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Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 11:34

Kiev's forces have been advancing on key rebel stronghold in hopes of forcing a collapse of the separatist movement.

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Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 10:13

The 29-year-old cyclist will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey into Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998. This year's event was marked by favorites dropping out early on.

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Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 09:03

Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict.

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North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 08:24

It is the latest in a slew of missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent weeks in the lead up to the 61st anniversary of the signing of the an armistice that halted fighting in the Korean War.

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U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 05:41

The data recorder was recovered from the Air Algerie AH5017 debris field in southern Mali. Investigators are linking Thursday's crash that killed 118 to bad weather.

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Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 05:22

The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?

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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 05:08

A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn."

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U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:40

The State Department says personnel are being moved to an alternate location amid an escalation of fighting among rival militant factions in the capital, Tripoli.

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NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

It was a controversial week for the National Football League. Bloomberg's Kavitha Davidson brings NPR's Scott Simon up to date.

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Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Bel Kaufman was a public school teacher who revealed what the New York public schools were really like. She died Friday, in Manhattan, at the age of 103. NPR's Scott Simon has this remembrance.

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Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.

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Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Is Hezbollah Hesitant To Help Hamas?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.

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Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

When a grainy video of human rights abuse goes viral, how do you know it's real? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christoph Koettl, of the Citizen Evidence Lab, which helps users verify videos and photos.

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If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

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A Closer Look At A World In Crisis

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the confluence of global crises taking place around the world.

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Israel And Hamas Pause While Kerry Negotiates In Paris

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

NPR's Emily Harris reports from Gaza, where a temporary ceasefire is in effect.

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Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:34

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.

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Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:13

Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what's causing them.

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Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-26 04:09

Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn't always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it's about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer.

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