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A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:14

The practice of defecating in the open is all too common in Zambia because many families don't have other options. But now the country has achieved a milestone: its first zone free of open defecation.

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Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:14

In veiled conversations, some doctors may explain to dying patients how to hasten death. But overwhelmed families are left with profound questions and the feeling that no one can answer them.

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SNP secures Trident safety debate

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:53
The safety of the Trident nuclear weapons system is to be debated in the House of Commons next week.

Kendall in 2% defence spending call

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:44
Labour should commit to the Nato target of spending at least 2% of national income on defence, Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall says.

More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:43

Prosecutors say clerics accused the couple of burning a page of the Quran and helped incite a mob to incinerate them in a brick kiln.

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Fla. Mailman Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto Capitol Lawns To Appear In Court

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:23

Douglas Mark Hughes faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison. He was arrested after his April 15 flight from Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, and has been under house arrest since then.

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Black youths 'refused entry to club'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:12
A group of black students in Leicester claim they were refused entry to a nightclub "because they were black".

Syria 'trapped civilians in Palmyra'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:06
Syrian troops prevented civilians from leaving the ancient city of Palmyra as it fell to Islamic State militants, the United Nations says.

You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:06

Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.

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How to make Formula 1 more exciting?

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:04
From giving every driver the same car to deadly tortoise shells - you tell us your suggestions for how to make F1 more exciting.

When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:00

Filibusters were once reserved for the gravest existential issues. Rand Paul's long hours Wednesday were about liberty, the Constitution, and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.

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He Calmed Kandahar. But At What Cost?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:54

Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq has imposed control on the city where the Taliban were born. He's been praised by the U.S. and the Afghan leadership, but his forces have also been accused of human rights abuses.

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Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:53

Also on the list of 6,500 new Scrabble words: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. Or you could just say yeesh — if you've got the right tiles.

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Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Into Capitol Lawn

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:45

Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle and helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He has not regrets.

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Root and Stokes lead England rally

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:41
Joe Root hits 98 and Ben Stokes 92 as England recover from 30-4 to reach 354-7 in the first Test against New Zealand.

Ecclestone challenges £1bn tax move

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:32
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes to court to challenge the legal basis of assessments that have left him facing a UK tax claim of more than £1bn.

Cancer patients 'may be put at risk'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:26
More than 50 professors and consultants at Scotland's largest cancer hospital warn patients could be put at risk by a change of services.

Nigeria 'moves' Boko Haram survivors

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:22
The Nigerian army relocates 275 women and children recently rescued from the militant jihadist Boko Haram group, officials say.

Obama Calls Loss Of Ramadi A 'Setback,' But Denies U.S. Is Losing To ISIS

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:21

The comments came in an interview with The Atlantic. The president also discussed the nuclear talks with Iran and his often-frosty relationship with Israel's political leadership.

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Road death student 'seduced by cult'

BBC - Thu, 2015-05-21 09:15
A British student who apparently killed himself in Germany had been "seduced" by a right-wing cult opposed to his Jewish faith, an inquest hears.