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3:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Beijing Denounces Vietnam, Philippines 'Farce' On Disputed Islands

A Vietnamese boat nearly under water is being towed after it was reportedly rammed by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracel Islands, late last month.
Reuters/Landov

China is calling a friendly get-together between soldiers of Vietnam and the Philippines on islands in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing "a clumsy farce," demanding that the two countries cease-and-desist.

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The Two-Way
2:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Human Or Machine? AI Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'

A computer program masquerading as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy has reached a technological and philosophical threshold by passing the so-called Turing Test: it fooled a third of its human interlocutors into believing they were conversing with a real person instead of a machine.

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News
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Despite Details Of Bergdahl's Captivity, Answers Stay Scattered

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

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Africa
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

One Week A Prime Minister: The Short Story Of Libya's Former Leader

New Libyan Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteg meets with his ministers for the first time, on June 2 in Tripoli. A week later, he was out of office.
Mahmud Turkia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:46 pm

In Libya, you never know from one week to the next who's going to be prime minister. And when I met with the man in the job last week, it was clear no one is really in charge.

Ahmed Maiteg had only been prime minister a couple of days. He took office under the apparent protection of a militia that supports him, even as another man still claimed the job.

Maiteg, a 41-year-old businessman, was so new in the building that his staff was getting lost.

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Parallels
10:52 am
Mon June 9, 2014

With Airport Attack, Pakistani Taliban Show Off Their Reach

Pakistani paramilitary troops carry a coffin Monday bearing a colleague killed Sunday during a battle with members of the Pakistani Taliban who stormed the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. More than 20 people died Sunday.
Fareed Khan AP

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:58 pm

As recently as March, the Pakistani Taliban, which claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack on Karachi airport, announced a cease-fire with the government.

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All Tech Considered
10:11 am
Mon June 9, 2014

'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions

A new interactive asks us to take a break from our endless stream of tweets and comments to examine who we are — morally — in the 21st century.
Courtesy of NFB Canada

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:42 am

One running thread here at All Tech is smartphone distraction, and whether our increasing dependence on connecting through our devices is bringing us together — or tearing us apart.

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Latin America
7:33 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bloodiest Region In Mexico? Right Across From McAllen, Texas

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 3:20 pm

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Asia
7:32 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Taliban Claim Responsibility For Karachi Airport Attack

Gunmen attacked Pakistan's international airport in Karachi Sunday night. At least 23 people are dead, including airport guards and the 10 militants said to be behind the attack.

World
6:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Canadian Diplomats Are Ready If Aliens Come Calling

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Parallels
6:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry

Women carry sticks in Ganyliel, South Sudan, an area protected from the violence in the country due to its isolation. But food there is scarce.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:00 am

Even in an undeveloped country like South Sudan, Ganyliel can feel like the middle of nowhere: a bunch of tiny islands surrounded by a gigantic swampy floodplain fed by the River Nile during rainy season. To get here, I took a helicopter from the capital, then ditched my sneakers for gumboots. I've waded out into water that's too deep for an SUV and too shallow for a speedboat.

I board a canoe made from a hollowed-out palm tree.

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Around the Nation
6:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

After Shootings, Extended Silence: What The Border Patrol Hasn't Said

Maria Guadelupe Guereca Betancourt, a resident of Juarez, Mexico, lost her son Sergio, 15, when he was shot under the black bridge that spans the border from El Paso, Texas, to Juarez.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 9:42 pm

The U.S. Border Patrol is becoming more transparent, according to the commissioner who oversees it.

Still, there is much the agency has yet to disclose.

The agency has repeatedly used deadly force along the U.S.-Mexico border while providing little or no information about what happened or why. What follows are the stories of four notable killings that have raised unanswered questions between 2010 and 2014.

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The Two-Way
5:35 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Karachi's Airport Reopens, One Day After Terrorist Attack

Smoke rises above Jinnah International Airport Monday morning, following a five-hour firefight between security forces and militants. The facility was open for business Monday afternoon.
Shakil Adil AP

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 9:43 am

One day after it was the scene of a terrorist assault that left at least 23 people dead, the largest airport in Pakistan reopened for business Monday afternoon.

Gunmen who were reportedly disguised as security guards attacked Karachi's international airport in the middle of the night Sunday, and several explosions were heard in the fighting that followed.

The 10 attackers are among the dead at Jinnah International Airport, officials say. Several airport workers and at least 10 members of the security force also were killed, according to Pakistani media.

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Parallels
3:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

How A Lack Of Toilets Puts India's Women At Risk Of Assault

Women shout slogans during a protest against the gang rape and hanging of two teenage girls. Beyond highlighting the rampant sexual violence in India, the crimes are drawing attention to a glaring and fundamental problem across the country that threatens women's safety: the lack of toilets.
Altaf Qadri AP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:27 am

A young girl sweeps fallen debris from a tempest that blew through her village of Katra Sahadatganj one recent evening. This remote spot in Uttar Pradesh — India's largest state — has become the center of another gathering storm.

It was here two weeks ago where two young girls were audaciously attacked: raped and hanged from a tree. Inter-caste violence and patriarchal attitudes combined to make a chilling spectacle in this impoverished place of mud-caked children and hand-pumped water.

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Business
4:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, which has helped fuel a growing demand for butlers around the world.
WGBH/PBS

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 3:05 pm

Butlers in American pop culture tend to provide comic relief — think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Birdcage. Or, like Batman's Alfred, the butler is more of a friend than an employee.

But one show has brought back the classic butler, with a vengeance. Since the British period drama Downton Abbey made its debut on PBS in 2010, the demand for butlers in some parts of the world has surged.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Ukraine Inaugurates New President As Unrest Continues

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lifts his arms in greeting after the inauguration ceremony in Sophia Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:44 am

Petro Poroshenko, the billionaire chocolatier, was sworn in as Ukraine's new president on Saturday.

Poroshenko called on separatists to lay down their weapons, but he also offered amnesty to those without "blood on their hands."

The Associated Press reports:

"Poroshenko also insisted that Ukrainian would remain the sole state language of the country, but promised 'new opportunities for the Russian language,' without giving specifics.

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Europe
5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Ukraine's New President Vows Not To Give Up Crimea

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:04 pm

Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, was inaugurated Saturday. Analyst Olexiy Haran tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chocolate King, as he's known, hopes to mend ties with Russia.

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5:54 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Like 'Doctor Who,' Syrian Activists Hang In Limbo Post-Election

Syrian activist Dandachi found solace, and lessons, in Doctor Who (the title role portrayed here, in his 11th incarnation, by English actor Matt Smith).
Adrian Rogers BBC

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:19 am

A popular, British science-fiction TV show about a time-traveler would seem to have few parallels with the Syrian civil war. But one Syrian activist sees some apt comparisons.

When Syrian President Bashar Assad was re-elected for a third term in office this week — in a tightly controlled election in which official results showed 87.7 percent of voters supported him — it demonstrated Assad's confidence, even three years after much of the country rose against him.

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Parallels
5:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart'

Robert Mayne is being held in a Honduran prison with five other Americans on suspicion of smuggling weapons into the country.
Michael McCabe

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:49 pm

Six Americans remain in a rural Honduran prison after being arrested last month on suspicion of smuggling weapons into the country. The men arrived in the Central American nation by boat, ready to begin work on a salvage project along the northern Honduran coast. The men say the guns were on the boat for protection from pirates.

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The Salt
3:54 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

Doughnuts at a Krispy Kreme store in Washington, D.C. An environmental coalition says leading doughnut companies like Krispy Kreme source palm oil from suppliers who are clear-cutting rain forests and destroying wildlife habitat.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

On National Doughnut Day, it's hard to imagine how our love of doughnuts might be contributing to deforestation halfway around the globe.

But here's the connection: You know that oily smudge left on your fingers after you polish off a doughnut? That's not just sugar. It's also palm oil.

The major doughnut retailers — from Dunkin' Donuts to Tim Hortons and Krispy Kreme — fry their sweet treats in palm oil, or in blends of oil that include palm oil.

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History
3:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

One Day At Normandy Sent Ripples Across Two Veterans' Lives

D-Day veteran Ralph Frias was a linguist and forward observer with the 19th Corps 963 Battalion and went over the Normandy cliffs in search of American paratroopers. After the fighting, he interviewed German POWs and French civilians.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Ralph Frias and Eugene Levine, two veterans of the D-Day landings in Normandy 70 years ago. They offer stories of their experiences and relate what it was like to take part in a day that changed the world.

"I have four brothers who came back horribly disturbed by Vietnam and Korea. I vowed that I would try not to become eaten up by the war."

-- D-Day veteran Ralph Frias

"I was changed by the fact that I survived. We even had to make out wills."

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Europe
2:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Former Boxer Steps Up As Kiev Mayor, Spars With Remaining Activists

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

Former world heavyweight boxing champ Vitaly Klitchko is now set to become mayor of Kiev. In his first major move, Klitchko is asking activists in Independence Square to pack up their tents and allow the square to return to normal. Some activists are resisting, warning that one presidential election doesn't guarantee the success of their revolution — or do justice to the martyrs who were killed there.

Europe
2:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

On A Day Of Looking Back, Talks Move Forward On Ukraine

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met during a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day. On the same day, Putin met with new Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

News
2:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Allies Land Again In Normandy, This Time To Honor D-Day Vets

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:35 pm

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Europe
2:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

An Open, Dark Secret: Ireland Reacts To Mass Grave Of Children

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

The bodies of hundreds of children were recently discovered in the Irish town of Tuam, left behind a former home for unmarried mothers. Alison O'Reilly of The Irish Mail broke the story, and she speaks with Robert Siegel about the mass grave and reactions to the news.

Middle East
2:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Who Shot Pakistan's Star News Anchor? Some Point To Spy Agency

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:29 pm

Pakistan's biggest media house and the country's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, have been embroiled in conflict recently. Geo TV alleged that ISI tried to kill the network's anchor, who was shot and badly injured in April. Now, government regulators have intervened, banning Geo for two weeks.

Latin America
2:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

For Americans Held In Honduras, Daily Fines And Decrepit Conditions

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:28 pm

Six Americans have been detained in Honduras for the last month, jailed on suspicion of smuggling arms. The Americans claim the guns they carried were for personal protection against pirates as they cleared logs to give locals better access to fishing sites.

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

WWII Vet, AWOL From Nursing Home, Found At Normandy Ceremonies

Normandy veterans parade in Arromanches, France, during events to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Gareth Fuller PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 1:45 pm

An 89-year-old World War II veteran, reported missing by his U.K. nursing home, has been found at the D-Day commemorations in France.

Bernard Jordan, who served in the Royal Navy during WWII, is a resident at The Pines nursing home in Hove, Sussex, reports the BBC. He had previously attended the 50th and 60th memorial services in Normandy.

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The Salt
10:27 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Carp are collected at a breeding farm near the Belarus village of Ozerny in November 2013. Researchers say there's a lot the aquaculture industry can do to be more efficient.
Viktor Drachev AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 6:19 am

We Americans love our fried shrimp, our sushi and our fish sticks. And a lot of other people around the world count on fish as a critical part of their diet, too. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, fish now accounts for almost 17 percent of the world's intake of protein — in some coastal and island countries it's as high as 70 percent.

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Europe
3:14 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Obama In Normandy For 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:09 am

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. The sky over Normandy is brilliant blue on this June 6. It is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. That's the 1944 Allied invasion across the English Channel into German-occupied France. It was such a risky enterprise in World War II, that General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a letter in case it failed, saying the blame is mine alone.

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Africa
3:08 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Upheaval In Libya Makes New Prime Minister's Job A Challenge

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:09 am

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