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She Got 80,000 Girls To Attend School And Won A $1.25 Million Prize

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A harsh encounter in an Indian village inspired Safeena Husain to found a group called Educate Girls. And now she has been honored with a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

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Giovanni Lo Porto, Slain Italian Aid Worker, Loved Pakistan And Its People

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lo Porto was kidnapped in January 2012 soon after he returned to work in Pakistan. President Obama announced Thursday that the Italian aid worker was inadvertently killed in January in a U.S. strike.

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Warren Weinstein, American Killed In U.S. Operation, Was Veteran Aid Worker

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The USAID contractor was kidnapped in 2011 from his home in Pakistan just days before he was scheduled to leave the country. He spent much of his career in some of the world's toughest places.

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The Takeaway

Obama Wants to Fast-Track the Biggest Trade Deal in 20 Years

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Most of President Obama's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership has come from the GOP and big business. Democrats and others say it would drive wages down and encourage outsourcing. 

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Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

Thursday, April 23, 2015

They tried a technique for editing DNA to change the genes in a human embryo. This is very controversial. The scientists say they did it to see if they could fix a gene that causes a blood disorder.

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All Things Considered

The Nearly Lost Story Of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Before the Khmer Rouge regime, a thriving pop and rock scene adapted Western music heard on U.S. military radio stations. The documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten took 10 years to make.

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A Young Mother's Death Raises Questions Without Answers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The official cause of death was an accident. Friends believe her husband had beaten her. Yet no one will speak up — part of the hush that descends over domestic abuse in India.

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Morning Edition

Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to author and historian James Bradley, about his his new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of the American Disaster in Asia.

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All Things Considered

China-Pakistan Deal Highlights Waning U.S. Influence In Region

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

China's President is pledging to invest $46 billion in a corridor across Pakistan linking China with the Middle East. Some analysts say this signifies a decline in America's influence in the region.

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China's President Promises Pakistan $45B In Investment

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Up to $37 billion of that money will go toward the South Asian nation's electricity grid. But as NPR's Philip Reeves reports the challenge now is to make the projects happen.

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Tea Tuesdays: Tea, Tao And Tourists — China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One of China's five sacred mountains, Mount Hua is a lotus-shaped range of peaks and hub of Taoism. It has many harrowing paths to well-being — and to tea.

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Morning Edition

Palm Oil Plantations Are Blamed For Many Evils. But Change Is Coming

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Indonesia, efforts are underway to grow palms in a sustainable way. But that's putting a squeeze on small farmers.

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All Things Considered

Chinese President Visits Pakistan To Finalize Billion-Dollar Trade Route Plan

Monday, April 20, 2015

China's President Xi Jinping is in Pakistan to oversee the signing of agreements for a plan that would build $46 billion in infrastructure and energy projects. China aims to create greater land and sea ties with Pakistan in order to strengthen its influence in European and Middle Eastern markets.

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Japan, U.S. 'Close' To Major Deal

Monday, April 20, 2015

A 12-country trade agreement hinges on negotiations between Japan and the United States.

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Morning Edition

So Long 'Cinderella,' Website Helps Chinese Find Better English Names

Monday, April 20, 2015

Billboard. Mo Money. Lady Gaga. Cinderella. Those are just a few of the unusual names young Chinese have adopted over the years. An American entrepreneur hopes to suggest more appropriate ones.

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All Things Considered

Chinese President To Discuss Massive Trade Route During Pakistan Visit

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit long-time ally Pakistan this week to discuss a port project and roads that link the two countries. China is hoping to extend its influence in region.

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Nepal Diverts Climbing Fees To Sherpa Welfare Fund

Sunday, April 19, 2015

One year ago, 16 Nepalis guiding climbers up Mount Everest were swept away by a hanging glacier that had peeled off the mountain. It was the worst single accident in the history of Everest.

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Heavy Police Presence At Ferry Demonstrations Bring Seoul To A Halt

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thousands of police formed a perimeter around the heart of South Korea's capital Saturday, in an effort to dampen a third day of protests over the government handling of a ferry disaster one year ago.

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In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.

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All Things Considered

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Help Finalize Asia-Pacific Trade Deal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Senate negotiators move forward on legislation that would give President Obama the authority to negotiate a sweeping trade accord. That deal, however, will align Obama with Republicans and pit him against Democrats.

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