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Goats and Soda
2:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

What Should Liberia Do With Its Empty Ebola Treatment Units?

A boot-drying rack sits empty at the Ministry of Defense Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm

The plastic orange mesh fences that once separated Ebola patients in the "red zone" from visitors in the "green zone" have collapsed. Corrugated metal roofing sheets flap in the wind. Some of the tents that served as isolation wards are still in good shape, but many of the tarps used as partitions are torn and frayed.

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Be Gone Within Years, NASA Says

A 2008 view of the leading edge of the Larsen B ice shelf, extending into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Huge, floating ice shelves that line the Antarctic coast help hold back sheets of ice that cover land.
Mariano Caravaca Reuters/Landov

In 2002, NASA released dramatic images that showed a portion of Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf collapse and disappear. Now, the space agency says what's left of the massive feature will be gone before the end of the decade.

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Parallels
1:48 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Colombia Will End Coca Crop-Dusting, Citing Health Concerns

A plane sprays coca fields in San Miguel, Colombia, in 2006. The Colombian government announced this week that it is phasing out the U.S.-backed aerial coca-eradication program over health concerns.
William Fernando Martinez AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:29 pm

It's harvest time in the coca fields of southern Colombia. Using his bare hands, Franklin Canacuan expertly strips the bright green leaves from his 5-foot-tall coca bushes.

Over the years, Colombian police planes have sprayed his fields with a powerful weed killer.

It's part of a government program to destroy coca leaves, which are used to make cocaine. Since it began in 1994, the program has received more than $2 billion in U.S. funding.

Now, due to health concerns, the Colombian government has decided to ground the spray planes.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Why No One Wants The Rohingyas

Newly arrived Rohingya migrants gather at Kuala Langsa Port in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Friday after coming ashore. Most such migrants have been prevented from making port in Southeast Asia.
Binsar Bakkara AP

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:47 pm

The spectacle of thousands of desperate Rohingya Muslim "boat people" being denied landfall in Southeast Asia has laid bare the region's religious and ethnic prejudices as well as its fears of being swamped by an influx of migrants.

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Goats and Soda
11:24 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Why We Can Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers

They hunt, they gather, they're equal! An elderly Agta couple in the Philippines was part of the study on how communities are formed.
Sylvain Viguier Courtesy of University College London

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 3:48 pm

If this blog were Us magazine, we'd say: Hunter-gatherers, we're just like them.

Because seriously, we are.

Here's the story. Humans today live and work in communities with vast numbers of folks we're not related to.

And we often quite happily cooperate and share knowledge with strangers or mere acquaintances. These exchanges allow us to innovate and develop increasingly complex technologies.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Looted By The Nazis, Matisse's 'Seated Woman' Finally Finds Her Way Home

Henri Matisse's Seated Woman was found in an apartment in Munich.
Wolf Heider-Sawall Courtesy of Art Recovery Group

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:19 am

Missing for nearly 75 years, a painting by Henri Matisse is being returned to the family of its rightful owner Friday. Seated Woman belonged to renowned art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who fled the Nazis in 1940.

The story of the painting's recovery reads like a historical crime novel.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

U.N. Appeals To Syria's Warring Groups To Spare Ancient City Of Palmyra

Columns in the courtyard of the temple of Baal in the ancient city of Palmyra are damaged by the shelling in this March 14, 2014, photograph.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

The U.N. says it is concerned by fighting between Syrian government forces and the self-declared Islamic State near the ancient city of Palmyra.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Coup Leaders Arrested In Burundi As Uprising Is Quashed

Police forces patrol on a deserted major road in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, on Thursday following a failed coup.
Erik Esbjornsson AP

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:14 am

Three leaders of a failed coup in Burundi have been arrested, but the public face of the putsch is reportedly still on the run as President Pierre Nkurunziza seeks to reassert his authority over his fractured central African country.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Actor Johnny Depp's Dogs Are Flown Out Of Australia After Threat Of Destruction

Actor Johnny Depp brought his dogs to Australia without first placing them under a mandated 10-day quarantine.
Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:45 am

It appears that a great quarantine drama starring the pets of one of America's most renowned actors has come to an end with a tweet from Australia's agriculture minister:

In case you haven't been paying attention, here's the back story that explains that unceremonious tweet:

Actor Johnny Depp was thrown into a controversy when Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to euthanize his dogs.

Joyce was concerned that somehow Depp had brought his dogs to Australia without first placing them under the mandated 10-day quarantine. The AFP reports:

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TED Radio Hour
6:18 am
Fri May 15, 2015

How Can You Restore Trust In Government?

"If we don't trust in our own capacity, who should we trust in?" — Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Trust And Consequences

About George Papandreou's TED Talk

Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says politicians like him have lost the trust of their citizens and it needs to be restored.

About George Papandreou

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The Two-Way
4:36 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Missing Marine Helicopter Is Found In Nepal

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 10:08 am

A Marine helicopter that went missing while conducting an earthquake relief mission in Nepal was found Friday, 8 miles from Charikot, Nepal.

It's likely that the eight crew members onboard died in the crash, Lt. Gen. John Wissler said during a press conference. Nepalese Defense Secretary Prasad Paudyal told The Wall Street Journal his forces had pulled three bodies from the wreckage.

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Asia
3:54 am
Fri May 15, 2015

U.S. Raises Opposition To China's Moves In South China Sea

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:44 pm

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Fine Art
3:25 am
Fri May 15, 2015

1921 Matisse, 'Seated Woman,' To Be Reunited With Rosenberg Heirs

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 9:44 am

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Asia
3:13 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Aid Workers Ramp Up Efforts In Nepal Before Monsoon Season

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:35 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:04 am
Fri May 15, 2015

It's Like The Story Of Job: Ebola Survivors Who Continue To Suffer

Moses Lasana recovered from Ebola, but he faces a range of medical issues and waves of pain. "The pain just come from one part of the body to another," he says.
Jason Beaubien/NPR

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 10:13 am

His mother named him Moses, but the story of Moses Lasana over the past year unfolds more like the story of Job: Adversity follows tragedy only to be topped off with pain.

Last summer, Moses Lasana's girlfriend, who was nine months pregnant with his child, got Ebola and died. He has two sons; one of them also got sick and died. Then he came down with the disease.

In September, Moses Lasana was cured of Ebola. That should have been good news for the 30-year-old Liberian. But his suffering continues.

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Goats and Soda
3:53 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Baltimore Artist Helps Turn Liberian School Into A Mural Masterpiece

David "Nanook" Cogdill, an American street artist, came to Liberia to create a welcoming mural for a school that had been damaged by riots during the Ebola outbreak.
M. Holden Warren for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:50 pm

Once the scene of tragedy, a school in the West Point slums of Liberia is now a work of art — and it's an international affair. Street artists from Baltimore collaborated with Liberian artists to create murals on the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi Elementary and Junior High School.

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World
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Pakistan Steps Up Pressure On Afghan Taliban

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 6:42 am

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Politics
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

President Obama Meets With Arab Allies At Camp David

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:35 pm

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World
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Ice Cold U.S., Russia Relations Put Strain On Nuclear Agreements

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 11:48 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

Shoppers view and take photographs of humanoid robot "Chihira" at the information reception desk of Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.
Chris McGrath Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:15 pm

The latest robot sensation in Japan is so lifelike that when she was on the floor of a Tokyo department store recently, she was confused for a human being. The new humanoid's name is Aiko Chihira, and she was working in customer service, clad in a traditional silk kimono.

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Sports
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

ESPN Documentary Explores Allegations Of Corruption Within FIFA

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:35 pm

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Parallels
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Why Everyone's Talking About Israel's New Justice Minister

Ayelet Shaked of the right-wing Jewish Home party, shown here on May 6, is Israel's new justice minister. During her two years in parliament, she called for bringing more conservative judges to Israel's highest court.
Gali Tibbon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:33 pm

Among the faces in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new right-wing government, one is drawing particular attention: Ayelet Shaked, the new justice minister.

Shaked is secular, lives in liberal Tel Aviv, and has a background in the high-tech industry. Ari Soffer, the managing editor of Israel National News, calls her a patriot.

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Parallels
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

The Man Who Keeps Tabs On U.S. Money Spent In Afghanistan

John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, testifies on Capitol Hill last June. Sopko says the Afghans are still having trouble managing the money the U.S. sends to the country. The U.S. has spent $110 billion on Afghanistan's reconstruction since 2002.
Charles Dharapak ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:46 pm

John Sopko, whose job is to watch over U.S. government spending in Afghanistan, says it's not his job to be a cheerleader — it's to speak truth to power.

"I am often the bringer of bad news to people. Or at least that's what some people think," he says.

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The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Obama Tries To Calm Arab Fears Over Iran Talks

President Obama sits with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, left center, Secretary of State John Kerry, right center, and other Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David, Md., on Thursday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:00 pm

President Obama assured allies in the Persian Gulf the U.S. would stand by them in the event of an external attack, tried to assuage their fears over U.S. talks with Iran over its nuclear program and said he shared their concerns about the Islamic republic's "destabilizing actions in the region."

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The Two-Way
1:06 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

What NATO Diplomats Do On Their Downtime: Sing 'We Are The World'

Reuters via YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 8:35 am

NATO foreign ministers in Antalya, Turkey, were persuaded at the end of their meeting this week to come up on stage for a rendition of "We are the World."

Here's the video:

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Goats and Soda
10:43 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Nepal's Peaceful Revolution: Citizens Rise Up To Aid Mountain Villages

A bed and breakfast called Yellow House has become the headquarters of a new citizen-run aid group. Above, tarps are stacked up in the courtyard and ready to move out.
Donatella Lorch for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 6:54 pm

Nepal's mountains are achingly beautiful. And extraordinarily dangerous.

Since April 25, when a 7.6 magnitude earthquake tore through central and eastern Nepal, the most affected were the hamlets, villages and towns in Nepal's Himalayan steep foothills. These have become more inaccessible than ever, places of death, dread and fear.

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Goats and Soda
10:04 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Are You Smarter Than A 15-Year-Old?

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OECD

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:23 pm

"How well do today's schools prepare for tomorrow's world?"

That's the question in a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. This group administers the Program for International Student Assessment to 15-year-olds in 75 countries. The goal is to find out whether they can use their math and science knowledge to answer a series of questions that measure skills needed for young people to make a contribution to the economy.

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The Two-Way
7:18 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Burundi's Army Chief Says Coup Attempt Failed

Men run for cover after they hear gunfire in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Thursday, a day after an army general declared he'd toppled the country's president in a coup.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 11:42 am

A day after a general in Burundi announced a coup, the country's army chief says the putsch failed amid a split in the military, as sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard in the capital of the central African nation.

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Middle East
3:33 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Violence Reported During Yemen's Humanitarian Ceasefire

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:05 pm

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The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

5, Including American, Killed In Attack On Kabul Guesthouse

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:40 am

Updated at 7:27 p.m. ET

Five people, including an American, are confirmed dead and at least five others wounded in Kabul after an attack by gunmen on a guesthouse popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital. India's ambassador to Kabul said "a few Indian casualties" were among the victims.

The information about the American victim came from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, news organizations said. No other details were provided.

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