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2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Cuban Dissidents, Castro Supporters Throw Fists At Americas Summit

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

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Politics
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Jamaica, Obama Announces Plan To Diversify Caribbean Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

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Economy
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Financially-Troubled Greece Meets IMF Deadline

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

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Europe
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

French Officials Investigate Hack Of Television Network

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Damien Leloup, a technology writer for the French paper Le Monde, about the cyberattack on the French global TV network, TV5Monde, by a group calling itself the "Cybercaliphate."

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Middle East
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Yemen, U.S. Struggles To Navigate Complex Sectarian Landscape

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

The U.S. is backing the Arab intervention in Yemen, which is seen as Saudi Arabia's attempt to beat back Iranian influence. But it's not so easy to look at Yemen and other conflicts in the region as Shia vs. Sunni or Islamists vs. non-Islamists.

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Goats and Soda
2:30 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

An Artist's Brainstorm: Put Photos On Those Faceless Ebola Suits

Heffernan photographs health care worker Martha Lyne Freeman.
Courtesy of Marc Campos/Occidental College

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:16 pm

How often does this happen: You're listening to a news story describing some problem halfway around the world and you say to yourself, "I know how to fix that!" It's not your area of expertise. It's not a place you know. But you are sure that if you went there you could solve the problem.

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Goats and Soda
1:09 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dear World, Your Grade For Educating Your Children Is ...

India is definitely making progress in getting more kids into school. This facility is in Bhubaneswar.
Biswaranjan Rout AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:19 pm

It seems like a simple goal: All kids should go to primary school.

People began talking about it in the 1960s. And they kept talking about it. "Everyone thought it was pretty doable; it wasn't too big of a deal," recalls Aaron Benavot, director of UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

But for lots of reasons — cutbacks on government spending, no schoolhouse within an easy commute — it just wasn't happening. So in 2000, 164 nations got together and pledged "Education For All" by 2015.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Tentative Nuclear Deal In Hand, Iran Says All Sanctions Must Be Lifted

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in a photo released by his official website Thursday, stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week.
AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:02 am

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will only sign an agreement restricting his country's nuclear program if economic sanctions are lifted. The remarks on state TV came as Iran's supreme leader said he's neither for nor against the deal.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said that any arrangements must respect Iran's interests and dignity. He questioned the need for talks if they don't trigger the removal of sanctions, and he reiterated his distrust of the United States.

From Istanbul, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports:

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The Two-Way
5:53 am
Thu April 9, 2015

French TV Network Hacked By 'Cyber Caliphate' Group

A screen grab of the newly restored TV5Monde website shows its coverage of the hacking attack.
NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:10 pm

The large and influential French TV network TV5Monde was taken off the air and its online presence was hijacked by a group calling itself the Cyber Caliphate. Hours after the attack began, the network was still unable to produce live programming.

The attack by what are being called cyber jihadists began at 10 p.m. in Paris on Wednesday, when screens that would normally show TV5Monde went blank, with normal programming replaced by a message: "Je suIS IS."

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Parallels
1:29 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Rome's Plan For Prostitutes Upsets Sex Workers And The Catholic Church

The Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica is in Rome's EUR district. The area has seen a rise in prostitution, and authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated in certain areas. While much of the community appears to support the move, Catholic groups are among those opposed, saying it legitimizes the exploitation of women.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 7:40 am

On Rome's southern outskirts, EUR is a middle- and upper-middle class neighborhood full of parks and office buildings. With tens of thousands of people coming and going every day, the neighborhood has also become a magnet for prostitutes.

This has upset many residents. Now, neighborhood officials are preparing to create a "zone of tolerance," which is welcomed by the local community, but not the Catholic Church or the prostitutes.

Resident Armando Grassi supports the plan to corral streetwalkers somewhere far from his home.

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Fine Art
3:28 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture Gets First U.S. Show In Nearly 40 Years

Artist Parviz Tanavoli with his sculpture Big Heech Lovers.
John Gordon Courtesy of Parviz Tanavoli

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:56 pm

With his head of silver hair and stylish black blazer, Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli looks younger than his 77 years. He's been called the father of modern Iranian sculpture, but he hasn't had a major museum show in the U.S. in almost four decades. Now, Wellesley College's Davis Museum is giving viewers a chance to see 175 of Tanavoli's sculptures and drawings.

While leading a tour of the Massachusetts school's gallery, Tanavoli stops in front of his curvaceous sculptures known as "Heeches."

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It's All Politics
2:44 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tom Cotton: Military Action Against Iran Would Take Only 'Several Days'

Sen. Tom Cotton, who orchestrated a letter to Iran's leaders disapproving of any potential deal with their country, called the president's underlying assumptions in making a deal "wishful thinking."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:14 pm

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Asia
2:15 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Money is pouring into the stock market, but most new investors only have a middle-school education, says Texas A&M University economist Gan Li.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 7:50 am

On weekend afternoons, large crowds descend on a pair of street corners across from People's Square in downtown Shanghai to trade stock tips. Shen Yuxi has set up a homemade desk with two laptops, a big flat screen and offers insights like this:

"When a Communist Party chairman takes office, I buy stock in companies from his hometown," Shen tells a crowd of about 20 people that spills out over the sidewalk.

Recently, Shen has been buying up companies in Shaanxi, the home province of Xi Jinping, who serves as general secretary of China's Communist Party.

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Goats and Soda
2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

Rio has hosted competitions that include athletes with physical impairments (above: the open water swim at Copacobana beach for the Rei e Rainha do Mar). But there's never been an event on the scale of the Paralympics.
Buda Mendes Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

For most disabled residents of Rio de Janeiro, every day is an Olympian struggle.

Pick almost any sidewalk, says Lilia Martins, who uses an electric wheelchair. She chooses one just outside her place of work. The location is relevant because Martins is an advocate for disabled people in Rio. Even here, we only manage to go a short way before the pavement becomes cracked and broken with huge roots popping up. There is literally no way a wheelchair can go on. It's like an obstacle course.

"Except there is no prize at the end," Martins quips.

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Parallels
2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)

A woman holds up a blanket with the portrait of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during a demonstration on Feb. 20 to protest his detention. He was arrested on charges of planning a coup, which he denies. He is one of three opposition mayors who have been jailed; more than 30 face criminal charges.
Miguel Gutierrez EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has faced a rough time dealing with food shortages and spiraling inflation. As life gets tougher, his government has responded by cracking down on opposition leaders, and mayors in particular.

Several of the politicians have been thrown in prison and overall, 33 of 78 opposition mayors are facing legal charges.

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Latin America
2:05 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

'More Than A Handshake': How Upcoming Summit Could Impact U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:12 pm

The Summit of the Americas is convening this week in Panama, and it's expected to feature a historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. Asistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson has been leading the normalization talks for the U.S., and as the summit approaches, she speaks with NPR's Melissa Block about the challenges facing the recent diplomatic thaw.

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Goats and Soda
12:06 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dreams Of Hope And Happiness In Turbulent Yemen

These kids are Yemenis without a home. Fighting between government and rebel forces caused their families to flee to a refugee camp in Aden, where the youngsters find time for fun.
Stephanie Sinclair/VII

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:00 pm

It's hard to think about Yemen in a hopeful way. In fact, the country seems like the very definition of hopelessness.

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The Salt
9:58 am
Wed April 8, 2015

In Korea, Spam Isn't Junk Meat — It's A Treat

Spam is a staple in South Korea's supermarkets.
Matt Stiles NPR

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 1:37 pm

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell's $70 Billion Deal For BG Would Create Gas Giant

A flag bearing the logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. The energy company said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy gas producer BG Group for $70 billion.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 12:00 pm

Petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to buy the BG Group for about $70 billion in cash and shares — in what would be one of the biggest energy mergers in at least a decade.

NPR's Jim Zarroli reports that the deal for British BG Group would "put Shell on track to become the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company within a few years, bypassing ExxonMobil."

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Wed April 8, 2015

U.S. Service Member Killed In Shooting In Afghan City Of Jalalabad

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 2:12 pm

A U.S. service member was killed and several other American troops wounded when a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire in the city of Jalalabad, a Pentagon official says.

NPR's Tom Bowman tells us there is no word on the condition of the wounded. The man in the Afghan uniform was shot and killed.

The incident occurred after a meeting between a senior U.S. official and the provincial governor in Jalalabad, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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The Two-Way
6:29 am
Wed April 8, 2015

London Thieves Take Up To $300 Million In Gems In Easter Heist

In an elaborate crime that went undetected until Tuesday morning, thieves broke into a safe deposit center used by many jewelers. Here, a woman believed to be a police forensics officer emerges from the building.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 8:12 am

In a complex crime that relied on a descent down an elevator shaft and on heavy cutting equipment, thieves made away with up to $300 million in gems and other valuables stolen from a secure facility where jewelry stores often stow their holdings. It could go down as the richest heist in Britain's history.

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History
3:04 am
Wed April 8, 2015

April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 10:20 am

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NPR Story
2:58 am
Wed April 8, 2015

U.S. Hopes Rift With Venezuela Won't Overshadow Americas Summit

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 1:11 pm

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Before the next election brings his term to an end, President Obama is working to re-establish ties with Cuba.

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2:58 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Obama's Remarks On Nuclear Deal Provide Fuel For Critics

President Obama is pressing hard for a nuclear agreement with Iran. But critics have cited his remark that Iran's 'breakout' time for acquiring nuclear material for a bomb might be very brief as parts of the deal expire.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:08 pm

As President Obama makes his sales pitch for a nuclear deal with Iran, critics have seized on his remark that Iran's "breakout" time for acquiring the nuclear material needed for a bomb could shrink as restrictions ease after about 13 years.

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Middle East
2:58 am
Wed April 8, 2015

What Would A Nuclear Deal With Iran Really Mean?

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 10:20 am

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The Salt
5:18 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, 1632. Here, Tulp explains musculature matters. Elsewhere, the good doctor was promoting the health virtues of tea.
Rembrandt Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 12:30 pm

Coffee and tea both landed in the British isles in the 1600s. In fact, java even got a head start of about a decade. And yet, a century later, tea was well on its way to becoming a daily habit for millions of Britons — which it remains to this day.

So how did tea emerge as Britain's hot beverage of choice?

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Middle East
3:16 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

U.N. Official Calls Situation At Yarmouk Refugee Camp 'Beyond Inhumane'

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:54 pm

A siege by the self-proclaimed Islamic State has left nearly 18,000 people trapped in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. NPR's Melissa Block interviews Christopher Gunness of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East about the humanitarian crisis there.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

U.N. Demands Access To Besieged Palestinian Camp In Damascus

A man stands on a staircase inside a demolished building in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday.
Youssef Karwashan AFP/Getty Images

The U.N. Security Council is calling for immediate humanitarian access to help thousands of people trapped in the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in southern Damascus.

Yarmouk's 18,000 residents have been living under Syrian military siege for the past two years. But their situation has grown even worse over the past week, as the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, made a sudden power grab from the neighboring suburbs.

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Technology
3:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 4:21 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba. Henken sees it as a brilliant move by the company, one that benefits both the U.S. and Cuba.

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Europe
3:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Upcoming British Election May Determine Welfare State's Fate

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 8:46 pm

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