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3:44 am
Mon March 16, 2015

British Teens On Their Way To Syria Are Returned Home

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Middle East
3:26 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Arab States And Iran's Nuclear Talks

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Latin America
3:23 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Brazilians Stage Massive Protests Against President Dilma Rousseff

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 5:50 am

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Parallels
1:05 am
Mon March 16, 2015

A Rail Line That Crosses Jerusalem's Divide, But Can't Unite It

Israel's light rail runs through Jewish areas in East Jerusalem, then into Palestinian neighborhoods and on to old Israeli communities in West Jerusalem. On occasion, it has been a target for violence.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 11:43 am

David Felber was out of breath when he met up with us at the Pigsat Ze'ev Light Rail station in East Jerusalem.

"We missed the 8 o'clock train," he panted. He didn't want to miss the 8:05.

The 53-year-old was on his way to work at the Ministry of Education in West Jerusalem.

We stepped on board to glimpse how the battle for land touches so much in this region, including Felber's commute.

Jerusalem's light rail system connects the two halves of a divided city. Israel captured East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War against Arab nations almost half a century ago.

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World
3:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Nuclear Talks Resume With Iran

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 4:22 pm

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Author Interviews
3:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

'State Of Terror': Where ISIS Came From And How To Fight It

Heavy smoke rises following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition aircraft in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of the self-declared Islamic State in October 2014.
Gokhan Sahin Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 10:34 am

There have been mixed results in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. Iraqi government forces and their Iranian allies are fighting to retake the central city of Tikrit, but it's unclear how much longer this will take.

Meanwhile, ISIS has established a foothold in Libya. They also recently accepted the allegiance of Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist organization.

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The Two-Way
1:59 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Massive Protests Against Brazil's President Seek Her Ouster

A family carries posters with "Dilma out and Impeachment Now," written in Portuguese, during a protest Sunday in the capital, Brasilia.
Eraldo Peres AP

The protests against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are growing, with some estimates saying 1 million people have turned up across the country calling for her ouster.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who is reporting on the protests from Rio de Janeiro for our Newscast unit, says placards on Copacabana beach are calling for Rousseff's impeachment.

Protesters are chanting that they want not only Rousseff, but also her Workers Party, or PT, out of office. The party came to power 13 years ago; Rousseff was re-elected four months ago in a close election.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Kerry To Resume Talks Over Iran's Nuclear Program

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Switzerland today for more talks with Iran's foreign minister on the Islamic republic's nuclear program. The meeting comes a week after Senate Republicans signed an open letter to Iran suggesting any deal reached would lapse the day President Obama leaves office.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, who is reporting on the talks for our Newscast unit, says:

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Sun March 15, 2015

'We Have To Negotiate In The End' With Syria's Assad, Kerry Says

Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News the U.S. is pushing for Syrian President Bashar Assad to seriously discuss a transition strategy to quell the Arab country's four-year civil war.
Brian Snyder AP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. and its allies will have to talk to Syrian President Bashar Assad to bring about a diplomatic solution to the Syrian civil war.

"We have to negotiate in the end," Kerry told CBS' Face the Nation. "And what we're pushing for is to get him to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds in order to do that.

"We've made it very clear to people that we are looking at increased steps that can help bring about that pressure."

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Interviews
8:25 am
Sun March 15, 2015

The Truth About Humanitarian Work: High Ideals Vs. Hard Realities

UNICEF workers assemble "school infection prevention kits" in Monrovia, Liberia, to stop the spread of Ebola back in January.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

The Syrian civil war has dragged on for four years now. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died and more than 3 million have been displaced.

The refugee crisis there has attracted humanitarian aid workers hoping to make a difference. Kayla Mueller was one of them. The 26-year-old Arizona native was captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in August of 2013. She was killed last month.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Suicide Bombers Target Sunday Services At 2 Pakistani Churches

Girls mourn a family member killed in a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday.
K.M. Chaudary AP

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 2:10 pm

At least 14 people are dead and 70 wounded after blasts targeted two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, during Sunday services.

The churches, one Catholic and the other Protestant, are located near each other in the predominantly Christian Youhanabad area of Lahore.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Aid Effort Underway As Vanuatu Assesses Storm's Damage

In this March 14, 2015, photo provided by World Vision, debris is strewn around a lone tree in Port Vila, Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam ripped through the tiny South Pacific archipelago.
AP

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 8:28 am

Vanuatu's president made an emotional appeal today for international relief for his Pacific nation as the scale of the destruction wreaked by Cyclone Pam became slowly apparent. The storm, which struck Vanuatu late Friday, destroyed buildings and crops, killed at least 8 people and injured 20.

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World
5:57 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Walking The Longest River In The World

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

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Middle East
5:54 am
Sun March 15, 2015

In Iraq, The Final Battle For Tikrit Is Likely To Be The Hardest

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

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5:53 am
Sun March 15, 2015

From Afghanistan's Rubble, A Teacher Builds A School Of Ideas

Aziz Royesh is one of 10 finalists for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize.
Zabihullah Tamanna for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

Aziz Royesh is a man whose life has been defined by one over-arching ambition: He says he simply wants to be a teacher.

At 46, he has achieved that goal in one of the most difficult and dangerous environments in the world — Afghanistan. He has also founded a school that is now winning international acclaim as a model for education in that war-battered nation.

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Goats and Soda
5:53 am
Sun March 15, 2015

When There's Art On The Bus, You'll Get To Your Stop Sooner

A minibus painted with the Rolling Stones' logo.
Gregory Warner/NPR

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

Picture yourself standing at a bus station in Nairobi, Kenya. The unwritten rule is that none of these minibuses (shared taxis, called matatus) will leave until they have enough passengers. That can be around 20 or more people. So every matatu has a tout shouting at top volume — even banging on the side of the bus — to corral more customers.

All of a sudden, what looks like a discotheque on wheels pulls up.

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Middle East
5:53 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Netanyahu Maintains Focus On Iran As His Voter Support Falls

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

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Europe
5:53 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Portugal Beckons With Back Alleys And Boarded-Up Businesses

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

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Middle East
5:53 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Isaac Herzog Is Netanyahu's Surprise Challenger In Israel

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sun March 15, 2015

How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

A mother feeds her new baby at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, which has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. About 1 in 7 women in South Sudan die from causes related to pregnancy.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

Officials and activists from around the world gathered in New York this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1995 World Conference on Women.

Although there were a lot of depressing statistics discussed at the current meeting, there was one piece of good news that many kept citing as reason for hope: Since 1995 the rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent.

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World
3:25 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

A Glimpse Into Osama Bin Laden's Final Days

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:36 pm

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Sat March 14, 2015

New Statue Of Gandhi Unveiled In Britain's Parliament Square

British Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi's grandson, beneath a new statue of the Indian independence leader by British sculptor Philip Jackson, after it was unveiled today in London's Parliament Square.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 12:29 pm

Winston Churchill once described Mohandas Gandhi, the Indian independence leader who challenged the might of the British empire, as a "seditious Middle Temple lawyer." On another occasion, he said Gandhi "ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant."

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The Two-Way
9:06 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Nun, Who Tried To Prevent Robbery, Gang Raped In India

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 10:55 am

A septuagenarian nun in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal has been gang raped by a group of men after she tried to stop them from robbing a missionary school.

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Middle East
7:50 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish People's Protection Units battle ISIS militants in Kobani, Syria, in November. U.S. officials haven't said whether they will defend the forces if they are attacked by Bashar al-Assad.
Jake Simkin AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

The U.S. air war in Iraq and Syria against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is now in its eighth month.

American officials say dropping bombs won't be enough to defeat that group; it will also require fighting on the ground. So the U.S. is trying to put together a ground force in Syria by training and equipping thousands of Syrians.

One big question is what the U.S. will do if these Syrian rebel forces get attacked by the regime of Bashar Assad — and so far, the U.S. doesn't have an answer.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Sat March 14, 2015

LOOK: Images From Forest Fire That Threatens Chilean City

Smoke from a forest fire is seen in Valparaiso on Friday. Several acres of land have been burned in the fires that are threatening the city that is home to the National Congress.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 10:58 am

A major forest fire is threatening the Chilean coastal city of Valparaiso, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency and evacuate about 4,500 people from their homes.

The fire began at an illegal garbage dump, officials said, and spread because of high winds. The Associated Press quoted Deputy Interior Secretary Mahmud Aleuy as saying another 10,000 people might need to be moved from the city, which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.

The city, home to Chile's National Congress, was hit by a forest fire last April that killed 15 people.

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Religion
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Vatican. Last year, Pope Francis named Pell as prefect of the newly formed Secretariat for the Economy to oversee the Vatican's finances.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

When the College of Cardinals elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church two years ago, Pope Francis was given the mandate to put the Vatican's dysfunctional administration in order.

As the papacy's enters its third year, some of the biggest reforms have been achieved in the Vatican's finances, long tainted by scandal.

Three days after his election, Pope Francis made clear his vision of what the Catholic Church should be when he exclaimed, "Oh, how I would love a poor church ... for the poor."

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Parallels
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Egyptians Fight ISIS Fear-Mongering With Punchlines And Parody

A photo from the wedding of Ahmed Shehata and Shaimaa Daif shows friends of the couple mocking members of the so-called Islamic State. Shehata says he staged the surprise to show his wife that ISIS was "something to laugh at, not to fear."
Courtesy of Ahmed Shehata

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

One of the self-proclaimed Islamic State's biggest weapons has been its terrifying propaganda. Highly-produced videos of brute violence are its hallmark: a man being burned alive in a cage; Christians being beheaded on a beach in Libya; a child being used to execute a suspected traitor.

But in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, people are responding by laughing rather than cowering.

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Sat March 14, 2015

'Important Gaps' Remain In Nuclear Talks With Iran, Kerry Says

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday. Kerry said he's returning to nuclear negotiations with Iran with "important gaps" standing in the way of a deal.
Brian Snyder AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 11:00 am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says while there has been some progress in talks with Iran over its nuclear program, "important gaps" need to be overcome before a deal can be reached by a late March deadline.

"We have made some progress but there are still gaps, important gaps, and important choices that need to be made by Iran in order to move forward," Kerry said.

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sat March 14, 2015

New Dads In Togo Are Guaranteed Something That U.S. Dads Aren't

Maternity And Paternity Leave By Country
Matt Stiles/NPR

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:51 pm

This month, women's rights are in the headlines, as a U.N. conference looks at efforts to bring about gender equality.

So men are the forgotten sex.

Only not entirely. A new UCLA report, which looks at "inequalities in legal rights for women and girls around the world" includes a surprising section – on paid paternity leave.

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Simon Says
3:30 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Seven Decades On, Anne Frank's Words Still Comfort

Anne Frank poses in 1941.
Frans Dupont AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

A 15-year-old girl named Anne Frank died 70 years ago this week; the exact day is unknown. She died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, not long after her sister Margot, who was 19.

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