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Europe
4:19 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Germanwings Co-Pilot Showed No Signs Of Mental Illness, Fellow Pilots Say

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Politics
4:11 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

In YouTube Video, Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement From Senate

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Africa
4:11 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

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Asia
4:08 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

In Regulating Outdoor Dancing, China Tells Seniors How To Bust A Move

China's sports bureaucracy threatened this week to standardize dancing in public squares. Government committees have for decades drafted standardized eye exercises for squinting school children, calisthenics for office workers and Tai Chi routines for retirees.

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Parallels
4:07 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

After Abuse In A Peruvian Circus, A Bear Awaits A New Home

Cholita, an Andean bespectacled bear, was rescued from a circus in Peru after suffering from abuse. An animal rights group is now attempting to take Cholita to the U.S.
Courtesy of Animal Defenders International

In Peru, a beleaguered bear is looking for a new home.

And the former circus animal is getting high-profile help from Michael Bond, the British author of the well-loved children's books on Paddington bear.

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Movie Reviews
4:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

"I could hear the gold whispering in the souls of these men," says Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado of a gold mine in Serra Pelada.
Sebastiao Salgado Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:33 pm

Having recently celebrated the accomplishments of musicians and dancers in his transcendent documentaries The Buena Vista Social Club and Pina, it perhaps makes sense that Wim Wenders would now turn his camera on a man who wields a camera.

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Commentary
4:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Week In Politics: Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement, Cruz's Appeal To Far-Right

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

After A Tough Election, Israel's Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters following the country's March 17 election. After a bruising campaign in which he faced considerable criticism, Netanyahu has taken a number of steps to try to ease tensions.
Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

During a tough Israeli election campaign, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to antagonize, among others, the White House, Israel's Arab citizens and the Palestinians.

Now that Netanyahu's Likud Party has come out on top, the prime minister has sought to ease tensions with a series of gestures.

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Carlos Varela, a Cuban protest singer, poses for a picture at the bar of the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:03 pm

Over the past couple of weeks — on All Things Considered, over at Parallels, on Tumblr and on this blog — we've been reporting on Cuba.

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

Yemenis walk past near oil tankers that were burnt during clashes between Shiite Houthi rebels and their opponents in the capital, Sanaa, in September. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes this week to counter the Houthis' offensive.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:18 pm

The current upheaval in Yemen is a sharp reminder of the fragility of the global oil market. Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen has stoked fears of a disruption to the supply market.

Yemen and Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, share a long border. While Yemen is only a small producer of crude oil, it controls the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

University Of Oklahoma: Racist Chant Learned At National Frat Event

University of Oklahoma President David Boren talks with the media before the start of a Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City earlier this month in which the SAE fraternity issue was to be discussed.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:36 pm

The president of the University of Oklahoma says two dozen students from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity have been disciplined for taking part in a racist chant about African-Americans and lynching that was videotaped and went viral earlier this month.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Writers lowered the boom on the broom — metaphorically, of course.
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In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter's books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch.

In the face of that criticism, the folks behind Clean Reader have now backed down, announcing their intentions to stop selling books directly through the e-reading platform.

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Shots - Health News
2:04 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

Melinda Townsend-Breslin holds a photo showing her and her mother standing in the parking lot of a favorite thrift store in 2013.
William DeShazer for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:14 pm

Melinda Townsend-Breslin keeps a photo of herself on her refrigerator standing with her mother, MaryLou Townsend, in the front of the Unique Thrift Store in Louisville, Ky. They're side by side in the parking lot, both wearing white shirts and sporting short, practical haircuts.

Mom is proudly showing her discount card. "For the thrift store!" said Townsend-Breslin, laughing. "The discount for the thrift store!"

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It's All Politics
1:57 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

6 Things You Might Not Have Known About Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid greets supporters in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev. during a campaign stop in 2010.
Laura Rauch AP

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:03 pm

Long-time Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, 75, who announced Friday he would not run for reelection in 2016, isn't exactly known for his charisma on Capitol Hill. But he has become known as someone who will always put up a fight.

That toughness can be seen throughout his life and political career. It was an essential quality during his hard-scrabble childhood and time in the boxing ring. And it's what he later brought to fighting organized crime in Nevada and, more recently, taking off his gloves against the Tea Party Republicans.

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The Salt
1:53 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

A health inspection grade is posted outside a Manhattan eatery. Yelp users in New York and several other cities can now find out how a restaurant scored on its health inspection well before they walk through the door.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:49 pm

Log onto Yelp, and you'll find what all your neighbors have to say about your favorite restaurant. You'll find prices, locations, menus, photos, even parking tips.

And if you're in the right city, you'll also find the restaurant's health inspection score.

"What we're trying to do ... is reduce foodborne illness [by] warning consumers when they're in the middle of making a decision," Luther Lowe, Yelp's director of public policy, tells The Salt.

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