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Parallels
3:44 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

As Flow Of Migrants Into Mexico Grows, So Do Claims Of Abuse

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:00 pm

Like the United States, Mexico is dealing with a substantial increase of Central Americans migrants, including unaccompanied minors, crossing its borders. Earlier this month, Mexico's president announced plans to crack down on the illegal flow and strengthen security along the southern border with Guatemala.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

English poet and author Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) wearing his army uniform. His experiences in the First World War resulted in his hatred of war, which he expressed in much of his work.
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Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 5:29 pm

Nearly two dozen diaries and notebooks of Siegfried Sassoon — among a handful of prominent soldier-poets whose artistic sensibilities were forged in the trenches of World War I — are being published online for the first time by the Cambridge University Library.

Sassoon, who served in the British Army, was a "gifted diarist [who] ... kept a journal for most of his life," the library says.

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Global Health
3:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

As Ebola Outbreak Worsens, West Africa Turns To Quarantines

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:00 pm

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Europe
3:01 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Out Of The Strings Of A Fiddle, The Melodies Of Cold, Craggy Isles

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:00 pm

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It's Friday afternoon. The first day of August. Let's take a little island vacation.

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Latin America
3:01 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Why Nicaragua's Not In The Conversation About Central American Migrants

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:00 pm

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Middle East
3:01 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

In Gaza, A Glimmer Of Hope For Cease-Fire Is Snuffed Out Early

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:00 pm

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Parallels
2:33 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

As Evangelical Clout Grows, Brazil May Face New Culture Wars

Evangelical Christians hold their hands out in prayer during the annual March for Jesus in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013. Evangelicals play an increasingly large role in the nation's politics.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:00 pm

Everaldo Dias Pereira — known to his flock as Pastor Everaldo — shakes the hands of potential voters at a shopping mall in a suburb of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

As he wishes them the peace of the Lord, a group of supporters shout out: "Enough of corruption, enough of people who don't know the word of God. We want Pastor Everaldo."

The pastor is running for president, and even though it is unlikely he will win — polls show he only has 3 percent of the vote — his socially conservative message resonates among many of the evangelical faithful.

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Goats and Soda
12:03 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

How Cultures Move Across Continents

Maximilian Schich & Mauro Martino, 2014

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 12:43 pm

They may look like flight paths around North America and Europe. Or perhaps nighttime satellite photos, with cities lit up like starry constellations.

But look again.

These animations chart the movement of Western culture over the past 2,000 years, researchers report Friday in the journal Science.

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The Salt
11:47 am
Fri August 1, 2014

These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

A laborer rakes cacao beans on a plantation in Toumokro, Ivory Coast in 2008.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 3:04 pm

A bittersweet YouTube video is making the rounds this week showing cacao farmers — some of the most impoverished in the world — enjoying chocolate for the very first time.

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Goats and Soda
10:25 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Ebola Moving Faster Than Efforts To Control It, WHO Chief Says

Liberian men walk past an Ebola banner at the Monrovia City Hall in Liberia on Thursday.
Ahmed Jallanzo EPA /LANDOV

The head of the World Health Organization told leaders of the African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak that the deadly virus is "moving faster than our efforts to control it."

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Fighting Resumes In Gaza, As Israeli Military Says Cease-Fire Is Over

Gaza City, located in the northern Gaza Strip, is seen shortly before the start of a proposed cease-fire Friday morning.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 10:57 am

It was negotiated as a three-day humanitarian cease-fire that was to start at 8 a.m. local time today.

But just hours in, fighting erupted again in Gaza.

Palestinian authorities told The Associated Press that at least 27 people were killed in Gaza after an Israeli tank opened fire. NPR's Emily Harris reports that Israel accused Hamas of continuing its rocket fire.

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Global Health
5:05 am
Fri August 1, 2014

CDC Chief On West African Ebola: 'We Know What To Do, But It's Not Easy'

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:14 am

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Middle East
5:05 am
Fri August 1, 2014

More Deadly Fighting In Gaza Puts Cease-Fire In Question

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:14 am

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U.S.
4:37 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:14 am

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Iraq
4:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Mughdeed talks to the men he commands to protect the Mosul dam, a critical piece of infrastructure that supplies water and electricity. The dam is now close to the front line with the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 9:49 am

In the searing heat of northern Iraq, among its dry, scrubby landscape, there's a surreal sight: a wide, shimmering blue lake, held back by the concrete and steel of a dam. It's on the Tigris River, near the city of Mosul.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Mughdeed, the commander of the soldiers guarding this dam, says even a small attack on the dam could have major repercussions: flooding, power cuts.

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The Two-Way
7:34 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Ebola Patient Will Be Treated In Atlanta Hospital

Red Cross volunteers prepare to bury the body of an Ebola victim in Pendembu, Sierra Leone, early this month.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 5:59 am

An isolation unit at Emory University's hospital in Atlanta will be used in the coming days to house and treat a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 700 people in a recent outbreak in West Africa.

Announcing the pending transfer of the patient Thursday, Emory, which like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based in Atlanta, issued a statement saying it will use "a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases."

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The Two-Way
5:27 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says

Flares light up the night sky over Gaza City early Friday, Aug. 1. Leaders of Hamas and Israel have agreed to begin a cease-fire Friday at 8 a.m. local time, the U.N. says.
Dusan Vranic AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 1:05 am

A temporary peace will begin Friday morning in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas agree to an "unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," according to a statement by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday and last for 72 hours. U.N. Special Coordinator Robert Serry says he's been assured by officials from both Israel and Hamas that they will abide by the truce. The envoys will also travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal, in talks hosted by Egypt.

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Goats and Soda
5:19 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel

Red Cross volunteers prepare to bury the body of an Ebola victim in Pendembu, Sierra Leone, early this month.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 10:59 am

For the second time this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert for three West African countries, as the death toll in the Ebola outbreak increased at an alarming rate.

"The bottom line is that the multiple outbreaks in West Africa are worsening right now," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told NPR on Thursday. "This is the biggest, most complex and the most difficult outbreak of Ebola that we've had to deal with."

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The Salt
4:45 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

A corn purchaser writes on his account in northwest China in 2012. In November 2013, officials began rejecting imports of U.S. corn when they detected traces of a new gene not yet approved in China.
Peng Zhaozhi Xinhua/Landov

For a while there, China was the American farmer's best friend. The world's most populous nation had so many pigs and chickens to feed, it became one of the top importers of U.S. corn and soybeans almost overnight.

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Middle East
3:26 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

On Either Side Of Gaza, Leaders' Gain Support — But Blame Game Awaits

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 8:19 pm

Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians. For more on the changes to public opinion, Ari Shapiro speaks with Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University and Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

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Middle East
3:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

In Gaza, A Day That Begins In Fear Ends In Cease-Fire Agreement

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:07 pm

The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. The cease-fire is to begin Friday.

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Middle East
3:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Tiny Qatar Stands Tall In Middle East's New Diplomatic Landscape

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:07 pm

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Europe
3:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

To Understand Putin's Policy, Dissect The Kremlin's Inner Circles

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:07 pm

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Global Health
3:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Sierra Leone Declares Quarantine, As Ebola Outbreak Worsens

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:07 pm

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Economy
3:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

In Debt Duel, It Was Argentina V. Paul Singer

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:07 pm

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Europe
3:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

For Two Sarajevo Women, A Chance Friendship Forged In The Ashes Of War

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:49 am

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Israel Allowed To Tap U.S. Munitions Cache For Gaza Offensive

An Israeli Merkava tank near the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, on Thursday. The Pentagon confirms that Israel tapped a U.S. weapons stockpile for tank rounds.
Debbie Hill UPI/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:52 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

The Pentagon has confirmed that Israel was given permission last week to dip into a little-known U.S. munitions stockpile to draw tank shells and illumination rounds for its ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

NPR's Tom Bowman reports that the billion-dollar U.S. "emergency" stockpile, based on Israeli soil, was established in the 1980s as part of an agreement of expanded cooperation between the two nations.

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Africa
1:42 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

A neighborhood resident walks through a building in Timbuktu, used by al-Qaida-linked jihadi fighters for more than a year. Last year, The Associated Press found al-Qaida documents in the building.
Rukmini Callimachi AP

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:39 pm

A recent report by journalist Rukmini Callimachi details al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding large ransoms — and how those ransoms are a key source of funding for al-Qaida operations.

"Europe is funneling these enormous sums of money to al-Qaida," Callimachi, a foreign correspondent with The New York Times, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "They're reluctantly and unwillingly becoming al-Qaida's main patron."

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Flight Delays In China Leave Travelers Feeling Squeezed

Passengers packed the waiting hall Tuesday at Hongqiao Railway Station, which services a terminal at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 2:43 pm

Air travel in some of eastern China's busiest airports has slowed to a crawl over the past week or so, stranding thousands of travelers and igniting debate about the increasing competition between military and civilian flights for the country's airspace.

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Music Interviews
12:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Ghanaian Rapper Hopes To Take His 'Afropolitan Dreams' Back Home

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