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Latin America
2:20 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State

The opening to one of the many tunnels that authorities discovered were used by Guzman as escape routes. The neighborhood of La Libertad is known for its complex drainage system, which provided easy access in and out of various safe houses.
Encarni Pindado for NPR

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:39 pm

Drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," was formally charged on Monday with violating drug trafficking laws in Mexico. While officials celebrate his capture, many in his home state of Sinaloa — who viewed the kingpin as a helper of the poor and a keeper of the peace — are not as pleased.

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Europe
2:20 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

From President To Fugitive — In The Span Of A Week

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Last week, Viktor Yanukovych was Ukraine's head of state. Today, he's a wanted fugitive. The acting interior minister issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of mass murder. Yanukovych's main backer, meanwhile, is stepping up its criticism of the upheaval that has swept through Ukraine.

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Europe
2:20 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

The Ukrainian Unrest, As Seen From Moscow

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And to hear how the Russians view events in Ukraine, we turn now to Andranik Migranyan. He's a political scientist and director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation. That's a Russian-funded think tank in New York with close ties to Russia's leadership. Welcome to the program once again, Mr. Migranyan.

ANDRANIK MIGRANYAN: Yeah, thank you for having me.

SIEGEL: And first, who in Russian eyes is considered legitimate to lead Ukraine at this point?

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Around the Nation
2:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

From Mexico To Midwest, A Visit To El Chapo's Chicago

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's a very different story in Chicago where Joaquin Guzman made life remarkably less safe, dominating the city's heroin trade. In fact, Chicago served as the Midwestern hub for his cartel.

Patrick Smith, of member station WBEZ, reports on what Guzman's arrest means for the drug war there.

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Parallels
2:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

The History Of A Once And Future World-Class Resort

People watch the sunset Monday while standing under the Olympic rings hanging outside a train station in Sochi, Russia.
Jae C. Hong AP

President Vladimir Putin isn't the first Russian leader to try to create a world-class resort in Sochi. That story is told in one of Sochi's best attractions, an excellent city history museum.

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Parallels
12:48 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Ukraine: 4 Key Debates Yet To Shake Out

People pass by a portrait of prominent opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday. Tymoshenko, a former prime minister, is one of the leaders who have emerged after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, but she is also a controversial figure.
Marko Drobnjakovic AP

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 3:19 pm

Ukraine's deposed President Viktor Yanukovych is on the run. There's uncertainty over who will emerge as the country's new leader. Its economy is in shambles.

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Sports
12:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Olympics: Goodbye Sochi, Hello Brazil

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Winter Olympics games closed yesterday with a spectacular display of fireworks, dance and music, including a thousand children singing the Russian national anthem.

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The Edge
11:11 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Now That The Games Are Over, What Will Happen To Sochi?

A view of the Olympic Park on Feb. 6, a day before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 2:53 pm

The closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi featured a particularly captivating image: an aerial view of the coastal Olympic village, with the stadiums set like jewels among sparkling avenues, set off by the flash of fireworks in the night sky.

It seemed as if Russia, and especially President Vladimir Putin, had achieved everything that could be hoped for from a world-class sporting event.

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The Two-Way
5:29 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Resignations In Egypt May Be Prelude To General's Presidential Run

Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in April 2013.
Jim Watson AP

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:42 am

In something of a surprise, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday that his entire Cabinet is stepping down.

From Cairo, NPR's Leila Fadel says the prime minister gave no reason for the mass resignation.

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The Two-Way
4:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ukraine's Yanukovych On Run From Mass Murder Charge

In Kiev's Independence Square, flowers have been left in memory of protesters killed there in recent days.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:10 am

Viktor Yanukovych, ousted Saturday from his post as president of Ukraine, is now wanted by authorities in his country on charges of mass murder, the acting interior minister says.

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Sports
3:11 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony Held In Sochi

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Russia put on a spectacular closing show for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi last night, with fireworks, Russian music and dance, and a thousand children singing Russia's national anthem. As always, the games were full of the sort of drama and surprises that make them one of the world's great spectacles.

Sonari Glinton is about to turn out the lights in NPR's Sochi bureau, but before he does, let's get the low-down from him about the two-plus weeks of competition.

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Europe
3:08 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Developments In Ukraine Complicate Russia's Strategy

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:34 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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Europe
3:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ukraine President's Estate Included Exotic Zoo

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:34 am

When he fled Kiev, Viktor Yanukovych left behind an opulent mansion that underscores the problems many Ukrainians say plague their country: widespread government corruption and a huge income gap.

Latin America
3:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Authorities Finally Nab Mexico's No. 1 Drug Kingpin

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:34 am

Joaquin Guzman known as "El Chapo," was arrested in an early Saturday morning raid in the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan. Multiple U.S. agencies provided intelligence that helped take down Guzman.

Around the Nation
3:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

U.S. Authorities Want Mexico To Extradite 'El Chapo'

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:34 am

Joaquin Guzman remains the focus of intense law enforcement interest. The man who occupied a prominent place for years on the DEA's most-wanted list is still wanted to face trial in a U.S. courtroom.

Europe
3:12 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

With Leadership Jumble, Ukraine Continues To Transform

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 5:00 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West . I'm Arun Rath.

Ukraine is continuing to transform before our eyes. A new interim president has been named, and he's given parliament 48 hours to agree on an interim government. Pro-western protesters continue to fill Independence Square in Kiev, though it has remained peaceful since Friday. Some clashes have been reported, however, in the pro-Russian eastern part of the country.

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Science
3:12 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Explorers' Aim For Perilous Polar Trek: 'Get Home In One Piece'

Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, breaking the record for the longest polar journey on foot.
The Scott Expedition

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 5:00 pm

In 1911, explorer and British Royal Navy officer Robert Falcon Scott had big plans. He intended to be the first to reach the South Pole, that holy grail of exploration, and claim the distinction for the British Empire.

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Sports
3:12 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Sochi Olympic Flame Is Extinguished

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 5:00 pm

The last big games of the Olympics, including the gold medal hockey game and four-man bobsled, concluded Sunday. After the closing ceremony, thousands headed for Sochi's tiny airport. NPR's Robert Smith provides a roundup of highlights.

The Two-Way
3:03 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

American Held In Israel For 1997 Murder Is Killed In Prison Shootout

Samuel Sheinbein, 18, arrives at the Tel Aviv District Court in this March 22, 1999 file photo. He was killed in a prison shootout on Sunday after being imprisoned for 17 years.
STAFF Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:50 am

Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after murdering a Maryland teenager 17 years ago, was killed in a prison shootout on Sunday during an apparent escape attempt near Tel Aviv.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Break Off Negotiations On U.S. Soldier Held Since 2009

A Taliban-affiliated website shows Bowe R. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan in June, 2009, sometime after his capture by Taliban militants.
Reuters/Landov

The Afghan Taliban said it was cutting off talks with Washington to trade long-time captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five of the prisoners held at Guantanamo.

The Associated Press says it's received via email "a terse Pashto language statement" from Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid blaming the "current complex political situation in the country" for suspending the discussions.

The AP says a U.S. official confirms that the talks have been suspended.

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Egypt's Morsi Accused Of Aiding Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in a soundproof barred glass cage is seen during a court appearance on Feb. 16.
Mohammed al-Law AP

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been accused of passing state secrets to Iran's Revolutionary Guard at a hearing at the jailed leader's trial in Cairo.

A prosecutor at the hearing said Morsi, who stands accused of numerous charges, was involved along with 35 others in a plot to destabilize Egypt.

The BBC reports:

"Mr Morsi's supporters say he and other senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders are the victims of politically motivated prosecutions.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Many Wounded, 2 Dead In Bangkok Bomb Blast

Thai soldiers check the site of a bomb explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday. At least 22 people, including three children, were wounded in a bomb explosion near an anti-government protest site.
Rachen Sageamsak Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:26 am

An apparent grenade attack on an anti-government protest in Thailand's capital has killed at least two people and wounded nearly two dozen others, as unrest in the country continues amid a push by opposition forces to topple the elected prime minister.

NPR's Michael Sullivan reports:

"The blast occurred near Central World shopping mall in the heart of [Bangkok] and at least three children are among those most seriously injured, according to the government-run Erawan Medical Center.

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The Edge
6:51 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race

Russia RUS-1 bobsled team, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, jump onto the medal stand after winning gold on Sunday. On the last day of the Sochi Games, Russia had already secured the top spot in the overall medal count.
Dita Alangkara AP

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 8:08 am

Just two medals remain to be awarded at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as Canada and Sweden face off on the hockey ice. If the Canadian men take gold, Canada will have swept all four traditional team sports. Canadian teams have already won gold in men's and women's curling and women's ice hockey.

[Add at 10:00 a.m. ET: Canada's men's hockey team has won the gold]

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Middle East
6:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

UN Security Council Agrees On Syria Aid Resolution

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 9:57 am

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria. More than 9 million people need help, according to the U.N.

Europe
6:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

A Coup Or A Revolution? The U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine Explains

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 9:57 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to stay in Kiev now and speak with Geoffrey Pyatt. He is the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine and he joins me live on the line. Welcome to the program, ambassador.

AMBASSADOR GEOFFREY PYATT: Good morning, Rachel.

MARTIN: So, the big question. Is this a coup or is this a revolution? How does the U.S. perceive this?

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Europe
6:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Ukrainian Parliament Gives Presidential Powers To Speaker

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 9:57 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Latin America
6:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status

Mexican Marines escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to a helicopter in Mexico City on Saturday.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 10:18 am

One of the world's most powerful drug lords has been captured. Mexico's head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested in an operation that Mexican officials say involved the cooperation of U.S. authorities.

Guzman has been on the run for years and his capture puts an end to one of the longest and most profitable careers in the drug world. That capture began as the sun rose up over the hotel-lined beaches of Mazatlan early Saturday morning.

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Africa
6:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Hero Or Dictator? Mugabe After 34 Years At Zimbabwe's Helm

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 9:57 am

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, is 90 years old. In power since 1980, Mugabe is considered a despot in the West. NPR's Rachel Martin discusses his legacy with reporter Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.

Latin America
3:19 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop

The ground outside Sao Paulo is cracked and dry. It was the hottest January on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought has fanned fears of water shortages and crop damage.
Nacho Doce Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 10:01 am

Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water and farmers in the countryside with dying crops. Global prices for coffee, in particular, have been affected.

Scientists in Brazil say the worst is yet to come — yet no one in the government, it seems, is listening.

On a recent day, farmer Juliano Jose Polidor walks through the desiccated remains of his cornfields.

What's happened to this crop, he says, is a total loss.

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Parallels
3:18 am
Sun February 23, 2014

As The Economy Struggles, Venezuelans Hit The Streets

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist after the National Assembly gave him wide-ranging powers to rule by decree for one year on Nov. 19, 2013. With the economy struggling, demonstrators have taken to the streets the streets.
Juan Barreto AFP/Getty Images

Leopoldo López is a rock star to Venezuelans living in the United States. But in west Caracas he's the rich guy. And those contrasting images could affect the outcome of street protests playing out in Venezuela right now.

But first the obvious: This week's arrest of López, a top Venezuela opposition leader, is a reminder that President Nicolás Maduro's credibility is plummeting during the anti-government demonstrations that have swept his country since Feb. 12.

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