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5:02 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

The Neighs Have It: Horse Outruns Man, But Just Barely

Horses, riders and runners crossed three streams in the course of their 22-mile race through the hills of central Wales. The average finish time was the same for both species — four hours.
Ryan Kellman and Adam Cole NPR's Skunk Bear

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 11:40 am

The Man v. Horse Marathon starts out like a typical cross-country race. Hundreds of runners stream past the starting line, through the town of Llanwrtyd Wells and then up into the Welsh hills.

But 15 minutes later, a second set of competitors takes off. Fifty horses and their riders chase the runners up and down ridges, across streams, and past hundreds of bewildered sheep.

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Europe
4:55 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

European Union Leaders Hold Last-Minute Talks To Keep Greece From Default

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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Animals
4:55 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Ivory Crushed In Times Square To Raise Awareness Of Wildlife Trafficking

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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One ton of ivory - that's how much federal officials crushed today in New York's Times Square. The goal is to raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade and the elephant poaching that feeds it. NPR's Joel Rose reports.

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Goats and Soda
2:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Why Ebola Won't Go Away In West Africa

A police officer guards the home of a family under a 21-day Ebola quarantine in Freetown, Sierra Leone, back in March.
Michael Duff AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 1:19 am

Ebola has dug in its heels.

Despite dramatic drops in the overall numbers of reported cases, Sierra Leone and Guinea are still struggling to stop the deadly disease.

Case tallies in both countries have dipped towards zero in the past few months, only to bounce back up. Sierra Leone reported 14 new cases this week and Guinea counted 10.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Brazil Arrests Heads Of 2 Construction Giants In Petrobras Probe

The Brazilian national flag flutters at the front of the headquarters of the Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras, in Rio de Janeiro.
Vanderlei Almeida AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 5:43 pm

Police in Brazil have arrested the leaders of the nation's two largest engineering and construction companies. Marcelo Odebrecht, head of Odebrecht SA, and Otavio Marques Azevedo, head of Andrade Gutierrez, were taken into custody in Friday morning raids linked to a scandal involving Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports for Newscast:

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Goats and Soda
1:03 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Ordinary Heroes: Urban Volunteers To The Rescue

Shahjahan Selim was injured as he helped rescue survivors of the Bangladesh factory collapse. Today he runs a small grocery shop on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital city.
Courtesy of Amiruzzaman/ActionAid

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:23 am

Shahjahan Selim was a supervisor at a garment factory in Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On April 24, 2013, he remembers a huge crash when the ceiling collapsed. Dead colleagues sprawled next to him. Selim got up uninjured, then heard people calling for help.

For two weeks the 37-year-old father wrested people from the mangled wreckage of concrete and steel. Selim rescued 37 people and recovered 28 bodies from the site of the world's deadliest garment factory disaster. More than 1,100 people died when the eight-story building collapsed.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Toyota's Top Female Executive Arrested In Japan On Drug Charges

Toyota Motor Corp's Managing Officer and Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp speaks to media during a news conference in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo on June 18.
Kyodo Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:19 pm

Julie Hamp — Toyota Motor Corp.'s first senior female executive who was appointed head of public relations just weeks ago — has been arrested in Japan for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws.

A total of 57 pills were discovered by Japanese customs officials on June 11 inside a package that Hamp mailed to herself from Kentucky, declaring the contents to be a necklace, according to Japanese news reports.

Oxycodone is legal in the U.S. with a prescription.

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Parallels
8:56 am
Fri June 19, 2015

The Business Of Smuggling Migrants Across The Mediterranean

Some 800 migrants from the Middle East arrive at the Greek port of Piraeus on Sunday. Smugglers are charging thousands of dollars to take migrants across the Mediterranean, and prices can vary widely. Children are often allowed to travel for free.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 11:06 am

The massive wave of people fleeing the Middle East and Africa face dangerous conditions to make the trip across the Mediterranean Sea, crowded onto rickety boats and overloaded ships. An estimated 2,000 migrants have died so far this year alone.

But, despite the danger, the burgeoning business of smuggling migrants has taken on some retail features.

Smugglers sending desperate migrants from Egypt to Europe are looking to make money — but they do offer discounts. Small children can go for free; migrants who organize a group can go free, as a sort of referral bonus.

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Environment
5:15 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Pope Francis Uses Encyclical To Deliver Moral Message On Climate Change

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:58 pm

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Politics
4:29 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

House Advances Bill To Give President Obama Fast Track Trade Authority

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:58 pm

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