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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

A Year After MH17 Shot Down, Kremlin Rebuffs Call For Tribunal

In Nieuwegein, Netherlands, on Friday, relatives and friends of victims gather in front of a "hedge of compassion" made of thousands of stuffed animals during a commemoration of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
Michael Kooren EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 1:42 pm

A year after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by what is widely believed to have been a rebel-operated, Russian made surface-to-air missile, ceremonies were held to remember the 298 people killed in the disaster.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has rebuffed calls for a United Nations tribunal to prosecute the suspects behind the July 17, 2014, downing of the Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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Strange News
7:55 am
Fri July 17, 2015

A Siberian Town Throws A Party For Pests — And Masochists

When you have visitors you can't get rid, sometimes you just have to embrace them. That's the idea behind a festival on this week in the remote Siberian town of Berezniki, which is celebrating mosquitoes.

Revelers dress in mosquito costumes, vie to catch the most mosquitoes — and, perhaps oddest of all, hold a "most delicious girl" competition.

A panel of judges inspect contestants for who can get the most bites. The winner two years back had over 100.

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Middle East
5:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

To Iranian Business Leader, Nuclear Pact Opens Long-Awaited Opportunities

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:55 am

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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Kenyan Marathon Stars Walk For Peace In Great Rift Valley

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya has won marathons around the world, including the New York City Marathon last fall.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 6:58 pm

Some of Kenya's most famous marathon runners tied on their shoes Wednesday — this time, to walk.

The group, including former world record holders Wilson Kipsang and Tegla Loroupe, began a "walk for peace" on Wednesday to raise awareness of armed ethnic violence in Northern Kenya, according to The Guardian. The walk was organized by John Kelai, an international marathon champion. Ethiopian marathoner Haile Gebrselassie is expected to join the final portion of the walk.

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Latin America
5:38 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

A Look Inside El Chapo's Prison Escape Through A Tunnel

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 7:55 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:26 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding In China

On July 9, 2013, heavy floodwaters swept through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province.
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Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 6:45 am

Air pollution isn't just bad for your health. It can have dramatic effects on weather and climate. In fact, a team of scientists believes that air pollution from industries and traffic could have caused the extreme floods that devastated southwest China in 2013.

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Planet Money
5:22 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Greece's Lost Olive Oil: How Export Barriers Stifle Economic Growth

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 10:42 pm

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Asia
5:22 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Japan's Lower House Approves Changes To Military Powers

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 7:55 pm

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Parallels
4:21 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Quadriplegic Israeli Woman Challenges Surrogacy Rules And Loses A Child

Ora Mor Yosef, a quadriplegic Israeli woman, had a surrogate child via a niece who underwent the procedure in India and gave birth in Israel. But Israeli authorities, including the High Court, ruled against Mor Yosef, and the baby has been in foster care for more than two years.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 6:50 am

Ora Mor Yosef, a disabled Israeli woman, challenged her country's rules about surrogate parenting and lost the baby.

Single and in her 30s, her efforts began by asking her traditional Jewish family what they thought.

"I wanted to hear how they would feel if I were a single parent," Mor Yosef says. "To my joy they agreed, and gave their blessing."

The next step was getting pregnant. But Mor Yosef has progressive muscular dystrophy and doctors advised her against using a sperm donor and carrying a child herself.

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Parallels
3:53 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Lifting Sanctions Will Release $100 Billion To Iran. Then What?

Shoppers make their way in a Tehran bazaar. Once international sanctions are lifted, $100 billion from Iranian oil sales will be released from escrow accounts.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:07 am

$100 billion: That's roughly how much the U.S. Treasury Department says Iran stands to recover once sanctions are lifted under the new nuclear deal. The money comes from Iranian oil sales and has been piling up in some international banks over the past few years. But there are questions about what Iran will do with this windfall.

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