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2:15 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

Belgian paratroopers guard outside a Jewish school in the central city of Antwerp on Saturday, a day after authorities made several arrests of alleged Islamist extremists who they say were plotting attacks.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Greek authorities have detained four terrorism suspects including a man thought to have links to a foiled terror plot in Belgium.

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Goats and Soda
1:18 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

MTV Pimps Cars, Brazil Pimps Trash Carts

A waste picker wheels a trash cart with Mundano's art and spreads the word: "My cart doesn't pollute."
Courtesy of Mundano

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 1:35 pm

The carts that garbage pickers wheel down the streets of Sao Paulo often look as if they came from the Museum of Funky Art. Colorful cartoon faces — with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and thick lips — peer from the sides of the metal and wooden carts.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

France Approves Secret Burials For 'Charlie Hebdo' Attackers

A police photo showing Said Kouachi from an arrest some time before the Jan. 7 attack on the French magazine. Said, who was killed by police two days after the attack, was reportedly secretly buried in his hometown of Reims.
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French authorities have approved secret burials for the two brothers who were killed by police following their attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Mayors in two French cities "begrudgingly" agreed to secret burials of Said and Cherif Kouachi who carried out a shooting spree at the magazine on Jan. 7 and eluded police for three days in a rampage that killed 17 people, The Associated Press says.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Hollande: Anti-'Charlie' Protesters Don't Understand French Values

French President Francois Hollande gestures as he delivers a speech to foreign ambassadors during a ceremony to extend New Year wishes at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.
Jacques Brinon AP

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 12:01 pm

French President Francois Hollande says people protesting the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo do not understand the French attachment to freedom of speech.

His statement comes amid protests over the publication's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on its latest cover that went to press just days after 10 of its journalists were gunned down in Paris by Muslim extremists. Those protests have turned violent in Algeria, Pakistan and Niger, where at least two Christian churches were set fire.

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Latin America
8:51 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Traveling To Cuba Getting Easier, But Expect Turbulence On The Way

Travelers wait to check in for charter flights from Miami to Havana at Miami International Airport.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 2:03 pm

New rules that went into effect on Friday mark the biggest change in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than 50 years.

While tourism remains off-limits, the Obama administration opened new opportunities in Cuba for banks, airlines, telecommunications companies and regular Americans.

For the first time in decades, under the new rules, Americans who don't have family on the island can travel to Cuba without receiving special permission from the U.S. government.

No Tourists Allowed — Yet

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The Salt
7:38 am
Sat January 17, 2015

United Noshes: Dinner Party Aims To Eat Its Way Through Global Cuisine

A sampling of dishes served at United Noshes dinner parties. From left: feta-stuffed peppers from Greece; noodles in cold broth from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (better known as North Korea); mojitos from Cuba; grilled quail with chili-ginger marinade from Congo.
Courtesy of Laura Hadden

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:09 am

The United Nations has 193 member states. And United Noshes aims to recreate meals from every last one of them, alphabetically, as a series of dinner parties.

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Gunmen Kidnap Top Official In Yemen

The undated portrait photo shows Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, chief of staff for Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Bin Mubarak was kidnapped on Saturday in Sanaa.
Xinhua Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 2:21 pm

Gunmen in Yemen have abducted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's chief of staff from his vehicle in the center of the capital, Sanaa, according to security officials who blame Shiite Houthi rebels for the kidnapping.

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak and two of his body guards were seized early Saturday, officials say. The Associated Press quotes unnamed officials as saying the three were kidnapped when they stopped their car in the capital. No ransom demand has been made and so far no one has claimed responsibility.

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Storm Causes Pope To Cut Short Visit To Typhoon Hit Tacloban

Wearing a yellow raincoat, Pope Francis gives a thumbs up to the faithful as he arrives in Tacloban, Philippines, on Saturday.
Wally Santana AP

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:10 pm

A storm forced Pope Francis to cut short a visit to the Philippine city of Tacloban, where Typhoon Haiyan made a devastating landfall in 2013, killing at least 6,300 people in the predominately Catholic country.

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Africa
5:43 am
Sat January 17, 2015

In Nigeria, Boko Haram Continues Its Campaign Of Terror

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:14 pm

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Europe
5:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Hollande's Approval Soars After Terror Attacks

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 9:57 am

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Middle East
5:41 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Split By War, Syrian Siblings Reunite As Refugees

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 9:57 am

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More than 3 million Syrians have fled their country's civil war. Many families are separated as they flee to Europe with the help of smugglers and fake papers. Joanna Kakissis tracked three siblings from Damascus as they tried to reunite in Germany.

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Parallels
3:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

A German Plan: House Refugees In An Old Concentration Camp

The warden's barracks at a satellite camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Schwerte, Germany, on Jan. 13. According to media reports, the city has proposed housing around 20 refugees in buildings at the camp. The move has drawn protests in Germany.
Bernd Thissen DPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:33 pm

A housing shortage for asylum seekers in Germany has led one city to propose a controversial solution that would place 21 refugees in a barracks on the grounds of a Nazi-era concentration camp.

Carsten Morgenthal, who is a spokesman for the city of Schwerte in North Rhine Westphalia, tells the Westdeutsche Allgemeine newspaper it isn't the first time this would be done.

Two decades ago, Schwerte officials also placed refugees at what was once a forced labor branch of the notorious Buchenwald camp during World War II.

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Parallels
3:21 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

French Immigrants To Israel Bring Part Of Home With Them

An estimated 400 new French Jewish immigrants attended a welcoming ceremony after arriving on a flight from France to Tel Aviv, Israel in July 2014.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 9:39 pm

French Jews, often with roots in North Africa, have been immigrating to Israel since that country's founding. The community has changed with the times, and after last week's attacks in Paris, is expected to grow — and change — again.

Samuela Mass left Paris in October last year. The 28-year-old French Jew came to Israel for a better life for him and his future family — and to escape violence.

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Africa
3:21 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Satellite Photos Reveal Wider Destruction In Nigeria

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations for Amnesty International, about the NGO's analysis of satellite photos taken over Nigeria. He says the images before and after Boko Haram's attacks last week contradicts the Nigerian government's claim that only 150 people died from them. Akwei claims that these attacks over were the most devastating yet.

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World
3:21 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

One Month After School Attack, Pakistan Remembers Victims

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

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In Pakistan, one month ago today, the Taliban attacked an army-run school in the city of Peshawar - 150 people were killed, the vast majority of them children.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron Promise To Cooperate On Cybersecurity

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

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Europe
2:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Broad Anti-Terror Crackdown Covers France, Germany, Belgium

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

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Middle East
2:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Saudi Blogger's Flogging Postponed For Medical Reasons

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Chinese Spy Chief Latest Snared In Anti-Corruption Campaign

One of China's top spymasters has reportedly been retained after apparently running afoul of President Xi Jinping's aggressive anti-corruption drive.

Beijing confirmed that Ma Jian, vice-minister in the Ministry of State Security, is being investigated on suspicion of "serious violations" of the law, according to the BBC, which says: "No further details were given in the one-line statement on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection's website, but the wording used typically applies to a corruption probe."

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Goats and Soda
12:12 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Can A New Ban On Witchcraft Protect The Albinos Of Tanzania?

Children with albinism, a genetic condition that can cause vision problems, study at a school for the blind in Tanzania. Because albinos are often attacked, the school is a rare sanctuary.
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 1:24 pm

This week, albinos and so-called witch doctors have made headlines. A number of news outlets reported that Tanzania had announced a ban on these "witch doctors" to curb attacks on people with albinism.

That made us wonder: What, exactly, is a witch doctor? And why are people with albinism under attack in Tanzania?

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Pope, On Visit To Philippines, Defends Catholic Ban On Contraception

Pope Francis holds a Virgin Mary statue as he arrives at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila, Philippines, on Friday. The pontiff has issued a strong statement supporting the church's teachings on artificial contraception.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 9:01 am

Speaking to one of Asia's fastest-growing populations, Pope Francis issued what is being described as his strongest defense yet of the Catholic Church's opposition to artificial contraception, urging that Philippine families be "sanctuaries of respect for life."

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The Two-Way
4:48 am
Fri January 16, 2015

More Than 2 Dozen Arrested In France, Belgium In Anti-Terror Raids

Police stand guard around the central police headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:39 am

Overnight, police in France, Belgium and Germany arrested more than two dozen people suspected of having ties to terrorism.

In Paris, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that police moved in at dawn and arrested about a dozen people, who police said were tied to Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, who attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, and Amedy Coulibaly, who attacked a kosher market in eastern Paris.

"These people are said to have been in their entourage," Eleanor told our Newscast unit. "They may have helped them to obtain cars, guns or may have been drivers."

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Europe
3:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Police In Europe Round Up Terrorist Suspects

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:59 am

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Middle East
3:13 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Yemen's Deteriorating Stability Makes It A Perfect Home For Al-Qaida

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 12:25 pm

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When President Obama announced airstrikes against ISIS militants last September, he pointed to Yemen as a model for eradicating the terrorist group in Iraq.

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NPR Story
3:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Economic Isolation Weighs On Iranians; Desire Nuclear Talks Resolved

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:59 am

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Hero Of Kosher Grocery Siege Will Become A French Citizen

Lassana Bathily, a Muslim born in Mali, will become a citizen of France. Bathily saved Jewish shoppers at the Parisian kosher market where he works from an Islamist gunman by hiding them in a basement walk-in refrigerator.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 6:10 pm

Less than a week after his actions were credited with saving the lives of customers at the grocery store where he works, Lassana Bathily has learned that France wants to give him citizenship.

Citing Bathily's "act of bravery," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says France will expedite a citizenship application that Bathily filed last July. The minister will also head Bathily's naturalization ceremony next Tuesday.

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Middle East
3:14 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Is U.S. Gaining Or Losing Ground Against ISIS?

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:33 pm

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Europe
3:14 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Paris Attacks Bring New Attention To Free Speech Laws In France

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:33 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:05 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

14 Takeaways From The 14-Part WHO Report On Ebola

Ebola was out of control in Liberia in August, when this picture was taken.
Dominique Faget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 12:20 pm

Today, the World Health Organization issued a 14-part report on Ebola, from the moment it started until now.

We asked our team of Ebola correspondents to look at the sections and pull out the points that seemed most interesting — that may have been overlooked or forgotten, stories that show how the virus turned into an epidemic.

Where it all began

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Africa
2:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Rapping The News In West Africa

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:33 pm

In Dakar, Senegal, two rappers going by the names Keyti and Xuman offer a summary of the week's news in hip-hop format. Journal Rappé is a short TV show distributed on YouTube with a huge following, especially in West Africa where a majority of the population is under 25.

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