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10:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Malaysian Prime Minister Announces Airliner Went Down

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. We have breaking news this morning on the status of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 307. Earlier this hour Malaysia's prime minister announced that the government there now believes the plane is lost.

PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK: It's therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that I must inform you that Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

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The Two-Way
5:17 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis

President Obama tours the Rijksmusuem with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) and others ahead of the G-7 summit in The Hague, Netherlands, which is certain to focus on the situation in Crimea.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:12 am

Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control of the military bases there. The decision comes as President Obama arrived in the Netherlands on Monday for a summit of the G-7 group of industrialized nations that is certain to focus on discussion of the international crisis.

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday that the Defense Ministry has been ordered to redeploy Ukrainian servicemen from the Crimea to Ukraine's mainland, in remarks confirmed by his office.

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Europe
4:08 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Focus On Ukraine's Crisis With Russia Moves Eastward

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:25 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good Monday morning to you. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

Many people in Ukraine are asking what else Russia might want from their country. Russian troops have already taken full control of the Crimea region.

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U.S.
3:15 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

The Rarely Told Stories Of Sexual Assault Against Female Migrants

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:37 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

A dust-covered car has been in our parking lot at NPR West this week. It was the vehicle that took Steve Inskeep and several colleagues along the entire border between the U.S. and Mexico. We've been hearing what they found in recent days, stories of people and goods and culture that cross the border. Steve's in our studio now with a rather difficult story to tell. Steve, what is that?

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Egyptian Court Orders Prominent Activist Freed On Bail

Alaa Abdel Fattah (center), a prominent activist and a leading figure in the 2011 uprising against Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak, is welcomed by his wife after he was released from the main central security office in Cairo on Sunday.
Roger Anis AP

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 3:48 pm

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Adolfo Suárez, President Who Ushered In Spain's Democracy, Dies

Adolfo Suarez, president of the Spanish government from 1977 to 1981. This picture was taken in Madrid in 1976.
Gianni Ferrari Cover/Getty Images

Adolfo Suárez, the Spanish president responsible for the country's Democratic transition, died on Sunday.

Suárez, the BBC reports, had suffered from Alzheimer's for about a decade.

He was 81.

In its coverage, El País calls Suárez the "most solitary politician of the democracy."

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Europe
10:00 am
Sun March 23, 2014

A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea

Last week, a YouTube video of a far-right member of Ukraine's parliament roughing up the top executive of the state television network went viral.
Eurovision/YouTube

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:02 am

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Sun March 23, 2014

NATO, Ukraine Warn Russia May Be Planning Further Aggression

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:37 am

While Russia continued to push Ukrainian forces out of Crimea, NATO and Ukraine issued warnings on Sunday about the buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine's eastern border.

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Latin America
6:03 am
Sun March 23, 2014

1994 Colosio Assasination Was Start Of Mexico's Catastrophic Year

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:36 am

In late March of 1994, Mexico's leading presidential candidate was assassinated by a gunman. Conspiracy theories about his death still abound.

The Two-Way
5:55 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Satellite Spots More Potential Debris, But Still No Sure Sign Of Plane

Chinese relatives of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 wait for the latest information at Lido Hotel Sunday in Beijing, China.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:49 am

It's déjà vu all over again in the more-than-two-week search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370: Today, like yesterday, Malaysian authorities announced that another satellite detected suspected debris near the spot they believe the 777 went missing.

This time it was a French satellite that spotted an object of interest in the southern Indian Ocean.

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NPR Story
5:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:36 am

The U.S.-Mexico border isn't just about immigration. Local politicians in El Paso, Texas, say their city is misunderstood. Being located across the river from Mexico is part of their potential.

Europe
5:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Some Crimeans Dread The Switch To Russian Rule

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:36 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Europe
5:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Expected To Dominate Obama's Europe Trip

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:36 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. President Obama leaves tonight for the Netherlands. It's the start of a four-nation trip that includes a meeting with the pope and a visit to Saudi Arabia. But the crisis in Ukraine will hang over his agenda. NPR's Ari Shapiro will be on the trip. He joins us now. Hi, Ari.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

MARTIN: Give us a sense of what we expect to happen tomorrow when the president and other world leaders meet at The Hague.

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Europe
3:18 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

U.S. Position On Crimea Music To Spain's Ears

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 6:47 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

As I mentioned earlier, when Crimea voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine, the west called that vote unconstitutional and did not recognize the results. It turns out that same dynamic is poised to play out elsewhere in Europe.

From Madrid, Lauren Frayer reports.

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World
3:18 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

With Annexation Of Crimea, Russia Takes Ukrainian Air Base

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 6:47 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

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

A dramatic showdown in Crimea today. One of the last military bases in Crimea held by Ukraine has fallen to Russian forces. Russia formally annexed the region yesterday. Western countries do not recognize the move.

NPR's Gregory Warner is in the capital of Crimea, Simferopol. Greg, tell us what happened at the base today. Were any shots fired in the takeover?

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Environment
3:18 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

New Twist In Ecuadorians' Long Pollution Fight With Chevron

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 6:47 pm

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While Alaska studies the long-term effects of oil exposure on fish, in Ecuador, they're worried about the human population. Texaco, now owned by Chevron, was drilling in the town of Lago Agrio until 1992. The residents say the company left behind billions of gallons of toxic waste.

Reporter Adam Klasfeld has been following the case for Courthouse News and is reporting in Ecuador right now. He says the lingering effects of the oil are still obvious.

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The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Pope Includes Victim Among Members Of Commission On Sex Abuse

Marie Collins, who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a priest in her native Ireland, will be a member of a commission that advises the Roman Catholic Church about confronting and preventing such abuse.
Andrew Medichini AP

The eight members of a new Vatican commission charged with advising the Roman Catholic Church on how to confront and prevent sexual abuse of children by its priests include a prominent victim.

Ireland's Marie Collins was molested by a priest when she was a young girl in the 1960s. In 1997, as TheJournal.ie writes, she saw her abuser finally brought to justice. She is, the newssite adds:

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Author Interviews
12:44 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women

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Jimmy Carter's other books include Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, Sharing Good Times and Our Endangered Values.
Prakash Methema AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 9:36 am

Editor's note: To hear our full interview with Jimmy Carter, tune into Weekend Edition on Sunday, March 23.

President Jimmy Carter has written more than two dozen books over the course of his career, about everything from the art of aging to how to achieve peace in the Middle East. All his writing is anchored by a deep-seated belief in the equality of all people.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Latest Leak: NSA Burrowed Into Chinese Telecom Giant's Servers

The National Security Agency has in recent years "pried its way into the servers" of Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that the spy agency has long suspected could work with the Chinese military to steal secrets from American firms and the U.S. government, The New York Times reported Saturday.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Major Ukrainian Air Base In Crimea Handed Over To Russia

A Russian military officer, left, talks to Ukrainian Col. Yuli Mamchur before the Russian takeover of an air base near the Crimean town of Belbek on Saturday.
Vasily Fedosenko Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 2:07 pm

Russia's grip on Crimea was further solidified Saturday when its forces took complete control of a Ukrainian Air Force base in the town of Belbek, NPR's Gregory Warner and Reuters report.

The landing field and other key sections of the air base had been taken over by Russian forces previously. The section handed over today was where Ukrainian soldiers and their families lived, Gregory reports.

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Parallels
10:22 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border

Dob Cunningham (left) and his friend Larry Johnson look over the edge of Cunningham's 800-acre ranch in Quemado, Texas.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:21 pm

We drove 2,428 miles on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and it's safe to say that for much of the road trip, we were being watched.

Border Patrol agents, customs officers, cameras, sensors, radar and aircraft track movement in the Borderland. None of that has stopped the struggle to control the border, or the debate over how best to do it.

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Parallels
8:02 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Russia-U.S. Tensions Could Stall Syrian Chemical Weapons Removal

The Russian ship Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great), seen here docked in the Cypriot port of Limassol in February, is part of the team involved in escorting shipments of Syria's chemical weapons material for destruction.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 9:18 am

As U.S.-Russian relations sour, some observers fear the plan to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal might stall.

This past week, the removal of chemicals from Syria reached the halfway mark. Without pressure from both superpowers, however, some believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will begin to drag his feet.

"I think what you're likely to see is that the Assad regime will comply just enough, at a slower pace, as it consolidates its hold over the country militarily," says Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Europe
5:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Polish See Shades Of 1939 In Russia's Crimea Grab

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 9:18 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

What will Mr. Putin do next? A lot of people want to know but the question is especially urgent and personal for those living in a country that shares a border with Ukraine and that have a long and bitter history of being invaded, occupied and dominated: Poland. We're joined now by Konstanty Gebert. He's a columnist for Gazeta Wyborcza, one of the leading newspapers in Poland. He joins us from his home in Warsaw. Mr. Gebert, thanks very much for being with us.

KONSTANTY GEBERT: My pleasure.

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Middle East
5:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

In A 'Brilliant' Move, Hamas Puts A Woman Out Front

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 9:18 am

Isra al-Modallal is the first woman to be the public face of Hamas, the conservative group that rules the Palestinian territory. "Brilliant" is how one Gaza observer describes the decision.

Europe
5:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Russia Warns It May Undercut Iran Talks Over Sanctions

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 9:18 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The U.S. and Russia are also supposed to be cooperating on Iran. Russia's played an important role in attempting to negotiate restrictions on Iran's nuclear program. But Russia's deputy foreign minister recently suggested that Moscow might change it's position on those talks because of the disagreement over Crimea and Ukraine. NPR's Peter Kenyon joins us from Istanbul. Peter, thanks for being with us.

PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Hi, Scott.

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Latin America
5:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Leaving Behind The Cartel's 'Songs Of Death'

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:07 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Narcocorridos are a form of Mexican folk music that tell the tales of drug traffickers. They are tremendously popular in Mexico and the Southwest borderlands. NPR's John Burnett has this story of one ex-Narcocorrido singer who escaped that life and lived to tell the tale.

JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: When Jorge Rivera, stage name El Imperial, watches old images of himself on YouTube these days, he's filled with conflicted feelings.

JORGE RIVERA: (Foreign language spoken)

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Europe
5:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Russia Formalizes Its Takeover Of Crimea

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 9:18 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Russian forces have taken a major air force base in the Crimea. Belbek airbase was one of the few military facilities in the Crimean Peninsula that was still controlled by Ukraine after the annexation of the peninsula by Russian forces. NPR's Gregory Warner is in Crimea's capital of Simferopol. Gregory, thanks for being with us.

GREGORY WARNER, BYLINE: Sure, Scott.

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Simon Says
5:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before

Crimean Tatars carry the body of Reshat Ametov during his funeral outside the town of Simferopol on Tuesday.
Vasily Fedosenko Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 9:18 am

Amid all the of necessary analysis of what Russia's move into Crimea means geopolitically and strategically, it might also be good to remember Reshat Ametov.

Mr. Ametov was buried this week. He was 39 years old, married and the father of three young children.

He was last seen at a demonstration on March 3 in Simferopol, where he joined other Crimean Tatars held a silent protest before the pro-Russian armed men in unmarked uniforms who surrounded the cabinet ministers building.

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The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Satellites' Scope And The Search For A Plane

Satellite imagery provided to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of objects that may be possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:12 pm

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now concentrated in the southern Indian Ocean, with satellite clues bringing aircraft and ships closer to objects that could be the debris from the missing airliner.

But as NPR's Robert Siegel said on All Things Considered Friday, "This is not like finding a needle in a haystack. In this case, the haystack is vast and the needle could be moving."

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The Two-Way
4:14 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Declined: Visa, MasterCard Freeze Out Targeted Russian Banks

A woman holds a portrait of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during celebrations on the main square of the Crimean city of Simferopol after in its official annexation on Friday.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

In what has likely come as a rude shock to some Russians, Visa and MasterCard have stopped processing payments at several of the country's banks as part of U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

The BBC reports that four banks have been affected, "all of which have links to Russians blacklisted by the U.S."

Russia's RIA Novostri reports:

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