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The Two-Way
4:25 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Emerging Nations To Set Up Development Bank

BRICS leaders, from left, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture during the BRICS 2013 Summit in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday.
Sabelo Mngoma AP

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:53 am

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – emerging economies that collectively are referred to as BRICS – announced Wednesday the creation of a development bank to fund infrastructure projects in developing nations.

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Europe
2:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Long After Its Fall, Berlin Wall Is Focus Of New Protests

American actor David Hasselhoff speaks to protesters next to a remnant of the Berlin Wall last week. Thousands of people turned out to oppose a plan to knock down one of the few remaining sections of the wall. A small part was removed Wednesday.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:55 pm

Protected by scores of German police officers, workers removed sections of a key remnant of the Berlin Wall before dawn Wednesday despite earlier protests demanding the concrete artifact of the Cold War be preserved.

The removal came as a shock to residents, just as it did on Aug. 13, 1961, when communists first built the barrier that divided Berlin during the Cold War.

Tour guide Rolf Strobel, 52, was among the scores of people who came to gape at the holes in what had been the longest remaining stretch of the wall — about eight-tenths of a mile.

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Europe
2:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

With Cyprus On The Ropes, Which Country Will Become The Next Tax Shelter?

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:55 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joseph Cotterill, writer for the Financial Times, about what may happen if the European Union's bailout plan for Cyprus succeeds and which country may be poised to take on the role as the next Cayman Islands of Eastern Europe.

Middle East
2:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Divisions Remain In Syrian Rebel Coalition

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:55 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

One could be forgiven for being confused about the Syrian rebels, who's in charge and what their demands are. At this week's Arab League summit in Doha, the capital of Qatar, opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib sat in Syria's seat. Al-Khatib, formerly an imam at a prestigious mosque in Damascus, recently resigned his post as president of the rebel coalition.

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Planet Money
1:14 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

What If You Couldn't Take Your Money To Another State?

What if this wasn't worth $1?
ceoln Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:48 am

One day, the legislature in the state where you live passes a new law: Until further notice, you're not allowed to take your money to another state.

There are exceptions. You can take a few thousand dollars with you if you go on a trip. You can do some out-of-state shopping on your credit card, but not too much. Beyond that, all your money — your checking account, your savings account, the cash you buried in your backyard — has to stay in your state. You're free to leave the state, as long as you don't take your money with you.

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Europe
12:37 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

In Crackdown, Some Russian Groups Labeled As 'Foreign Agents'

The chief of Amnesty International Russia, Sergei Nikitin, at his Moscow office on March 25, after Russian prosecutors and tax police carried out a search. The group is one of many that have been searched under a new law that critics say is being used to stifle dissent.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:55 pm

Russian investigators have descended on the offices of nongovernmental organizations across the country, demanding to inspect financial records and other documents.

This follows the recent passage of a law designed to impose tighter controls over these NGOs, especially those that receive funding from abroad. Critics say it's part of a broader crackdown on dissent since Vladimir Putin regained the presidency last year.

The offices of the human rights group Memorial are still abuzz after a team of government inspectors paid an unannounced visit

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World
12:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The Fear That Drives Russia's Support For Syria's Assad

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Repeated American attempts to work with Russia on Syria have foundered on a fundamental difference. Vladimir Putin insists on a deal that includes Bashar al-Assad as part of Syria's future. So the civil war grinds on and the situation of civilians there grows ever more dire. So why? Arms exports? Access to the port of Tartus? Standing up for old allies?

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Law
12:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Italian Law, Extradition And Amanda Knox

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Books
10:19 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Debut Novel Tackles African Immigrant Stereotypes

Ghana Must Go author Taiye Selasi.
Nancy Crampton Penguin Press

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 1:34 pm

Taiye Selasi brings the African immigrant experience to readers in her debut novel, Ghana Must Go.

The novel begins with the Sai children preparing to travel from the United States to Ghana for the funeral of the family patriarch, Kweku Sai. Before they leave, Selasi gives readers a glimpse into the events that unfolded while they were growing up in the Boston suburb of Brookline, Mass.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Raids In Russia On Foreign NGOs Spark International Concern

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 12:44 pm

The Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and several other NGOs have been searched in recent weeks by Russian prosecutors and tax inspectors, prompting concern over what is being viewed by some as a "concerted action" against the groups.

Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch was quoted Wednesday by The Associated Press as saying that officials from the prosecutor general's office and tax police were conducting an "unannounced audit" and demanding documents.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Myanmar's Top General Promises Continued Role For Military

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (right) speaks with Maj. Gen. Zaw Win, deputy minister for border affairs, during a ceremony Wednesday marking Myanmar's 68th Armed Forces Day.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:04 am

Myanmar's top military commander says the armed forces, which ruled the country (also known as Burma) for nearly five decades, will continue to play a "leading role" as it transitions to democracy.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Wed March 27, 2013

North Korea Cuts Hotline, Warns Of 'Simmering Nuclear War'

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:27 am

North Korea cut a hotline with South Korea on on Wednesday and told the United Nations that conditions were ripe for a "simmering nuclear war" on the peninsula.

"Upon authorization of the Foreign Ministry, the DPRK [North Korea] openly informs the U.N. Security Council that the Korean Peninsula now has the conditions for a simmering nuclear war," a statement read. "This is because of [provocative] moves by the U.S. and South Korean puppets."

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Wed March 27, 2013

VIDEO: Bus Driver Keeps His Head As Light Pole Smashes Through Windshield

Bus driver Mao Zhihao saw that blue light pole just in time. It came smashing through the windshield, but he was able to get out of the way.
youtube.com/skynews

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:38 am

(Note: Don't click on the videos we're writing about here unless you're prepared to be scared.)

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Sports
2:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Ties With Mexico

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:56 am

Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot and the U.S. team hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico Tuesday night. The U.S. earned only its second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

The Two-Way
4:46 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Myanmar Imposes New Curfews Amid Anti-Muslim Violence

A man walks amid debris of buildings destroyed during ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila, about 340 miles north of Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday.
Khin Maung Win AP

The government of Myanmar has imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew in three townships amid growing anti-Muslim violence that is drawing closer to the main city of Yangon.

Violence against Muslims has been a major problem in the country as President Thein Sein introduces democratic changes after decades of military rule.

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Indian Political Row Over Sri Lanka Spills Over Into Sport

The Kolkata Knight Riders celebrate their win against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League final in Chennai, India, on May 27, 2012. Citing security concerns, the IPL announced Tuesday that it won't feature Sri Lankan players in the city.
Aijaz Rahi AP

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 4:23 pm

A political dispute in India over relations with Sri Lanka has spilled over into the country's national pastime: cricket.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

China, Vietnam Clash Over Disputed Islands

Aerial view of the city of Sansha on an island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China considers part of its territory.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 3:23 pm

China is once again at odds with a maritime neighbor over disputed islands, this time — as often — leading to a little shooting and a lot of posturing.

The latest confrontation is with Vietnam over the mostly uninhabited Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Hanoi has accused Beijing's forces of firing on a Vietnamese vessel engaged in fishing near the islands, which both sides claim.

Vietnam did not say if anyone was hurt in the incident that occurred last Wednesday, but it described the matter as "very serious."

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Europe
2:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Italian High Court Overturns Acquittal Of American Student Accused Of Murder

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. The case of Amanda Knox is not over. She's the American exchange student who was accused of murdering her British roommate in Italy. She was acquitted in 2011. But today, Italy's highest court overruled that acquittal. The court ordered Knox and her former boyfriend to be retried. As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, this reopens a case that drew international attention and sharp criticism of the Italian judicial system.

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Law
2:04 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Knox Or Not: Plenty Of Cases Are Tried Without A Defendant

Amanda Knox is led away from an appeals court in Perugia, Italy, in November 2010. Her murder conviction in the death of a flatmate was ultimately overturned, but now, Italy's highest court has ruled she must be retried.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 3:04 pm

Amanda Knox may never again set foot in Italy. But that doesn't mean she won't face another trial there.

Courts around the world — particularly in Italy — have shown themselves willing to try people in absentia.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Head Of Bank Of Cyprus Quits After Appointment Of Special Administrator

Students in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, protest against austerity measures in front of the presidential residence.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 12:56 pm

The chairman of the Bank of Cyprus abruptly stepped down after a special administrator was appointed to oversee its restructuring in the wake of a painful bailout of the island nation by international lenders.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Tue March 26, 2013

North Korea Threatens To Attack U.S., South Korean Bases

North Korean "landing and anti-landing drills" are shown in a photo released Tuesday.
KCNA AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:26 am

North Korea says it has moved its artillery and ballistic missiles into "combat posture" for possible use against targets in South Korea, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Police: Berezovsky's Death 'Consistent With Hanging'

Boris Berezovsky outside a London court in August.
Warrick Page Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:39 am

Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian tycoon whose body was found at his U.K. home over the weekend, died from hanging in an apparent suicide, British authorities now say.

"The results of the postmortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging," the Thames Valley Police said in a statement Tuesday, adding that there were no signs of a violent struggle.

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The Two-Way
4:34 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Italian Court Orders Retrial For Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox, in March 2011.
Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 8:18 am

Amanda Knox, the young American whose murder conviction in Italy captured attention around the world, learned Tuesday that Italy's highest court has overturned a lower court's 2011 decision to dismiss that verdict.

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Europe
3:39 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Rich Russians Hurt By Cyprus Bank Bailout

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:57 am

Cyprus has reached a bailout with the European Union. One of the hardest hit groups in this deal is super wealthy Russians. David Greene talks to professor Alena Ledeneva of University College London about the culture of the ultra rich in Russia, and the role they played in Cyprus' economy.

Sports
3:39 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Sellout Crowd To Watch U.S., Mexico Play Soccer

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:57 am

The U.S. and Mexico have a long rivalry on the soccer field. They take the field again Tuesday in a game that holds political, cultural and competitive importance. It's a World Cup qualifier.

Middle East
1:24 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Syrian Aid Groups Train An Army Of Activists

Workers prepare hundreds of food baskets to be distributed by the NGO Watan to needy refugees from Syria now living in Reyhanli, Turkey.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 6:57 pm

At a border crossing, Mulham al-Jundi directs aid vehicles from southern Turkey into Syria. The Turkish border officials know him; they quickly stamp his papers and wave him through.

Jundi is with Watan, a private Syrian aid group that collects donations from abroad and delivers support to some of the hot spots inside Syria — places that international aid agencies have been unable to reach.

The group has seven ambulances that help support field hospitals that have been established inside Syria, says Jundi, 28, who heads the aid operation from an office in southern Turkey.

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The Two-Way
4:25 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

U.S. Transfers Prison Over To Afghan Control

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 4:40 pm

The U.S. has handed over the last detention center in Afghanistan still in its control to the Afghan government, closing the chapter on a key sticking point between the two countries.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, handed over Parwan after signing an agreement with Afghan Defense Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi. The facility will be renamed the Afghan National Detention Facility at Parwan.

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Afghanistan
2:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Kerry In Afghanistan To Smooth Over Latest Disputes

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 8:02 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Afghanistan today. He's there smoothing over the latest dispute with President Hamid Karzai. The trip was unannounced, and Kerry arrived at a big moment, just as the U.S. was formally handing over Bagram prison to Afghan authorities. The fate of detainees is one of many thorny issues complicating relations with the Karzai government, as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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The Two-Way
2:37 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

China Reportedly To Buy Russian Subs, Fighter Jets

Russian MiG-29 (top), MiG-35 (left) and Su-35 (right) perform at an air show outside Moscow, in 2011.
Dmitry Kostyukov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:59 pm

China has reportedly signed a deal to buy new submarines and Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, the first such arms deal in nearly a decade.

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Rebels Rain Down Mortars On Damascus

Rebels from the Free Syrian Army walk on a street in Damascus in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken March 23. The Syrian capital came under mortar fire on Sunday and Monday.
Ward Al-Keswani/Shaam News Network Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 3:05 pm

The author is a Syrian citizen living in Damascus who is not being further identified out of safety concerns.

Syrian rebels carried out mortar and rocket attacks on Sunday and Monday in what appeared to mark a new escalation in the fighting over the Syrian capital.

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