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Goats and Soda
2:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

What's Most Likely To Kill You? Hint: Probably Not An Epidemic

Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik touches up his sculpture for World No Tobacco Day at Golden Sea Beach in Puri, India.
Asit Kumar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:34 pm

Noncommunicable diseases have become the leading killers around the globe. In 2012, two-thirds of all deaths worldwide were the result of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory infections. The mortality rate from noncommunicable diseases was even higher in low- and middle-income countries.

What is it that's most likely to kill you? The World Health Organization says that in the 21st century, it's your lifestyle.

And it's not just a Western problem.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Prosecutor Who Accused Argentine President Of Cover-Up Is Found Dead

A woman leaves a rose in front of the AMIA Jewish community center facilities in Buenos Aires Monday, after Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead. Nisman had been investigating a 1994 bombing at the center.
Martin Di Maggio EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 3:25 pm

One day before he was to testify about an alleged cover-up after a deadly terrorist bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina, a federal prosecutor was found dead of a gunshot wound in his Buenos Aires apartment.

Alberto Nisman's body was found Sunday. Officials say they also found a gun, but no note that might indicate his death was a suicide, according to local daily Clarin. An autopsy is being performed today, the newspaper adds.

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Europe
3:21 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Europe Moves Against Terror Cells. Should There Be More Coordination?

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 11:35 am

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Let's note two recent events in Europe, both involving men known to authorities. Anti-terror agencies had records on the men who attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They still carried out their attack.

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Middle East
3:16 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Nuclear Talks With Iran Recess After 'Limited' Progress

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:38 am

As diplomats trickled out into a frigid Geneva Sunday evening, descriptions of the talks trickled out with them. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi refused to characterize the progress made so far.

"It's too soon to say if we are able to make any progress or not," Aragchi said. "We are still trying to bridge the gaps between the two sides. We try our best, and as I have always said, as diplomats we are always hopeful."

China's delegation had a one-on-one with the Iranians and negotiator Wang Qun was more positive about the talks.

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Africa
3:01 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Countdown To Zero: Guinea's Campaign To Conquer Ebola In 60 Days

Cheerleaders with pompoms helped kick off a government campaign to eliminate Ebola from Guinea in 60 days.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:34 pm

Hundreds of spectators and government officials watched as music and fanfare filled the People's Palace in Conakry, Guinea. Cheerleaders danced vigorously, waving pompoms and twirling on stage. The festive event on Saturday kicked off the government's newest campaign: zero Ebola cases in 60 days.

"Guineans talk too much. People resist even the idea that Ebola exists," said the prime minister, Mohamed Said Fofana, when he took the stage. "Why do we refuse to accept what others have accepted? We really must get a grip on the situation."

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Goats and Soda
10:06 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Smoke Got In His Eyes And Inspired A New Kind Of Lamp

Evans Wadongo has given away more than 50,000 "MwangaBora" lamps – that's Swahili for "good light."
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:33 pm

When Evans Wadongo was a schoolboy in a rural village in Kenya, he'd study for exams by the light of kerosene and firewood. The smoke and poor lighting made it difficult to finish his homework and irritated his eyes.

But you know that old clichΓ©: "Necessity is the mother of invention." That's the story of Evans Wadongo. In 2004, at age 19, he designed a portable, solar-charged LED lamp. He calls the lamps "MwangaBora" – Swahili for "good light."

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Africa
2:59 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Guinea's Health Minister Says Ebola Situation 'Improving'

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 3:22 pm

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

U.S. delegation leader Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) talks with reporters as he leaves the Hotel Saratoga, in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday.
Desmond Boylan AP

A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy is in Cuba to discuss greater cooperation after President Obama embarked on a historic thawing of relations between the two countries after a decades-long chill.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Prominent Irish Government Minister Comes Out As Gay

Ireland's Health Minister Leo Varadkar, 36, who has publicly come out as gay.
Brian Lawless PA Photos/Landov

One of Ireland's most prominent politicians, Health Minister Leo Varadkar, has become the first government minister ever to come out as gay β€” a move that comes just four months before the traditionally conservative Catholic country holds a nationwide referendum on same-sex marriage.

Varadkar, 36, told Ireland's RTE Radio 1 today: "I'm a gay man. It's not a secret, but it's not something that everyone would necessarily know."

He said the referendum was one of the reasons he'd decided now was the time make his sexual orientation known to the public.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Ukraine Launches Major Offensive To Retake Donetsk Airport

Smoke rises over the new terminal of Donetsk airport in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, where government troops have launched an offensive to capture the area from Russian-backed separatists.
Mstyslav Chernov AP

Ukraine's president says his forces will retake the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk from the control of Russian-backed separatists amid reports of a major push to do just that.

Petro Poroshenko, speaking to a crowd of several thousand gathered Sunday in central Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march, said that he would not "give up an inch" of Ukrainian territory to separatists, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Ukrainian forces launched a "mass operation" overnight that had succeeded in retaking most of the airport.

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Sun January 18, 2015

ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

A mentally disabled Yazidi man is carried to a bus that will bring him to the Kurdish city of Dohuk, after being released by Islamic militants, in Alton Kupri, outside Kirkuk, Iraq, on Sunday.
Bram Janssen AP

The self-declared Islamic State has released a group of some 200 elderly members of the Yazidis religious minority, allowing them to cross out of territory controlled by the extremists.

It is not clear why the militants released the men and women, many infirm, but The Associated Press quotes Gen, Shirko Fatih, the commander of the Kurdish peshmerga in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk as saying "It probably became too expensive to feed them and care for them."

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday. In his homily, Francis warned about the Philippine government's "insidious" family planning program.
Ron Soliman AP

At least 6 million people in the predominately Catholic Philippines thronged a rain-drenched Rizal park in the capital, Manila, to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he presented Sunday Mass at the end of a four-day visit to the islands nation.

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Europe
5:41 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Guards Watch Muslim, Jewish Sites As Dark Mood Descends On Paris

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:57 am

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Afghanistan
5:41 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Pakistan Pressures Afghan Refugees To Go Home

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:57 am

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It has been a month since more than 130 children were murdered in an attack on a school in Pakistan. The government has responded with draconian measures; this includes victimizing the large number of Afghans living in Pakistan.

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Europe
5:41 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Reports Of Racism Fall Through France's Information Gap

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:57 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 11:52.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 6.1125

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: 25,856.

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Middle East
5:41 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Global Community Funds Jordan's First Skateboard Park

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 9:00 pm

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Parallels
3:50 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Russia's Prominent Prisoners Reflect Tension With Its Neighbors

Ukrainian military officer Nadezhda Savchenko speaks to journalists shortly after her capture in Luhansk, Ukraine, on June 19, 2014. She was apparently captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine. But she is being held in Russia, which claims she was arrested in that country. Ukrainian officials say the separatists handed her over to Russia.
Igor Golovniov AP

One is a pioneering fighter pilot, another is a decorated intelligence agent and the third is a celebrated film director. Right now, all three are sitting in Russian jails.

The cases are not directly related, but all three are citizens of neighboring countries in conflict with Russia. Two are from Ukraine, arrested after Russia's annexation of Crimea and the war with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern provinces. The third is from the Baltic nation of Estonia.

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Middle East
3:31 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

A rebel fighter takes aim during a training session in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside the capital Damascus, earlier this month. Russia is inviting Syrian opposition groups to peace talks in Moscow, but few of them want to go to a country that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Abd Doumany AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:59 pm

The war in Syria has been raging for nearly four years and it's been challenging for diplomats to get warring sides to agree on even temporary truces.

The U.N. envoy is pressing ahead on that front, while Russia tries to play peacemaker. Russia is inviting the parties to Moscow this month, but some opposition groups won't go to a country that has been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

Belgian paratroopers guard outside a Jewish school in the central city of Antwerp on Saturday, a day after authorities made several arrests of alleged Islamist extremists who they say were plotting attacks.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Greek authorities have detained four terrorism suspects including a man thought to have links to a foiled terror plot in Belgium.

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Goats and Soda
1:18 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

MTV Pimps Cars, Brazil Pimps Trash Carts

A waste picker wheels a trash cart with Mundano's art and spreads the word: "My cart doesn't pollute."
Courtesy of Mundano

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 1:35 pm

The carts that garbage pickers wheel down the streets of Sao Paulo often look as if they came from the Museum of Funky Art. Colorful cartoon faces β€” with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and thick lips β€” peer from the sides of the metal and wooden carts.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

France Approves Secret Burials For 'Charlie Hebdo' Attackers

A police photo showing Said Kouachi from an arrest some time before the Jan. 7 attack on the French magazine. Said, who was killed by police two days after the attack, was reportedly secretly buried in his hometown of Reims.
Uncredited AP

French authorities have approved secret burials for the two brothers who were killed by police following their attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Mayors in two French cities "begrudgingly" agreed to secret burials of Said and Cherif Kouachi who carried out a shooting spree at the magazine on Jan. 7 and eluded police for three days in a rampage that killed 17 people, The Associated Press says.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Hollande: Anti-'Charlie' Protesters Don't Understand French Values

French President Francois Hollande gestures as he delivers a speech to foreign ambassadors during a ceremony to extend New Year wishes at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.
Jacques Brinon AP

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 12:01 pm

French President Francois Hollande says people protesting the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo do not understand the French attachment to freedom of speech.

His statement comes amid protests over the publication's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on its latest cover that went to press just days after 10 of its journalists were gunned down in Paris by Muslim extremists. Those protests have turned violent in Algeria, Pakistan and Niger, where at least two Christian churches were set fire.

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Latin America
8:51 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Traveling To Cuba Getting Easier, But Expect Turbulence On The Way

Travelers wait to check in for charter flights from Miami to Havana at Miami International Airport.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 2:03 pm

New rules that went into effect on Friday mark the biggest change in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than 50 years.

While tourism remains off-limits, the Obama administration opened new opportunities in Cuba for banks, airlines, telecommunications companies and regular Americans.

For the first time in decades, under the new rules, Americans who don't have family on the island can travel to Cuba without receiving special permission from the U.S. government.

No Tourists Allowed β€” Yet

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The Salt
7:38 am
Sat January 17, 2015

United Noshes: Dinner Party Aims To Eat Its Way Through Global Cuisine

A sampling of dishes served at United Noshes dinner parties. From left: feta-stuffed peppers from Greece; noodles in cold broth from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (better known as North Korea); mojitos from Cuba; grilled quail with chili-ginger marinade from Congo.
Courtesy of Laura Hadden

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:09 am

The United Nations has 193 member states. And United Noshes aims to recreate meals from every last one of them, alphabetically, as a series of dinner parties.

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Gunmen Kidnap Top Official In Yemen

The undated portrait photo shows Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, chief of staff for Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Bin Mubarak was kidnapped on Saturday in Sanaa.
Xinhua Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 2:21 pm

Gunmen in Yemen have abducted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's chief of staff from his vehicle in the center of the capital, Sanaa, according to security officials who blame Shiite Houthi rebels for the kidnapping.

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak and two of his body guards were seized early Saturday, officials say. The Associated Press quotes unnamed officials as saying the three were kidnapped when they stopped their car in the capital. No ransom demand has been made and so far no one has claimed responsibility.

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Storm Causes Pope To Cut Short Visit To Typhoon Hit Tacloban

Wearing a yellow raincoat, Pope Francis gives a thumbs up to the faithful as he arrives in Tacloban, Philippines, on Saturday.
Wally Santana AP

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:10 pm

A storm forced Pope Francis to cut short a visit to the Philippine city of Tacloban, where Typhoon Haiyan made a devastating landfall in 2013, killing at least 6,300 people in the predominately Catholic country.

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Africa
5:43 am
Sat January 17, 2015

In Nigeria, Boko Haram Continues Its Campaign Of Terror

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:14 pm

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Europe
5:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Hollande's Approval Soars After Terror Attacks

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 9:57 am

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Middle East
5:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Split By War, Syrian Siblings Reunite As Refugees

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 9:57 am

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More than 3 million Syrians have fled their country's civil war. Many families are separated as they flee to Europe with the help of smugglers and fake papers. Joanna Kakissis tracked three siblings from Damascus as they tried to reunite in Germany.

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Parallels
3:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

A German Plan: House Refugees In An Old Concentration Camp

The warden's barracks at a satellite camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Schwerte, Germany, on Jan. 13. According to media reports, the city has proposed housing around 20 refugees in buildings at the camp. The move has drawn protests in Germany.
Bernd Thissen DPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:33 pm

A housing shortage for asylum seekers in Germany has led one city to propose a controversial solution that would place 21 refugees in a barracks on the grounds of a Nazi-era concentration camp.

Carsten Morgenthal, who is a spokesman for the city of Schwerte in North Rhine Westphalia, tells the Westdeutsche Allgemeine newspaper it isn't the first time this would be done.

Two decades ago, Schwerte officials also placed refugees at what was once a forced labor branch of the notorious Buchenwald camp during World War II.

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