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2:38 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Once Philip Morris Workers, Now They Clamp Down On Uruguay's Smokers

Daniel Gomez (from left), Lister Sena and Ricardo Alvarez were laid off after working for years with Philip Morris in Uruguay. They are now inspectors enforcing the country's tough anti-smoking laws.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:22 am

The tiny nation of Uruguay is fighting a big opponent – the tobacco giant Philip Morris. Their legal battle is over tough anti-smoking legislation enacted in Uruguay which Philip Morris is trying to overturn.

But Uruguay has found some unlikely allies – a group of former Philip Morris workers.

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Inmate Bail

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:22 am

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate, convicted of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, has been granted bail after a judge rejected an 11th hour appeal by the Canadian government to keep him behind bars.

Court of Appeal Justice, Myra Bielby, refused the government's request to stop Omar Khadr's release on bail while he appeals a war crimes' conviction handed down by a U.S. military commission in 2010.

"Mr. Khadr, you're free to go," Bielby said, according to news reports. Khadr smiled while the cheers rang through the courtroom in Edmonton, Alberta.

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

No Goooaaal? Spain's Soccer Federation Suspends Season In Row Over Law

FC Barcelona plays Getafe in Barcelona, Spain, on May 3. Spain's soccer federation says it will halt all professional games "indefinitely" starting May 16, to protest a new law regulating the sale of television game rights. Spain's professional soccer league opposes the planned suspension, but the players union supports it.
Manu Fernandez AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:59 pm

Fans of Spanish soccer may see their beloved pastime cut short this season.

Spain's soccer federation says it will halt all professional games "indefinitely" starting May 16, to protest a new law regulating the sale of television game rights. But Spain's professional soccer league said today it had begun legal proceedings to prevent the games from being canceled.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Polls Close In Tight British Election, Show Lead For Conservative Party

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:22 pm

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Europe
2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Greece's Aegean Islands Struggle To Handle Influx Of Migrants

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:22 pm

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Media
2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Al Jazeera America Replaces CEO Amid Lawsuit

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:22 pm

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Europe
2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Italian Red Cross President: Bombing Migrant Boats Would Be A 'Huge Mistake'

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 5:39 pm

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Parallels
2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

'Haqqathon' Takes Anti-ISIS Fight To Cyberspace

Haqqathon-ers from the winning team, which developed the social media site Champions of Islam, at the event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Courtesy of Rim-Sarah Alouane

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 7:24 am

In Arabic, haqq is the word for truth.

Last week in the United Arab Emirates, group of Muslim scholars held what they called a "haqqathon" – a hackathon meant to create new ways for Islamic scholars to connect with young Muslims and, by doing so, defuse violent extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Senate Votes For Congressional Oversight Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:15 pm

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to give Congress the right to review any deal between the U.S. and Iran that would lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program.

The 98-1 vote for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act sends it to the House, where Speaker John Boehner has said he looks forward to its passage. The chamber is expected to consider it next week.

The White House says President Obama will sign the legislation, which enjoys bipartisan support.

As The Associated Press notes:

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Race
12:48 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

China, India Surpass Mexico As Leading Sources Of New Immigrants To U.S.

Children attend their oath of U.S. citizenship ceremony at the Birmingham Public Library in Alabama onAug. 14, 2014.
Tamika Moore AL.com/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:18 pm

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate a change in the flow of immigrants arriving in the U.S. from around the world and offer a look at what the nation will look like in the future.

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The Two-Way
12:14 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Silver Found Off Madagascar Thought To Be From Capt. Kidd's Treasure

A portrait of Capt. William Kidd at the Museum of London Docklands, in east London, shown in 2011.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 12:27 pm

A 110-pound silver ingot thought to be from the treasure of Capt. William Kidd — the notorious 17th century Scottish pirate who was ultimately hanged for his misdeeds — has been brought up from the shallows off Madagascar's eastern coast.

The discovery was made by the American underwater explorer Barry Clifford near the island of Sainte Marie, which itself lies just off Madagascar.

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Goats and Soda
10:44 am
Thu May 7, 2015

On Saturday, The Ebola Outbreak In Liberia Should Officially Be Over

Lucy Barh, head of the Liberian Midwives Association, says of the impending end of the Ebola outbreak: "It is a joy, it is a joy. And I am so grateful to God. The Lord almighty has love for this nation. That is why we have come to this point."
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:31 pm

In just two days, Liberia will celebrate what seemed an impossible dream last summer: the end of its Ebola outbreak.

Saturday, May 9 will mark the 42nd day of no new Ebola cases in the country. A person with Ebola typically shows symptoms within 21 days of exposure. But the World Health Organization adds an extra 21 days for extra caution before declaring that an outbreak has ended. So on Saturday, WHO officials and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will announce that Liberia is Ebola-free.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Thu May 7, 2015

WATCH: The Guardian's U.K. Election Primer For Non-Brits

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:17 pm

The parliamentary system can seem complicated on this side of the pond. Luckily The Guardian gets that and explains a hung parliament and what the queen has to do with all this.

They produced this charming primer of the U.K. elections for non-Brits:

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Europe
3:46 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Britons Cast Ballots In Tightest Race In Decades

A man walks out of a polling station in St. Leonard's Church on Thursday in Loftus, England.
Ian Forsyth Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:35 am

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World
3:40 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Report: Record 38 Million People Displaced Within Their Country

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 5:58 am

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Middle East
3:38 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Netanyahu Forms Coalition Government After Tough Negotiations

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 12:19 pm

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3:38 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Bollywood Star Sentenced To Prison In Hit-And-Run Case

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 12:22 pm

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And I'm David Greene. Salman Khan is one of the biggest movie stars in India. He played a police officer in a series of blockbuster action movies called "Dabangg."

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Parallels
1:57 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Afghan Army Makes Progress; Will Government Services Follow?

Brig. Gen. Akram Samme coordinates his men at Camp Eagle in the Shah Joy district of Zabul province in southern Afghanistan. He is a commander in the major operation against the Taliban that's currently under way.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 10:43 am

Fuel trucks, cargo trucks and buses zip north along Highway One toward Kabul, just like any other morning. They seem not to notice what's above them on a vast desert plateau that overlooks the highway in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan.

Dozens of soldiers and police mill about, awaiting orders. There are armored vehicles, towed artillery, an ambulance and a long line of Humvees. Each one has a massive Afghan flag snapping in the breeze, like banners from some ancient army.

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Parallels
1:52 am
Thu May 7, 2015

On Patrol With The Greek Coast Guard, On The Lookout For Migrants

Afghan migrants arrive in the courtyard of the Greek coast guard offices on the Aegean island of Leros. The coast guard and local police fingerprint and register new migrants, most of whom can stay in Greece legally for only a month.
Joanna Kakissis NPR

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:29 am

Just past 9 every night, six crew members from the Leros division of the Greek coast guard board a bright orange search-and-rescue vessel and depart from the tiny Aegean island of Leros.

They patrol until dawn, looking out for boats in distress, packed with migrants trying to reach Europe.

"We see people almost every day, at least 40 people at a time, just in our area," says Captain Leonidas Papadakis. "Most say they're from Syria. Others say Afghanistan, Iraq." There are also Ghanians, Ugandans, even the occasional Dominican.

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World
4:00 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu Forms Coalition Before Midnight Deadline

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Media Coverage Of Close U.K. Elections Finds Much To Mock

British police officers walk past newly erected media stands for the general election in Downing Street, London, on Tuesday. Britain goes to the polls on Thursday.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:35 pm

Britain votes Thursday in what could be one of the country's closest elections in decades.

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Africa
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Majority Of Rescued Boko Haram Captives Are Children

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

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Afghanistan
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Judge Sentences 4 Afghan Men To Death For Mob Killing Of Woman

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Unpopularity Contest For Britain's Next Prime Minister

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 10:46 pm

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Middle East
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

New Opposition Leader Asks U.S. To Establish Safe Zones In Syria

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

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World
3:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

U.S. Issues Licenses For Ferry Travel To Cuba

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:51 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Crowdfunded Campaigns For Nepal Are Huge. Is That A Good Way To Give?

Here's a screenshot of Indiegogo Life's page for Nepal Relief Fundraisers.
Indiegogo

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 7:57 am

The clock is ticking on Lokesh Todi's efforts to raise $150,000 for charities based in Nepal. That's what happens when you use social media. You set up a donation campaign on a site like Indiegogo Life (as Todi has done). Then you have a set amount of time to meet your goal. And as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, there are only 61 hours left. So far, the 28-year-old graduate from Yale University has collected over $130 ,000 from more than 1,600 donors.

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Goats and Soda
12:03 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

The posterior end of the Loa loa worm is visible on the left. The disease-causing worm can now be located with a smartphone/microscope hookup. That's a big help because a drug to treat river blindness can be risky if the patient is carrying the worm.
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Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

Smartphones aren't simply an amazing convenience. In Africa they can be used to make a lifesaving diagnosis. In fact, scientists are hoping to use a souped-up smartphone microscope to help them eradicate a devastating disease called river blindness.

Onchocerciasis, as the disease is also known, is caused by a parasite that's spread by flies. Thirty years ago, it was simply devastating in parts of Africa, like Mali.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Bollywood Star Salman Khan Convicted In Hit-And-Run Case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan leaves the Mumbai Sessions Court after the verdict against him on Wednesday. Khan, 49, was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk, killing one of them.
Rajanish Kakade AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 12:11 pm

Bollywood star Salman Khan was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for driving while drunk over a group of people sleeping on a sidewalk in 2002, killing one of them. A court in Mumbai, India, granted the 49-year-old Khan bail until Friday.

Sessions Court Judge D.W. Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced him to five years in prison.

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Afghanistan
4:37 am
Wed May 6, 2015

In Kabul, Judge Sentences 4 To Death In Mob Killing Of Woman

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:37 am

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