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4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Islamic State Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Attack On Egyptian Soldiers

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:51 am

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Parallels
4:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Who's Behind A String Of Bombings In Ukraine's Black Sea 'Pearl'?

Police search the area near a destroyed billboard reading "Crimea is Ukraine!" following an explosion in Odessa on June 12.
Alexey Kravtsov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:42 pm

Oleg Konstantinov, the editor of a news website called Dumskaya in Ukraine's port city of Odessa, pulls up a map on a computer screen in his small, crowded newsroom. It's dotted with red, yellow, orange and green fire-burst icons, indicating where 34 bombings have taken place in the city over the past year or so.

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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Militants Stage Series Of Deadly Attacks In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Militants launched a number of deadly attacks on checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday. A group linked to the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Merrit Kennedy filed this report from Cairo for Newscast:

"In Egypt, militants launched a coordinated series of assaults in the restive north Sinai peninsula. The military says 17 soldiers were killed, though local security officials earlier in the day said more than 50 soldiers were killed.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba Formally Resume Diplomatic Relations

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, spoke about U.S. ties with Cuba during remarks Wednesday in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:26 pm

President Obama on Wednesday announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of hostilities. The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called it "a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people."

Obama said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana this summer to "proudly raise the flag over our embassy once more."

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Goats and Soda
8:47 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Filmmaker Wants To Stop Fathers From Giving Up Their Daughters

Samar Minallah Khan was honored by Vital Voices for her documentaries on the injustices faced by Pakistani women.
Courtesy of Samar Minallah Khan

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:28 pm

She fights for the rights of women by telling stories about heroic men.

"The struggle to end violence against women has always been carried out by women activists," says Samar Minallah Khan, who makes documentaries about gender-based violence in her native Pakistan.

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Latin America
7:11 am
Wed July 1, 2015

U.S. And Cuba To Formally Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 9:19 am

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Wed July 1, 2015

A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

Marta Elsie Leveron, 19, (left) and her brother Freddy David Leveron, 18, have not seen their father since he left El Savador to work in California in 1999. A new U.S. program allows families to reunite if one parent is a legal U.S. resident. The girl in the middle is Liliana Beatriz Leveron, 16, a cousin of the other two. Her parents are in the U.S. and she's seeking to reunite with them as well.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 11:00 am

Editor's Note: Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year. In response, the Obama administration has introduced a program that would allow families to reunite. In this story about the divided Leveron family, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports first from California, followed by Carrie Kahn in El Salvador.

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The Salt
6:50 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

People throw potatoes into a pachamanca during the gastronomic fair Mistura in Lima in 2011.
Ernesto Benavides AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 11:03 am

What's the epitome of summer for a lot of Americans? It's communing around a grill, with friends and family, waiting for a slab of meat to cook to juicy perfection.

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The Two-Way
6:29 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

U.S. And Cuba Will Formally Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:40 pm

A White House administration official confirms that the United States and Cuba have come to an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations and open embassies in Havana and Washington.

The Obama administration will announce the agreement on Wednesday.

As NPR's Krishnadev Calamur has explained, the U.S. imposed sanctions and then broke off diplomatic relations with Fidel Castro's communist regime in the early 1960s.

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Latin America
6:10 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Puerto Rico's Governor Seeks To Delay Debt Payments

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:14 pm

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