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4:39 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Italian Workers Try To Refloat Capsized Costa Concordia

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The most complicated part of the largest maritime salvage in history gets underway in Italy today. It's the re-floating of the 1,000 foot long wreck of the Costa Concordia - a luxury liner capsized in 2012.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us on the line from an island off the Tuscan coast.

Hi, Sylvia.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So, what have you seen?

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Europe
3:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Worries Baltic Nation Of Latvia

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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Russia gave a reason when it annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was protecting Russian-speaking people. Two members of NATO also have a large ethnic Russian populations - Latvia and Estonia - wonder if they are next in line for Russian interference. NPR's Corey Flintoff spoke with some Latvians.

COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: This is what Putin said when he annexed Crimea.

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Sports
3:17 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.

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Middle East
3:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Fighting Between Israel And Gaza Spans 1 Week

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. The intense fighting between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza has now been going on for a week, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it may last for a long time to come. The international community is trying to broker a cease-fire, so far without success. NPR's Ari Shapiro joins us on the line from Jerusalem now. Good morning.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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Latin America
3:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Brazilian Police Move In On Sunday's World Cup Protesters

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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And those protests that Tom mentioned earlier played out across Brazil in the year leading up to the World Cup. The complaints focused on the high cost of hosting the games. Many say that money should have been spent improving schools, hospitals, and neighborhoods. During the tournament, the rallies were more muted. But just before yesterday's final there was one more protest, and it turned violent. NPR's Russell Lewis was there.

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Middle East
3:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Palestinian Authority Bears Brunt Of West Bank Outrage

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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We're hearing many perspectives on this conflict and we next meet a Palestinian writer Adania Shibli. She lives on the West Bank, where she teaches in the city of Ramallah. From there she watched Israel's search for suspected members of Hamas in recent weeks. She has also followed news of Hamas rocket strikes on Israel and Israel strikes into Gaza. She told us Palestinians frustration is turning on their own leaders.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Israel's U.S. Ambassador: We're Fighting In Surgical Fashion

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're hearing many voices about the latest conflict this week. Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States is next. He's on the line. Ambassador, welcome back to the program.

RON DERMER: Thank you for having me again.

INSKEEP: OK. So the tactics here seem pretty clear. Hamas is shooting from Gaza into Israel. So Israel is shooting into Gaza. But can you take us a little farther than that, Ambassador, into the long-term - into strategy? What strategic gain is Israel making by its moves in the last several days?

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Gaza Conflict Enters 7th Day, Israel Downs Drone

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Israel says, it shot down a drone this morning near one of it's coastal cities, about 20 miles north of Gaza. The armed wing of Hamas is claiming the drone, saying it's the first time it's sent an unmanned aircraft into Israel.

For more on the week-long conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, we turn now to NPR's Emily Harris who is in Gaza City. Good morning.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Firemen's Ball Ushers In France's Bastille Day

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

On this day in 1789, crowds stormed the Bastille prison, where the king kept his enemies. The monarchy was overthrown in a revolution.

Middle East
3:32 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Palestinians With Foreign Passports Leave Gaza As Attacks Continue

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 4:22 pm

The conflict between Israel and Hamas continued, with intensifying Israeli air strikes against in Gaza and Hamas rocket fire aimed at Israel. More than 160 people have been killed so far.

NPR Story
3:32 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Germany And Argentina Face Off In World Cup Final

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 4:22 pm

The World Cup final takes place on Sunday in Brazil. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Russell Lewis in Rio de Janeiro about the match, which went into extra time with a score of 0-0.

Iraq
3:32 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Kurdish Authorities Plan Referendum On Independence From Iraq

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 7:33 pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Middle East correspondent Leila Fadel about the rift between Iraqi Kurds and Iraq's central government in Baghdad.

The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles

Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on Sunday. Francis reportedly told an Italian newspaper that statistically, about 2 percent of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles.
Tony Gentile Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 7:09 am

Calling the church sex abuse scandal a "leprosy in our house," Pope Francis tells an Italian newspaper that 1 in 50 Catholic clerics are pedophiles.

In an interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the 90-year-old founder of La Repubblica, Francis is quoted as saying that advisers in the Church "reassure me" that the problem amounts to "about 2 percent."

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal

Germany's players celebrate after winning 1-0 on extra time at the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 7:09 pm

In a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play, Germany was finally victorious over Argentina to take home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday with a 1-0 win.

In a game that at times seemed more like a rugby match or WWE bout — with head injuries, flying knees and even an eye rake — both teams displayed hardy defenses and a hungry offense.

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

WATCH: Russian Beachgoers Caught In Surprise Hailstorm

Beachgoers in central Russia are caught in a freak hailstorm.
YouTube

Bathers at a beach in Novosibirsk, central Russia, went from a stifling 105F to 71F in a matter of seconds as a cold front swept over them, dropping what is described as golf-ball sized hail.

The freak storm was captured on video (above).

The Telegraph says:

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in fighting apartheid, photographed in India in 2012.
Ashwini Bhatia AP

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:40 am

Retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu, who describes as "disgraceful" the way former South African President Nelson Mandela was treated in his last, enfeebled days, has thrown his support behind a British assisted-dying bill.

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Sports
7:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Soccer Biter Will Return From His Ban To Play For A New Club

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:47 am

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Middle East
7:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

People Evacuate Gaza Strip As Tensions Increase

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:47 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

This is a WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath in for Rachel Martin. The international community is trying to resolve the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Yet today, the crisis is getting worse, not better. People are evacuating the Gaza Strip and Israel has made its first ground incursion. NPR's Ari Shapiro's in Jerusalem and joins us with the latest. Hi Ari.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hey, Arun.

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World
7:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Jihadi Videos Push Islamic Music's Austere Boundaries

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 11:15 am

Islamist militants have stepped up their game when it comes to the music and visuals in their videos. NPR's Arun Rath talks to scholar Peter Neumann about today's tech-savvy jihadists.

Middle East
7:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools

Palestinian families travel to a United Nations school to seek shelter after evacuating their homes near the Israel-Gaza border Sunday. Israel has been warning residents to leave.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 12:14 pm

Residents in Northern Gaza have been fleeing their homes in anticipation of a new Israeli assault, as the exchange of Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes enters its sixth day. A brief ground action conducted by Israel Sunday morning came as Israel warns that a larger campaign may be coming.

But United Nations schools in Gaza, which expect to shelter tens of thousands of Palestinians, say they're short on resources to help provide for the evacuees.

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Europe
7:52 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Historians Mine 400 Years Of Crime Data At The Old Bailey

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:47 am

Analyzing records from London's oldest criminal court reveals how Western society has viewed violent crime over time. Science writer Jennifer Ouellette discusses the findings with NPR's Arun Rath.

The Sunday Conversation
7:33 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Soccer's Racism Problem In Need Of Follow-Through

Retired U.K. soccer player Jason Roberts, seen here in 2012 playing for Reading, says he's experienced racism in the sport since his teens.
Scott Heavey Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 7:32 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

The 2014 World Cup winds down Sunday after a month of competition in which FIFA tried to emphasize unity and multiculturalism. The "Say No to Racism" slogan has been promoted on banners and in commercials.

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Sports
6:22 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn?

Brazil fans on Copacabana Beach were subdued during the third-place game against the Netherlands on Saturday. The national team gave them little to cheer about.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 10:09 am

Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.

That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.

Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. But for Brazilian fans, the tournament that began a month ago with so much hope for the host country has ended with a thud.

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Goats and Soda
3:31 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Ebola Invades 'The New York Times' Sunday Crossword

Cross-word Puzzle
Composite by Ryan Kellman NPR

Last Sunday I literally was clueless about a New York Times crossword puzzle clue: "Menace named after an African river." The answer was five letters long. WHAT WERE THEY?!?!

I finally did figure out the answer from the crossing words: Ebola. And that's how I learned the origin of the name of this frightening virus, which is making headlines this year because of an outbreak in West Africa.

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Middle East
2:54 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Hamas Fires Rockets At Tel Aviv; Israel Continues Strikes On Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 4:30 pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to correspondent Emily Harris about the situation in Gaza, and the ongoing conflict with Israel.

Middle East
2:54 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

U.N. Security Council Urges Israel And Hamas To De-Escalate Conflict

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 4:30 pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with reporter Daniel Estrin, who is covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza from Tel Aviv.

The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount

Secretary of State John Kerry walks across the presidential palace grounds with Afghan Foreign Ministry officials on Saturday. Kerry helped broker a deal for a full recount of presidential election results.
Jim Bourg AP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:26 pm

Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have agreed to a full recount of ballots cast last month, in a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that's aimed at resolving a potentially damaging political deadlock.

The 100 percent recount is set to begin within 24 hours, and a presidential inauguration, which had been scheduled for Aug. 2, will be postponed, Kerry told a joint news conference with the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, according to Reuters.

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Digital Life
11:43 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

A security guard stands in front of a gate of the Swiss Fort Knox bunker in the mountains near the Swiss Alpine resort of Saanen.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters /Landov

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.

Swiss vaults have held treasures ranging from Nazi gold to Wall Street fortunes. Now they might become the guardians of the 21st century's most precious asset. Think thick steel doors, timed locks, biometric sensors — all virtual, of course.

Data storage is booming in Switzerland. Attracted by the country's political neutrality and ironclad privacy laws, a growing number of people and companies are choosing to keep their sensitive information in the nation's servers.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Sat July 12, 2014

33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad

Iraqi Special Operations Forces soldiers during clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Ramadi in June.
STRINGER Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 3:15 pm

This post was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Iraqi police say 33 people, including 20 or more women, were gunned down in apartment buildings in eastern Baghdad.

The Associated Press quotes police as saying "the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles and stormed the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad."

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Parallels
6:08 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory

Barcelona football star Lionel Messi (right) leaves a courthouse in Gava, Spain, in September 2013, after a hearing on tax evasion charges. Messi and his father paid $6.5 million to try to settle the case, but his father may still go on trial.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:12 am

Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest sports franchises. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.

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