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Goats and Soda
6:20 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Israeli Dads Welcome Surrogate-Born Baby In Nepal On Earthquake Day

Now this is an international baby: Born to a surrogate mom in Nepal (who was implanted with an egg from a South African donor) and now living in Israel with his parents, Amir Vogel Greengold (left) and Gilad Greengold.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 12:19 am

The sperm came from Israel. It was frozen and flown to Thailand, where a South African egg donor awaited. After the egg was fertilized, the embryo traveled to Nepal and was implanted in the Indian woman who agreed to serve as the surrogate mother.

And roughly nine months later, there was a big, bouncing earthquake.

The world of international surrogacy is ... pretty complicated.

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Media
5:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Reporter Jason Rezaian Being Held On 'Accusations,' Brother Says

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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Business
5:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference at the White House with President Obama on Tuesday. Abe is urging U.S. lawmakers to approve a trans-Pacific trade deal.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's plan for creating a Pacific Rim trade zone has been hovering in the wings, waiting for the right moment to demand attention.

On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed it out on to center stage during a dramatic joint meeting of the U.S. House and Senate. He urged Congress to approve the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

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Europe
4:23 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

U.S. Army Veterans, Survivors To Mark 70th Anniversary Of Dachau Liberation

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

Pope Francis delivers a speech Wednesday during his general audience at Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Claudio Peri EPA /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:37 pm

Pope Francis called the gender pay gap a "pure scandal" in remarks Wednesday on marriage and family.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful yet in favor of women.

Francis raised his voice as he made a plea for an end to the situation in which men typically earn more than women for performing the same task.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Game Of Thrones: Saudi King Shakes Up Line Of Succession

Saudi King Salman (center) appears alongside then-Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (third from left) and then-deputy Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef (left) in January. Muqrin has since been pushed aside to make way for Mohammed.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 11:34 am

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a series of royal decrees bringing about a dramatic reshuffling in the line of succession and ushering in a younger generation to take up key ministerial positions.

This is the second major shake-up to the ranks of power in the kingdom since the 79-year-old Salman assumed the throne Jan. 23.

(There are roughly 15,000 princes and princesses in Saudi Arabia, but power is consolidated among a few. You can follow along with this helpful Wall Street Journal family tree.)

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World
12:28 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Nepal, Before The Earthquake Struck: A Photographer's Portfolio

Girls share a quiet moment before school starts in Barpark village in the Gorkha district, 1984. The village was reportedly at the epicenter of the earthquake.
Courtesy of Kevin Bubriski and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 8:36 pm

Kevin Bubriski may live in Vermont but his heart is in Nepal.

Bubriski first visited Nepal in 1975 as a 20-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. He worked on a project to bring drinking water to villages. He came with a curiosity about the place and a camera in hand. And it was the camera that has shaped his destiny.

He began taking photos of the people he met and the sights he saw. And he has never stopped.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Russia Tries To Regain Control Of Space Capsule

A Russian launch vehicle carrying the Progress M-27M cargo ship lifts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Fears mounted Wednesday that the unmanned cargo capsule was lost and may plunge back to Earth as ground control failed to gain control of the orbiting ship for a second day in a row.
Roscosmos EPA /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 11:49 am

Russia's space agency is trying to save an unmanned cargo ship that spun out of control on its way to the International Space Station.

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Wed April 29, 2015

In Nepal, A Flood Of People Leave Capital To Return Home

A young girl sits on her luggage as she waits in a long line with her family, hoping to board buses provided by the government to return to their homes outside Kathmandu.
Diego Azubel EPA /LANDOV

Several days after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, officials are using helicopters to ferry aid to remote areas — and thousands of people are leaving Kathmandu, where many had sought refuge. Rescue crews are still working to help survivors of the 7.8-magnitude quake.

Reporting from the district of Gorkha, the epicenter of Saturday's tremor, NPR's Julie McCarthy says, "When we arrived last night, you could feel the ground shaking constantly. It felt like Jello, and it lasted through the evening."

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Politics
5:33 am
Wed April 29, 2015

GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

The entrance to Camp 5 and Camp 6 at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, in a photograph taken in 2014.
Ben Fox AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:21 pm

All presidencies begin with promises. One of the first ones President Obama made was to shut down the stockade holding enemy combatants at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

More than six years later, that promise has yet to be fulfilled. And the Republican-controlled Congress is moving to make it even harder to actually empty Guantanamo.

At the prison camp, walking alongside the high outer walls of Guantanamo's detainee lock-ups, Navy spokesman Capt. Tom Gresback gestures to the west.

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