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Ukrainian President Stuns Protesters With Offer Of Government Jobs

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

The political crisis in Ukraine is spreading, with tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Kiev's central square, demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych step down. From Kiev, NPR's Corey Flintoff speaks with guest host Kelly McEvers about some surprising developments.

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Syria Grants Rare But Scripted Glimpse To Western Journalists

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

Negotiations between the Syrian government and Syrian opposition leaders continue in Geneva this weekend. Guest host Kelly McEvers talks to Frederik Pleitgen of CNN, who is in Damascus, reporting about the current situation on the ground in Syria.

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Syrian Government, Opposition Begin Peace Talks With 'Half Steps'

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

This week, representatives of the Syrian government and opposition met in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning negotiations to end Syria's violent civil war. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, who is following developments at the international conference.

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Three Years After Uprising, Egypt Remains Deeply Divided

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

Protests and violent clashes erupted throughout Egypt on Saturday, as the country marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. At least 29 people died in the violence, according to Egyptian officials. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Leila Fadel, who is in Cairo.

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Nearly 30 Killed As Egypt Celebrates Revolution's Anniversary

Sat, 2014-01-25 12:33

While thousands of Egyptians celebrated throughout the capital, marking the start of the revolution three years ago, Islamist counter-demonstrations were crushed.

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How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

Sat, 2014-01-25 10:13

An interactive map shows how measles and whooping cough have made a comeback in the U.S. and Europe, even though they're easily prevented by a few shots. The surge of these diseases coincides with changes in views about vaccine safety.

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3 Dead In Shooting At Baltimore-Area Shopping Mall

Sat, 2014-01-25 09:18

Police say one of the dead is the shooter. Reports of shots fired at the Columbia, Md., shopping complex came into dispatchers about 11:15 a.m. ET.

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Smoker May Have Caused Retirement Home Fire; Dozens Still Missing

Sat, 2014-01-25 08:19

The official death toll from the blaze that swept through the Residence du Havre in Quebec province is eight, but 30 people are still unaccounted for in the frozen debris.

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Three Years Later, Tahrir Protesters Drained And Defeated

Sat, 2014-01-25 07:54

On Jan. 25, 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo to demand President Hosni Mubarak step down. Now those who led the revolution have all but disappeared, and iconic Tahrir Square is a bitter place for many — a reminder of a momentary high in a battle they say they have lost.

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Li Wins Australian Open; Ralph Lauren Overdoes Olympic Cardigan

Sat, 2014-01-25 07:03

The Australian Open is drawing to a close with Li Na of China winning the women's tournament on Saturday. If Rafael Nadal wins on Sunday, he'll be the first man to win all the majors twice in the era of opens. Howard Bryant of and ESPN the Magazine joins NPR's Jacki Lyden to talk tennis and weigh in on the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms.

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Security Fears Jangle Olympic Nerves In Sochi

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:57

The Olympics are less than two weeks away. The Russian host city of Sochi is busily preparing for the influx of athletes and media, but it's the security preparations that have people talking. Andrei Soldatov, the editor-in-chief of, spoke to NPR's Jacki Lyden about security for the Games.

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A Ghost Ship With Cannibal Rats? A Story Too Grim To Be True

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:56

Newspapers from the U.K. to the U.S. were reporting a sensational story this week about an abandoned cruise ship drifting across the Atlantic with a crew of cannibal rats aboard. It sounded too outrageous to be true, so we dug into the story and smelled, well, a rat.

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American University Of Afghanistan Rocked By Kabul Bombing

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:53

When a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a popular restaurant in Kabul on Jan. 17, two of those who died worked for the American University of Afghanistan. Their deaths have shaken the young campus, which has been largely immune from violence. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks to the university's president, C. Michael Smith, about how the bombing has affected both students and faculty.

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U.S. Team Trains In Brazil To Prepare For World Cup

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:46

The U.S. World Cup soccer team is in Brazil for 12 days of training and acclimation. The team drew a challenging schedule for the competition and will be playing in the northern cities of Natal and Recife as well as the Amazonian city of Manaus.

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Aid Organizations Hope Talks Lead To Mobility In Syria

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:40

Fighting in Syria has internally displaced some 4 million people, and aid has only reached half of them. Humanitarian groups hope the talks in Geneva will allow them to get more aid into the country. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with Khaled Erksoussi, the head of operations for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

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Brief Meeting Still Significant For Syria Talks

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:38

There were signs of progress at the Syria peace conference Saturday after the government and the opposition agreed to meet in the same room for the first time. Reporter Deborah Amos shares the latest from the talks in Geneva with NPR's Jacki Lyden.

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Ukraine Minister Says Talks With Protesters Are 'Futile'

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:37

The comment comes as protesters moved to seize government buildings in and around the capital, Kiev, where unrest has intensified in recent days.

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Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:08

The Republican National Committee's annual meetings this week provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort, begun a year ago, to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.

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Eternal Vanity: 'The Art Of The Dressing Table'

Sat, 2014-01-25 05:42

Ever since there have been puddles of water, human beings have gazed at their reflections. Our need to primp and preen, whether we live in the Bronze Age or the Space Age, is on display in a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York called Vanities: The Art of the Dressing Table.

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Police Make Arrest In Fatal Shooting At SC State University

Sat, 2014-01-25 05:28

The suspect was charged with murder early Saturday in connection with Friday's killing of Brandon Robinson, a member of the school's football team.

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