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Amid Violence, Nigerians Go To The Polls To Choose A President

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 05:19

Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari in what is being described as the closest contest in the history of the West African country.

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Pilot Who Downed Airliner Vowed 'To Do Something' To Be Remembered

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:59

Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have locked the pilot of the Germanwings Flight 4U 9524 out of the cockpit before deliberately putting the aircraft into a fatal descent.

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Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

The top contenders in Nigeria's election are incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, who has battled an Islamist insurgency for years, and a former military leader who promises to be tough on corruption.

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Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

A potential nuclear deal with Iran would have big implications for national politics in both the U.S. and Iran. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Najmeh Bozorgmehr of the Financial Times about the talks.

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Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.

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Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on Yemen for the third night in a row. NPR's Scott Simon talks about the crisis in Yemen and what led up to it with the former U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine.

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Germanwings Pilot Had Extensive Medical History

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Matthias Gebauer of Der Spiegel about the co-pilot who investigators say deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps this week.

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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.

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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

In Argentina these days no one talks politics. It's not because no one cares but rather because one stray word can lose you a friend or a family member.

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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

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Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

German authorities now say the co-pilot who brought down the Germanwings aircraft hid an illness from his employers. These reports have raised concerns about the mental health screening of pilots.

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In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Dischord

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

In Argentina these days no one talks politics. It's not because no one cares but rather because one stray word can lose you a friend or a family member.

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Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:03

Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is in its teenage phase: Questioning everything, including the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes on the University of Cape Town campus.

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Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 03:03

An Ohio music teacher looks back at the school that defined her more than 30 years of teaching.

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Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 02:01

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

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Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 02:01

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

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At Least 17 Dead In Somalia Hotel Attack

NPR News - Sat, 2015-03-28 01:33

Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.

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#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

NPR News - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:34

For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what's happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India's few foreign correspondents.

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Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

NPR News - Fri, 2015-03-27 16:06

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.

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