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Europe
5:08 am
Tue June 9, 2015

French Government Expected To Expand Power Of Surveillance

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 7:08 am

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Sports
4:18 am
Tue June 9, 2015

In Their First World Cup Match, U.S. Women Beat Australia 3 -1

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 1:21 pm

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The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team entered the World Cup stage last night in a big way by beating Australia 3-to-1.

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4:04 am
Tue June 9, 2015

South Korea Scrambles To Contain MERS Virus

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 1:14 pm

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It's All Politics
11:36 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Jeb Bush Faces His Own Foreign Policy Test With Europe Trip

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is expected to announce his GOP presidential campaign on June 15, embarks on a five-day trip to Germany, Poland and Estonia on Tuesday.
Erik Schelzig Associated Press

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 12:47 pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush begins a six-day trip to Europe on Tuesday, hoping to avoid the mistakes that have haunted his likely GOP presidential rivals.

The sojourn abroad is a time-tested ritual for those who want to inhabit the Oval Office. For governors, especially, it's a way to burnish their national-security credentials on an international stage. Senators have more frequent delegation trips abroad and congressional hearings that help bolster their foreign-policy resumes.

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It's All Politics
6:23 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Court Sides With President Over Congress In 'Jerusalem' Passport Dispute

Ari Zivotofsky (right) with his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in 2011. Menachem, now 12, was born in Jerusalem, but the court ruled Israel cannot be noted as the birthplace on his passport.
Evan Vucci AP

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday sided with the president in a long-running struggle with Congress over who controls recognition of foreign countries and what information about nationhood can be put on the passports of American citizens.

In a 6-to-3 decision, the high court struck down a law requiring the State Department to indicate on passports that the city of Jerusalem is part of Israel. The decision was a blow to the pro-Israel lobby and to congressional power over certain parts of foreign policy.

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The Two-Way
5:09 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Praise For Indian PM's Diplomacy, Then A Backlash For His Undiplomatic Remark

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 4:47 pm

It's India's latest social media battle cry: #DespiteBeingAWoman erupted on Twitter on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the phrase while talking about the female prime minister of Bangladesh.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Turkish President's Ruling Party Loses Majority In Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:56 pm

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Europe
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Officials Estimate Nearly Half A Million Migrants Await The Journey To Europe

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Iraq
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Ramadi, Iraq, Offensive Delays Efforts To Take Back Mosul

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:56 pm

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Middle East
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Syrian Mother Sends Children Across Mediterranean With Smugglers

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:56 pm

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Afghanistan
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Afghan Women Climbers Face Challenges Beyond Scaling Summit

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:59 pm

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Asia
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Gives Backhanded Compliment To Bangladeshi Counterpart

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:21 pm

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World
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Kurdish Party Wins Record Number Of Seats In Turkish Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:56 pm

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Law
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Supreme Court Strikes Down Jerusalem Passport Law

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 4:53 am

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Obama: U.S. Lacks A 'Complete Strategy' For Training Iraqi Forces

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:56 pm

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Parallels
2:02 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

For Afghan Women Mountaineers, Uphill Battles Begin Before The Climb

A group of Afghan women are attempting to reach the 24,580-foot summit this summer. In mid-May, two of the climbers, along with two American chaperones, visited Afghanistan's highest mountain to see the terrain firsthand in preparation for the historic climb.
Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson NPR

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 10:52 am

A team of 13 Afghan women is training to climb the country's highest mountain. Only two Afghans — both men — have ever made it to the 24,580-foot-high summit. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has been following the female mountaineers' progress. You can read and listen to the previous report here.

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The Salt
1:14 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Georgia's Giant Clay Pots Hold An 8,000-Year-Old Secret To Great Wine

Winemaker Iago Bitarishvili makes wine in clay vessels called qvevri, which he buries underground and fills with white grapes. There are no barrels, vats or monitoring systems for this ancient Georgian method, which is helping drive sales. Bitarishvili plans to bury these new qvevri in his cellar to expand production.
Daniella Cheslow for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 1:35 pm

When I ask Iago Bitarishvili to climb into his qvevri, a Georgian clay wine barrel, he rolls his eyes before he drops a ladder into what looks like a hole in the ground and makes his way down. What is a novelty to an observer is, to Bitarishvili, simply the way things are done.

"I don't make anything special," he says. "I only continue in the way started by my parents."

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Mon June 8, 2015

U.S. Women Beat Australia 3-1 In Teams' Opening Match Of World Cup

Christen Press of the United States celebrates Monday after scoring a second-half goal against Australia during the FIFA Women's World Cup in Winnipeg, Canada.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:52 pm

Update, 9:45 p.m. ET:

Forward Christen Press scored in the 61st minute and Megan Rapinoe scored her second goal of the match in the 78th minute for the Americans, who beat Australia 3-1. Combined with the 1-1 tie between Sweden and Nigeria earlier on Monday, the U.S. has a strong lead in its World Cup group.

Rapinoe also was issued a yellow card in the second half, as was U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday. Goalie Hope Solo had five saves.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Parole Board Recommends Oscar Pistorius Be Released In August

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, in October 2014.
Themba Hadebe AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 11:35 am

Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic athlete who was sentenced to five years in prison over the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is set to be released on parole in August.

The BBC reports:

"Under South African law he is eligible for release under "correctional supervision" having served a sixth of his sentence. A state appeal against his acquittal on murder charges is due in November.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Spain's Air Traffic Controllers Go On Strike; Pay Isn't The Big Complaint

Two Spanish Iberia airplanes stand on the tarmac at the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport in Madrid on Monday. Spanish air traffic controllers started a four-day partial strike that could affect some 5,300 flights.
J.J. Guillen EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:26 pm

Despite being among the best-paid public workers in Spain, the country's air traffic controllers started a strike Monday. Their union is protesting the punishment of dozens of controllers who were involved in a 2010 strike that sparked a national state of alarm.

"Some 5,300 flights to and from Spain are expected to be affected," NPR's Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid. "This is the first of four days of work stoppage by Spain's air traffic controllers."

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Iraq
4:10 am
Mon June 8, 2015

ISIS Rule In Mosul: Few Come And Go As Extremists Dig In

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are separated from Islamic State extremists by only short distances in some places around Mosul in northern Iraq, but there has not been heavy fighting recently or any changes in the front lines.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 1:46 pm

When the self-declared Islamic State pushed into Mosul a year ago, chaos raged in northern Iraq. Distraught families piled into cars and fled. Iraqi Kurdish forces began battling back against the militants, eventually with U.S. air support. Everything felt fluid and uncertain.

A year on, the Islamic State, or ISIS, appears increasingly entrenched in one of Iraq's largest cities and the prospect of a major assault by Iraqi government forces and their U.S.-led allies keeps getting pushed further into the future.

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Europe
4:09 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Voters Hand Turkish President A Setback In His Attempt To Expand Powers

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 4:29 pm

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Sports
4:06 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Julie Johnston: Player To Watch On U.S. Women's World Cup Team

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 12:06 pm

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4:06 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Politics In The News: Obama At G7 Summit

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 4:11 pm

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Sports
4:06 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Wawrinka Upsets Djokovic At French Open Final

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:12 am

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Latin America
4:06 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Mexico's Midterm Elections Marred By Violence

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 12:40 pm

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Music News
2:14 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, at his home in Baghdad, has been playing his cello at the sites of explosive attacks in Baghdad.
Ahmed Qusay for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:29 am

The roar of a car bomb has been the prelude to Karim Wasfi's performances of late.

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Turkey's Ruling Party Will Lose Its Majority, Preliminary Results Show

Supporters celebrate early election results outside the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters in Istanbul. The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has lost its majority according to preliminary results.
Murad Sezer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 2:16 pm

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

The ruling party of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who had parliamentary elections would deliver a super majority — looks like it will lose its majority altogether.

With roughly 97 percent of the votes counted, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, appears to have secured only about 260 seats in the 550-member Grand National Assembly.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Saudi High Court Upholds Blasphemy Sentence On Blogger

Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison on a blogger who was found guilty of "insulting Islam though electronic channels."

Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 for running the Liberal Saudi Network, which encouraged online debate of religious and political issues.

The sentence that was upheld today was harsher than the first he received. That one was overturned during a retrial, but was reinstated in May 2014, adding 400 more lashes, three more years in prison and an additional fine equivalent to $266,000.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Obama At G-7: West Must Stand Up To 'Russian Aggression'

President Obama drinks a beer as he sits between men dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes during a visit to the village of Kruen, southern Germany, on Sunday, prior to the G-7 summit.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:54 am

President Obama, speaking at the G-7 Summit in Germany, urged Western leaders to stand up to "Russian aggression" in Ukraine and said that ties between Washington and Berlin amount to "one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known."

The discussion at the summit at the Bavarian village of Kruen, which also includes leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, was likely to focus on the conflict in Ukraine and efforts to keep Greece from defaulting on its sovereign debt.

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