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3:38 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Putin Sends Mixed Signals On His Attitude To Ukrainian Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:04 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will respect the outcome of the upcoming election in Ukraine but later said he still has concerns about the legitimacy of the vote.

Asia
2:58 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Mourners In China Hold Vigils For Urumqi Victims

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:04 pm

Security was heightened in Urumqi in China a day after a deadly attack in a market. Men in SUVs crashed into people and tossed explosives, killing at least 31. No group has claimed responsibility.

Latin America
2:58 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

As World Cup Looms, Brazilian Cities Paralyzed By Protests

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

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The Two-Way
12:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

530 Years After Death, Richard III To Be Reburied In Leicester

Mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby near a screen displaying a statue of King Richard III on Friday, after a decision to permit the monarch to be buried at Leicester Cathedral in central England.
Darren Staples Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:03 pm

Richard III can finally be laid to rest. Well, next spring anyway.

A British court on Friday ruled that plans to rebury the 15th century king in Leicester can proceed. His remains had been found beneath a parking lot in that city in 2012.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Seeking A Boost: Italy To Include Cocaine Sales In GDP Numbers

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:20 pm

Faced with a weak economy and a need to improve Italy's debt ratio, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government will include illegal drug sales and prostitution when it figures the country's gross domestic product.

That's according to a report from Bloomberg News, which says:

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One

A map from NASA predicts the peak viewing areas and times for the Camelopardalids meteor shower Friday night and early Saturday.
Danielle Moser NASA

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:22 pm

An all-new meteor shower makes its debut tonight, and astronomers say it could put on a show starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday and peaking early Saturday. Called the Camelopardalids, the shower is named after the giraffe constellation. It's expected to be visible in nearly all of the U.S., if skies are clear.

"No one has seen it before," NASA says, "but the shower could put on a show that would rival the prolific Perseid meteor shower in August."

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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

VIDEO: Baby Falls From Ledge, Is Caught By Man In Street

Men watch as a baby teeters on a ledge in China earlier this week. The infant fell β€” and was safely caught, making his rescuers into heroes in Chinese social media.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 10:24 am

All he had were his bare hands and one chance. But a man successfully caught an infant who fell from a second-floor apartment's window in southern China this week, making him a hero in Chinese social media after the feat was caught on a surveillance camera video.

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Canada Loses Fight Against EU Ban On Seal Products

The World Trade Organization has maintained the EU's ban on products from Canada's seal hunt. Earlier this year, activists from PETA simulated slaughtering a seal in a protest at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 9:41 am

The World Trade Organization has rejected Canada's appeal of a ban that keeps pelts and other products from the country's seal hunt from being imported into the European Union. The ban was instituted on moral grounds, the EU says.

From Toronto, Dan Karpenchuk reports for our Newscast unit:

"The WTO decision upheld a previous ruling that the European Union ban is necessary to protect public morals regarding animal welfare, meaning that concerns about animal welfare can override commercial interests.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Mortar Attack Hits Election Rally In Syria, Killing 21

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 11:16 am

A campaign rally for Syria's President Bashar Assad was hit by mortar fire Thursday evening, as rebels struck the event in the southern city of Daraa. At least 21 people died in the attack, which comes weeks before Syria's presidential election.

From Beirut, Alison Meuse reports for our Newscast unit:

"Mortar fire slammed into a pro-Assad electoral tent. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 people were killed in the attack. The dead included a child and six loyalist militiamen.

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The Two-Way
5:37 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Thai Military Detains Ousted Prime Minister, Bans Negative Press

Thai soldiers patrol on a scooter Friday near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok. Thailand's ruling military summoned leaders of the ousted government to meetings today. Restrictions on TV broadcasts have led Thai citizens to ask for more variety.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 10:21 am

One day after staging a coup, Thailand's military summoned leaders of the ousted government and other political figures to a meeting Friday. More than 150 people were ordered to convene at the Royal Thai Army auditorium β€” or risk arrest and possible charges.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: Ousted PM Yingluck Detained

Thailand's army has detained deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after holding meetings with her and other politicians. She has reportedly been taken to an army base, along with members of her family who were also in the government.

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Asia
4:54 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Day After Bombing, Chinese City Very Tense

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 11:45 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Men driving SUVs plowed into a crowded vegetable market in China yesterday and threw explosive devices out of their vehicles. At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 injured. The attack took place in Urumqi, which is the capital of China's northwest region. It has a heavy concentration of Muslims. It is the second major attack in that city in less than a month. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in Urumqi and is on the line with us right now. Good morning, Frank.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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Middle East
4:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Egypt's Ex-Military Chief Right For Presidency, Female Voter Says

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:48 am

Egyptians elect a new president next week. There are two candidates, and the man nearly certain to win is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He was the head of the military until he resigned to run for president.

Europe
4:11 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:52 am

The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West.

Europe
3:59 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Britain's Right-Wing Party Make Gains In EU Parliament Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:42 am

British voters went to the polls Thursday in European and local elections. The vote is key for the UK Independence Party, whose anti-Europe and anti-immigration views struck a chord with some Britons.

Around the Nation
3:09 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Jacqueline Kennedy's Letters No Longer On Auction Block

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A college in Ireland is working with the family of Jacqueline Kennedy to decide what to do with a collection of her letters. The former first lady wrote them to an Irish priest. The college planned to auction the letters, but reconsidered. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.

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Sports
3:01 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Spanish Soccer Fans Rejoice, 2 Madrid Teams In European Final

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been hearing a lot lately about the World Cup which kicks off in Brazil next month. It comes every four years. Soccer's most important annual match kicks off this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. It's the Champions League and for the first time in history, that competition is between two teams from the same city - Madrid. If you didn't know how obsessed Spaniards are with soccer, you're about to find out with this postcard from Lauren Frayer, in Madrid.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHAMPION LEAGUE THEME SONG)

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Parallels
1:06 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel

Father Ibrahim Shomali, a Palestinian priest, holds prayer vigils every Friday in the Cremisan Valley near Bethlehem. Israel is planning to build a wall, citing security needs, on agricultural land here owned by a local monastery. Shomali has asked Pope Francis to intervene.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:25 am

When Pope Francis visits Jerusalem on Monday, he will celebrate Mass in one of the holiest Christian sites in the world.

The Cenacle, or the Upper Room, is traditionally considered the place where Christ shared his Last Supper with disciples before he was crucified.

But the spot is holy not only to Christians. Below, some Jews believe, is the tomb of King David. A mosque has also stood on this site.

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Asia
2:54 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Violence Rises In Western Chinese Province

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:46 pm

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World
2:21 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Russia, China Block U.N. Effort To Investigate Syrian War Crimes

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:46 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.

Russia and China used their veto powers today at the U.N. Security Council. They blocked a resolution that would have sent the crisis in Syria to the International Criminal Court. More than 160,000 people have died in Syria's civil war. And the United States accused Moscow of aiding impunity with its veto. But Moscow's ambassador called the whole U.N. resolution a publicity stunt.

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Europe
2:21 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

French Trains Are Too Wide For Stations

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:46 pm

Robert Siegel talks to columnist HervΓ© Martin of the French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine about the story it broke about new French trains that are too wide for many French train stations.

World
2:21 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Russia, China Strike Gas Deal

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:46 pm

Russia and China have agreed on a deal that will send hundreds of billions of dollars of gas to China. The deal includes the construction of pipelines that will move the gas from Russian fields to Chinese cities. Construction will take at least four years.

World
2:21 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pope To Visit Children At Palestinian Refugee Camp

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:46 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Pope Francis travels to the Holy Land this weekend. He'll visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as well as Jordan. And between Masses and meetings, he'll also make a stop at a Palestinian refugee camp. It's called a camp but it's become more of a city over the past few decades.

NPR's Emily Harris reports on what the pope will see and what he won't.

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Shots - Health News
12:21 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

Red blood cells infected with the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. Plasmodium is the parasite that triggers malaria in people.
Gary D. Gaugler Science Source

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:46 pm

For the first time in decades, researchers trying to develop a vaccine for malaria have discovered a new target they can use to attack this deadly and common parasite.

Finding a target for attack is a far cry from having a vaccine. And the history of malaria vaccines is littered with hopeful ideas that didn't pan out. Still, researchers in the field welcome this fresh approach.

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Economy
11:25 am
Thu May 22, 2014

In Charge Of Nearly $20 Trillion, Are Women The New Global Players?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to talk about an overlooked economic force. We are talking about women. In recent years, a lot of advocates and activists have talked about the global economic importance of educating girls and women. But there's an aspect of this that seems to have been overlooked, and that is the financial education of women.

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Parallels
10:58 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Why Does Thailand Have So Many Coups?

Thai soldiers move in on a pro-government demonstration on the outskirts of Bangkok on Thursday. Thailand's army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha has announced a military takeover of the government, saying the coup was necessary to restore stability after six months of political turmoil.
Wason Wanichakorn AP

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 3:42 pm

Thailand has a beloved king. The country has had one of the more prosperous economies in Asia. It's a magnet for Western tourists. Its history is largely peaceful. By most measures, Thailand has been very successful.

So why has the country now had a dozen coups, plus many more attempted coups, since it ended its absolute monarchy and became a constitutional monarchy in 1932?

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Too Beaucoup: France's New Trains Are Wider Than Its Platforms

A SNCF Regional Express Train is seen at Hazebrouck's train station in northern France on Thursday. France's train operators admit they made a mistake in ordering new trains that will require millions of dollars to modify station platforms.
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 2:24 pm

Some 2,000 new trains that were meant to help France expand its regional rail network are instead causing headaches and embarrassment, as officials have been forced to explain why the trains aren't compatible with hundreds of station platforms. The new trains are just a few centimeters too wide to fit.

The country's rail operators say they're spending millions of dollars to modify platforms to accommodate the new trains, which cost billions of dollars. A French newspaper reported on the mix-up Tuesday, saying the platforms were too narrow for the trains to pass through.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Russia, China Block U.N. Move To Investigate War Crimes In Syria

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:41 pm

A U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes in Syria has failed, after Russia and China voted against the measure Thursday.

The resolution seeking accountability for wartime atrocities was introduced by France and had the backing of the U.S.

For our Newscast unit, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports:

"Although more than 60 countries supported the resolution, Russia dismissed the vote as a publicity stunt , once again shielding Syrian leader Bashar al Assad's regime.

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The Two-Way
5:53 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country

Thai soldiers patrol after army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that the armed forces were seizing power after months of political turmoil.
Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:37 am

Thailand's army is now running the country. Two days after declaring martial law β€” and saying it wasn't staging a coup β€” the military has changed its mind, Thailand's army chief says.

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Asia
5:37 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thai Military Says Coup Necessary To Restore Order

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 7:19 am

Two days ago, Thailand's military declared martial law. The army chief went on television on Thursday to say that he'd changed his mind, and the army is taking control of the government.

The Two-Way
5:06 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Attack On Street Market In Northwest China Kills 31

A photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency shows police standing guard near a blast site in downtown Urumqi. Officials say 31 people died in the attack.
Cao Zhiheng AP

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 11:45 am

A coordinated attack on an outdoor market in northwest China has left 31 people dead and dozens wounded, prompting promises of a vigorous government response. Bombs and cars were used to inflict damage on people at the market.

The Chinese government called the early morning attack in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, a "serious violent terrorist incident of a particularly vile nature," according to The Associated Press. Previous violent attacks have been blamed on the area's Muslim Uighur minority.

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