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Middle East
3:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Egyptians Vote Monday And Tuesday For Next President

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 5:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And so as Leila just told us, Egyptians appear ready to elect a military man - which in a way seems amazing considering the images we remember from three years ago. At that point, a military dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from power. At that time, it was NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Cairo. She was witnessing all of the celebration.

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Parallels
1:53 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires

A Mexico City breast-feeding campaigned used posters featuring topless celebrities. At least "La Barbie," a female boxer (shown here), had her boxing gloves on.
Via Latin Times

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 5:35 pm

Mexico City health official launched a new campaign this month to boost the image of nursing mothers. But posters of topless toned actresses weren't exactly the message women's groups and health advocates had hoped for.

"We were very surprised once the campaign was launched," says Regina Tames, of the reproductive rights group GIRE.

She was taken aback by pictures of topless actresses and one of the female boxer known as "La Barbie." She was shirtless, too — although she did have on her boxing gloves.

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Afghanistan
3:22 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Obama Addresses Troops In Afghanistan On Eve Of Memorial Day

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:57 pm

President Obama made a surprise visit Sunday to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The president addressed troops, thanking them for their service on the eve of Memorial Day. White House correspondent Scott Horsley is traveling with the president and joins NPR's Arun Rath.

Middle East
3:22 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Assessing The State Of Human Rights In Iran

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:57 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Now, to Iran where last week security forces arrested six young men and women for dancing.

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World
3:22 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

'Chocolate King' Wins In Ukraine, Presidential Exit Polls Show

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:57 pm

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Billionaire Poroshenko Claims Victory In Ukraine Election

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 1:15 pm

Exit polls show Petro Poroshenko will have a commanding victory in the first presidential elections held in Ukraine since the government was ousted in a popular uprising.

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Europe
6:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Separatists Shut Down Polling Places In East Ukraine Cities

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:51 am

Correspondent Peter Kenyon tells NPR's Rachel Martin that voting is brisk in Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine — except in the east, where pro-Russian separatists have shut down polls.

Latin America
6:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Contraband Venezuelan Food Pours Into Colombia's Markets

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:51 am

Shortages of basic foodstuffs have fueled months of protests against Venezuela's socialist government. Some food producers are smuggling food across the border to get higher prices.

Middle East
6:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Egypt's Women Face A Struggle No Matter Who Comes To Power

As Egyptians prepare for the presidential election Monday, Egypt's first female presidential candidate Bothaina Kamel says women must pay a price to participate in public life.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 1:05 pm

In 2012, Bothaina Kamel became the first woman to run for president in Egypt. She didn't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, but her candidacy became a powerful symbol.

It wasn't just because she is a woman, but also because she stands for the kind of social change many Egyptians hoped would come after the revolution that removed President Hosni Mubarak from power.

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Middle East
6:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

El-Sissi Is Clear Front-Runner In Egypt Presidential Contest

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 1:06 pm

Egyptians go to the polls this week, and the front-runner is Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. His supporters say he'll bring order to the country, but others say Mohammed Morsi is still the legitimate president.

Middle East
6:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

The Pope Walks In Bethlehem, Part Of His 'Pilgrimage For Prayer'

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:51 am

Pope Francis visits Bethlehem on Sunday in the middle of a three-day trip to the Middle East. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Emily Harris about the significance of the pope's visit.

The Two-Way
3:20 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Election Underway In Ukraine, But Blocked In Restive East

A woman holds her ballot in a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Dobropillya.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:45 am

Ukrainians began voting Sunday in a presidential election marred by violence and all but cancelled in eastern cities, where pro-Russian separatists have shut polling places and threatened election officials.

The election is being called the most important for Ukraine since the nation won independence from Moscow 23 years ago, Reuters reported.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Opening Mideast Trip, Pope Francis Calls For An End To Syrian War

Pope Francis is greeted by King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania, as they meet in Amman's Al Husseini Royal Palace in Jordan on Saturday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 10:30 am

Pope Francis opened the first leg of his Middle East trip on Saturday by calling for an end to the civil war in Syria and for more religious tolerance across the world.

"Religious freedom is in fact a fundamental human right and I cannot fail to express my hope that it will be upheld throughout the Middle East and the entire world," Francis said.

The Associated Press adds:

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Pakistan's Prime Minister Will Attend India's Narendra Modi's Swearing In

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Oli Scarff AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 10:20 am

Making history, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would travel to New Delhi for the swearing-in ceremony of India's new prime minister.

Narendra Modi, as you might remember, made history on his own when his BJP party drove out of power the party that had long dominated the world's largest democracy.

Sharif's attendance at Modi's swearing in will mark a first for the two countries, historical foes.

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Europe
5:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Separatists Disrupt Ukraine's Election Preparations

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 12:09 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Teams of international observers are arriving in Ukraine ahead of tomorrow's presidential election. But in the eastern region of the country, where pro-Moscow militia are vowing to disrupt the vote, there may not be much for them to observe. Separatists say they won't allow the election to proceed in the regions that they have declared to be independent states. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Donetsk.

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Europe
5:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Ukraine's Chocolate King Is Presidential Front-Runner

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 12:09 pm

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Europe
5:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Helps Fuel Right-Wing EU Candidates

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 12:09 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Voters across Europe are going to the polls this weekend to choose representatives to Europe's Parliament in Brussels. These elections take place every five years, and they can be an important measure of the mood of voters on the continent. This year, right-wing parties are expected to do well, as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

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Europe
5:47 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Ultra-Nationalist Party Surges In Hungary

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 12:09 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And the far right is poised to do well in Hungary's EU election tomorrow. Candidates blame the EU for many of that country's problems. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Budapest.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: To many Hungarians, a half-finished World War II monument next to a popular fountain in downtown Budapest highlights the extremist tenor of politics in this former East Bloc country.

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The Salt
3:28 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

Participants of the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership try different foods at the State Department in Washington during a gathering of the American Chef Corps, a network of chefs from across the U.S.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 1:05 pm

When you think of the tools of diplomacy, food isn't always high on the list. But breaking bread together can be one of the most basic ways of finding common ground. Which is why, a couple of years ago, the State Department launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership.

The program created an American Chefs Corps, who represent the U.S. abroad, and invited foreign chefs and culinary professionals here to taste and talk food.

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Parallels
3:20 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Popes In The Holy Land: After 2,000 Years, A New Tradition

Pope Paul VI is greeted by a cheering crowd in Jerusalem's Old City on Jan. 4, 1964. Despite the city's central role in Christianity, Paul VI was the first pope to visit Jerusalem.
AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 7:01 am

Pop quiz: How many popes have visited Jerusalem over the past 2,000 years?

What papal destination could be more natural than the Holy Land, where the pontiff can walk Jerusalem's stone streets and follow the footsteps of Jesus. Popes have dispatched envoys, emissaries and even Crusader armies to claim the territory for the Catholic Church. And from the Vatican, it's just a short hop across the Mediterranean.

So Pope Francis must be joining a long list of predecessors when he arrives Saturday for a three-day visit in the region, including Monday in Jerusalem.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Putin Says He'll Respect Ukraine Vote But U.S. Is Skeptical

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 in St. Petersburg on Friday. He told the audience that he would respect Sunday's presidential vote in Ukraine.
Sergei Karpukhin Reuters/Landov

The White House has expressed skepticism over Russian leader Vladimir Putin's pledge to respect the results of Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine, instead calling on the Kremlin to ensure that separatists don't disrupt the polling.

Putin, delivering a speech in St. Petersburg, said Moscow "will treat the choice of the Ukrainian people with respect."

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The Two-Way
3:42 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Greg Asked For A Holiday. The Internet Helped Him Get It

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:41 pm

It started out as a simple vacation request to the boss. It quickly became an Internet phenomenon.

And, now there's even a T-shirt.

Greg Heaslip, who works as a security guard at U.K.-based fashion retail group Arcadia, emailed his manager asking for some time off.

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World
3:39 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Madeleine Albright: A Free, Fair Election Possible In Ukraine

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:04 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is in Kiev leading a team of international election observers set to monitor voting in Ukraine on Sunday.

World
3:38 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Putin Sends Mixed Signals On His Attitude To Ukrainian Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:04 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will respect the outcome of the upcoming election in Ukraine but later said he still has concerns about the legitimacy of the vote.

Asia
2:58 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Mourners In China Hold Vigils For Urumqi Victims

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:04 pm

Security was heightened in Urumqi in China a day after a deadly attack in a market. Men in SUVs crashed into people and tossed explosives, killing at least 31. No group has claimed responsibility.

Latin America
2:58 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

As World Cup Looms, Brazilian Cities Paralyzed By Protests

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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The Two-Way
12:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

530 Years After Death, Richard III To Be Reburied In Leicester

Mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby near a screen displaying a statue of King Richard III on Friday, after a decision to permit the monarch to be buried at Leicester Cathedral in central England.
Darren Staples Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:03 pm

Richard III can finally be laid to rest. Well, next spring anyway.

A British court on Friday ruled that plans to rebury the 15th century king in Leicester can proceed. His remains had been found beneath a parking lot in that city in 2012.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Seeking A Boost: Italy To Include Cocaine Sales In GDP Numbers

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:20 pm

Faced with a weak economy and a need to improve Italy's debt ratio, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government will include illegal drug sales and prostitution when it figures the country's gross domestic product.

That's according to a report from Bloomberg News, which says:

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One

A map from NASA predicts the peak viewing areas and times for the Camelopardalids meteor shower Friday night and early Saturday.
Danielle Moser NASA

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:22 pm

An all-new meteor shower makes its debut tonight, and astronomers say it could put on a show starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday and peaking early Saturday. Called the Camelopardalids, the shower is named after the giraffe constellation. It's expected to be visible in nearly all of the U.S., if skies are clear.

"No one has seen it before," NASA says, "but the shower could put on a show that would rival the prolific Perseid meteor shower in August."

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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

VIDEO: Baby Falls From Ledge, Is Caught By Man In Street

Men watch as a baby teeters on a ledge in China earlier this week. The infant fell — and was safely caught, making his rescuers into heroes in Chinese social media.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 10:24 am

All he had were his bare hands and one chance. But a man successfully caught an infant who fell from a second-floor apartment's window in southern China this week, making him a hero in Chinese social media after the feat was caught on a surveillance camera video.

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