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3:29 am
Thu June 5, 2014

If It Comes Time To Negotiate With Terrorists, Never Say Never

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:40 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, the swap for Bergdahl prompted many people to recall a truism about American foreign-policy. The line is that America does not negotiate with terrorists, a principle that seemed to have been violated here.

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In fact, that truism has not often been true. America has negotiated with terrorists and so have other governments.

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NPR Story
3:29 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Questions Abound Over Why Bergdahl Left Afghan Post

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:40 am

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Now, the U.S. military is saying very little about Sergeant Bergdahl's condition now that he's in a military hospital in Germany. Army leaders have said that once he is determined to be healthy, they will investigate the circumstances of his capture and whether he broke any military laws and should be prosecuted. For more, we're joined in our studio by NPR Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman. Tom, good morning.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

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Asia
3:16 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Ice Wall May Stop Radioactive Leak At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:02 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Earlier this week, workers in Japan began construction of an underground ice wall around the melted-down nuclear reactors at Fukushima. It is hard to even say that sentence without feeling like you're relating some science fiction tale. But it's true. The ice wall is designed to stop hundreds of tons of radioactive groundwater from leaking into the nearby Pacific Ocean. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel has been covering this story for a long time. Welcome back to the program.

GEOFF BRUMFIEL, BYLINE: Thank you, nice to be here.

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The Two-Way
3:42 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Attack On Mother In India Underscores U.N. Call For Action

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 8:00 am

As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took notice of the global assault against women and girls, another brutal attack in India has highlighted once more the prevalence of gender-based crime in the world's largest democracy.

Police say a mother of five was shot dead by militants in a remote village in the northeast of the country after she resisted attempts to molest her.

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The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ex-Ambassador To Syria: Civil War Could Drag On For Years

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford covers his nose from the smell of dead bodies during a visit to a mass grave in the country in 2011. Ford has criticized the U.S. failure to back opposition forces early on.
Bassem Tellawi AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:18 pm

When Robert Ford — the U.S. ambassador to Syria — resigned in February, he said he no longer felt he could defend American policy in that country. Ford faults the U.S. for having been unable to address the root causes of the conflict and for being consistently behind the curve as the Syrian civil war intensified.

The diplomat had to leave Damascus in early 2012 and had been working on Syria from Washington until his resignation.

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Asia
2:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Chinese Authorities Ensure Tiananmen Anniversary Passes Quietly

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:18 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

25 years ago today, these were some of the sounds from Tiananmen Square, as Chinese soldiers used rifles and tanks to end nearly two months of pro-democracy protests.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTS)

CORNISH: Hundreds are believed to have died. The White House released a statement today in honor of those who gave their lives, saying we call on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained or missing in connection with the events surrounding June 4, 1989.

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Europe
2:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

In Keynote Speech, Obama Marks A Quarter-Century Of Polish Democracy

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:18 pm

President Obama is delivering the keynote address of his current trip to Europe in Poland. Earlier in the day, Obama is meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.

The Two-Way
12:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Last Of The Navajo 'Code Talkers' Dies At 93

Chester Nez, one of 29 Navajo Code Talkers whose language skills thwarted the Japanese military in World War II, is shown in a November 2009 photo. Nez died on Wednesday.
Felicia Fonseca AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:33 pm

The last of the Navajo "Code Talkers" who used their native language as the basis of a cipher that confounded the Japanese military during World War II has died at age 93.

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Parallels
10:31 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Move Over, Kate Middleton, For Spain's 'Middle-Class Queen'

Princess Letizia of Spain, who is soon to become the queen, attends an arts ceremony in Madrid in December. The Spanish monarchy's approval rating is at an all-time low, but she is considered popular and often appears on the cover of fashion magazines.
Carlos Alvarez Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:07 pm

Europe's newest queen-to-be is a former CNN anchor and a divorcée who will be the first commoner ever to grace the Spanish throne.

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Parallels
10:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Thai Protest That's Straight From 'The Hunger Games'

Erik De Castro Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:16 pm

Opponents of last month's coup in Thailand have adopted the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games movies and books as their symbol of resistance to the military takeover. The protests so far have been relatively small. But they seem to be, well, catching fire.

Photos of protesters defiantly flashing the salute have been circulating widely on social media. The military, meanwhile, has been flooding the streets in an attempt to discourage any large-scale demonstrations.

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All Tech Considered
10:11 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A New Way To Unclog A Toilet (At Your Own Risk)

The Pongtu toilet unclogger, a Korean alternative to traditional plunging.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 9:47 am

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Author Interviews
9:39 am
Wed June 4, 2014

After Tiananmen Square, New Lives On A New Continent

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 11:44 am

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Germany Opens Formal Inquiry Into Tapping Of Merkel's Phone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a session of the Bundestag Lower House of Parliament in Berlin Wednesday. Germany's top federal prosecutor told legislators today that he is opening a formal inquiry into allegations that the NSA tapped her phone.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 1:12 pm

Germany's top federal prosecutor is investigating allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone. The inquiry won't focus on wide spying activities attributed to the agency, which allegedly included snooping on data connections and companies in Germany.

As newspaper Deutsche Welle reports, the public announcement is a reversal from last week, when it seemed the prosecutor wouldn't pursue the case.

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Middle East
5:38 am
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Policy In Syria Could No Longer Be Defended, Ex-Ambassador Says

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama's former point man on Syria resigned because he can no longer defend U.S. policy there. Ambassador Robert Ford was once known for dramatic gestures supporting Syria's opposition. But Ford says, as the uprising became a civil war he was frustrated by limited U.S. support for rebels. And even now, Ford told the "PBS NewsHour" he is not sure the Obama administration is doing enough.

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Around the Nation
3:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Children Traveling Solo Across U.S. Border Face Dangerous Trip

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:42 pm

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On the program yesterday, we heard about a shelter for children in San Antonio, Texas. It used to be a place where mostly kids from the community would show up, but now many of the beds at St. PJ's Children's Home are occupied by kids who came across the Mexican border. After arriving, they had nowhere to turn. Beth Green works at the shelter.

BETH GREEN: We are just seeing unprecedented numbers of children coming across without any kind of parents coming across, or guardians coming across with them.

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Europe
3:20 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Putin May Have An Opening To Rebuild Relations With West

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:32 am

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Getting pressure from other world leaders - not something Vladimir Putin is known for enjoying all that much. Let's turn now to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow. Corey, good morning.

COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

GREENE: So have we heard much reaction from Putin or Russian officials yet to what sounds like sort of a tougher stance from Obama?

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Europe
3:20 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Congenial Arctic Council Displeased By Russia's Move Into Crimea

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Ukraine faces so much tension because it's a kind of frontier state, the frontier between Russia and the West. We report next on another frontier between Russia and the West, the Arctic, the place at the top of the globe where East and West meet. Sidsel Overgaard reports on a place where diplomatic cooperation may be cooling off.

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Europe
3:12 am
Wed June 4, 2014

In Poland, Obama Reassures Region After Russia Annexes Crimea

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama is in Poland today for a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of that country's emergence from Soviet domination. It is a milestone with contemporary echoes in neighboring Ukraine. Obama met this morning with the incoming president of Ukraine, whose election last week holds hope of stabilizing that country. NPR's Scott Horsley is on the line with us. Scott, good morning.

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Asia
3:11 am
Wed June 4, 2014

25 Years Later, Tiananmen Square Is A Forbidden Subject In China

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:32 am

Immediately following the crackdown, the government began a long-term campaign of suppression. Even today, many believe the government's goal is to erase the historic event from the nation's memory.

Sports
3:11 am
Wed June 4, 2014

No Americans Are Left In French Open

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Tennis's French Open has reached quarterfinal stage with plenty of big names advancing. None of them, though, are American, we should point out. The U.S. men and women have all been shut-out in singles action.

For the hometown crowd at the Roland Garros Tennis Complex today, though, they get to cheer on one of their own countrymen - and here to tell us more - Sports Illustrated, Jon Wertheim, in Paris. Jon, welcome back to the program.

JON WERTHEIM: Oh, thanks, David.

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Parallels
1:26 am
Wed June 4, 2014

As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered

At the center of Yangon, the city's colonial heritage, Buddhist faith and emerging modern face are visible in a single block.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:08 am

Decades of socialism and military rule kept Myanmar — or Burma, as it was known — poor and isolated.

There was one upside, though. The economy was so lousy, there was no drive to demolish the big British colonial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and replace them with the glass and steel towers that now define much of the skylines in East Asia.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Leader Of Pakistani Political Movement Arrested In London

Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) political party hold posters of their leader Altaf Hussain, who was arrested in London, as they gather at the party's headquarters in Karachi on Tuesday.
Athar Hussain Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:16 pm

The leader of Pakistan's powerful Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) was arrested Tuesday in London, where he's been living in self-imposed exile since the 1990s.

Reuters says Altaf Hussain was taken into custody in relation to a murder case, but the BBC says he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Reuters says:

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Sports
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Competition To Host Olympics, Less Clamor Than Crickets

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

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Latin America
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

As World Cup Approaches, Brazilians Aren't Exactly Thrilled

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Just nine days to go before the World Cup soccer tournament begins in Brazil. And a poll released today by the Pew Research Center shows that the mood among Brazilians is grim. NPR's Lordes Garcia-Navarro reports a country that seemed to be taking off just a few years ago feels like it's crashing, instead.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Foreign language spoken).

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Middle East
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Is Syria A Training Ground For A New Generation Of Terrorists?

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

According to Richard Barrett, the senior vice president of the Soufan Group, the number of foreign fighters in Syria has surpassed the number of those who have gone to Afghanistan. Barrett speaks with Robert Siegel about why he believes the Syrian conflict has become an incubator for young terrorists.

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U.S.
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Former Taliban Ministers Leave Guantanamo, Trailed By Questions

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. This week's prisoner swap that exchanged five Taliban officials for one American soldier has raised a host of questions. One of them is this - will those men return to the battlefield? NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports that the five men released weren't common fighters and the security arrangements under which they were placed could provide a template for how to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

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Middle East
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Syria, A Tense Election Day With Winner Little In Doubt

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

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

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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World
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

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Russia holds the presidency at the United Nations Security Council at the moment. That role rotates monthly. And this is shaping up to be a month of high diplomatic drama. Russia's ambassador is trying to keep the council focused on Ukraine. He's calling for humanitarian corridors to provide aid the east of the country. The U.S. and other council members accused Russia of hypocrisy. And they plan to focus on other humanitarian concerns like Syria. Here is NPR's Michele Kelemen.

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Europe
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama is asking Congress for an extra billion dollars. It's for defense, to reassure nervous allies and let Eastern Europe that United States is committed to their security. The president spoke to an audience in Poland today. He said the U.S. commitment is especially important in the face of Russia's actions in neighboring Ukraine.

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Middle East
2:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

As Polls Close, Many Syrians Fear The Days To Come

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

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Syria's highly questionable, and carefully choreographed, election leaves many people concerned about how it may embolden President Bashar al-Assad. NPR's Alice Fordham has been talking with people inside Syria and in neighboring Beirut.

ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: At the end of the day, Assad will be able to show that there were many Syrians who vote for him because they want to or because he made them. It's a demonstration of power, either way.

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