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Europe
4:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

European Parliament President Urges Action On Migration Crisis

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 am

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Europe
4:29 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Migrants Recall Horrors Of Mediterranean Shipwreck

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 am

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There are more harrowing details emerging from a shipwreck off the coast of Libya last weekend. As many as 900 migrants were said to be onboard; only a handful survived.

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Middle East
3:02 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Saudi Strikes In Yemen Wrap Up; Operation Renewal Of Hope Begins

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 1:26 pm

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Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, has become the flashpoint in a conflict between bigger powers who are fighting for influence in the region.

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3:01 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 am

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Parallels
1:49 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Last Armenian Village In Turkey Keeps Silent About 1915 Slaughter

Armenian refugees on the deck of the French cruiser that rescued them in 1915 during the massacre of the Armenian populations in the Ottoman Empire. The photo does not specify precisely where the refugees were from. However, residents of Vakifli, the last remaining Armenian village in Turkey, were rescued by a French warship that year.
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Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:45 am

A hundred years ago this week, the Ottoman Empire began the killings and forced marches of Armenians in what most historians call the first genocide of the 20th century.

Turkey staunchly denies that label, saying the deaths — estimated by historians at around 1.5 million — were part of widespread ethnic fighting in a civil war.

Regardless of the label used, the result was destruction of virtually every Armenian community in the Ottoman Empire, which collapsed after the war. What was left of the country transitioned into the modern-day Republic of Turkey.

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Parallels
3:20 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Smuggler To Desperate Migrants: 'Now I Am Sending You To Your Death'

Hamudeh al-Masaadi plays on the shores of Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, where they wait as their request for asylum is processed.
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:03 pm

Emad al-Masaadi, a 41-year-old house painter and taxi driver, fled Damascus with his wife and three young boys after their home was bombed in late 2012, just one of the countless hard-luck stories generated by Syria's civil war. They landed in Beirut, but after more than a year without work or cash, Masaadi wanted out.

"So I asked my friends, 'How can we get to Europe?' " says Masaadi, an industrious and optimistic man with a gracious smile.

The answer was clear: "Smugglers were the only way," he recalls.

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Asia
3:18 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

China-Pakistan Deal Highlights Waning U.S. Influence In Region

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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Europe
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

More Than 800 Dead In Mediterranean Migrant Tragedy

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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Middle East
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Saudi Arabia Says It Is Ending Airstrikes In Yemen

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:20 am

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Politics
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Business, Labor Debate Pacific Trade Deal Before Senate

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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Africa
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

To Escape Military Service, Thousands Of Young Eritreans Flee To Europe

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Report Lays Out 10 Most Censored Countries

Protesters support jailed veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu during a rally outside the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong last week. China ranks eighth on the Committee to Protect Journalists' list of 10 most censored countries.
Kin Cheung AP

The Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual report on the 10 Most Censored Countries today, with Eritrea, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia leading the list.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Saudis Say Operation In Yemen Entering New Phase

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 2:54 pm

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET

The Saudi-led military operation in Yemen is shifting gears, moving from airstrikes against Houthi rebels to a new phase that will include diplomatic and political efforts alongside military operations, Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said.

"The coalition will continue to prevent the movement of Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen," Asiri said at a news briefing in Riyadh.

He said coalition airstrikes had destroyed the ballistic missiles operated by the Shiite Houthis.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Tue April 21, 2015

China's President Promises Pakistan $45B In Investment

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:17 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ended a visit to Pakistan after signing $45 billion worth of investment agreements in the South Asian nation.

NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast unit that Xi's visit is being seen as a "game changer." Here's more from him:

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The Salt
10:56 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Tea Tuesdays: Tea, Tao And Tourists — China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

You can get a cup of tea at Cuiyun Palace on the west peak of Mount Hua.
Courtesy of James Guo

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:56 am

Imagine yourself clinging to a cliff face with nothing but uneven, worn wooden planks and chains to keep you from plummeting 7,000 feet to your untimely demise. Don't worry: You can rent a little red safety harness for $5. No one will make you wear it, though.

Oh, and you will probably encounter someone coming the other way, in which case you will have to maneuver around your neighbor as if playing a deadly game of Twister. Someone has to go on the outside, so I hope you're good at not blinking first.

You wouldn't do this for all the tea in China, you say?

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Goats and Soda
10:23 am
Tue April 21, 2015

How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Compared with Americans' digestive tracts, Yanomamis' teem with life, like a lush, tropical rain forest.
Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:03 pm

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.

Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.

And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have wiped a few dozen species right out of our digestive tracts. One missing microbe helps metabolize carbohydrates. Other bygone bacteria act as prebiotics. And another communicates with our immune system.

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Parallels
9:26 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Menaced By War, An Ancient Christian Village In Iraq Returns To Life

Three men water newly planted trees on March 18 in al-Qosh, an ancient Christian village in northern Iraq. The village emptied out last August as Islamic State fighters approached. But the extremists never entered al-Qosh and the village and residents have returned. The men are watering outside a monastery that dates to the 7th century.
Alex Potter for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 8:31 am

The ancient Rabban Hermizd Monastery, on a hill overlooking the northern village of al-Qosh, is a testament to the long history of Christians in Iraq. Stone walls leading up the hill are decorated with iconography, and the 7th-century monastery is covered with the ancient Syriac language, still spoken today by the people of al-Qosh.

"Christians have been here in the Ninevah plains for thousands of years. It would be a tragedy if we just disappeared," said Athra Kado, a local Syriac language teacher.

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World
5:34 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Isis Booted From List Of Pacific Hurricane Names

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The Two-Way
4:49 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Egypt's Former President Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi gestures from the defendants' cage during his trial in Cairo on Tuesday. An Egyptian court sentenced the ousted leader to 20 years in prison for abuses of protesters.
Mohamed El-Shahed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:18 am

Less than two years after he was removed from power by the military, an Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison for the arrest and torture of protesters during his tenure.

The charges stem from the months of protests between late 2012 and July 2013, when Morsi was kicked out of office.

Twelve other defendants were also found guilty and received the same sentence as Morsi; they include former Muslim Brotherhood legislator Mohamed al-Beltagi and Essam al-Aryan, the group's former spokesman.

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Latin America
4:30 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Sad And Smelly: Massive Fish Die-Off At Rio's 2016 Olympic Site

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:13 pm

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3:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Immigrants Flee South Africa After Xenophobic Attacks

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:30 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Palm Oil Plantations Are Blamed For Many Evils. But Change Is Coming

A forest worker fells palm trees on an illegal palm oil plantation in the province of Aceh, Indonesia.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:18 pm

Palm oil is in everything, from pizza dough and chocolate to laundry detergent and lipstick. Nongovernmental organizations blame it for contributing to assorted evils, from global warming to human rights abuses.

But in the past year, this complex global industry has changed, as consumers put pressure on producers to show that they're not destroying forests, killing rare animals, grabbing land or exploiting workers.

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3:07 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Celebrated Afghan Writer Recalls Kabul Of Decades Ago

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:34 am

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The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Norway Becoming First Country To Eliminate FM Radio

Norway is moving on from analog radios in 2017.
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Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 4:22 am

Norway is going to eliminate FM radio in less than two years, the country's government announced, becoming the first country in the world to do so.

Norway is planning to transition completely to digital broadcasting in January 2017.

The Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) system offers a number of benefits over FM, said Thorhild Widvey, Norway's minister of culture, in a statement last week.

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World
3:35 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Mediterranean Migration Crisis Represents Scope Of Smuggling Business

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:23 pm

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The Salt
3:27 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Near the Danish city of Ikast, some 1,500 spectators gathered on April 19 to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday at organic dairy farms around Denmark.
Courtesy of Organic Denmark

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 12:21 pm

"They're running a little late," chides an elderly gentleman, tapping his watch at 12:02 p.m. He's come to this farm near the Danish city of Ikast, along with about 1,500 others, to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday in Denmark. It's the Sunday in mid-April when thousands of organic dairy cows at 75 farms across the country are released into the green fields of spring. At exactly noon. Eh hem.

Ah, but here they come!

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World
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Chinese President Visits Pakistan To Finalize Billion-Dollar Trade Route Plan

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:18 pm

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Law
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Trial Of Former Auschwitz Guard To Begin In Germany

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:23 pm

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World
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

European Leaders Address Migrant Crisis In Mediterranean

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:23 pm

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Parallels
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Saudi Airstrikes Raise Doubts Abroad, Spark Patriotic Fervor At Home

Saudi Arabia's army fires artillery shells toward Houthi rebels along the Saudi border with Yemen on April 15. Outside Saudi Arabia, many are critical of the military campaign and question whether it will succeed, but it is popular inside the kingdom.
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Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:34 pm

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen began almost a month ago, targeting rebels who have taken over much of the country.

Internationally, there are concerns about increasing casualties and questions about the strategy in the Saudi operation, which is receiving help from the U.S., among others.

But at home in the kingdom, the war has sparked a patriotic fervor that's noticeable just about everywhere you turn.

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