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Europe
2:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

As A Big Vote Gets Closer, Crimea Grows More Distant From Ukraine

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

The pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea are preparing the ballots for Sunday's referendum on the region's future, but there's already a growing sense of isolation from Ukraine.

News
2:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

The chancellor of Germany is warning Russia to step back from its confrontation with the West over Ukraine.

CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL: (Foreign language spoken)

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Afghanistan
2:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

Afghanistan has lost its first vice president, a warlord who fought beside the U.S. against the Taliban. Mohammed Qasim Fahim's death presents his Tajik brethren a tough choice in upcoming elections.

Asia
2:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Pilot On Jet Mystery: Prepare For Possibility We'll Never Know

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

As the search for the Malaysian airliner goes on, one might wonder: How do you fly these jets, and what do pilots do when in distress? Pilot Patrick Smith, author of Cockpit Confidential, explains.

Economy
2:16 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy

Jim Yong Kim joined the World Bank as president in 2012.
Michel Euler AP

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

The World Bank, the largest international development institution, is undergoing a sweeping reorganization, the first of its kind for the bank in nearly a generation.

The bank, based in Washington, has laid out a new set of goals, but they're accompanied by deep budget cuts and the elimination of a whole layer of senior management jobs.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Thu March 13, 2014

As Vote In Crimea Nears, Kerry Has Words Of Warning For Russia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his testimony Thursday before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 11:56 am

Among the latest developments related to the crisis in Ukraine:

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It's All Politics
11:38 am
Thu March 13, 2014

What's Holding Up Ukraine Aid Bill In Congress? Anger Over IRS

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (from left), Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., met on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Mike Theiler UPI /Landov

With members of the House and Senate scrapping over a Ukraine aid bill, Republicans say a magic bullet could break the logjam.

It has nothing to do with the former Soviet republic, its ability to withstand Russia's military intervention in Crimea, or this weekend's referendum in the Ukrainian territory.

It has everything to do with conservatives' fury at the IRS, which they say has waged a partisan, and unconstitutional, war against President Obama's opponents.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Thu March 13, 2014

When Bad Things Happen To Planes, Flight Codes Get 'Retired'

The charred tail section of Delta Flight 191 sits near a runway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in August 1985 after it crashed on approach. Delta quickly retired the "191" designation.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 8:00 am

Malaysia Airlines announced Thursday that it will stop using two flight numbers associated with the plane that disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand on March 8, following a long-standing practice of retiring codes after similar incidents.

Flight MH370 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard. That number, which Malaysian Airlines uses to denote that particular route, will no longer be used after Friday as a "mark of respect" for the passengers and crew. MH371, the code used for the return flight, also will be retired.

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Religion
10:06 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Pope Francis' First Year In Review

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:28 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Today marks one year since white smoke rose from a chimney at the Sistine Chapel and bells chimed, heralding the new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The Catholic News Service captured the moment and the cheers of the crowd standing outside.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE AND CHEERING)

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
8:08 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Debate: Should The President Be Able To Order Citizens Killed Abroad?

Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, argues against the motion, "The president has constitutional power to target and kill U.S. citizens abroad."
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:49 am

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There are intense debates underway in the United States over the question of targeted killings of terrorist suspects abroad – particularly when those individuals are U.S. citizens.

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The Two-Way
5:17 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours

The Malaysian air force, with help from about a dozen other nations, continues to search the seas on both sides of the Malay Peninsula for any sign of Flight 370.
Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:49 pm

This post is being updated.

Just a few hours after a stunning report from The Wall Street Journal — headlined "U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Airplane Flew On For Hours" — the Malaysian officials in charge of the investigation say that story's central premise isn't true.

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Europe
4:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Yatsenyuk Appeals For International Aid For Ukraine

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:44 am

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk takes his case to the United Nations on Thursday, as he tries to build support for his country in its territorial conflict with Russia.

Middle East
3:20 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Report: Syria's Civil War Is Brutal On Children

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:44 am

UNICEF says more than 10,000 children have been killed in the ongoing conflict, and 2.8 million are not in school. David Greene talks to UNICEF's Juliette Touma, who's based in Amman, Jordan.

Europe
3:11 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Political Split In Ukraine Divides Families

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:44 am

One couple has survived many political changes over their 47-year marriage, but the current political crisis in Ukraine is dividing them too.

Latin America
3:05 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Venezuela: A Month Of Unrest And Forecasts Of More

Demonstrators walk through a cloud of tear gas fired by the Bolivarian National Police during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday.
Alejandro Cegarra AP

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 1:55 pm

As darkness fell Wednesday night in Caracas, the place where student protesters have regularly clashed with security forces was again a battleground. Altamira Square was ablaze with burning garbage, and the thud of tear gas canisters being fired echoed between the buildings.

On the edge of the square, medics treated the wounded, among them an 18-year-old protester who injured his arm as he stumbled when spray from a water cannon hit him.

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Parallels
1:38 am
Thu March 13, 2014

One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican last month.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:21 am

A year ago today, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world's most popular newsmakers.

Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, the Argentine-born pope's pastoral approach has given the Catholic Church a new glow — less judgmental, more merciful.

Like many others in the big Sunday crowd in St. Peter's square, Sally Wilson is not Catholic, but she came all the way from Beaumont, Texas, to see the pope.

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Parallels
1:37 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

NPR's Jackie Northam on the Maersk McKinney Moller, a new container megaship that can carry about double what many other big cargo ships can carry. It's 20 stories high and four football fields long.
Jackie Northam NPR

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:17 am

I started my journey at the famed Gdansk Shipyard, home of Poland's solidarity movement in the 1980s. It was nearly midnight when I arrived and saw for the first time the Maersk McKinney Moller, the world's largest container ship.

I simply wasn't prepared for just how massive it is. The whole ship really can't be taken in, even standing at a distance, so I gave my neck a good stretch by scanning this behemoth end to end, and up and down.

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Senate Panel Clears Ukraine Aid Package

A bill aimed at punishing Russia for sending its forces into Crimea by imposing sanctions on Moscow and providing economic aid to Ukraine has passed a key vote in the U.S. Senate.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 14-3 to pass the measure that authorizes $1 billion in loan guarantees to the new government in Kiev as well as the freezing certain Russian assets in the U.S.

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History
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Without World War I, A Slower U.S. Rise, No 'God Bless America'

Without World War I, the woman's suffrage movement might have been slower to gain traction.
Paul Thompson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 2:45 pm

This is part of an All Things Considered series that imagines a counterfactual history of World War I.

This summer marks 100 years since the start of World War I. Many argue that the conflict was inevitable — but what if it wasn't?

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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Menendez On Crimea: The Question Of Sanctions And Sending Aid

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Aid for Ukraine, sanctions against Russians. Those are key features of a bill that Senator Robert Menendez proposes. He is a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And he joins us from Capitol Hill. Welcome to the program once again.

SENATOR ROBERT MENENDEZ: Good to be with you.

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News
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Obama Rolls Out White House Welcome Mat For Ukrainian Prime Minister

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is visiting the White House Wednesday. The meeting comes days before a vote in Crimea over whether to secede from Ukraine.

News
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

In Oscar Pistorius Trial, All Eyes Turn To A Battered Door

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

Robyn Dixon has been covering the trial of former Olympian Oscar Pistorius for the Los Angeles Times. She explains the latest details, as well as what's different about South African trials.

Asia
2:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Vanished Malaysian Airliner Carried Artist Whose Name Vanished, Too

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:14 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's been five days now since a Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Beijing vanished without a trace. The speculation about what caused the plane to go off course includes terrorism. And in China, that led many to focus on that country's Uyghur minority. In fact, there was a Uyghur passenger on the flight.

But as NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing, the focus on him quickly shifted from suspicion to sadness.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Foreign language spoken)

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Confusion Reigns In Search For Missing Airliner

There are lots of questions about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 — and lots of seemingly contradictory answers.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 6:09 am

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared Saturday. Five days later, there's no word about what happened to it or the 239 people on board.

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The Salt
12:39 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Philip James, Chairman of CustomVine, and Kevin Boyer, President and CEO of CustomVine, film a video to promote The Miracle Machine, which turns water into wine with the use of an app.
Courtesy of The Miracle Machine

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 2:01 pm

Think a machine that can turn water into wine is too good to be true? Well, it turns out, it is.

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
12:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nigeria's First Female Finance Minister: Still Big Problems In Soaring Economy

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:19 pm

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World
11:54 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Paralympics In Full Swing In Sochi

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:19 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Children's Health
11:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

In Syria, Not Just Bullets And Bombs Harming Children

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:19 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The standoff in Ukraine may be a central concern of world leaders right now, but it is not the only one. This weekend will mark three years since the protests against the Syrian regime began. That conflict has now ballooned into a full-blown civil war and a devastating humanitarian crisis along with it. And as the fourth year of the crisis begins, the global nonprofit group Save the Children is trying to call attention to the plight of Syria's children.

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Parallels
10:26 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Britain's 'Tea Party' Pushes For Cutting Ties With European Union

At the UK Independence Party's recent national convention Torquay, England, vendors sell tote bags printed with leader Nigel Farage's face in bright purple ink.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:35 pm

Torquay is a beach resort in the part of southwest Britain known as the English Riviera for its abundant sun (relative to the rest of the country, anyway). Agatha Christie was born here in 1890. By the mid-1970s, the TV show Fawlty Towers was emphasizing Toquay's shabby aspects over its glamour. And now, well, the town has seen better days.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Ukraine Won't Fight Russia In Crimea, Acting President Says

Their nation's flag was draped over a stop sign last week as Ukrainian soldiers stood guard inside part of the Belbek air base outside Sevastopol, Crimea. Other soldiers, said to be Russian troops, took over most of the base.
Maxim Shipenkov EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:54 pm

(This post was updated at 4:52 p.m. ET. to reflect President Obama's meeting with the interim prime minister of Ukraine.)

Conceding that "we cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected," Ukraine's acting president has told Agence France-Presse that his nation won't use force in a bid to keep Crimea from breaking off and joining the Russian Federation.

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