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U.S. Sends More Troops, Aircraft To Search For Ugandan Warlord

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 22:38

The U.S. is sending military aircraft as well as an increased number of special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony.

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Chinese Plane Spots Object In Indian Ocean

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 22:34

A Chinese plane on Monday spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner.

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Reports: NSA spied on China telecom giant Huawei

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-03-23 21:19

The U.S. National Security Agency reportedly gained access into Huawei’s servers in 2009, at the same time that the U.S. Congress was about to block Huawei from the American market because of fears that Huawei would gain access to U.S. servers. In recent years, the U.S.government has viewed Huawei with suspicion, and that’s allegedly the reason the NSA was spying on the company. The U.S.government's biggest fear about Huawei has been the fear that the company has close connections to China’s military.

Neither through New York Times nor the Der Spiegel stories about what the NSA learned about Huawei confirm that suspicion. The extent of what is reported is that the US has been spying on Huawei and it was also interested in gaining access to information about Huawei’s customers, too, a list that includes the countries of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, just to name a few.

More than 140 countries – a third of the world’s population - use Huawei routers, servers, and cell phone towers. Huawei, the largest telecommunications company in the world, is a potential goldmine of information for an agency like the NSA.

The timing of the release of these reports has raised a lot of questions. Edward Snowden disclosed a trove of NSA documents nearly a year ago - many experts wonder: why are just learning about the targeting of Huawei now? Snowden first made headlines last year on the eve of a summit between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. At that time, the Obama administration was openly complaining about China stealing data from US companies.

The disclosure that the NSA is spying on Huawei happens to fall on the eve of another meeting between Presidents Obama and Xi today in the Hague.

“This completely destroys any argument that the US has been making about cyberespionage or cybertheft," says Bill Bishop, publisher of the China media site Sinocism. "The US has absolutely no moral high ground to argue publicly that the bad Chinese have been stealing stuff online.”

Bishop says American tech companies like IBM and Cisco - competitors of Huawei with a presence in China- have  already been under a lot of pressure in China since the Snowden leaks. He says this latest revelation will probably make it worse for these companies.

If you’re a Chinese company, says Bishop, you’re going to be re-evaluating where you buy your network equipment, and state-owned companies will likely steer clear of US products, and maybe even Huawei products, now, too, given today's news.

 

Washington Landslide Death Toll Doubles To 8

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 20:36

Searchers found 5 more bodies Sunday in the tangled sludge of a massive landslide in rural Washington state. On Saturday, a wall of debris swept through a riverside neighborhood north of Seattle.

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Oil Spill Cleanup Impedes Major Texas Ship Channel

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 20:16

Oil spill cleanup impedes major Texas ship channel

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After Winter's Chill, Economists Predict A Warming Trend

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 20:02

A cold, snowy winter in most of the country hurt economic growth, but forecasters see conditions improving for the rest of the year.

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Freeing Up California's Prisons: A Massive Undertaking

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 15:35

California's strategy for reducing its prison population involves shifting more responsibility for recurring and ex-offenders on local communities.

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When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 15:00

Vanilla has become a cultural metaphor for blandness and whiteness. It turns out that the flavor's history is rife with conquest and slavery and theft.

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In LA, Watching Home Team's Ball Games Just Got More Complicated

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 13:43

The Los Angeles Dodgers' games will no longer be broadcast for free on local television. Time Warner Cable has created a special Dodgers channel, but other TV providers are balking at the price.

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Egyptian Court Orders Prominent Activist Freed On Bail

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 12:54

Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of Egypt's best-known bloggers, has a long track record of criticizing the government; he's been doing it over the course of four regimes.

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Two More Upsets: Stanford Takes Kansas; Kentucky Fells Wichita St.

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 11:11

The Kansas Jayhawks became the second No. 2 seed to be bumped out of the tournament early. Stanford beat them 60 to 57.

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Guinea Says 59 People Have Died In Ebola Outbreak

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 10:09

This marks the first time an outbreak of the virus among humans has been detected in the country.

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Adolfo Suárez, President Who Ushered In Spain's Democracy, Dies

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 08:13

Suárez was hand-picked by the Spanish crown to bring together political factions after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. Suarez died on Sunday at age 81.

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A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 08:00

Ukraine has a long history of impunity when it comes to its treatment of journalists and activists. A recent incident leaves many wondering if the new government will bring true change.

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NATO, Ukraine Warn Russia May Be Planning Further Aggression

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 06:37

NATO's top military commander warned that Russia had amassed a large force along Ukraine's eastern border. Meanwhile, Ukraine's foreign minister said the chances for war are "becoming higher."

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Nation's Last Known Perfect Bracket Busted By Syracuse Loss

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 05:43

Brad Binder had called the stunning Duke defeat. But when Dayton surprised Syracuse with a 55-53 upset, what is thought to be the last perfect bracket in the U.S. went up in flames.

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Fate Sets Up A Date With The Boston Marathon

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 05:33

Amelia Nelson was never really a runner. But on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings she was working as a volunteer nurse and saw the carnage first hand. Now, she's training to "reclaim our city."

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Massive Mudslide Kills 4 In Washington State

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 04:12

The mudslide also cut off part of State Route 530. On Sunday, seven people had been rescued and about 18 were still unaccounted for.

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New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 04:00

A group of scientists has developed a doping test 1,000 times more sensitive than those currently used. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead researcher Daniel Armstrong about how the test works.

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1994 Colosio Assasination Was Start Of Mexico's Catastrophic Year

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-23 04:00

In late March of 1994, Mexico's leading presidential candidate was assassinated by a gunman. Conspiracy theories about his death still abound.

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