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2:47 am
Wed June 3, 2015

A Taxi App Aims To Build Trust Where Crime Is High

Traffic stands still in Nairobi. People in Kenya's capital don't like getting into cabs driven by strangers. They prefer to call drivers they know or who their friends recommend.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:59 am

It's a problem in a taxi economy if people don't like getting into cabs that are driven by strangers. A cab driver is a stranger almost by definition. But in the high-crime city of Nairobi, Kenya, people prefer to call up drivers they know or who their friends recommend.

An American named Jason Eisen spent years in Nairobi as a consultant until he had his big idea. He built an app that doesn't just tell you which taxis are close by, like Uber does. It also assigns the driver a trust score, by scouring riders' contacts and social media.

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Goats and Soda
3:53 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

South Koreans Mask Up In The Face Of MERS Scare

A South Korean walks through a market in Seoul wearing a mask. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye scolded health officials over their "insufficient" response to an outbreak of the MERS virus.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 3:51 pm

South Korea is contending with the biggest Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, outbreak outside the Middle East.

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Energy
3:43 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 11:14 am

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Sports
3:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

U.S., Cuban Soccer Teams Face-Off In Havana

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 5:35 pm

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Sports
3:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 5:35 pm

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Middle East
3:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Hamas Forces Kill Islamic State Supporter In Gaza

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 5:53 pm

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Asia
3:19 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

More Than 400 Still Missing After Cruise Ship Overturns In China

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 4:55 am

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Parallels
1:59 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Families Appeal To Congress, Call For Release Of Americans Held In Iran

Family members of Americans held or missing in Iran attend a hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. From left: Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian; Nagameh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini; Sarah Hekmati, sister of Amir Hekmati; and Daniel Levinson, son of Robert Levinson.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 5:35 pm

After hearing testimony from four families, U.S. lawmakers passed a resolution calling on Iran to release three jailed Americans and provide information about a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007.

As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, the families say it's time for the U.S. to push hard on this issue.

Among those who spoke Tuesday before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was Daniel Levinson, son of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

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Goats and Soda
1:49 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

A Moment Of Silence After School Reopens In A Nepali Town

Schoolchildren in a Nepali village stand in a cornfield and observe a moment of silence to remember earthquake victims.
Donatella Lorch for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:19 pm

This morning at 10 a.m., school was in session in the town of Irkhu in eastern Nepal. It was only the second day of classes; the school had been closed since the April 25 earthquake.

It was a blistering hot day, but the school had neither water nor food to offer its students. There were 300 of them, out of the 500 students registered for the school. Their homes are now piles of rubble.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Video: Edward Snowden Takes Questions From London Audience

Former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden appears via live video link.
Amnesty International YouTube

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 3:09 pm

Nearly two years after his information about America's spying programs caused an international uproar, former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden spoke to an audience in London on Tuesday via live video feed.

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The Two-Way
12:31 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Amid Bribery Scandal, FIFA President Sepp Blatter Will Resign

FIFA President Sepp Blatter talks to the media during the FIFA Post Congress Week Press Conference on May 30 in Zurich.
Alessandro Della Bella Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:09 pm

Amid a bribery scandal involving top executives of world soccer's governing body, FIFA President Sepp Blatter is resigning.

Blatter made the announcement on Tuesday during a press conference, just days after he easily won an election to a fifth term.

"It is my deep care for FIFA and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision," Blatter said, according to FIFA's translation of his remarks.

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Goats and Soda
11:43 am
Tue June 2, 2015

The Truth Behind The Suicide Statistic For Older Teen Girls

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 1:22 pm

For years, Suzanne Petroni, senior director at the International Center for Research on Women, would speak — backed by mountains of evidence she studies — about the number one cause of death among women around the world: maternal mortality.

Then, in September, 2014, the World Health Organization released its report on "Health for the World's Adolescents: A Second Chance in the Second Decade."

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Parallels
8:52 am
Tue June 2, 2015

The Human Rights Issue A Nobel Laureate Doesn't Want To Touch

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at rally in Yangon, Myanmar, last year. Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for democracy in her homeland, but has faced criticism lately for not speaking out about the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority that has faced discrimination and violence.
Gemunu Amarasinghe AP

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 10:00 am

It's not often that the Dalai Lama calls out a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

But that's what happened last week when he was asked about Aung San Suu Kyi, who has declined to speak out on the worsening plight of the Rohingya minority in her homeland of Myanmar.

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Asia
6:37 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Rescue Underway In China For Victims Of Capsized Ship

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 7:05 am

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History
6:10 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Obama To Honor Harlem Hellfighter With Medal Of Honor

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 7:05 am

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Parallels
4:45 am
Tue June 2, 2015

In Turkey, Violence Against Women Is Often A Private Family Matter

Demonstrators in the Turkish capital of Ankara hold posters of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was allegedly killed by a bus driver after fighting off a sexual assault. The posters read: "End killings of women."
Burhan Ozbilici AP

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 5:30 pm

Mutlu Kaya is gifted with a strong, pure voice, and it nearly cost her her life. Or rather, many Turkish women say, it was the reaction to her singing by the men in Kaya's life. She's in the hospital, a bullet in her skull.

It started with a visit to Kaya's hometown by well-known Turkish folk singer Sibel Can. Can was a judge on a moderately popular TV singing show, and she was convinced Kaya could be a star.

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Latin America
4:45 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Haiti Sees Spike In Cholera Cases 4 Years After Outbreak Began

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 7:05 am

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The Salt
2:41 am
Tue June 2, 2015

A Tome For Peruvian Food, By Its Most Acclaimed Ambassador

Mixed ceviche from Peru: The Cookbook.
Courtesy of Phaidon Press

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 1:42 pm

Maybe you've noticed a dish that keeps popping up in more restaurants across the U.S.

Peru is one of the countries that lays claim to ceviche, which is made of raw fish and chilies, cured in lime juice.

So how do you know you're tasting a perfect ceviche?

"In the first bite, you want to find a strong citrus flavor balanced with the fish, and a little bit spicy, but a fresh spicy given by a fresh chili," says chef Gaston Acurio.

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Parallels
2:35 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Glory Of Moscow's 80-Year-Old Subway Tainted By Stalin Connections

Visitors check out the Soviet-era metro cars exhibited at the Partizanskaya subway station in Moscow, as part of festivities marking the subway system's 80th anniversary.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 9:00 am

Moscow this year is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its subway system — the Moscow Metro — a crowning achievement of the Soviet Union's unprecedented forced industrialization in the 1930s.

One of the world's biggest and busiest subways today, it has dark connections to the repressions of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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Goats and Soda
4:50 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

There Are 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Than 25 Years Ago

A farm laborer uses a sieve to separate grains of wheat from the husk in Amritsar, India.
Hindustan Times via Getty Images

So what does it mean to be hungry?

That's a question that occurred to us as we read some encouraging news: The world isn't as hungry as it used to be.

A U.N. report has noted that 795 million people were hungry in the year 2014. That's a mind-boggling number. But in fact it's 200 million lower than the estimated 1 billion hungry people in 1990.

The improvement is especially impressive because the world population has gone up by around 2 billion since the '90s.

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Asia
4:15 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

U.S. Criticizes China For Construction In South China Sea

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 9:46 pm

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Africa
4:15 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Latest Attempted Coup In Gambia Began On U.S. Soil

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 9:46 pm

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

American Freelance Journalist Released By Rebels In Yemen

An American freelance journalist who had been held by Houthi rebels in Yemen has been freed. The U.S. State Department says Casey Coombs is now in Oman, where he is undergoing a medical evaluation. Coombs had been reporting for The Intercept website and was one of a number of Americans being held in Yemen.

The New York Times spoke with Coombs' mother, Jill Marie Hammill:

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Europe
3:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Paris Officials Begin Removing Love Locks From Iconic Bridges

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:38 pm

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The city of romance has had enough of love - well, love locks. Officials in Paris say the padlocks attached to bridges by lovebirds threaten the city's historic architecture and public safety. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report.

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Parallels
3:12 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

As The Arctic Opens Up, The U.S. Is Down To A Single Icebreaker

The Polar Star completes ice drills in the Arctic in July 2013. Built in the 1970s and only meant to last 30 years, the vessel is the U.S. Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker.
U.S. Coast Guard Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 9:46 pm

Melting ice in the Arctic is creating opportunities for access to oil and gas, and shipping lanes. But the area is still mostly frozen and navigating the inhospitable region on top of the world still requires an icebreaker, the heavy duty ships that are able to crash through massive layers of ice.

The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for search-and-rescue missions, as well as protecting the environment and defending U.S. sovereignty. The U.S. is one of five countries with territorial claims to the land and waters of the Arctic (The others are Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark.).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Woman Turns 100 Without Any Family, But With Thousands Of Good Wishes

Before her surprise birthday party, Winnie Blagden said, "I'm not expecting anything marvelous, no."
BBC Radio Sheffield

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 11:54 am

Sunday was Winnie Blagden's birthday — and it was, despite her expectations, a big deal. When word got out that the English woman was about to turn 100 and had no living relatives, thousands of people sent cards and gifts.

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Parallels
9:04 am
Mon June 1, 2015

A Rare, Spontaneous Democracy Debate In A Shanghai Taxi

Wang, a young human rights lawyer, argues that Chinese people have to push the government to build a system of rule of law. She did not want her full face shown to protect her identity.
Frank Langfitt / NPR

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 9:46 pm

Editor's Note: NPR's Frank Langfitt has been driving around Shanghai offering free rides as part of his "Streets of Shanghai" stories. But recently, he was a passenger in a taxi when something unusual happened.

Strangers rarely discuss politics in public in China, let alone the taboo topic, democracy. The Communist Party sees talk of political alternatives as a direct threat and has jailed people for promoting such ideas online.

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Climate Change Meeting To Focus On Ensuring Countries Keep Commitments

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 3:22 pm

The world's governments are meeting today in Bonn, Germany, to work on a U.N. agreement to tackle climate change, a day after European energy companies urged them to adopt a pricing system for carbon emissions.

NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce, who is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit, says the meeting in Bonn is part of the run-up to a major climate summit being held in Paris at the end of the year. Here's more from Nell:

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Murder Charges In Bangladesh Over 2013 Garment Factory Collapse

The relative of a worker who died in the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse mourns April 24 in front of a monument erected in memory of the victims. Authorities on Monday charged more than 40 people with murder in connection with the building's collapse that killed 1,137 people.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 2:48 pm

Authorities in Bangladesh have charged more than 40 people with murder in connection with the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza complex — the country's worst industrial accident. More than 1,100 people died and 2,500 others were injured. Among those charged is Sohel Rana, the man who owned the complex.

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Europe
4:13 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Appears To Be Heating Up Again

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 2:39 pm

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