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Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Thursday with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They will discuss the crisis in Ukraine. While the Obama administration has said it has overwhelming evidence that Moscow is stirring up the unrest in eastern Ukraine, it says it wants to wait before expanding sanctions. Analysts say Washington has few other options.

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Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.

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Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.

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NATO Makes Plans To Bolster Its Eastern Border

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.

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In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As the government tries to assert control in the eastern part of the nation, there's word that some Ukrainian troops may now be on the side of locals who wish to join Russia.

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Morning Edition

Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Several Ukrainian tanks are on the move in some eastern cities, according to reports Wednesday morning. Some of the armored personnel carriers are flying Russian flags.

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Ukraine's Army Launches Campaign Against Eastern Militants

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ukraine's army began a "special operation" in the east of the country Tuesday, moving against pro-Russian militants who are occupying government offices across the region.

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Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Italy's former prime minister was convicted of tax fraud. For a year, he must work at least four hours a week at a facility for the elderly. Also, a travel restriction will limit his politicking.

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Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Special forces will try to dislodge armed men who are occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine. Russia's role in those protests "seems much more evident," NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

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Ukraine Military Begins To Move Against Pro-Russian Separatists

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The acting Ukrainian president says his military is advancing against pro-Russian separatists who took over government buildings in eastern Ukraine. The separatists didn't comply with an ultimatum.

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Morning Edition

Russian Media Accused Of Using Propaganda In Ukraine Reporting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The coverage of the crisis in Ukraine portrays the government in Kiev as neo-Nazis who seized power in a violent coup. That narrative has had a powerful impact on the way Russians perceive the crisis.

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Morning Edition

Russia's Move Into Ukraine Turns Allies Into Adversaries

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russia and Ukraine were the major contributors to the Soviet army. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow and Kiev continued to cooperate. The recent crisis transformed friend into foe.

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Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times

Monday, April 14, 2014

The holiday has a powerful message this year for Jews in Ukraine, who have found liberation from what they saw as a corrupt government. But with violence in the East, their story is still unfolding.

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Ukraine Looks Starkly Different On Russian TV — How Can This Be?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amid the Ukrainian crisis, Russia's state-run media has consistently covered the turmoil in terms unlike those used by Western media. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Moscow on the information war.

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Defiant Of Deadline, Pro-Moscow Occupiers Persist

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pro-Moscow militants have taken over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine, ignoring a government deadline for them to lay down their weapons. The Ukrainian army may enter to retake the region.

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Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future

Monday, April 14, 2014

Luminescent paint absorbs energy during the daylight hours and then glows green in the dark. If widely adopted, the inventor envisions an energy-saving smart highway.

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Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Pentagon calls the action "provocative and unprofessional." The Russian jet's low-level passes come amid ever increasing tensions over Ukraine.

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Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ

Monday, April 14, 2014

A telephone box near British spy agency GCHQ is now adorned with a trio of snoops, after a mural was added to a wall this weekend. The art is believed to be the work of street artist Banksy.

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French Police Deploy DNA Dragnet To Solve Rape Of Teen

Monday, April 14, 2014

Investigators say they've run out of leads in the September rape at a high school in western France and are hoping that a mass sampling of male students will produce a suspect.

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