at Mexico's maximum security prison say they're being housed in unsafe and inhumane conditions.

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Parallels
12:50 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Yoan Francisco, a rookie for the Havana Industriales, warms up before a game at Havana's Latin American Stadium. Cuban baseball has been facing hard times, but improved diplomatic relations with the U.S. have raised the possibility of increased cooperation and new opportunities.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:57 pm

It has already been a messy game at Havana's Latin American Stadium, the premier baseball stadium in Cuba. The home team, the Industriales, has given up five runs in the first inning; a shortstop fumbled a ball, an outfielder failed to hustle and an easy out became an extra-base hit.

The home crowd isn't deterred. The vuvuzelas, those ear-splitting plastic horns, still swell when an opposing batter reaches two strikes.

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Goats and Soda
8:41 am
Tue March 24, 2015

TB Patients That The World Writes Off Are Getting Cured In Peru

Maria Carmen Castro, 46, of Lima, Peru, is a survivor of MDR-TB — multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Partners In Health treated her and loaned her money to open a small store. "Because of my TB and thanks to God and Partners In Health, now I have my own business," she says.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:23 am

You sure don't want to get tuberculosis. You'll cough a lot, maybe cough up blood, have fever, chills and chest pain. But most cases of the bacterial disease are curable after taking the two first-line drugs for four to six months.

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News
8:10 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Germanwings Jet Crashes In The French Alps

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4:47 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Report: Israel Spied On U.S. Nuclear Talks With Iran

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:20 pm

Israel spied on talks the U.S. and its allies are having with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Espionage among friends is not exactly new. In fact, the newspaper reported that the White House discovered the operation when U.S. intelligence agencies "spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks."

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Middle East
4:15 am
Tue March 24, 2015

March Deadline Approaches For Iran Nuclear Talks Deal

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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Asia
3:09 am
Tue March 24, 2015

500 Mile Free Ride Beats Crowded Train Over China's New Year

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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Middle East
3:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Netanyahu Reveals Aversion To 2-State Solution, White House Says

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:10 am

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