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Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract

Monday, September 01, 2014

Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they're classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they're well compensated for unskilled labor.

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Putin Calls For Talks To Consider Statehood For Southeastern Ukraine

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Russian leader said "substantive, meaningful talks" were needed to decide the outcome in the region, while a spokesman clarified that the region should remain part of Ukraine.

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Ukraine Crisis Casts Long Shadow Over NATO Summit

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The fighting in Ukraine is likely to dominate the upcoming NATO summit in Wales. The newest members want NATO to do more to counter Russia's moves, including supplying weapons and intelligence.

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Ukrainian City Braces For Increasingly Lopsided Fight

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Russian-backed fighters are reportedly preparing to launch an assault on the strategic Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, with armored Russian columns crossing the border into Ukraine.

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All Things Considered

Sanctions Against Russia Have Failed To Achieve Political Goals

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about NATO and EU options for confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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All Things Considered

Despite Quiet, Ukraine's Novoazovsk Still Feels Like A War Zone

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In Ukraine, worried officials in the southeastern part of the country beefed up their defenses on Saturday as rebel forces slowly moved west following the recent capture of a strategic seaside town.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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John Walker Jr., Cold War Spy For Soviets, Dies At 77

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, his brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period.

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Fresh Air

Poroshenko Says Ukraine Near To 'Full-Scale War'

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Speaking at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers, the Ukrainian president says Kiev is "close to the point of no return," over Moscow's direct support of separatists.

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Why The British Allowed The Rotherham Abuse To Fester

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Guardian's Randeep Ramesh tells NPR's Scott Simon about the social and societal forces at work in British culture which might have contributed to the cover-up of the Rotherham child abuse case.

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Russian Incursion Continues In Ukraine

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

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London Evacuees Bore A Painful Cost Of War

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Pam Hobbs about the 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper. She was one of the children who were evacuated from London during World War II.

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Horses And Toilets In The Kitchen: Terrible Real Estate Photos

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Andy Donaldson was browsing new flats in London when he noticed that some photos in real estate ads are really, really bad. His blog and book showcase some of the worst, as he tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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The Wall That Defined Scotland's Frontier 2,000 Years Ago To Today

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Roman emperor Hadrian built a wall two millennia ago that kept the Scottish out. On Sept. 18, the Scots hold an independence vote to decide if they want to separate from Britain.

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The World

Ukraine seeks NATO membership as Russia moves troops across the border

Friday, August 29, 2014

In an emergency meeting Friday, NATO condemned Russian military action in Ukraine and accused Moscow of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. Now, Kiev has announced its intention to seek NATO membership. But it's still not clear what Western countries can do to stop Russia's invasion.

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All Things Considered

Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port

Friday, August 29, 2014

In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.

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The World

This hobbyist-turned-journalist is a one-man digital detective agency

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bellingcat is a new website for citizen journalists to do what you might call social media detective work. On the site, bloggers and journalists use crowdsourcing, geolocation and reviewing satellite images to gather intelligence in conflict zones around the world.

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The World

The number of British Islamist fighters rises, and so does the UK's threat level

Friday, August 29, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron says "the threat is growing" from groups like ISIS and the British subjects they've attracted to the fight in the Middle East. That's why the British government raised its terror alert level on Friday, but few other details are coming out about the threat.

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The World

Canada opens up a new front against Russia — Twitter snark

Friday, August 29, 2014

Canada and Russia tangled on Twitter this week, each posting maps designed to tweak the other country's stance over Russian actions in Ukraine. But while the exchange was funny and popular online, it also showed how governments communicate in the social media era.

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Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat

Friday, August 29, 2014

The warning was raised to "severe," the second-highest level, as British Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic extremism poses a "greater and deeper" threat to the U.K. than ever before.

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