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From Losers To Possible Kingmakers, A Scottish Party Comes Back Strong

Saturday, April 18, 2015

No party is expected to win a majority in the upcoming U.K. elections. That means the Scottish National Party, after losing a vote on independence last year, could determine the country's next leader.

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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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As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

Friday, April 17, 2015

International banks are promising nearly a billion dollars in aid to the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. The number of weekly cases has dropped below 40 — the lowest level since last May.

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All Things Considered

Syrian Government Believed To Be Behind Chlorine Gas Attack

Friday, April 17, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with chemical weapons expert Amy Smithson about the use of chlorine gas as a weapon in Syria. She says it is a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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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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Why A Blockbuster Of A Trade Deal With Asia Matters

Friday, April 17, 2015

Congress is giving President Obama new powers to help seal the deal on an ambitious Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a move that angers many Democrats and unions.

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U.N., Oxfam Report At Least 120,000 Displaced In Yemen Fighting

Friday, April 17, 2015

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says estimates for the number of internally displaced persons ranges from 120,000 to 150,000. Separately, Oxfam puts the figure at 121,000.

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#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

Friday, April 17, 2015

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

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Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Friday, April 17, 2015

Entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to make the world better without relying on charity. It's called social entrepreneurship, and its rising stars showed us how it works at a conference in Oxford.

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Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa Turns Deadly

Friday, April 17, 2015

At least five people have been killed, immigrant-owned businesses have been attacked and thousands have sought refuge at temporary shelters. The government has condemned the violence.

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Key Figure In Saddam's Regime Reportedly Killed By Iraqi Forces

Friday, April 17, 2015

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is the "king of clubs" in a pack of playing cards issued to U.S. troops to help identify Iraqi officials. He is thought to have been instrumental in the sudden rise of ISIS.

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Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.

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Bloomberg Terminals Go Dark For Hours, Sending Ripples Through Markets

Friday, April 17, 2015

The financial "screens" went dark for several hours during trading in London and Asia causing, among other disruptions, a delay in a British government debt issue.

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Former IMF Head Rato Is Arrested Over Tax Fraud Allegations In Spain

Friday, April 17, 2015

An influential figure in Spanish banking and politics, Rodrigo Rato was the predecessor of Dominique Strauss-Khan, who has also had extensive legal troubles.

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Morning Edition

Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."

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Morning Edition

Greece's Economy Remains Embroiled In Turmoil

Friday, April 17, 2015

David Greene talks to David Wessel about whether Greece will receive more loans in exchange for promises to overhaul its economy. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution

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Morning Edition

India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

Friday, April 17, 2015

China and India are each spending billions of dollars on infrastructure, especially hydroelectric dams, in Nepal. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Donatella Lorch about what China and India want.

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Morning Edition

When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Friday, April 17, 2015

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.

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Morning Edition

Turkish Educator Pledges $10M To Set Up Universities For Syrian Refugees

Friday, April 17, 2015

The war has put dreams of college on hold for some 40,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey. Enver Yucel hopes to create a higher ed system to meet their needs, with coursework in English, Arabic and Turkish.

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All Things Considered

Iraq's Leader Finds Friends In Washington, But Faces Battles At Home

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has a much better relationship with the U.S. than his predecessor. But he's still struggling to entrench his position in Iraq and defeat the Islamic State.

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