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Palestinian Nuns Among Latest Saints Declared By Pope Francis

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 06:47

Two nuns from 19th century Palestine were among four sisters who were canonized by the pontiff in a ceremony at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Burundi's President Makes First Public Appearance Since Coup Attempt

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 05:59

Pierre Nkurunziza, who narrowly escaped being ousted last week, didn't mention the foiled putsch, but instead talked about the threat from the extremist Islamist group al-Shabab.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Serve Up Ice Cream, Cheese And Red Meat To Iowans

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 05:38

Likely 2016 candidates gave short speeches at the Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner before wooing voters at their hospitality suites downstairs with homestate fare in a more relaxed environment.

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WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 05:02

Filmed by storm chasers, the video shot near Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.

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4 ISIS Leaders Reportedly Among 32 Killed In U.S. Raid, Airstrikes

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:51

The raid, carried out on Saturday by a U.S. forces, killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior commander. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three other leaders were killed in ground and air operations.

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Blogging In Bangladesh Is A Deadly Occupation

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

Last week men with machetes brutally attacked a blogger on his way to work in Bangladesh. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rafida Ahmed, who was attacked in February.

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As Amtrak's Train Cars Age, Ridership Skew Young

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

The number this week is 750,000. That's how many passengers travel Amtrak's Northeast Corridor daily. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi about facts and figures of rail travel.

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Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the Americans who contracted Ebola last year, was invited back to his medical school to deliver the commencement address. NPR's Rachel Martin highlights some of his speech.

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Train Engineer: You Have To Be 'Ready To Act'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

Investigators are still investigating what caused the Amtrak train to derail in Philadelphia. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with engineer John Wright about the challenges of working on the railroad.

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GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

The 2016 presidential race is off to a slow start compared to the last two cycles. But the activity is starting to heat up in Iowa, where official and potential candidates spoke at a GOP dinner.

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Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

The tiny nation has some of Latin America's highest rates of obesity, hypertension and heart disease. The capital Montevideo has tried to intervene by making salt on the table illegal.

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The Outsized Optimism Of The Entrepreneur

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:03

You might think a great idea plus hard work equals business success, but the math is seldom simple. Two entrepreneurs, one whose venture failed and one who's still going, tell why they took the risk.

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Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 03:18

Most school sex education programs stick to the nuts and bolts of biology. Teenagers who also talk about what makes for a good relationship are more likely to avoid pregnancy and STDs, a study finds.

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Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 02:06

When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.

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American Pharoah Wins Preakness Stakes, Has Shot At Triple Crown

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 14:35

Saturday's race at Pimlico Race Course — the second leg of the Triple Crown — was drenched by a driving rain. American Pharoah powered through the mud to win by seven lengths.

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New Fears Among Afghanistan's Minority Hazara Community

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

In a prisoner swap this week, a militant group released 19 of 31 Afghan Hazara men kidnapped in February. The kidnapping raised fears in this minority community of being targeted in sectarian attacks.

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Coping With Continued Violence And Uncertainty In Burundi

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

More than 100,000 people have fled the East African country during weeks of unrest. The BBC's Ruth Nesoba gives NPR's Arun Rath an update from Bujumbura, the capital, where people are doing their best to prepare for the days ahead.

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Coming To Terms With The Boston Marathon Bomber Verdict

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

A day after convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was given the death penalty, Bostonians are grappling with the jury's verdict and bracing for legal appeals.

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Amtrak Ordered To Improve Safety Along Northeast Corridor

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

Amid reports that Amtrak's train 188 may have been struck by a projectile, the Federal Railroad Administration says Amtrak is required to install technology at the accident site that will automatically slow a speeding train.

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Kerry Meets With China's Foreign Minister Over Disputed Islands

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 12:53

The secretary of state seems unlikely to convince his Chinese counterpart that a diplomatic solution to the regional tug-of-war must be found.

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