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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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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."

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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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Europe
3:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

U.N. Envoy: Libya Needs To Find Its Own Solutions To Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:56 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:56 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Charities, Locals And Bikers Help Repair Nepal After New Quake

A family sets up a tent for the night in Kathmandu. A second earthquake hit the country just weeks after the first quake struck.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:24 pm

The crows freaked out. The dogs howled. And just as the sun was beginning to set, a second earthquake struck Nepal.

Animals react to earthquakes before they strike. People react after they hit. And in Nepal, Tuesday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake, coming almost three weeks after the April 25 quake, prompted a primal response.

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Africa
2:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Army General Overthrows President Of Burundi In Apparent Coup

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:56 pm

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Europe
2:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

European Union Introduces Quota Plan To Address Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:56 pm

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Vatican Officially Recognizes State Of Palestine

Pope Francis meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014. The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized today.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 1:43 pm

The Vatican has officially recognized Palestine in a new treaty that switches the Holy See's diplomatic relations from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast unit the document still has to be signed.

The Vatican, in a statement, said the agreement had been concluded and will be "submitted to the respective authorities for approval ahead of setting a date in the near future for the signing."

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Parallels
9:18 am
Wed May 13, 2015

One Woman's Struggle To Survive 'Too Much Vacation' In France

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley with her husband, Ulysse Gosset, and son, Maxime, on a ski vacation in the Alps in February. When she first moved to France, Beardsley enjoyed the frequent holidays. But combined with many school breaks, she and other working parents often find it becomes a burden.
Courtesy of Eleanor Beardsley

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 10:04 am

May in France is known as the Swiss cheese month because of all the holiday holes in it. There are four national holidays and thus four long weekends. May 1 was the May Day workers' fete, May 8 marked the World War II victory in Europe, and there are two others I'll get to in a moment.

Instead of enjoying the long weekends, I find myself struggling to cope. I imagine working parents in Boston felt this way about snow days this past winter. Paris doesn't get buried in snow. But the holidays — and the school days off — are relentless.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Nepal Update: Quake's Death Toll Rises; U.S. Chopper Still Missing

A woman in Kathmandu walks past rubble following several massive earthquakes in Nepal. Officials say at least 76 people died in Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake.
Jonas Gratzer Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 9:54 am

Emergency officials in Nepal say at least 76 people have died in Tuesday's earthquake, which hit as the small country is still coping with a prior quake that killed more than 8,000. A U.S. Marine helicopter that had been aiding relief efforts remains missing.

On April 25, a magnitude-7.8 temblor devastated swaths of Nepal. The most recent quake was measured at 7.3, followed by a 6.3 quake half an hour later. Aftershocks continued to strike Wednesday, including at least two that hit shortly after noon, each around magnitude-5.

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Spy Agency: North Korea Executes Its Defense Chief With Anti-Aircraft Guns

A man watches a television showing news coverage of the reported execution of North Korea's defense minister, Hyon Yong Chol, at a railway station in Seoul on Wednesday.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 7:22 am

Just days after grabbing international attention for reportedly testing a submarine-fired ballistic missile, North Korea executed its defense chief on the order of dictator Kim Jong Un. That's according to South Korea's spy agency, which briefed Seoul's lawmakers on the development Wednesday.

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Asia
4:43 am
Wed May 13, 2015

In Bangladesh, A 3rd Atheist Blogger Is Hacked To Death

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 12:26 pm

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Middle East
4:43 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Ahead Of Summit, Gulf States Doubt America's Mideast Policies

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 12:14 pm

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Europe
3:11 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Refugee Arrivals To German Town Delayed After Shelter Is Destroyed

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Europe
3:10 am
Wed May 13, 2015

EU Commission To Submit Plan To Share In Migrant Burden

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:46 pm

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Health
3:46 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

WHO Announces New Guidelines For Naming Human Diseases

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Politics
2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Senators Deny Obama Authority To Expedite Pacific Trade Deal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Europe
2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Nemtsov Report Alleges Russian Military Forces Fought In Ukraine

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

John Kerry Meets With President Putin In Sochi

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Asia
2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Powerful 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nepal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Another strong earthquake shook Nepal today, adding to the devastation caused by the massive earthquake there two and a half weeks ago.

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Malaysia Says It Will Turn Back Migrant Boats

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:29 pm

A regional crackdown on human trafficking in Southeast Asia could have an impact on thousands of Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingya, the ethnic group that has been the target of discrimination in Myanmar.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Marine Corps Helicopter Helping With Relief Effort In Nepal Still Missing

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:36 pm

A Marine Corps helicopter helping with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal has been declared missing, but a Defense Department official said that so far there has been no indication it crashed.

U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren said an Indian helicopter nearby heard radio chatter from the Marine aircraft about a possible fuel problem. NPR's Tom Bowman says the U.S. cannot confirm the Indian account.

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