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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Art Thieves Sentenced To 6 Years For Dutch Museum Heist

Eugen Darie has admitted to being part of a Romanian gang that stole seven works by masters including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse from a Rotterdam museum last October.
Vadim Ghirda AP

After admitting to one of the most surprising art thefts in recent history, two men have been sentenced to 6 years and 8 months in prison. They are part of a Romanian gang that stole seven works by masters including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin from a Rotterdam museum last autumn.

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Tue November 26, 2013

WHO's Error Leads To Misguided Meme About Greeks And HIV

Facebook.com/WorldHealthOrganization

We don't want to spread misinformation, but we do want to do what we can to correct it.

So, just to be clear:

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Parallels
10:55 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Once A U.S. Favorite, Hamid Karzai Now Source Of Frustration

Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends the Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, in Kabul on Sunday. The assembly approved a deal that would allow the U.S. to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. But Karzai has not yet agreed to sign the deal.
Rahmat Gul AP

Back in 2001, the U.S. strongly backed Hamid Karzai as the best man to rebuild Afghanistan after the Taliban had been driven out of power.

Karzai had a solid base among the dominant Pashtun ethnic group. With his fluent English, he seemed at ease with U.S. and other Western leaders. And he appeared reasonable and moderate, in stark contrast to the Taliban's extremism.

Yet today, the Afghan president is a source of endless frustration for the Americans.

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Parallels
10:17 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Filipino Priest Suffers With His Flock Amid Typhoon's Ruins

A makeshift headstone in the mass grave outside of San Joaquin Parish in the province of Leyte, Philippines. The Catholic parish has lost almost two-thirds of its congregation after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the area.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 6:58 am

Three young men dig a grave in a churchyard in San Joaquin Parish, a collection of about a dozen barrios outside Tacloban, the Philippine provincial capital ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago.

They roll an unidentified body wrapped only in blue plastic sheeting up to the grave on a squeaky trolley.

They drag the body into the pit, which is too small for it. The soft, sandy soil falls from their shovels, and in a minute, the crumpled blue figure disappears under the earth.

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All Tech Considered
9:44 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Papers, Please: A Game That Puts Your Sympathy To The Test

Papers, Please casts you as an immigration inspector whose goal is to keep those who don't belong out of the fictional nation of Arstotzka.
papersplea.se

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 7:21 pm

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Parallels
5:42 am
Tue November 26, 2013

World Headlines: Scotland Unveils Independence Blueprint

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum Glasgow on Tuesday.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Britain, Guardian

First Minister Alex Salmond has released a blueprint for independence, urging Scotland's 4 million voters to create of fairer, richer country when they vote in a referendum on Sept. 18 2014.

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Environment
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

A View From China, India On Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Well, let's hear from some of the rest of the world. We're gonna go to China and India and to NPR correspondents in those countries, beginning with NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Beijing. Hi, Anthony.

ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: Okay. So the Chinese declined to agree to controls on their carbon emissions, but is this a major priority for China?

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Middle East
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Iranians React To Nuclear Deal On Social Media

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

When Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif confirmed the landmark nuclear deal over the weekend, his announcement not made at a podium or declared in front of television cameras. It was done on Twitter, and that's ironic because the government blocks many Iranians from using sites like Twitter and Facebook. Now, many people in Iran find their way around the restrictions and are able to get on social media.

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Africa
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Violence Increases In Central African Republic

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Violence and chaos are gripping the Central African Republic. Some are even warning of genocide there. The violence traces back to a coup led by a Muslim group, the Seleca rebels. Many of them have since gone rouge, targeting Christians who are now forming their own militias.

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Environment
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Why Countries Invest Differently In Environmental Issues

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Across the world, countries make very different investments in the environment. We're not just talking about measures to combat global climate change. We're talking about investments in clean water, forests, biodiversity. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly to share interesting new research, and he's here to tell us about an unexpected factor that seems to influence environmental stewardships. Shankar, welcome back.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi, David.

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Afghanistan
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Ex-White House Official Podesta Calls Karzai 'Erratic'

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

People advising President Obama's administration on Afghanistan include John Podesta. Years ago, he was President Clinton's chief of staff. These days, he's chair of the Center for American Progress and part of an effort to offer independent views on Afghanistan to the administration. Last week, he was in that country just before the many delegates to that assembly of elders approved the U.S. presence in the country, after which President Karzai put off signing the deal, anyway.

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Afghanistan
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Karzai Stalls On U.S. Troop Presence In Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

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Middle East
3:14 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Critical Of Nuclear Deal, Israel Wonders What May Come Next

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting at his office Sunday in Jerusalem. Netanyahu says world powers gave away too much for too little in the interim deal reached last weekend with Iran over its nuclear program.
Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 6:50 am

Many Israelis are critical of the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program, and some are even more worried about what could follow.

"What's important here is that both sides decided: We have to start consulting. Right now," says Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, now head of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

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Latin America
2:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Whoever Honduras Elects President Faces Tough Road, Broke Country

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:05 pm

Hondurans went to the polls this Sunday to elect a new president. The Central American country has a whole host of problems to deal with, including the highest levels of violence in the world and increased drug cartel activity. Most pressing, though, the new leader will inherit a failing economy. Honduras is broke. It just borrowed, for the first time, $500 million on the international bond market, but that wasn't even enough to bail the country out of its devastating financial troubles.

Middle East
2:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Syrian Regime, Opposition Groups To Start Peace Talks In January

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:05 pm

Newly announced talks on ending the conflict in Syria will bring together representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that the talks would convene on Jan. 22.

World
2:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Long Road Ahead For Permanent Iran Nuclear Deal To Be Reached

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:05 pm

The Obama administration says one of the most important gains in the Iran nuclear deal is that it will buy time for negotiations on a more permanent agreement. If no such agreement is reached, sanctions that have been suspended could be re-imposed. But analysts say the obstacles to a final agreement are still huge, and it may not be easy to regain the leverage that sanctions have achieved so far.

Politics
2:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

John Kerry: Risk Ready And Looking For A Legacy

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 6:50 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Secretary of State John Kerry will have to work hard to allay concerns about the Iran deal, concerns from U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Israel. And as Melissa just mentioned, the White House faces criticism from some in Congress. Kerry will need to convince senators not to impose additional sanctions on Iran so that negotiators can come up with a comprehensive deal over the next six months. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, Kerry seems to be well positioned to take on the challenges.

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Middle East
2:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

White House: Iran Deal Delays Potential Nuclear Weapon

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:05 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The nuclear accord reached over the weekend with Iran is, according to President Obama, an important first step. The new Iranian president calls it a definite achievement but to the Israeli prime minister it's a historic mistake. The six-month deal freezes important parts of Iran's nuclear problem. In exchange, Iran gets temporary relief from economic sanctions amounting to about $7 billion.

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It's All Politics
2:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

5 Ways The Iran Nuclear Deal Collides With U.S. Politics

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shake hands Sunday at the United Nations Palais in Geneva.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 6:49 am

The historic nuclear deal with Iran marks the first time in three decades that the Persian nation has agreed to slow its work toward a nuclear weapon and allow international monitors in to verify.

It's a significant accomplishment, but the accord is about to become entangled in U.S. politics for months to come, complicating the pact's future on both sides of the Atlantic.

Here are five reasons why:

1. President Obama's Credibility

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ukraine Protests Continue Over Suspension Of EU Talks

Opposition protesters clash with riot police in front of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:56 am

The Ukrainian government last week stunned many of its own citizens and much of the European Union when it announced it was suspending association talks with the bloc. The decision led to mass protests that continued Monday in which demonstrators clashed with riot police outside the government building. One protester was injured.

The Associated Press reports:

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Parallels
10:53 am
Mon November 25, 2013

President Obama Bets Big On Middle East Diplomacy

President Obama, speaking on Saturday night, said the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program is an important first step. The Obama administration is currently working on several major initiatives in the Middle East.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 6:49 am

The track record for Middle East diplomacy is pretty dismal, yet this is where President Obama is playing all his important diplomatic cards.

With the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program, the president is now engaged in his fifth major diplomatic initiative in five contiguous countries stretching from Afghanistan in the east to Israel in the west.

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Movies
9:36 am
Mon November 25, 2013

From Morgan Freeman to Idris Elba, Who Played Mandela Best?

Many films have been made about Nelson Mandela. Danny Glover, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, and now Idris Elba have all tried to step into the icon's shoes. Host Michel Martin speaks to Sean Jacobs, founder of the blog Africa Is A Country, about which actor played him best.

Parallels
8:04 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Can Child Marriages Be Stopped?

Christina Asima says she had no choice but to marry last year at age 12 to help care for younger siblings after her mother abandoned the family. But she says her husband was abusive, so she left him, and now must look after her 8-month-old son, Praise, alone.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:05 pm

Christina Asima seems tired for a 13-year-old. I meet the shy-mannered girl in the remote farming village of Chitera, in the southern African nation of Malawi. She wears a bright pink zip-up shirt and a blue print cloth wrapped up to her chest. Snuggled in that, hugging her side, is a chubby-cheeked baby boy.

My gut assumption is that the infant must be Christina's little brother. I know 8-month-old Praise is actually her son. Still, it's startling when, as we speak, she shifts him around front to nurse.

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Parallels
6:16 am
Mon November 25, 2013

World Headlines: Both Honduran Candidates Claim Victory

The National Party's Juan Orlando Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday. With a little less than half the ballots counted, Hernandez had 34 percent of the vote and was leading, but his main rival is also claiming victory.
Gustavo Amador EPA /LANDOV

Honduras, El Heraldo

Both candidates in Honduras' presidential election are claiming victory, a day after millions voted in an election that was expected to be close.

But with more than half the votes counted, Juan Orlando, of the ruling National Party, is ahead with about 34 percent of the votes. His main rival, Xiomara Castro, the wife of deposed leader Manuel Zelaya, has about 28 percent.

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Middle East
3:22 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Challenges Predicted For Next Round Of Iran Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:11 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

As we've heard elsewhere in the program, the nuclear agreement reached with Iran over the weekend is a temporary deal with a six-month timeline. There are plenty of unresolved issues and possibly tougher negotiations to come. NPR's Peter Kenyon has this look ahead.

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Latin America
3:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ruling Party Leads Election Vote Totals In Honduras

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:11 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Central American country of Honduras held a presidential election yesterday. Honduras suffers from extreme poverty and it has one of the world's highest murder rates. The nation's politics have been dominated by elites and the military. Now, so far the vote count appears to favor the candidates from the right wing ruling party, but this election offered a little more choice than usual. Here's NPR's Carrie Kahn.

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Middle East
3:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Does Nuclear Deal With Iran Go Far Enough?

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 6:48 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Monday, this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

In 34 years of confrontation between Iran and the outside world, there's never been a deal quite like this.

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Middle East
3:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Deal Leaves Iran's Nuclear Facilities Intact

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:11 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's talk more about the Iranian nuclear deal with Tony Blinken. He is the White House Deputy National Security Advisor. Mr. Blinken, welcome back to the program.

TONY BLINKEN: Thanks for having me.

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Food
3:01 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

How Johnnie Walker Is Chasing The World's Middle Class

Johnnie Walker's success has come in part from emerging markets, like Mexico, Brazil and China.
Charley Gallay Getty Images for Johnnie Walker

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 9:39 am

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Vatican Puts St. Peter's Bones On Display For The First Time

For the first time in nearly 2,000 years, relics of St. Peter the apostle (fragments of bone) are displayed for veneration.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

In the Vatican today, a surreal scene:

That's Pope Francis, the 266th Bishop of Rome, holding what the church believes are the bone fragments of St. Peter, the apostle and the first bishop of Rome.

Pope Francis cradled the relics during a mass at St. Peter's Square, which marked the end of the global church's Year of Faith. It was also the first time the Catholic Church has displayed the relics in public.

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