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As ISIS Advances, Iraq's Military Melts Down

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 13:03

Forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, now control much of Iraq, as the country's military has disintegrated. NPR's Arun Rath talks to The Guardian's Martin Chulov about the latest.

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To Explain Iraq's Crisis, Some Lawmakers Point To 2011 Withdrawal

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 13:03

The Obama administration is drawing criticism from Republicans for its handling of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the administrations choices and the possible political consequences for the President.

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Before Vegas Shooting, Couple Traveled To Bundy Ranch Stand-Off

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 13:03

Last weekend, news was focused on Las Vegas, where a husband and wife went on a shooting spree. We've since learned that the couple spent time at an armed stand-off on the cattle ranch east of Las Vegas owned by Cliven Bundy. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Kirk Siegler about the shootings and his trip to the Bundy Ranch.

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Military Strongmen: Seeding Chaos In The Name Of Power

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 13:03

In a region torn by violence, a leader who promises security can be appealing. Men with firm military ties are taking control across the Middle East again; here's one take on how they rise to power.

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Chuck Noll, Who Led Steelers To 4 Super Bowl Titles, Dies

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 12:31

Noll's Super Bowl feat has not been matched by another coach. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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LISTEN: What São Paulo Sounds Like When The Seleção Scores

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 10:36

One made a recording of his neighborhood during Thursday's opening game. It was quiet until Brazil scored its first goal.

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Gun Control Activists March Across The Brooklyn Bridge Demanding Action

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 09:18

One group demands that "not one more life be ended by senseless gun violence." The two main groups leading the march are funded in part by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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One Of Kenya's Legendary 'Tuskers' Is Killed By Poachers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 07:55

The elephant Satao was known as a tusker, because his tusks were so large they almost touched the ground. A conservation group identified Satao despite his mutilated carcass.

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The 'Kony 2012' Effect: Recovering From A Viral Sensation

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 06:35

The group Invisible Children shot to fame after its video "Kony 2012" went viral. The success led to a backlash, and now the organization must redefine its mission and its future.

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Thousands In Iraq Offer To Fight Against Militant Offensive

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 05:41

A top Shiite cleric called on his followers to help fight Sunni insurgents. On Saturday, young Iraqis filled volunteer centers in Baghdad.

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50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:57

Thousands of civil rights activists descended upon Mississippi in 1964 to help register African-American voters. For many, the first stop was intensive training — including how to take a beating.

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Obama Takes A Trip To A Sioux Indian Reservation

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:03

President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Scott Davis, director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, about his visit.

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Kurdish Forces Step In Behind Fleeing Iraqi Troops

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:03

After Iraqi troops fled, Kurdish forces moved in to northern Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon asks the region's foreign minister, Falah Mustafah Baktir, if this is a push for an independent Kurdish state.

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Cantor's Defeat Was Local, But Reverberations Are National

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:03

On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered a huge primary loss to a Tea Party candidate. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the week in politics.

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Militants Advance Toward Iraq's Capital

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:03

President Obama ruled out sending in U.S. ground forces to Iraq, but vows to take action. NPR's Scott Simon talks to reporter Jane Arraf as Islamic fighters push closer to Baghdad.

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Is ISIS Violence A Sign Of A Permanent Sunni-Shiite Rift?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:03

The conflict in Iraq is rooted in long-running ethnic and religious divisions. Middle East analyst Phebe Marr tells NPR's Scott Simon why political reconciliation appears nearly impossible.

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After Isolation, Bergdahl Likely Faces A Long Recovery

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:03

The medical team helping Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl reintegrate into the Army says he is learning to make all the daily decisions he was denied during his imprisonment by the Taliban.

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After Sending A Man To Prison, Judge Admits He Was Biased

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 04:03

Retired New York Judge Frank Barbaro says he wrongly convicted a white man for a 1999 murder of a black man. He explains to NPR's Scott Simon why he now wants the conviction thrown out.

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Ukraine Promises 'Adequate Response' After Rebels Shoot Down Plane

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 03:55

Separatists shot down a military transport plane, killing 49 people. This marks the deadliest day in the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels.

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The Anatomy Of A Dress Code

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-14 03:29

There are as many opinions on what's "appropriate" as there are threads hanging from those forbidden cutoffs.

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