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Europe
3:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

French Interior Ministry Blocks Websites Promoting Terrorism

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

In the first use of government powers enacted after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the French Interior Ministry on Monday ordered five websites blocked on the grounds that they promote or advocate terrorism. The action raises questions about how governments might counter groups such as the self-declared Islamic State on digital platforms.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Netanyahu Hopes To Win 4th Term In Israeli Election

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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World
2:52 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Ukraine Finance Minister On Rebuilding The Economy In The Midst Of War

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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World
2:52 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

U.N. Peacekeeping Behind The Curve Technologically, Experts Say

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Economy
2:52 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

France, Germany, Italy Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 pm

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Goats and Soda
1:29 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

If These Two Teenagers Ran The World, We'd All Jump For Joy

Memory from Malawi, left, and Achie from Ethiopia became best friends in a New York minute.
Misha Friedman for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 3:11 pm

At first glance, it's a typical scene: Two teenage girls lean their heads together engrossed in conversation as they munch on tuna salad on a bagel and fries.

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Middle East
3:59 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu Faces A Big Test As Israelis Head To Polls

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:24 am

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Latin America
3:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

In Mexico, A Fight Over Press Freedom

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:25 am

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And a controversy is swelling in Mexico over press freedoms. That's after one of the country's most famous investigative journalists was fired from her radio show. She's known for targeting some of Mexico's top public figures. NPR's Carrie Kahn has more.

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Africa
3:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Boko Haram Said To Train Child Soldiers

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:25 am

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World
3:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Four Tropical Cyclones At Once: How Unusual Is That?

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:25 am

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Middle East
3:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

A History Of West Bank Settlements

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:25 am

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Parallels
1:21 am
Tue March 17, 2015

A New Community Rises In The West Bank ... And It's Not Israeli

A Palestinian family leaves the visitors center at Rawabi.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:23 am

Palestinian investor Bashar Masri is building an entirely new city in the West Bank. It's a huge investment, with 5,000 new homes for tens of thousands of families. And, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it's also a political statement.

As we approached this new city of Rawabi, north of Ramallah, we saw a row of high-rise apartment buildings topped by construction cranes. Scaffolding surrounds the minaret of an incomplete mosque. Nobody has moved in yet.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

If You're One Of The World's 382 Million Diabetics, Your Wages May Dip

The blue circle is the symbol of diabetes — carried here by students marching in a World Diabetes Day rally in Kolkata, India.
Bikas Das AP

Whenever I hear statistics that diabetes costs the U.S. $245 billion a year — and billions more globally — these numbers feel too big to get my head around.

So a new analysis — which attempts to break down the cost-per-person toll of diabetes in countries around the globe — caught my attention.

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World
6:01 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Cyclone Created Almost 'Complete' Destruction In Vanuatu

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World
3:36 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Venezuelan Assembly Grants President Maduro Emergency Powers

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

Over the weekend, the Venezuelan national assembly granted President Nicolas Maduro emergency powers. The U.S. recently imposed sanctions against some of Maduro's party leaders. With falling oil prices, the economy is in tatters, and the Wall Street Journal's Kejal Vyas says the rule by decree could result in a crackdown on dissent.

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It's All Politics
3:08 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, shown in an undated photo, is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four Americans in 1980.
AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:48 pm

An appeals panel in Florida has upheld a deportation order against a former defense minister of El Salvador, who is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four American churchwomen in 1980. Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was allowed to retire in the U.S. in 1989. Now, a little known unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is trying to expel him as well as others charged with human rights abuses.

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World
2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Elton John Declares Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

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World
2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Vanuatu Still Recovering After Devastating Cyclone Hits

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

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Iraq
2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

U.S. Returns Dozens Of Artifacts To Iraqi Government

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

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Politics
2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

As Nuclear Talks Resume, Iranian Negotiators Consider Republican Letter

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:01 pm

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce, seen here during the recent Milan Fashion Week, are being criticized for remarks about same-sex families, sparking a boycott led by musician Elton John.
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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 11:43 pm

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a very public argument with musician Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples should not raise children.

After John called for a boycott of the designers' clothes, Gabbana defended his right to air an opinion and urged people to shun the singer, responding to John's Instagram post by commenting, "Fascist!!"

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Mon March 16, 2015

After 'Monster' Storm Hits Vanuatu, Leader Pleads For Aid

Resident Uwen Garae stands in his home damaged by Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, Monday. The storm destroyed homes, smashed boats and washed away roads and bridges as it struck late on Friday and into Saturday.
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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:31 pm

Officials in Vanuatu are still assessing damage from what President Baldwin Lonsdale says was "a monster" — Cyclone Pam, a strong storm that hit the small nation in the South Pacific with winds that damaged or destroyed 90 percent of the buildings in the capital, Lonsdale says.

"This is a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. I term it as a monster, a monster," he said. "It's a setback for the government and for the people of Vanuatu. After all the development that has taken place, all this development has been wiped out."

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Europe
4:08 am
Mon March 16, 2015

In Eastern Ukraine, A Cease-Fire In Name Only

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Europe
4:08 am
Mon March 16, 2015

After Attacks, Is Europe Still Safe For Jews?

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Europe
3:44 am
Mon March 16, 2015

British Teens On Their Way To Syria Are Returned Home

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Middle East
3:26 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Arab States And Iran's Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Latin America
3:23 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Brazilians Stage Massive Protests Against President Dilma Rousseff

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Parallels
1:05 am
Mon March 16, 2015

A Rail Line That Crosses Jerusalem's Divide, But Can't Unite It

Israel's light rail runs through Jewish areas in East Jerusalem, then into Palestinian neighborhoods and on to old Israeli communities in West Jerusalem. On occasion, it has been a target for violence.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 11:43 am

David Felber was out of breath when he met up with us at the Pigsat Ze'ev Light Rail station in East Jerusalem.

"We missed the 8 o'clock train," he panted. He didn't want to miss the 8:05.

The 53-year-old was on his way to work at the Ministry of Education in West Jerusalem.

We stepped on board to glimpse how the battle for land touches so much in this region, including Felber's commute.

Jerusalem's light rail system connects the two halves of a divided city. Israel captured East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War against Arab nations almost half a century ago.

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World
3:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Nuclear Talks Resume With Iran

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 4:22 pm

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Author Interviews
3:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

'State Of Terror': Where ISIS Came From And How To Fight It

Heavy smoke rises following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition aircraft in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of the self-declared Islamic State in October 2014.
Gokhan Sahin Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 10:34 am

There have been mixed results in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. Iraqi government forces and their Iranian allies are fighting to retake the central city of Tikrit, but it's unclear how much longer this will take.

Meanwhile, ISIS has established a foothold in Libya. They also recently accepted the allegiance of Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist organization.

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