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Bemused Or Irritated? Pope Reacts To Gift Of 'Communist Crucifix'

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pope Francis normally receives all gifts with a polite thanks and smile. But the pontiff's reaction earlier this week when Bolivia's president gave him a crucifix in the shape of a communist hammer and sickle is open to interpretation.

The Guardian reports: "The gift from the leftwing leader [Evo ...

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Forecast Says Oil Price Could Fall Amid Weak Demand

Friday, July 10, 2015

Oil prices have further to fall before bottoming out amid a surge in production, mainly by OPEC nations, and a weakening of global demand, according to the International Energy Agency's latest forecast.

In the second quarter of 2015, the world's supply of oil was 96.39 million barrels a day, ...

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Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano Forces Closure Of Airports

Friday, July 10, 2015

Volcanic ash spewing from Indonesia's Mount Raung has shut down airports and canceled flights on the resort island of Bali.

The volcano, located in East Java province, is about 95 miles west of Bali's international airport. The mountain began rumbling several weeks ago and on Friday began belching ash 12,000 ...

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Army To Cut 40,000 Troops Over 2 Years At U.S. Bases

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Updated at 5:55 p.m. ET

The Army confirmed Thursday that it will cut 40,000 troops at several domestic bases over the next two years in a cost-saving move. If the White House and Congress are unable to avert another round of sequestration cuts, the troop reductions could be even deeper, ...

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Joint Chiefs Nominee Says Russia Could Pose 'Existential Threat' To U.S.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Obama administration's nominee to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warns that Russia is the biggest threat to American interests and describes Moscow's recent geopolitical moves as "nothing short of alarming."

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed ...

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U.S. Criticizes Thailand's Deportation Of Uighurs To China

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The U.S. has condemned a move by Thailand to deport more than 100 ethnic Uighur Muslims back to China amid fears that the refugees will be persecuted by Beijing authorities.

Michael Sullivan, reporting for NPR from Thailand, says the Uighurs fled China more than a year ago and were detained ...

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IBM Announces Breakthrough In Chip Technology

Thursday, July 09, 2015

IBM says it has overcome a technological hurdle by producing a prototype chip with transistors that are just 7 nanometers wide, or about 1/10,000th the width of a human hair. The smallest transistors currently in use are twice as big.

The breakthrough occurred at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale ...

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Kerry: 'We Will Not Rush' Deal On Iran's Nuclear Program

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Update at 1:20 p.m. ET

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and its five negotiating partners working to hammer out a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program "will not rush and ... will not be rushed" into a deal.

He said that "despite all of the progress" ...

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New Hosts To Join NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Thursday, July 09, 2015

All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news program, is expanding its lineup of hosts: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show.

The network says the expanded lineup ...

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U.N. Says Syria Represents Worst Refugee Crisis In 25 Years

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The U.N. estimates that more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country since the start of the civil war there four years ago, making it the worst refugee crisis in a quarter century.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says the total number of refugees ...

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Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China

Monday, July 06, 2015

Nguyen Phu Trong — the head of Vietnam's communist party and one of most powerful figures in the Southeast Asian nation — will meet with President Obama on Tuesday for a historic meeting aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations.

The 71-year-old party secretary said Friday that he hopes ...

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Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is ready to walk away from the negotiating table if Tehran is unwilling to make the "hard choices" necessary to achieve a deal with the West on limiting its nuclear program.

However, Kerry also said that he and his Iranian counterpart, ...

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China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

Sunday, July 05, 2015

China's central bank will provide an injection of cash for the state-run margin finance company, as the country's top brokerages pledge to go on a share-buying spree to prop up faltering markets that have lost a third of their value in less than a month.

Some analysts estimate the total ...

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Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

Sunday, July 05, 2015

The International Space Station has just received a much-needed delivery, including some groceries, aboard a Russian capsule that successfully docked after three previous attempts to resupply the orbiting laboratory had failed.

The unmanned Progress M-28M spacecraft, carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, linked up ...

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After Bailout Referendum Is Rejected, Greece's Finance Minister Resigns

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Updated at 2:30 a.m. ET Monday:

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned. According to The Associated Press: Varoufakis was told shortly after the Greek referendum result that the some eurozone finance ministers and Greece's other creditors would prefer he not attend the ministers' meetings. He issued an announcement on ...

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U.N.: Report On Iran's Atomic Program Possible By Year's End

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Yukio Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, says that if Iran cooperates, the agency could issue a report on the country's past atomic research by the end of the year.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Vienna, says that progress is also being reported on sanctions ...

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Matt Stonie Downs 62 Hot Dogs For Coney Island Title

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Sixty-two dogs (and buns) after sitting down for the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Matt Stonie had snatched the title from "Jaws" Chestnut, the reigning eight-time champ, in a competition held each July 4 for nearly a century at New York's Coney Island.

Stonie finished second last year ...

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Week After Beach Attack, Tunisia Declares State Of Emergency

Saturday, July 04, 2015

More than a week after a deadly attack by an Islamic extremist at a Tunisian beachfront resort that killed 38 foreign tourists, the president of the North African country has declared a state of emergency.

President Beji Caid Essebsi's office says in a statement that he needed the powers that ...

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Lawrence Herkimer, The Father Of Modern Cheerleading, Dies At 89

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Three cheers for Lawrence Herkimer, who did more than anyone to transform cheerleading into an art, a science and a multi-million dollar business.

He died of heart failure on Wednesday in Dallas at age 89, according to his family.

Herkimer, who was frequently referred to as the grandfather of modern ...

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Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Greece's finance minister has accused his nation's creditors of "terrorism" for trying to "instill fear in people" ahead of a referendum on whether to accept the harsh terms of an international bailout designed to keep Athens in the eurozone.

Yanis Varoufakis, in an interview with the Spanish daily El ...

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