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Goats and Soda
2:00 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

You Don't Want To Mess With An Angry Mother

Phyllis Omido is one of six winners of the 2015 Goldman Environmental prizes.
Courtesy of The Goldman Environmental Prize

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 2:42 pm

In the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, Phyllis Omido knew that industry could pose a danger to the surrounding communities. She'd worked on environmental impact assessment reports for several factories.

But when her 2 1/2-year-old son, King David, got sick with a mysterious condition, it didn't occur to her that it might be from environmental toxins. He had a high fever that wasn't responding to medication. He couldn't sleep. He was plagued with diarrhea, and his eyes became runny. He spent two weeks in the hospital, and still no one could figure out what was wrong.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Iran Charges 'Washington Post' Reporter With Espionage

Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, faces four serious charges, including espionage, according to his lawyer. He's shown in 2013.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 11:59 am

Iran is charging a Washington Post reporter with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said today. This is the first time the precise charges against Jason Rezaian, the Post's bureau chief in Tehran, have been made public since he was detained by the Iranian authorities nine months ago.

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Goats and Soda
11:28 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Mr. Toilet And Mr. Condom Think Jokes Will Save The World

They don't call him Mr. Toilet for nothing! On a cold and windy November day, Jack Sim visited NPR and gladly struck a pose on his favorite appliance. Note: This toilet was not hooked up.
Ryan Kellman and John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:47 pm

A funny thing happened at the 12th Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship last week in Oxford, England.

At this global gathering of activists and change-makers, where conversation often centered on poverty, disease and disaster, there was a session called What's So Funny? The Role of Comedy in Social Change.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Mon April 20, 2015

EU Holds Emergency Meeting After Migrant Boat Capsizes; Hundreds Feared Dead

An Italian coast guard vessel took part in a large search and rescue operation Sunday after a boat carrying migrants capsized overnight.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:28 pm

The European Union is holding an emergency meeting Monday about the deadly capsizing of a boat crowded with would-be migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. With 28 survivors reported and 24 bodies recovered, only a fraction of the hundreds of people who were reportedly on board are accounted for.

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Mon April 20, 2015

South African Authorities Try To Quell Xenophobic Violence

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:49 am

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3:01 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Italy Calls On EU To Act After Migrants Drown In Mediterranean

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:47 pm

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Asia
3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Chinese President To Discuss Massive Trade Route During Pakistan Visit

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:36 pm

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Mother and infant Bouvier's red colobus monkeys in a first-ever photograph of the primate taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species was thought to have gone extinct in the 1970s.
Lieven Devreese and Gaƫl Elie Gnondo Gobolo Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, DRC

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.

The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement

Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia presents the Holy Shroud during a preview for the news media at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy, on Saturday. The shroud ā€” believed by many to be the burial cloth of Christ ā€” will go on display for the first time in five years.
Antonio Calanni AP

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 3:40 pm

The Shroud of Turin, an artifact that many people believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, goes back on public display today for the first time in five years in the Italian city that bears its name.

The shroud can be seen by the public until June 24, at the cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin. Anyone who wants to view it can do so for free, but must first sign up online. Already a million people have done so, according to the BBC.

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The Two-Way
7:06 am
Sun April 19, 2015

New ISIS Video Purports To Show Shooting, Beheading Of Christians

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 12:04 pm

The self-declared Islamic State has released a new video purporting to show its followers shooting or beheading some 30 Ethiopian Christians in two separate locations in Libya, as a masked man dressed in black issues a stark warning to the West.

Reuters says of the video, reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, that it "portrays Christians as crusaders out to kill Muslims and then showed about 15 men beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size shot in their heads in scrubland."

According to Reuters:

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Hundreds Of Migrants Feared Dead In Capsized Boat Off North Africa

Personnel at work in the operations room of the Italian coast guard in Rome on Sunday during the coordination of relief efforts after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants capsizes off Libyan coast occurred in the Strait of Sicily.
Angelo Carconi Landov

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:30 pm

Hundreds of would-be migrants from North Africa who were trying to reach Europe are missing and feared drowned after their boat capsized about 120 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Officials say it could be the largest-ever such tragedy on the Mediterranean.

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Africa
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Hundreds Missing As Migrant Boat Sinks Off Libya

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Europe
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Greece Risks Losing Future Bailout Funds

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Asia
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Nepal Diverts Climbing Fees To Sherpa Welfare Fund

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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National Security
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

U.S. And Saudis Place Sanctions On Pakistani Charity

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sun April 19, 2015

See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

A student reads inside her home in Srinagar, India, as her sister points to a sketch resembling a male police officer in a first-grade textbook
Mukhtar Khan AP

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:07 am

"If aliens beamed onto Earth and read our school textbooks, they wouldn't have a clue about what women contribute to our society," says Rae Blumberg, a sociologist at the University of Virginia.

Blumberg has spent years looking at textbooks from all over the world. In almost every country she has studied, women are either completely written out of texts ā€” or they're portrayed in stereotypical, often subservient roles.

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Health
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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World
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Suicide Blast Kills More Than 30 In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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2:03 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Syria's Minorities: Caught Between Sword Of ISIS And Wrath of Assad

Assyrian Christians, who fled their homes because of attacks by the Islamic State, pray at a church on the outskirts of Damascus on March 1. Many minorities in Syria have tried to remain neutral in the conflict, but they often get caught up in the crossfire or are targeted by extremists.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Consider the plight of Syria's many minorities ā€” the Christians, the Druze, the Ismailis and many others.

On one hand, they face threats by extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which considers their beliefs heretical. On the other hand, joining forces with President Bashar Assad's regime could mean dangerous military deployments and antagonizing the Sunni Muslim majority.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Australia Says It Broke Up ISIS-Inspired Plot To Attack WWI Event

Police made one of several arrests at this house in Narre Warren, a suburb of Melbourne, Saturday. Police raided houses in the city's outer eastern suburbs and made several arrests over an alleged attack planned for ANZAC Day.
David Crosling EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:16 am

In a series of early-morning raids, Australian counterterrorism police arrested five men in the Melbourne area Saturday, over their possible involvement in a plot to attack police officers at an upcoming World War I remembrance ceremony.

Three of the men were later released; police say that Sevdet Ramdan Besim, 18, "has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts."

From Sydney, Stuart Cohen reports:

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 35 In Jalalabad; ISIS Reportedly Claims Responsibility

Afghan security forced inspect the site of a suicide attack near a New Kabul Bank in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan Saturday. The United Nations says at least 35 people died.
AP

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:12 am

In what could be the first attack in Afghanistan by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the extremist group has reportedly said it is behind Saturday's deadly attack in Jalalabad. Media outlets and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have noted the claim, which has not been independently verified.

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Heavy Police Presence At Ferry Demonstrations Bring Seoul To A Halt

Riot police at the entrance to a subway station in central Seoul.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:08 am

A weekend of planned vigils and marches to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly Sewol ferry sinking in South Korea has turned into tense clashes between demonstrators and police.

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Africa
5:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Frustrations Fuel Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

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Latin America
5:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

In Panama, Restoring Streets And Reforming Gangs At The Same Time

Former gang member Ricky James (left) and developer K.C. Hardin in Casco Viejo.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:45 am

Panama, like its Central American neighbors, is struggling with a rise in gangs. A recent census by the country's security forces put the number of criminal organizations operating in Panama now at about 200.

One neighborhood, in the capital's historic district, is taking on its gang problem with a group of strange bedfellows.

First, meet K.C. Hardin.

"I moved to Panama 12 years ago just to surf and do nothing for a couple years, I thought," says Hardin.

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Economy
5:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Global Bankers Meet To Resolve A Two-Speed World Economy

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

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Environment
5:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Why Water Markets Might Work In California

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

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Europe
5:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Latest Mediterranean Incident Highlights Italy's Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

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Parallels
5:42 am
Sat April 18, 2015

As Greeks And Germans Negotiate Debt, Reparations Issues Resurface

Greek Orthodox priest Apostolos Stavropoulos, 41, lights a torch inside the mausoleum in the village of Distomo in June 2013 on the eve of the 69th anniversary of the massacre committed by the Nazis during World War II. The remains of the more than 200 villagers killed, including women and children, are kept here.
John Kolesidis Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 9:14 am

The village of Distomo is tucked into the foothills of central Greece, near the ancient city of Delphi. Had recent history been kinder to it, the village might have been known for its 10th-century Byzantine monastery or its postcard scenes of grandfathers like Lukas Pergantas, tending their small vineyards.

But Pergantas says his hometown is defined by a horrific massacre by Nazi forces on June 10, 1944.

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Parallels
3:16 am
Sat April 18, 2015

From Losers To Possible Kingmakers, A Scottish Party Comes Back Strong

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), delivers a speech in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 28. After its loss at the polls last year on the issue of Scottish independence, the party has quadrupled its membership and is on the ascendant.
Russell Cheyne Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

Political life is full of comeback stories, but few are quite as dramatic as the boomerang that Scottish nationalists have experienced over the last six months.

Last September, the Scottish National Party lost a vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

Now, membership in the SNP has quadrupled, and that unexpected turn of events means that this party, dismissed as a loser last fall, could determine who becomes the next prime minister after British elections in a few weeks.

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World
3:30 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Syrian Government Believed To Be Behind Chlorine Gas Attack

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:05 pm

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