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Obama Condemns 'Horrific Acts' In The Name Of Religion

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The president said that God never justifies the killing of innocent people. He also referred to the Dalai Lama, who attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time, as his "good friend."

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Pilot In Deadly Taiwan Crash Hailed As A Hero

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The TransAsia Flight 235 crashed into a shallow river on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people. Taipei's mayor said the pilot had narrowly avoided buildings and likely more casualties.

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Dude, Why Is There A Cow In The Back Of Your Cab?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Author Chris Guillebeau has visited every U.N.-recognized country in the world. He's seen taxi-riding cows, a Mongolian version of Uber and a strong entrepreneurial spirit in the poorest of places.

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Toll In Taiwan's TransAsia Crash Rises To 25

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

TransAsia Flight 235 was carrying 58 people, 31 of them from China, when it crashed into the shallow Keelung River in Taipei shortly after takeoff on Wednesday.

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Argentina's President, During Visit To China, Mocks Chinese Speech In Tweet

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner appeared to suggest the Chinese have trouble pronouncing their R's and L's – using the words "rice," "petroleum" and "Campora" as examples.

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Thousands of Cats Destined for Vietnamese Tables Are Buried Instead

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Even though eating cats is banned, "little tiger" remains a delicacy. Many are sourced from China and smuggled over the border.

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TransAsia Plane Crashes Into Taiwan River; More Than A Dozen Dead

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Many of the 58 people on board remain unaccounted for after the twin-engine turboprop plane rolled and clipped an elevated roadway just after takeoff.

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You May Think You Can't Dance But Nepalis Will Make You Try

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Our Peace Corps correspondent discovers that Nepal is a country where everyone dances all the time. And you have no choice but to bust a move.

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Morning Edition

The Oscar Nominees Are In; The Shanghai DVD Sellers Are Stocking Up

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Academy Awards are coming this month and if you're still trying to see all the nominated films, it may be easier to find them in China than the U.S. As long as you don't mind the pirated version.

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All Things Considered

Critics Say Abe's 'Interventionism' Made Japan A Target For ISIS

Monday, February 02, 2015

The beheading of two Japanese nationals by ISIS has created political problems for Japanese President Shinzo Abe back home, from those who blame his rollback of Japanese pacifist policies in place after World War II.

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

Monday, February 02, 2015

In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?

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Morning Edition

The Theft Of An Infant Son: In Pakistan, A Not Uncommon Crime

Monday, February 02, 2015

Shazia Zia's newborn baby boy was taken from a maternity ward less than a day after she gave birth in Islamabad, and the family, hospital authorities and police officials disagree over who's to blame.

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Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Activists Stage New Protest

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Organizers say 13,000 showed up for the rally, far fewer than had joined previous protests against China's insistence on hand-picking candidates for the territory's next chief executive.

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Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

In a commercial, the comedian pretends no one can see her. One Indian journalist says there's more to the ad than selling insurance. Being visible comes with a risk of violence for women in India.

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Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The SITE Intelligence group has acquired footage that appears to show the execution of the Japanese journalist a week after another Japanese hostage was killed by the so-called Islamic State.

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Efforts To Free Japanese ISIS Captive 'Deadlocked'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A top Japanese diplomat says indirect negotiations to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."

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Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

Friday, January 30, 2015

The span to be built across a narrow strait that separates Russia from the newly annexed peninsula, is pegged at $3 billion and scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

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Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

Friday, January 30, 2015

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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Bomb Attack On Shiite Mosque In Pakistan Leaves At Least 49 Dead

Friday, January 30, 2015

Jundullah, a Sunni militant group with links to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh province.

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China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting 'Western Values'

Friday, January 30, 2015

Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country's institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China's leaders and political system.

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