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Oslo Police Arrest Intoxicated Segway Driver

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The incident comes a little over a month after the country's officials lifted a ban on the stand up motor device.

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Morning Edition

As Ukraine Presses Military Offensive, The Facts Are Fuzzy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ukraine's army has been gaining ground against pro-Russian separatists. But details are difficult to pin down. They are now trading accusations over an alleged attack against a civilian convoy.

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The World

This Russian man got three years in prison for trying to protect a fellow protester

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's getting harder and harder to find people willing to protest against the Russian government — because the consequences of protesting can be so sever.

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The World

If you're a kidnapped American hoping for help from the government, 'that isn’t going to happen'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

James Foley's kidnapping and murder is a sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.

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The World

32 stories above Moscow, an unusual protest unfurls

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An unusual protest in took place 32 stories above Moscow on Wednesday. There, attached to the iconic Soviet star atop a famous apartment building, an unnamed protester unfurled the Ukrainian flag and gave a shot in the arm to Russians opposed to intervention in Ukraine.

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The World

Hundreds of Britons, including the man who killed James Foley, are fighting for ISIS

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The man who executed American reporter James Foley spoke with a British accent, presumably one of hundreds of British nationals that authorities think are fighting alongside members of ISIS. So why are they there, and how can they be stopped?

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The World

Iceland's largest volcano might blow its stack

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scientists say a rash of small earthquakes suggest that Iceland's largest volcano is about to blow. That could mean trouble for trans-Atlantic travelers but likely would be no big deal for local — and might even lead to a tourism boom.

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All Things Considered

Specialty Food And Agriculture Startups Are Ripening In Greece

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sotiris Lymperopoulos left a good job in Athens to collect wild sea greens for upscale restaurants. Food startups like his may be able to generate thousands of new jobs in post-crisis Greece.

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All Things Considered

Civilian Convoy Comes Under Attack In Ukraine

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Ukrainian military says it has retrieved over a dozen bodies of people killed in an alleged attack on civilian vehicles on Monday. The government says separatists attacked the cars and trucks on a road outside of the city of Luhansk, but the rebels deny this.

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The World

The man who made soccer scores sound like music dies at 78

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Each weekend for four decades, soccer fans in the United Kingdom tuned into the radio to listen for the latest scores. What they heard was the voice of John Alexander Gordon, who could made music out of the numbers. Gordon died this week at age 78.

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Europe's Latest Grass-Roots Movement: Cannabis Social Clubs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Europeans are developing a third option that lies somewhere between legalization and prohibition of marijuana: limited use in private clubs.

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The World

Gunmen pull off a movie-style heist on a Saudi prince's motorcade

Monday, August 18, 2014

Heavily armed men pulled off a dramatic heist near Paris on Sunday. The attackers hit a Saudi prince's motorcade and made off with cash and sensitive documents — but no one has figured out why.

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The World

A Kurdish British lawmaker goes back to Iraq on a mission to boost support for the peshmerga

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nadhim Zahawi is a Kurd born in Iraq, but he represents Stratford-on-Avon in the British Parliament. He recently returned home to northern Iraq to see what the British government could do to help in the current crisis.

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Paris Heist: Gunmen Take $335,000 From Saudi Motorcade

Monday, August 18, 2014

The thieves left with a stolen Mercedes that was later found burned along with one of two BMWs the robbers used to stop the convoy. Police say the team seems to be fairly experienced.

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The World

On this Scottish island, you have no choice but to unplug

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer is the busiest time of year for the islands off the west coast of Scotland. People say each island is unique and, for some, there's nowhere more beautiful. But some residents of the Isle of Coll fear they may soon lose what makes their home so special — its near-total lack of cell phone coverage.

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Kurds Say They Have Retaken Strategic Mosul Dam From Militants

Monday, August 18, 2014

But the jihadist Islamic State said it still controls the dam, and that fighting is ongoing. If the Kurdish claim is confirmed, it would deal the militants their first major reversal since June.

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The Takeaway

Will Scotland Vote for Independence?

Monday, August 18, 2014

A month from today, just over 4 million people in Scotland will get to vote in a historic referendum on whether their country should become independent for the first time in more than 300 years. 

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Ukraine: Reports Of Attack On Civilian Convoy Near Luhansk

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists are blaming one another for an attack on a convoy carrying people who were fleeing the fighting near the eastern city of Luhansk.

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WikiLeaks' Assange Says He'll Leave Embassy In London

Monday, August 18, 2014

Citing health concerns, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he'll leave Ecuador's embassy, where he has lived for more than two years. He faces potential criminal charges in Sweden and the U.S.

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Morning Edition

Russian Government Feels Pressure From Western Sanctions

Monday, August 18, 2014

David Greene talks to Izabella Kaminska of the Financial Times about the sanctions the West has imposed against Russia for its moves into Ukraine. In retaliation, Russia has imposed sanctions too.

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