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Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?

Fri, 2014-07-25 12:15

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris explains both sides' demands.

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For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

Fri, 2014-07-25 12:15

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.

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Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

Fri, 2014-07-25 12:15

Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.

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Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

Fri, 2014-07-25 12:15

On Thursday, a psychiatric patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital outside Philadelphia, killing a caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist returned fire with a gun of his own, injuring the gunman. Both patient and psychiatrist survived the gun fight.

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Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

Fri, 2014-07-25 12:15

The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.

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Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself

Fri, 2014-07-25 12:15

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, has begun to exhibit symptoms of the disease. For more details on the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Daniel G. Bausch, a colleague of Khan's and an associate professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches

Fri, 2014-07-25 11:10

Growing waistlines, a savvy clothing industry and good old-fashioned stubbornness have kept many men in pants that don't fit. It doesn't have to be this way.

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Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?

Fri, 2014-07-25 10:38

It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions, putting up hurdles and then complaining about delays.

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Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture'

Fri, 2014-07-25 10:11

The Arizona senator said he believes in the death penalty, but that was not "an acceptable way of carrying it out."

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Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

Fri, 2014-07-25 09:02

In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.

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The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

Fri, 2014-07-25 08:24

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.

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In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

Fri, 2014-07-25 06:27

Our writer hated it as a child. Now she loves it: Fill pitcher, pour over head. It's a great way to stay cool in a place where water isn't always running. Maybe you should put it on your bucket list.

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Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet

Fri, 2014-07-25 05:57

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader and has now asked ordinary Indonesians to help him choose his government.

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Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

Fri, 2014-07-25 05:31

The destruction of the holy site has drawn criticism from the Sunni allies of the so-called Islamic State and may cause a rift between the Sunni groups.

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Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

Fri, 2014-07-25 05:01

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.

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Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

Fri, 2014-07-25 04:11

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected reports that a proposed seven-day cease-fire had been rebuffed by Israel's Security Cabinet.

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At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming

Fri, 2014-07-25 03:02

The Jacksonville team revamped its stadium with a record-sized video display and luxury cabanas with swimming pools. The beleaguered team is banking on drawing more fans to its games.

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France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck

Fri, 2014-07-25 02:56

President François Hollande said that all 116 people died and that one black box had been recovered. France's interior minister said weather likely contributed to the crash.

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Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

Fri, 2014-07-25 02:41

In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty.

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Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire

Fri, 2014-07-25 00:58

The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end early next week with a celebratory feast, and Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a holiday cease-fire in Gaza. He proposed a seven-day truce.

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