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Remembrances
10:20 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Writer Nadine Gordimer Was An 'Ambassador' For African Literature

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Author Interviews
10:20 am
Tue July 15, 2014

For Caine Prize Winner, Writing Went From Phase To Way Of Life

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The Salt
9:41 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Will Camu Camu Be The Next Amazonian 'It' Fruit?

Camu camu berries grow wild on trees alongside flooded rivers in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and Peru.
Ronaldo Rosa Courtesy of EMBRAPA

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:13 pm

Editor's Note: Here at The Salt we get a lot of pitches from companies extolling the virtues of a new "superfood."

Recently, a company called Amazon Origins wrote to us about its supplement made with camu camu berry, "the Amazon's latest superfruit." According to Amazon Origins, World Cup fans were discovering the berry in Brazil and getting hooked. Camu camu, they claimed, would soon dethrone açai — another Amazonian berry that's earned a place in the crowded U.S. health food market.

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Goats and Soda
7:57 am
Tue July 15, 2014

No School, No Handshakes: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

Ebola precautions are taking hold in Sierra Leone. A man washes with disinfectant before entering a hospital in the capital city of Freetown.
Youssouf Bah AP

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 3:02 pm

NPR's Jason Beaubien is in Sierra Leone, covering the Ebola outbreak that began in March in Guinea and has spread to neighboring countries. We'll be speaking with him throughout the week about what he's seeing on the ground. Today he's in Kailahun, the largest town in the country's eastern province, with a population of about 18,000, and the epicenter of Sierra Leone's outbreak.

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Parallels
6:03 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border?

Child detainees in a holding cell at a Border Patrol facility in Brownsville, Texas. Some human smugglers who bring children across the Rio Grande make sure to treat their clients well.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:00 am

"They call me the Wolf," said the 25-year-old human smuggler sitting in front of me, sipping a Coke and stepping away for frequent cellphone calls.

"Everybody says we're the problem, but it's the reverse. The gringos don't want to get their hands dirty. So I bring them the Mexicans and Central Americans to do the dirty work for them," he says, smiling.

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Tue July 15, 2014

After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign

An Israeli soldier stands on a military vehicle near Gaza early Tuesday, when a cease-fire was meant to take effect. The deal hasn't been embraced by all of Hamas.
Ariel Schalit AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 4:26 am

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET.

A day that dawned with hopes for a fragile peace is closing with hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians appearing to intensify.

Early Tuesday, Israel had accepted the terms of a cease-fire proposed by Egypt, but Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, continued firing rockets.

A Hamas spokesman complained to NPR's Ari Shapiro that Egypt's current government is hostile to the group and its proposal didn't deal at all with Palestinian demands.

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Middle East
4:20 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Hamas Has Yet To Agree To Cease-Fire Proposal

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ehab El-Ghussain, deputy information minister for the Palestinian government.

Environment
3:43 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

UC Santa Barbara's Jay Lunden and Andrew Brinkman, a summer intern for NOAA, prepare to deploy an instrument that measures temperature and salinity throughout the water column, and collects water samples.
Umihiko Hoshijima UCSB

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 10:45 am

The world's oceans are changing — chemically changing. As people put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans absorb more of it, and that's making the water more acidic.

The effects are subtle in most places, but scientists say that if this continues, it could be a disaster for marine life.

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Iraq
3:23 am
Tue July 15, 2014

U.S.-Trained Iraqi Army Failed To Stand Up To Insurgents

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Lt. Col. John Nagl, an author of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, about U.S. military strategy and policy during and after the Iraq war.

Middle East
3:21 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Air Raid Sirens Keep Israelis On High Alert

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Israeli author Etgar Keret about tensions on the streets of Tel Aviv during the current violence with Hamas, and what the difference is between peace and compromise.

Latin America
3:19 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Artists Try To Fuse Cultural Differences Between Miami And Cuba

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:30 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is the sound of Obsesion.

ALEXEI RODRIGUEZ: (Singing in foreign language).

MONTAGNE: Obsesion is a Cuban hip-hop duo. They invited our colleague, David Greene, for a visit when he was in Havana a few weeks ago.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Their names are Magia Lopez and Alexei Rodriguez. But they told us through our interpreter that they usually go by their nicknames.

RODRIGUEZ: (Foreign language spoken).

UNIDENTIFIED TRANSLATOR: Her name is Magia and he is el tipo este which means this dude.

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Middle East
3:18 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Hamas Mulls Egypt's Cease-Fire Proposal

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

Israel says it has accepted a cease-fire proposal put forward by Egypt to end hostilities with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. What's still not clear are the intentions of Hamas.

Parallels
1:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Israeli-Gaza Conflict Squeezes Palestinian Leader On All Sides

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of committing "genocide" against Palestinians, and he has also criticized Hamas for firing rockets on Israel.
Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:28 am

While the Israel-Gaza conflict pits Israelis against Palestinians, it has also increased stress within the Palestinian leadership.

The Gaza Strip is run by Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group and favors a strategy of resistance. The West Bank is run by Fatah, which is more moderate and favors an olive-branch approach.

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Proposal From Egypt

Palestinians walk by the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli missile strike on Monday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 11:12 am

Post updated: 2:15 a.m. ET Tuesday:

Israel's Security Cabinet has accepted Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza. Hamas has not yet formally accepted the proposal. According to The Associated Press: The plan calls for a cease-fire to begin within 12 hours of "unconditional acceptance" by the sides, followed by the opening of Gaza's border crossings and talks in Cairo within two days. Tuesday marks the eighth day of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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The Salt
2:18 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Teriyaki Tofu Burger From Gabutto Burger

"Slightly healthy."
NPR

Here at Sandwich Monday, we love exploring the many varied cuisines of the world. So when we found ourselves in the food court of the Mitsuwa Marketplace Japanese supermarket just outside Chicago, we went directly for the burger stand, Gabutto Burger.

We ordered the Tofu Burger, marinated in teriyaki and deep-fried, which the menu describes as "slightly healthy."

Eva: "Slightly healthy" is how someone might lie about their figure on match.com.

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Middle East
2:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hopes And Hazards Of A Cease-Fire: A View From Gaza City

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:24 pm

For a Gazan perspective on the prospect of a cease-fire, Robert Siegel talks to Mukhaimer Abu Sada, a political scientist at Al-Azhar University. They discuss the Israeli air strikes in Gaza and what must happen before fighting settles.

Middle East
2:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hopes And Hazards Of A Cease-Fire: A View From Israel

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:24 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

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Europe
2:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Germans Return Home With World Cup, Already Worried About Next One

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:24 pm

Nearly every team left the World Cup on a sour note, having returned with less than the championship they'd played for. The one exception? The Cup-winning Germans, whose victory has reverberated throughout the country. For a look at the symbolic impact of the German triumph, Robert Siegel turns to Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Europe
2:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Over 2 Years Since Its Wreck, The Costa Concordia Floats Again

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:24 pm

The Costa Concordia cruise crashed into a reef and capsized in waters off the island of Giglio in Italy over two years ago. On Monday, the most complicated part of the operation to refloat the ship was completed successfully.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Middle East
2:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

West Bank: Strewn With Broken Glass And Caught In The Crosshairs

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:24 pm

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One oddity about this confrontation between Hamas and Israel has been that for the first time ever some Palestinian rockets have landed in areas where Palestinians live, in the West Bank. Daniel Estrin spoke with some who have found themselves caught in the crosshairs.

DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: On Friday evening a rocket smashed into the ground in front of a house in the Palestinian village of Sa'ir. The floors are still covered with shattered glass. Ishra Shalaldeh was in the kitchen when it happened.

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Middle East
2:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Between Hamas And Israel, What Might An Endgame Look Like?

Israeli army flares fall into Gaza on Monday, the seventh day of the current fighting between Israel and Palestinians.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:17 pm

The last time Israel and Hamas fought each other was 2012. Back then, the conflict lasted eight days.

Tuesday marks the eighth day of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, which raises the question: What might it take to bring this fight to a close?

Both Israel and Hamas say they are unwilling to sign on to a straightforward, put-down-your-weapons, bare-bones ceasefire. They say quiet for quiet, calm for calm, is not enough.

They want more.

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All Tech Considered
2:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

In Europe, Google Stumbles Between Free Speech And Privacy

A Google search removal request is displayed on the screen of a smartphone in London. The company says it has received more than 70,000 takedown requests following a European court ruling.
Dominic Lipinski PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:24 pm

Google is trying to make sense of a sweeping decision about the Internet. In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that people have the right to be forgotten. That is, if you don't like something about you that pops up on a Google search, you can make Google hide that result.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books

Jane Headford designed this Dr. Seuss bench, which is spending the summer alongside the River Thames
Courtesy of The National Literacy Trust

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 11:36 am

Chicago had cows, St. Louis has cakes and now London has benches that look like opened books.

The National Literacy Trust, along with public art promoter Wild in Art, has commissioned and placed 50 benches around town that are painted to look like pages and scenes from famous books.

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Parallels
11:59 am
Mon July 14, 2014

In Defiance of Damascus, Aid Goes Cross-Border To Rebel-Held Areas

A Mercy Corps warehouse is filled with hygiene kits for distribution in Syria.
Deborah Amos NPR

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 5:53 am

The warehouse off a dusty back road near the Turkish frontier is vast. Large wooden crates are stacked and ready for delivery to the desperate and displaced inside Syria.

This is the operations hub for Mercy Corps, a U.S.-based charity, and one of the largest aid providers to civilians in rebel-held areas in northern Syria. There are many other aid organizations working on a multimillion-dollar cross-border aid operation funded by Western governments, including the U.S.

For the first time, aid officials are talking about the program openly.

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Goats and Soda
8:38 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up

Desmond D'Sa stands by the landfill he helped shut down in Durban.
Goldman Environmental Prize

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 1:07 pm

Desmond D'Sa helped shut down a toxic landfill.

The landfill was located in South Durban — an industrialized city teeming with petrochemical plants, paper mills and oil refineries. D'Sa and his family had been forcibly relocated to the area by the apartheid government in the 1970s, together with thousands of other Indian and black South Africans. The apartheid government was notorious for forcing nonwhite laborers to live in the industrial areas where they worked.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues

A missile leaves an "Iron Dome" battery, Israel's short-range missile defense system, Monday. Israel shot down a drone Monday, using a Patriot missile to take out the unmanned aircraft.
David Buimovitch AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:24 am

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Exchanges of rockets and airstrikes continue between Israel and militants in Gaza, one week after violence broke out in the area. The Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.

From Haaretz:

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The Two-Way
5:05 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years

The process of refloating the Costa Concordia cruise ship started off Italy's Giglio Island on Tuesday.
Guiseppe Cacace AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:26 am

More than two years after it ran aground off the Italian coast, the cruise ship Costa Condordia is floating again. Salvage workers managed that feat Monday by expelling water from large caissons, the pontoons that are attached to its sides.

"Six hours after the refloating began, the 115,000-ton vessel had cleared its custom-made platform by one meter," reports NPR's Sylvia Poggioli. "The ship is to be raised another meter today. Then it will be towed 90 feet eastward and anchored to the seabed and land with chains and cables."

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Europe
4:39 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Italian Workers Try To Refloat Capsized Costa Concordia

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The most complicated part of the largest maritime salvage in history gets underway in Italy today. It's the re-floating of the 1,000 foot long wreck of the Costa Concordia - a luxury liner capsized in 2012.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us on the line from an island off the Tuscan coast.

Hi, Sylvia.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So, what have you seen?

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Europe
3:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Worries Baltic Nation Of Latvia

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Russia gave a reason when it annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was protecting Russian-speaking people. Two members of NATO also have a large ethnic Russian populations - Latvia and Estonia - wonder if they are next in line for Russian interference. NPR's Corey Flintoff spoke with some Latvians.

COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: This is what Putin said when he annexed Crimea.

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Sports
3:17 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.

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