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Middle East
3:09 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Last Rebel Stronghold In Syria May Fall To Government Troops

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Serious rebels are in danger of losing the city of Aleppo. They've held a portion of that major city for many months. Now some rebels say they're losing ground to government forces. One activist told the Associated Press, if Aleppo falls, the Syrian uprising does to. Petra Ramsauer is an Austrian journalist who just spent three days reporting from inside the city. She's on the line from Turkey. Welcome to the program.

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Sports
3:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany?

Sports
3:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:51 am

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Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.

INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.

MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.

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Parallels
1:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

As Wire Transfer Options Dwindle, Somali-Americans Fear A Lost Lifeline

A money changer sits behind piles of banknotes in Hargeisa in Somaliland, an autonomous, relatively peaceful region in northern Somalia. The self-declared nation of Somaliland, like Somalia itself, lacks a formal banking system, and residents rely on hawaladars to receive money from abroad.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:51 am

Somali-Americans may soon find it harder to provide economic support to their homeland: One of the last banks to facilitate cash transfers to Somalia is getting out of the business.

As the East African country faces a potential drought and famine this summer, those cash transfers might grow even more important. That's why the Somali-American community in Minnesota — the largest in the U.S. — is lobbying Washington to find a way to keep the cash lifeline intact.

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Afghanistan
3:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:56 pm

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From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Today, Afghans are one step closer to knowing who their next president will be. More than three weeks after voters went to the polls, election officials announced that candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead. But Ghani is not out of the woods yet. The election process now enters an appeals phase that is sure to be contentious before the final results are announced on July 24. NPR's Sean Carberry sent this story from Kabul.

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Bahrain Asks U.S. Diplomat To Leave Over Meeting With Shiite Group

Bahrain's Foreign Ministry has said a top U.S. diplomat "is unwelcome and should immediately leave the country."

Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski oversees democracy, human rights and labor issues. On Sunday, he met with Al Wifaq, a Shiite opposition group. Bahrain's Foreign Ministry said the meeting was "indicative of an approach which discriminates amongst the people of this one nation."

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Middle East
2:36 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

News Of Israeli Arrests Met With Both Resentment And Reflection

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:56 pm

Israeli authorities arrested six Israelis for the killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy. The murder is believed to be an act of revenge for the earlier killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. For more details on how this news is playing in Israel, Robert Siegel turns to Ari Shavit, senior correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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Middle East
2:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

In Jerusalem, And Caught In A Crossfire Of Thrown Stones

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:56 pm

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Latin America
2:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

In Brazil, Pacification Paves Way For Baby Steps To Democracy

Two young men play street soccer in the Rio de Janeiro shantytown of Vidigal on May 14.
Marcelo Sayao EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:16 pm

As World Cup travelers in Brazil flock to Rio de Janeiro for the tournament's final, many are staying in newly pacified favelas, or low-income neighborhoods.

Among the most popular is Vidigal, which rises up a steep hillside over some of Rio's most scenic beaches and offers some of the city's most beautiful views. A government program to drive crime from the historically violent slum has attracted entrepreneurs and investors and also nurtured a step toward democracy.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Australia Says It Returned 41 Asylum Seekers To Sri Lanka

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 2:39 pm

Australia has acknowledged that it handed over 41 asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea — amid criticism the move could imperil those possibly facing persecution in their home country.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement on the ministry's website that the 41 Sri Lankans were intercepted at sea in late June. They were returned to Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday, the statement said.

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Law
11:44 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Pistorius Trial: Will Judge Buy His 'Tragic Accident' Defense?

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Meeting Abuse Victims, Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness

Pope Francis spent parts of Sunday and Monday meeting with six people who had been sexually abused by priests, speaking with them about the lingering effects of their experiences and asking for their forgiveness.

The sessions brought the first official meetings with abuse survivors for Francis; his predecessor, Pope Benedict, met with the victims on several occasions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports:

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Early Afghan Vote Count Gives Ex-Finance Minister The Lead

Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani leads his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, in the Afghan presidential runoff.
Rahmat Gul AP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:18 am

Former Afghan Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani is in the lead to succeed Hamid Karzai as the country's next president, according to preliminary results Monday from the disputed vote.

The country's Independent Election Commission said Ghani had 56.44 percent of the vote. His main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, received 43.56 percent. The results were due last week but were delayed amid Abdullah's allegations of widespread fraud.

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Afghanistan
10:17 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.

SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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Middle East
5:09 am
Mon July 7, 2014

6 Jewish Youths Arrested In Palestinian Teen's Death

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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Let's report on the latest violence in the Middle East. Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip, killing several militants, Israel says, in retaliation for rockets fired into Israel.

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The Two-Way
4:55 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Eduard Shevardnadze, Former Georgian President, Dies At 86

Then-Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze flashes a "V" sign in France in 1989, after attending the International Conference on Chemical Weapons. Shevardnadze died Monday at age 86.
Derrick Ceyrac AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:06 am

Former Soviet minister and Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, who is credited with helping end the Cold War, died Monday after a long illness, his spokeswoman tells the media.

To remind you of the former leader's career, NPR's Corey Flintoff has this report for our Newscast unit:

"White-haired and dapper, Eduard Shevardnadze was the face of Soviet foreign policy during the era when President Mikhail Gorbachev was attempting to liberalize the Communist bloc.

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Remembrances
4:49 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Ex-Georgia President Eduard Shavardnadze Dies. He was 86

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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Let's take a moment to remember Edward Shevardnazde. He was the foreign minister for the Soviet Union in the 1980s. That means he was one of the faces of the Soviet Union during its final period of reform under Mikhail Gorbachev. When that union broke apart, Shervardnazde became the president of his home republic, Georgia. And he has died at the age of 86. We're going to talk about Shevardnazde with Pavel Palazhchenko. He was an interpreter for both Gorbachev and this Shervardnazde. He's on the line. Welcome to the program.

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Sports
3:29 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Djokovic, Kvitova Crowned Wimbledon Champions

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is back to number one in the world after winning Wimbledon yesterday. He defeated Roger Federer in five sets. Also winning her second Wimbledon title was Petra Kvitova. Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim was at the tournament. He joins us now from London. Hi, Jon.

JON WERTHEIM: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So on the men's side, when you read the coverage of this win by Djokovic, you kind of sense the disappointment.

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NPR Story
3:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Video Of Extremist Sunni Group's Leader Needs To Be Confirmed

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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Middle East
3:05 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Six Israeli Youths Arrested In Death Of Palestinian Teen

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:51 pm

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Israel arrested six Israeli Jewish suspects today in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager. It's the first major development in a case that's sparked riots in Jerusalem and Arab towns in Israel. The teenager was seized from his home in East Jerusalem last week, and his charred body was found in a nearby forest. Officials say the autopsy shows he was burned to death.

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World
8:46 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Quebec Town Honors Train Derailment Victims, One Year Later

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead

Armed police walk past a truck set on fire by attackers who raided Gamba police station at the Kenyan coast on Sunday.
Joseph Okanga Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:47 pm

This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.

At least 17 people were killed in Uganda in an attack by armed gunmen on three police stations in an area of the country that had once been the focus of an Islamic insurgency.

Meanwhile, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for attacking on two coastal villages in Kenya that left at least 22 people dead. NPR's Gregory Warner, reporting from Nairobi, says the deaths in Kenya include one Russian tourist.

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death

Suha Abu Khdeir, mother of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a U.S. citizen who goes to school in Tampa, Fla., shows a picture of her son sent from Israel after he was allegedly beaten by Israeli police.
Mahmoud Illean AP

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 6:19 pm

This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with last week's killing of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Meanwhile, an American cousin of the victim who was reportedly beaten by Israeli police has been sentenced to nine days home detention.

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Middle East
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

State Department 'Troubled' By Reports Of Teen's Beating In Israel

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

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Iraq
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Iraqi Lawmakers Fail To Reach Deal On A New Government

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

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Iraq is looking more and more like a country being divided into three parts. Hard-core Sunni militants have taken much of the west. Well-organized Kurdish soldiers have grabbed the north. And everywhere else, Shiites are mustering sectarian militia. Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in just the last month. NPR's Alice Fordham reports there are a lot of ideas for helping the Iraqis, but the country's newly elected politicians are not exactly rushing to address the situation.

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Latin America
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Argentina Squabbles Over Juan Peron Statue

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

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Afghanistan
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

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NPR's international correspondents cover wars, politics and global trends. But sometimes we also ask them to tell us about their lives in the field and the extraordinary people they meet. Here's a postcard sent to us from NPR's Philip Reeves in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

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Europe
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Filmmaker Searches For 'White Widow' Of London Bombing

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

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On July 7, 2005 - nine years ago tomorrow - a series of explosions in central London killed 52 people and injured over 700 others. One of the bombers, Germaine Lindsay, was married to Samantha Lewthwaite, a white, working-class girl from southern England. They had both converted to Islam. Lewthwaite denounced her husband's actions after the attacks, but then her life took another mysterious turn. She left England in 2008 and moved to South Africa and from there, to Kenya.

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Afghanistan
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Last-Minute Audits Build Little Confidence In Afghan Elections

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

The election impasse continues in Afghanistan. Preliminary results are due on Monday, following an audit of ballots, but Abdullah Abdullah, who is trailing his rival, says he won't accept the results.

Religion
5:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Pope Francis To Meet With Victims Of Clerical Sex Abuse

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 10:50 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Tomorrow, Pope Francis will meet, for the first time, with survivors of clerical sex abuse. The meeting will be at his Vatican residence. His decision to meet with six European survivors comes after criticism that this pope has been slow to speak out on an issue that has severely damaged the credibility of the Catholic Church. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is with us now on the line from Rome. Sylvia, hello.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Hello, Linda.

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