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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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Germany's Largest Bank Fined $2.5 Billion In Rate-Fixing Scandal

Thursday, April 23, 2015

At least 29 employees of Deutsche Bank are thought to have participated in manipulating the LIBOR benchmark interest rate from 2005-2009. The lender also pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges.

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Feeling Blue? Share A Laugh With Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When he chuckled at a conference last week, the world was a happier place. And when he spoke, he reminded us all how little moments can have a big impact.

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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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U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Two Americans who worked for al-Qaida were also killed in the counterterrorism operations in January, the White House said. The two hostages killed included an Italian who had been held since 2012.

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EU Leaders Pledge More Ships To Patrol Mediterranean For Migrants

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Days after 900 were feared drowned in a single accident, the European Union is struggling to forge a new policy to combat the flow of people setting off mostly from Libya in overcrowded boats.

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Saudi Airstrikes Target Houthi Forces In Yemen, Despite Talks Of Peace

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It's now very unclear when peace talks that were mentioned earlier this week might occur. Warplanes have been hitting areas under Houthi control Thursday.

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Morning Edition

U.N. Representative Blames Syria's Civil War For Massive Migration Crisis

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The U.N. says Europe and the West need to change immigration policies to prevent more disaster. Renee Montagne talks to Francois Crepeau, the U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.

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Morning Edition

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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Morning Edition

How A Swiss Cheese Cartel Made Fondue Popular

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a shadowy association of Swiss cheese makers. A cheese cartel basically ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years, until fairly recently.

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Morning Edition

Mexican Girl Reunites With Her Parents After Case Of Mistaken Identity

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A 14-year-old Mexican girl pulled screaming from her classroom by police and sent to a woman in Texas, has been returned home after DNA tests proved she is not the Houston woman's daughter.

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Migrants New To Spain Say Human Traffickers Are The Scariest Part

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Migrants who have made the perilous trip across the Mediterranean say their journeys to Europe were made possible by a network of professional traffickers.

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Morning Edition

Al-Qaida In Yemen Expands During Saudi Bombing Campaign

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shortly after Saudi Arabia announced the end of the air campaign, airstrikes resumed in several parts of Yemen. On the ground, factions continue to battle as the Houthis push for more territory.

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Morning Edition

Afghan Political Cartoonist Argues His Drawings Should Be More Critical

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Habib Rahman Habib has a very dangerous job in Afghanistan. He is a political cartoonist who has kept drawing through the communists, mullahs, Taliban and into the present government.

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Morning Edition

Secret Papers Reveal Islamic State's Structure

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Renee Montagne talks to German journalist Christoph Reuter of Der Spiegel about exclusive documents he received, detailing successful plans by the Islamic State to conquer parts of Iraq and Syria.

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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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All Things Considered

Yemen Crisis Creates Even Tougher Challenge For U.S. In Middle East

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with R. Nicholas Burns, a professor at Harvard University's School of Government, who says that the U.S. has a tough challenge in the region as four states are in crisis.

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All Things Considered

9 Months Pregnant, An African Woman Risks It All And Heads To Europe

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tatiana Kanga was nine months pregnant when she paid a Moroccan smuggler $1,290 so she and her toddler daughter could ride on a rubber boat, 14 harrowing hours from Africa to Europe.

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Friday Marks Centennial Of Armenian Mass Killings During World War I

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Peter Balakian, author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, about the anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians during World War I.

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All Things Considered

Migrants Fleeing Violence Dock At Sicilian Port Of Augusta

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A ship carrying nearly 450 migrants docked at the Italian port of Augusta Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration says many migrants are families fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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