National / International News

A Century From Archduke's Death, Spotlight Turns Back To Bosnia

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

Bosnia has been buried in historic floods and paralyzed by political dysfunction. Now, locals in Sarajevo are frustrated that the world has only begun focusing on the region for the upcoming anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination, which helped trigger World War I.

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Crowded By Two Shaky States, Turkey Shifts Its Weight In Policy

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

The chaos in Iraq has Turks reconsidering their opposition to autonomy for Iraq's Kurds. Turks have viewed the issue as too provocative for the millions of Kurds living in Turkey; now, though, more Turks see the Kurds as a possible security buffer between Turkey and Iraqi extremists.

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Takeaways From Supreme Court Rulings On Buffer Zones, Recess Picks

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

The court limited presidential power to make appointments when the Senate isn't in session and narrowed a state's power to have protest-free zones outside abortion clinics. Here are the implications.

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In 2 Rulings, High Court Decides On Buffer Zones And Recess Picks

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

In two cases Thursday, the Supreme Court has limited the presidential power to make recess appointments when the Senate is not in session and also limited a state's power to require buffer zones outside abortion clinics.

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Remembering Salwa Bugaighis, The Libyan Advocate Who Took On Ghadafi

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

A prominent Libyan human rights worker was assassinated Wednesday. NPR's Leila Fadel interviewed Salwa Bugaighis earlier this month and remembers the lawyer's efforts against former dictator Moammar Gadhi's regime.

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In New Iraqi Conflict, 'Sunni Awakening' Stays Dormant

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

During the U.S. war in Iraq, American forces paid Sunni tribal leaders in the western and northern regions of the country to turn against al-Qaida. The episode was called the "Sunni Awakening." But now, with ISIS consolidating its gains in these same regions, the tribes involved in the Awakening are cutting deals with the militant group or staying on the sidelines entirely. Shashank Bengali of The Los Angeles Times explains.

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The Binge-Watch Before The Purge, Now That Aereo Is Likely Done

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

The Supreme Court gave big broadcasters a win in their battle against the streaming TV service Aereo. For the service's subscribers in 13 cities, now what?

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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:17

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.

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Barclays shares fall on fraud claims

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:15
Shares in Barclays fall 6.5% after the New York attorney general filed a fraud lawsuit against the bank.

How British sprinters are breaking down the 10-second barrier

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 12:06
Britain's "fab four" fliers - James Dasaolu, Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili and Richard Kilty - are unfazed by challenge of joining elite.

VIDEO: Banksy spies artwork to be removed

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:59
A company which has erected scaffolding and panels to cover a Banksy artwork in Cheltenham, confirms it is to be removed and could be auctioned on 4 July.

Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:53

Unlike in the rest of the world, more Americans are using the drug, according to a new United Nations report. Marijuana's potency is also on the rise, the report found.

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US halts work for Germany clash

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:52
Parts of the US came to a standstill as people took time out from work to watch their team lose 1-0 but still advance to the World Cup last 16.

On Being Gay, And Socialist, In Cuba Today

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:46

Isbel Diaz Torres sees his LGBT rights activism as an extension of Cuba's socialist revolution. Attitudes are changing, but he's still struggling to find a place in the island's political landscape.

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Iraq crisis sees battle lines redrawn

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:36
Can Iraq sort itself out before it's too late to stop Isis?

Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:25

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

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Jayden killer 'planned grave burial'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:20
The man accused of murdering Jayden Parkinson and burying her in his uncle's grave said nine years ago that was how he would "get rid of a body", a court hears.

Keeping the water clean at American Water

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:17

Running clean and reliable isn’t an easy job, but somebody has to do it.

For this installment of “Conversations From The Corner Office” we talk with Susan Story, the CEO of American Water, who says the company has been trying to avoid using some… shall we say icky tactics to keep our clean water from running out:

“People recoil at times at the thought of toilet to tap but not so much toilet to turf. So what we’re going after is the toilet to turf or the toilet to flushing again. If you can reuse that water for purposes that don’t have what you call the squishy or ick factor then we think we’ve made some significant progress.”

And when the country is in the midst of a drought, these tactics are crucial to keep the water flowing.

The issue of water running out is one thing, but keeping it clean is another. Earlier this year, there was a chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River that left about 300,000 people without drinking water, which has still left people buying bottled water in the region. Story says there are hundreds of chemicals and compounds that are required to be monitored which can be a difficult task. But incidents like the Elk River spill are ones they learn from to try and avoid problems like these in the future.

Story says the luxury of clean water is something people don’t appreciate or value appropriately. And whenever she is out a restaurant, she only gets water from the tap.

“And in our buildings we don’t allow bottled water. We drink our water out of the tap cause if it’s good enough for our customers, then it’s good enough for us.” 

Brooks: I feel vindicated by verdict

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:16
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks says she feels "vindicated" after being cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial.

Fire Chat is hot app in repressive countries.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 11:03

An app called FireChat was designed to maintain access to the Internet when there is no Internet signal.

But it’s been embraced by people living in repressive countries where email is censored.

“In the past week, we’ve seen 40,000 downloads in Iraq alone. And the numbers in Iran are very comparable,” says Christophe Daligault, who handles sales and marketing for FireChat.

Iranians and Iraqis like FireChat because it lets them communicate anonymously, and without being censored by the government.

FireChat relies on something called mesh networking.

“Mesh networking is basically creating a network among devises that can be easier linked together without relying on the larger Internet,” says Mark Rotenberg with the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

FireChat is limited to about 200 feet. But that range is expected to grow exponentially in the next year.


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