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Parallels
3:46 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity

A Pakistani man reads a newspaper at a closed market in Karachi on Wednesday following the arrest of Altaf Hussain. For more than two decades, Hussain has wielded control over his party β€” and, by extension, parts of the city β€” from half a world away in London.
Asif Hassan AFP/Getty Images

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

The city of Karachi, on the edge of the Arabian Sea, has fizzed with life since Alexander the Great was strutting around Asia's deserts on his horse.

This chaotic and ruthless trading metropolis of more than 20 million is the giant turbine that drives Pakistan's creaking economy, providing the largest part of the national revenues.

Yet by midafternoon Thursday, Karachi's shopkeepers began hastily hauling down their steel shutters and heading home, suffering for a third consecutive day from an acute case of the jitters.

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Technology
2:16 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Using Social Media, Jihadi Groups Stay On Message

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. >>CORNISH: It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. The Taliban scored a propaganda coup when it's video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release went viral. The video was so popular that within hours the Taliban website crashed. Jihadi groups from Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria, have developed sophisticated media campaigns to get their messages out and attract new followers. And as NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports, social media is playing a bigger and bigger role.

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Economy
2:16 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Europe's Central Bank Goes Negative

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:58 pm

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The European Central Bank announced today a negative interest rate for banks in the euro zone. It's one of several dramatic steps designed to boost the European economy but also it's just strange. What is a negative interest rate anyway? We asked Jacob Goldstein of our planet Money Team.

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News
2:16 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

On Eve Of D-Day Anniversary, World Leaders Cope With Fresher Scars

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:58 pm

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Europe
2:16 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Judge Sums Phone-Hacking Details, As Jury Prepares To Decide Case

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:58 pm

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Parallels
12:42 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan?

Crimea's new prime minister, Sergei Aksyonov (right), and the speaker of the legislature, Vladimir Konstantinov, attend a rally at Red Square in Moscow on March 18, the day Russia annexed the territory. Russia is pumping billions into Crimea after taking it from Ukraine. However, corruption has been a major problem in Crimea.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 5:58 pm

Less than three months after Russia annexed Crimea, Moscow is committing billions of dollars in aid and tax breaks to make the Black Sea peninsula a showcase of development.

But there's at least one major problem: The region has a deeply ingrained reputation for corruption and organized crime, a reputation that already taints some of the region's newest leaders.

After Russian troops seized control of the Crimean parliament in February, one of the first leaders to emerge was a 41-year-old businessman and politician named Sergei Aksyonov.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Claims Of Mass Graves Spur Calls For Inquiry In Ireland

Leinster House is home to the upper house of the Irish parliament. Some members are calling for an investigation into children's deaths and burials at church-run homes.
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 5:27 am

Earlier this week, we told you about allegations that children who died at a former home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland, may have been buried in a mass grave. Irish lawmakers are now calling for a full investigation, RTÉ reports.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Suspected Gunmen Arrested After 3 Canadian Mounties Are Killed

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 3:45 am

Updated 3:30 a.m. ET Friday:

Authorities in New Brunswick, Canada, have arrested a man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Wednesday. Two other Mounties were wounded. A spokesman for the RCMP says 24-year-old Justin Bourque was arrested early Friday. A motive for the shooting is unknown.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Pope Replaces Financial Watchdog's Board

Pope Francis
Gregorio Borgia AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:41 am

Pope Francis has replaced the Vatican's five-member financial watchdog with a new team from four countries.

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Parallels
8:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Riding 'The Beast' Across Mexico To The U.S. Border

Migrants arrive at a rest stop in Ixtepec, Mexico, after a 15-hour ride atop a freight train headed north toward the U.S. border on Aug. 4. Thousands of migrants ride atop the trains, known as La Bestia, or The Beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to the U.S.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:39 am

There's a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants whose aim is to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children β€” both with adults and alone β€” have been making the risky journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Central African Republic Bans Texting, Citing Need For Order

A Muslim shopkeeper uses a mobile phone in front of his shop in the PK5 district of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on April 30. The nation, which struggles with conflict between Christian and Muslim militias, banned texting on Monday.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

The Central African Republic is an impoverished, troubled country. Yet many people have cell phones that are used to spread information, rumors β€” and to organize protests.

Authorities have now instructed cell phone providers to suspend all text message services, a ban prompted after a group attempted to organize a civil disobedience campaign through SMS messages.

Text messaging has not worked since Monday, Reuters reports.

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Europe
4:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans

U.S. World War II veteran Arden C. Earll, 89, of Erie, Pa., landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, with the 29th Infantry Division. A crowd applauds as he arrives at a ceremony in honor of the division Wednesday in La Cambe, France, as part of the commemoration of the 70th D-Day anniversary.
Claude Paris AP

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

Germaine and Lucien Rigault, 86 and 89 years old, respectively, lean out their first-floor window, watching people go by. They were here in the tiny French hamlet of La Cambe on June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control during World War II.

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Europe
3:29 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Obama In Brussels For G-7 Meeting

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

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama is meeting in Brussels today with other world leaders - some of them. Conspicuously absent from this get-together is Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who was disinvited as punishment for Russia's interference it Ukraine, which was a major subject of the world leaders who did attend. NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president. Hi, Scott.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Steve.

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National Security
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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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.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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 β€” the U.S. ambassador to Syria β€” 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 divorcΓ©e 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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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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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