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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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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 Hervé 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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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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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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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 — and saying it wasn't staging a coup — 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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Middle East
3:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Regime Photos Said To Show Gruesome Killings In Syrian Prisons

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 7:40 am

Stephen J. Rapp, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, has seen photos obtained by Syria's opposition. A government photographer allegedly took them to document people killed in prisons.

Asia
3:07 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Attack On Market In Northwest China Leaves At Least 31 Dead

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 10:57 am

China's state-run news agency says more than two dozen people have been killed in an attack on a busy street market in the capital of the country's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Europe
3:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Ukraine's Oligarchs Still Entwine Business With Politics

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 7:41 am

The leading candidate in Sunday's presidential election is an oligarch. And the interim government is turning to other oligarchs to help restore calm in some crisis-plagued provinces.

NPR Story
3:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

U.S. Ordered To Turn Over Video Of Force-Feeding At Guantanamo

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 7:18 am

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We've been hearing about hunger strikes at the Guantanamo prison camp from its earliest days, but one ongoing hunger strike became a major protest early last year. Some prisoners who refuse to eat have been force-fed, a procedure their lawyers charge is abusive. Yesterday a federal district judge in Washington, D.C. ordered the government to allow lawyers for one of those detainees to see video recordings made of his force feedings.

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It's All Politics
5:07 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pelosi Picks Democratic Team For Benghazi Panel

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the presence of Democrats will keep the House select committee on Benghazi "fair and open and balanced."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 5:33 pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to have Democrats participate on the House Benghazi select committee? A defensive move.

Some of her Democrats had urged Pelosi to boycott the committee. In their view, to take part would be to play into the hands of House Republicans who want to use the ninth investigation of the September 2012 attack in Libya, which left four Americans dead, to rally conservatives for the midterm elections.

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Space
2:10 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Rift Divides U.S. And Russia About Space Station

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:21 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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Africa
2:10 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Terrorist Group Suspected In Nigerian Attacks

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:21 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. U.S. military personnel have now been deployed to help find the nearly 300 school girls kidnapped in Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram. In a letter to Congress, President Obama says about 80 personnel remain in neighboring Chad until their support is no longer needed. The search for the girls goes on during a deadly week in Nigeria.

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Parallels
1:49 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Despite Bloody Conflict, Iraq's Leader Looks Likely To Keep Power

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki votes in Baghdad on April 30. Maliki's alliance won the most seats in election results announced this week. But his party will still have to build a coalition with rival parties for him to keep the job he's had for the past eight years.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 4:11 pm

Iraq's election didn't make a huge splash in the U.S., but the results of the April 30 vote were released this week, and the outcome has important ramifications for Iraq and the wider region. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's party came out way ahead.

Iraq has faded from the American radar, but it saw nearly a decade of U.S. military operations. And it's sandwiched between Syria, where a civil war is raging, and Iran, where nuclear negotiations are at a critical juncture.

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

'Happiness' Video Prompts Arrests, And A Presidential Tweet, In Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, shown in Tehran on March 20.
STR AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 2:55 pm

Happiness, it seems, is still a controversial topic in Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's supreme leader after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, offered this pronouncement years ago: "There is no fun in Islam."

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Russia, China Secure Nearly Half-Trillion Dollar Gas Deal

A worker turns a valve at an underground gas storage facility near Striy on Wednesday. Russia has said state-controlled exporter Gazprom will supply China with natural gas via a Siberian pipeline beginning in 2018.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:53 pm

In an agreement reminiscent of the early days of the Cold War, Russia has agreed to supply China with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of natural gas via a pipeline from Siberia pipeline to begin pumping in four years.

NPR's Frank Langfitt reports from Shanghai that in 2018, Russia will begin sending 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China each year through the pipeline. Over the life of the 30-year contract, 1 trillion cubic meters would be delivered.

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The Salt
11:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

On The Trail Of Durian, Southeast Asia's 'Crème Brûlée On A Tree'

The inside of the Graveolens, a variety of durian that grows in the southernmost parts of Thailand, is sticky and cheese-like.
Courtesy of Lindsay Gasik

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:13 pm

What if a single taste of one fruit — in this case, the durian — changed the course of your entire life?

That's what happened to Lindsay Gasik and Rob Culclasure, a young couple who visited an Asian grocery store in Eugene, Ore., in 2009 in search of the football-sized fruit with thick, spiky skin. They were curious to try it after hearing that the durian's pungent smell and custard-like flesh had the power to drive people delirious with craving.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Wed May 21, 2014

5 Convicted In 2006 Killing Of Famed Russian Journalist

Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, Ibragim Makhmudov and Sergey Hadjikurbanov, accused of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, await the judge's verdict in a glass cage at the Moscow City Court in Russia.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 6:20 pm

A Moscow jury found five men guilty on Tuesday of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

She had gained fame for her coverage of Russian brutalities in the war in Chechnya and government corruption at home. Her death in 2006 drew international attention.

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Asia
10:12 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Are India's Elections A Wake Up Call For The Diaspora?

An overwhelming win for India's conservative opposition party could profoundly change the direction of the world's largest democracy. But what do Indian Americans think?

Africa
10:12 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Nigerians Fear 'Things Are Falling Apart Right Before Their Eyes'

Five weeks after hundreds of Nigerian school girls were abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram, bomb blasts have hit two cities. Journalist Chika Oduah gives an update on the volatile situation.

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