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Afghanistan
2:30 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Afghan Activists Hope For Larger Say In Country's Future

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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Global Health
2:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Liberia President Sets Dec. 25 Goal For No New Ebola Cases

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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Latin America
2:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Student Murders Throw Mexico's Left-Wing Party Into A Tailspin

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World
2:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Israel In Political Upheaval — Two Years Ahead Of Schedule

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

One Jong Un To Rule Them All: N. Koreans Banned From Using Leader's Name

He's one of a kind: North Koreans cannot name their children Jong Un, and those who already share Kim Jong Un's name must change it, according to a newly confirmed directive from the country's government.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:28 pm

North Koreans cannot name their children Jong Un, and those who already share the name of the country's leader must change it. That's according to a directive from 2011 obtained recently by KBS, South Korea's state-run broadcast network.

It's unclear how many people the ban affects, but Kim is a common Korean last name, and both males and females can be named Jong Un. The North Korean directive was dated January 2011, the KBS report said.

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Parallels
1:13 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

From German Teen To ISIS Jihadist: A Father's Struggle To Understand

Alfons R. of Hamburg, Germany (shown in this undated photo), converted to Islam at age 17. Later, he went to Turkey, then Syria, to join ISIS. He was killed this past summer.
Courtesy of Manfred Karg

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:34 am

Manfred Karg says he doesn't know how his eldest son, Alfons, became mixed up with radical Islamists.

Whatever happened, the German pensioner's 19-year-old son from Hamburg is now dead, one of at least 60 Germans killed fighting alongside ISIS militants, nine of them in suicide attacks, according to German authorities.

Karg says two young men with an "immigrant background" knocked on Alfons' mother's door to tell her of his death in Syria last summer.

"When she opened up, they said: 'Congratulations, your son is now in paradise,' " he says.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

American Couple Detained In Qatar Allowed To Return Home

Shortly before they left Qatar on Wednesday, Grace and Matthew Huang spoke with Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador to Qatar, at the Hamad International Airport in Doha.
Osama Faisal AP

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:54 pm

Matthew and Grace Huang, an American couple who had been forced to remain in Qatar over the death of their adopted 8-year old daughter in 2013, have left the country en route to the United States.

On Sunday, an appeals court cleared the Huangs of all charges in their daughter's death, but as they arrived at the Hamad International Airport in Doha later that day to fly home to California, the couple were detained again. Qatari authorities said another appeal had been filed in their case and that they could not travel.

That travel ban was lifted Wednesday.

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Goats and Soda
12:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Startling Statistic: Only 8 Patients In Largest Ebola Hospital

A health care worker wheels a stack of freshly washed boots to ELWA 3 Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia.
John W Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 3:04 pm

Sometimes you stumble across statistics that just scream at you. I was looking this week through some reports on the Liberian Ministry of Health's website. The screaming statistic was an "8" listed as the number of people "currently in treatment" at the ELWA 3 Ebola treatment unit run by Doctors Without Borders in Monrovia.

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Goats and Soda
9:12 am
Wed December 3, 2014

World Premiere Videos: Wilbur Dunks A Chicken, Digs Into Indian Food

Wilbur Sargunaraj sings and dances about village life in India.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:43 am

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Kerry: Coalition Offensive Against ISIS Having 'Significant Impact'

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center, and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari prior to a round table meeting of the global coalition to counter the Islamic State.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 11:00 am

Meeting with representatives of nations that have joined the United States in its fight against the so-called Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said the offensive was having "significant impact."

Reuters reports:

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World
3:24 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Australia Cracks Down On Travel Amenity Requests

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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Asia
3:18 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Hong Kong Visitors Tour Protest Site Where History Is Being Made

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 4:22 pm

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Africa
3:17 am
Wed December 3, 2014

U.N. Team Strives To Reach Ebola Emergency Response Goals

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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Europe
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

French Lawmakers Vote To Recognize Palestinian State

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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Afghanistan
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

International Conference May Help Afghanistan Hit The Reset Button

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 4:18 am

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The Two-Way
9:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Which Countries Are The Most Corrupt?

A Somali man walks in front of a high-rise apartment building under construction in Mogadishu on Nov. 4. Somalia, along with North Korea, is seen as the most-corrupt country in the world, according to the Corruption Perception Index released today by Transparency International.
Farah Abdi Warsameh AP

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 12:54 pm

Four Scandinavian nations and New Zealand are the world's least corrupt countries while North Korea and Somalia are the most corrupt, according to the Corruption Perception Index released today by Transparency International.

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Goats and Soda
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

One Village's Story: How Ebola Began And How It Ends

Each day, a nurse comes to this clearing outside Taylortown, Liberia, to sing a song of mourning, preparing the space for the next burial. So far nearly 100 people are interred here.
Kelly McEvers NPR

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 9:09 am

There's a clearing in the jungle in central Liberia that now serves as an Ebola burial ground. Every day, a woman who works as a nurse in the nearby Ebola treatment unit, or ETU, changes from her scrubs into traditional dress, walks into that clearing and sings a song of mourning.

The song is meant to prepare the space for the dead. There is a burial every day. So far, nearly 100 people have been buried in this clearing. Sixteen are from one village about 45 minutes away, a place called Taylortown, or Taylata in the local dialect.

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Global Health
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Ebola Knocked West African Countries Off Development Ladder

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:24 pm

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Fine Art
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Missing Painting Found On Set Of 'Stuart Little'

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:37 pm

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Asia
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Make Last-Ditch Effort To Negotiate

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:19 am

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Iraq
3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Oil Deal Provides Much-Needed Revenue In Iraq

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:57 pm

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

FIFA Chief Rejects Responsibility For Welfare Of Workers In Qatar

FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday that FIFA wasn't responsible for the working conditions of laborers who are building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He said the companies that employed the migrant workers should be responsible for their safety.
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter said today that soccer's governing body is not responsible for the working conditions of laborers who are building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Israel's Netanyahu Fires Ministers, Calls For Early Election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two senior Cabinet ministers on Tuesday and called for early elections that could be held early next year.
Landov

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 6:24 pm

With his coalition government splintering, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sacked two senior Cabinet ministers, said Parliament should be dissolved and called for early elections.

The Israeli media reported that new elections could be held as early as March.

Netanyahu has been prime minister for the past five years — an extremely long tenure in a country marked by fractious politics and unstable coalition governments. He has more than two years left in his current term before new elections are required in 2017.

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The Two-Way
12:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Indian Court Says Elephant Who Was Chained For 50 Years Is Free

Raju the elephant enjoys the water. An Indian court has ruled that the elephant, who was chained for 50 years, can remain with the group that rescued him in July.
Wildlife SOS

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 3:15 pm

Raju the elephant, who appeared to shed tears last July when he was freed from his shackles after 50 years, will be allowed to remain with his rescuers, an Indian court has ruled.

[A warning: The video that we've linked to in the preceding paragraph has some disturbing images.]

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Indian TV Host Slapped For Wearing A 'Short Dress'

Indian actress and model Gauhar Khan poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards, which were held April 26 in Tampa, Fla. Gauhar was slapped Sunday during the filming of an Indian TV show by an audience member who deemed her dress too short.
Chris O'Meara AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 11:23 am

An Indian television host and actress was slapped during the filming of a talent show by a man who said her dress was too short.

Police arrested 24-year-old Akil Malik for allegedly slapping Gauhar Khan on Sunday during the filming of India's Raw Star, a televised singing contest that she hosts. Security guards overpowered Malik before summoning the police.

Police quoted Malik as telling Khan that "being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress." Malik, like Khan, is Muslim.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Costa Concordia Captain Defends Himself In First Testimony

Francesco Schettino.
Giacomo Aprili AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 1:02 pm

For the first time, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia took the stand to defend himself in an Italian courtroom on Tuesday.

Francesco Schettino said he didn't change the route of the cruise liner to impress a Moldovan dancer he was having an affair with.

Instead, The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Iraq, Kurds Agree On Deal Over Oil Exports, Budget

Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari announced Tuesday that the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region have started implementing a deal under which Baghdad resumes funding Kurdish civil servant salaries in return for a share of Kurdish oil exports.
Ali Abbas EPA /LANDOV

Iraq's government and Kurdish regional authorities have announced a deal that could end a dispute between them over oil exports and the budget.

Under the deal, announced by Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, the Kurds will release 300,000 barrels per day of oil from Kirkuk. Another 250,000 barrels per day would be exported from the semiautonomous Kurdistan Region through Turkey.

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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Al-Shabab Takes Responsibility For Killing Dozens In Kenya

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 11:56 am

Militants opened fire on workers at a quarry in northeast Kenya early Tuesday, leaving at least 36 of them dead.

Reuters reports the attack happened near the border with Somalia, where just a week earlier al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus and killed 28 people. The wire service reports:

" 'The militia separated the Muslims, then ordered the non-Muslims to lie down where they shot them on the head at close range,' Hassan Duba, an elder at a nearby village, said.

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The Two-Way
4:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Wife, Son Of Islamic State Leader Reportedly Detained In Lebanon

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 11:52 am

Lebanese officials say they have detained the wife and son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State.

According to the BBC, the two, who were said to be traveling with forged documents, were detained 10 days ago near the Syrian border.

The BBC adds:

"The al-Safir newspaper reported that Baghdadi's wife was being questioned at the Lebanese defence ministry. ...

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Middle East
3:31 am
Tue December 2, 2014

In Israel, A Clash Over What The Nation Is And Who It's For

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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