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Afghanistan
2:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Fledgling Afghan Media Seek Line Between Journalism And Activism

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 9:20 am

When a popular Afghan journalist was killed shortly before the April election, his colleagues stopped reporting Taliban statements and downplayed violence on election day. Some say it was an acceptable display of nationalism; others see it as a sign that the young media need to get tougher and more objective in covering the runoff election.

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Iraq
2:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Obama Rules Out Ground Troops; What Else Can U.S. Do In Iraq?

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:23 pm

President Obama said that he will help the Iraqi military break the momentum of the militants on the march to Baghdad. The Pentagon said that one possible option could include airstrikes. But the president said that any military help must include political solutions from the Iraqi government, which has helped fuel the unrest by failing to reach out to its Sunni minority.

The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

ISIS: An Islamist Group Too Extreme Even For Al-Qaida

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces in Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:26 pm

The Sunni militant group ISIS, known for its brutal tactics and harsh interpretation of Shariah law, is pushing farther into Iraq. The organization is considered so extreme that even al-Qaida leaders want nothing to do with it.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ukrainian Forces Reportedly Regain Control Of Mariupol

Local residents examine destroyed vehicles at the site of fighting after Ukrainian forces recaptured the city from pro-Russian separatists on Friday.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:07 pm

Ukraine government forces appear to have wrested the eastern city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists who captured key buildings in the Sea of Azov port last month.

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Barbershop
11:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:39 am

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Around the Nation
11:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Could Finland Teach The U.S. A Lesson On Guns?

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:39 am

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Parallels
11:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

In One Map, The Dramatic Rise Of The Islamic State Militants

An animated map shows how ISIS has moved through Syria and Iraq
NPR

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:11 am

As this animated map shows, the extremist group now known as the Islamic State has made major gains since early last year with the declared goal of establishing an Islamic empire, or caliphate, in large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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The Salt
9:58 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Pakistani Juice Drink Packs A Sweet And Spicy Punch

A man drinks aloo pokhara, a heart-comforting prune juice in Islamabad.
Abdul Sattar NPR

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 4:54 pm

You don't often see a man cheerily quaffing from a half-pint mug on a street corner in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

But the drink in this gentleman's hand is as innocent as a newborn kitten.

It's called aloo bukhara juice, and contains tamarind and dried plums, or prunes, if you prefer.

Summer's reaching a punishing peak here - it's 104 degrees Fahrenheit - so I assumed he was just drinking to keep cool.

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Parallels
8:04 am
Fri June 13, 2014

In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box

Abdullah Abdullah shakes hands with supporters at an election campaign rally in Ghor province. He'll face off Saturday against former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani.
Omar Sobhani AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:42 pm

Afghanistan is about to get a new leader for the first time since the Taliban were driven out in 2001 and replaced by the current president, Hamid Karzai.

Saturday's presidential runoff will be a historic event in Afghanistan, marking the first time in the country's long and often painful history that power has changed hands through the ballot box.

Karzai is barred from running again, and the only two names on the ballot will be Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist and former foreign minister, and Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister and World Bank official.

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The Two-Way
5:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Shiite Leaders Urge Iraqis To Rise Up Against Sunni Extremists

A banner bearing a black flag used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria hangs from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq. The picture was posted Thursday on a militant Twitter account, and was authenticated by The Associated Press. Iraqi officials say ISIS militants also captured two towns in the ethnically mixed Diyalah province.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:39 am

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

Al-Qaida-linked Sunni militants continued their march across the country, and a representative of the country's most revered Shiite cleric urged Iraqis to defend their nation, increasing the possibility of sectarian strife in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters filled the vacuum created by fleeing Iraqi forces, and pressure built on President Obama to take action in Iraq.

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Iraq
4:58 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Iraq's Army Stumbles Because U.S. Left Too Quickly, Analyst Says

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:29 am

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Latin America
4:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

World Cup's First Day Marred By Protests

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:28 am

Riot police in Sao Paulo used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters angry over Brazil's attention to the World Cup over the needs of its people. The violence came before the first game began.

Middle East
4:08 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Iraq's Army Is Ineffective Against Islamist Insurgents

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:30 am

There are reports of Iraqi government troops just fleeing, dropping their weapons and shedding their uniforms. The U.S. spent a lot of time and money training Iraqi forces.

Sports
3:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Brazil Gets World Cup Started With 3-1 Win Over Croatia

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:29 am

The 2014 World Cup is officially underway. Before the opening game, there were several protests around the country. But the revelry and excitement after the match captured the most attention.

Afghanistan
3:09 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Taliban Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Was To Be Part Of Bigger Deal

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:29 am

The exchange of detainees for Bowe Bergdahl was supposed to be part of a bigger peace process. Renee Montagne talks to Marc Grossman, former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan
3:06 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Afghans To Decide Successor To Karzai On Saturday

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:04 am

Renee Montagne talks to Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan presidential frontrunner. Abdullah faces a runoff with Ashraf Ghani to determine who will succeed embattled Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

More Brutal Killings Of Women In Northern India

Police investigate the crime scene, after a teenage girl was murdered and found hanging from a tree on Thursday in Moradabad, India.
Barcroft Media /Landov

Last month, we reported on the horrific story of two teenage sisters who were allegedly gang-raped and then murdered in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree.

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Parallels
3:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

4 Key Things To Know About The Islamist Surge In Iraq

A Kurdish policeman stands guard while refugees from Mosul head to Irbil, Iraq, about 217 miles north of Baghdad in the self-ruled northern Kurdish region.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:39 pm

The extremist Islamist group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, shocked the world this week by conquering the northern city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities and home to some 2 million people.

ISIS is also a key player in the Syrian civil war, fighting both the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and more moderate rebel forces.

The group is made of Syrian, Iraqi and foreign fighters who slide back and forth between the two countries for attacks on opponents or to take safe haven in the territory they control. Mosul is by far their biggest conquest yet.

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Thai Junta To Foreign Journalists: 'Don't Call It A Coup'

Thai soldiers walk after being deployed to guard Bangkok's Victory Monument against anti-army protests, on Sunday. The ruling junta is now insisting that foreign journalists not call the military takeover a coup.
Wason Wanichakorn AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:46 pm

First it wasn't a coup. Then, it was.

Now, Thailand's ruling military junta tells foreign journalists that its May 22 toppling of an elected government was no coup after all.

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Latin America
2:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazilians Greet The World Cup Kickoff With Protests And Tear Gas

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:43 pm

In Brazil, thousands of protesters clashed with police just hours before the World Cup opening ceremony. The streets of Sao Paolo were filled with tear gas and concussion grenades.

Iraq
2:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Mosul Falls And Many Wonder: What Happened To Troop Surge In Iraq?

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:43 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Iraq seems to be breaking apart at the seams. Sunni extremists have taken more territory as government troops abandon their posts. Today, President Obama said Iraq needs help to counter the extremist group known as ISIS - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Iraq
2:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

As Iraq Comes Apart At The Seams, Washington Weighs What To Do

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:43 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We now return to NPR's Michele Kelemen on how the White House is weighing its options in aiding Iraq and its Confrontation with ISIS extremist and finding limited options.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: For those experts who argued that the U.S. should have tried harder to reach an agreement with Iraq to leave some troops there rather than pull out completely in 2011 this is their nightmare scenario. Retired Army officer Rick Brennan did a study for the RAND Corporation that showed that Iraqi security forces just weren't ready.

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Europe
2:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Are 'Color Revolutions' A New Front In U.S.-Russia Tensions?

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:43 pm

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U.S. relations with Russia are at their lowest point since the Cold War thanks to the crisis in Ukraine. Russian defense officials are talking about a new doctrine of subversive warfare between major world powers. They accuse the West of using popular uprisings to topple unfriendly governments. And some analysts say Moscow itself is employing that strategy in eastern Ukraine. More from NPR's Corey Flintoff.

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Iraq
2:02 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

As Militants Sweep South Across Iraq, A View From The North

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:22 pm

A shift in power is underway in Iraq, where the jihadi group ISIS has captured several cities in a recent offensive. Jane Arraf is a reporter for Al Jazeera America, and she comments on the violence.

Parallels
1:38 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

In A Sunny Britain, Would We Read Classics Like 'David Coppertone'?

On a glorious but rare day, a woman relaxes on a bench in the rose garden in Hyde Park on Monday in London, England. The book she's reading might have turned out much different if London were known for fair weather rather than fog.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 2:48 am

I'm not sure that cities like Miami and Rio de Janeiro truly appreciate the sun. They clearly enjoy the sun, what with their beach volleyball games and their fruity cocktails. But to really appreciate the sun, I think you have to live in a place that gets dark by 4 p.m. in the winter. A place where a typical summer day involves drizzle. A place, in short, like London.

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Alt.Latino
12:30 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The New Sounds Of Brazil: Artists To Watch

A mural in Rio de Janeiro.
Matthias Hangst Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:25 am

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

2 Weeks After Prisoner Exchange, Bergdahl Arrives In Texas

A video frame grab of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released by the Voice of Jihad website shows the soldier during his captivity.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 2:25 am

This post was updated at 4:15 a.m. ET Friday:

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a flight from Ramstein Air Base in Germany, according to a Pentagon spokesman. He will receive medical treatment and will be reunited with his family.

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

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The Two-Way
5:40 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Obama: Options Open For Response To Militant Gains In Iraq

ISIS militants at al-Sharqat base north of Tikrit, Iraq. The al-Qaida-linked group has captured Mosul as well as Tikrit. This image came from a video posted by IraqiRevolution, a group that supports ISIS.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:53 pm

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET

The violence in Iraq has intensified today, with al-Qaida-linked Sunni militants moving into areas close to Baghdad after capturing the cities of Mosul and Tikrit.

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Iraq
3:22 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Islamist Militants Gain Ground In Northern Iraq

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:41 am

Sunni Islamist militants have seized control of the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit and appear to be preparing an assault on Baghdad. Americans fought and died trying to prevent that from happening.

Sports
3:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:19 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

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UNIDENTIFIED FANS: (Spanish spoken) Mexico. Mexico. Mexico.

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