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1:22 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Huge Explosion In Homs Leaves Scores Wounded

A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque on Thursday in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

A huge blast hit a weapons depot in the Syrian city of Homs on Thursday. Video of the blast has been posted to YouTube. It shows an explosion, followed by a plume of smoke rising hundreds of feet into the air.

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The Two-Way
1:13 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Calls Election 'A Huge Farce'

A Zimbabwean woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Domboshava, 37 miles north of Harare, on Wednesday.
Alexander Joe AFP/Getty Images

A day after Zimbabweans turned out heavily to vote in national elections, the main challenger to longtime President Robert Mugabe is calling the balloting "a sham election that does not reflect the will of the people."

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change, ticked off a list of alleged problems, including thousands of citizens who he says were thrown off voter rolls, voters being moved to different polling stations, an excess of printed ballots, and voters being forced to accept "assistance" when casting ballots.

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Alt.Latino
1:13 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Te Odio, Te Amo: Why Telenovelas Rule Latin Entertainment

Cuna de Lobos (Cradle of Wolves) is one of the most iconic telenovelas of all time.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 8:35 am

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The Salt
1:09 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Where In The World Are There No McDonald's?

Chinese consumers have 1,075 McDonald's locations to choose from, but the variety inside the restaurant isn't exactly top of their tastes-- KFC does much better business here because Chinese diners prefer white meat over beef patties.
felibrilu via Flickr

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:03 pm

Recent news out of Vietnam intrigued us here at The Salt. Ho Chi Minh City is set to get its first McDonald's sometime in the next year, according to the company.

It seems Vietnam is ready for the iconic American food, and McDonald's is confident that Vietnamese consumers now have enough disposable income to get hooked on shakes, burgers and fries.

That got us thinking about the global reach of one of the world's most iconic food companies.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Uruguay Gives Initial OK To State-Controlled Marijuana Industry

Young backers of a bill to legalize the production and trade of marijuana in Uruguay wait outside the Parliament building as lawmakers debate the bill Wednesday.
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Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 1:32 pm

Uruguay is poised to create a state-licensed marijuana industry, after the country's lower house of Congress passed a controversial bill late Wednesday detailing how the government would regulate marijuana — from its production and import to marketing and distribution. The move would be a first.

NPR's South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells our Newscast unit that the landmark bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to sail through.

Lourdes reports:

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The Two-Way
1:06 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Queen's Speech For WWIII: British Must 'Prepare To Survive'

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (second left) stands with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (left), U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at London's Buckingham Palace on June 10, 1984.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:04 pm

At the height of the Cold War, a broadcast prepared for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to deliver in the event of a nuclear conflict urged her subjects to be brave and stand firm in the face of destruction, and for the survivors to pick up the pieces and rebuild.

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Shots - Health News
12:16 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Want To Be A Morning Person? Take A Few Tips From Campers

All in the name of science: Volunteers hike in Colorado during their one-week hiatus from electrical lighting.
Courtesy of Kenneth Wright

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 2:07 pm

In the first episode of Downton Abbey, the Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, complains about the newfangled electrical chandelier installed in her family's 1915 estate. "Oh, dear, such a glare," she says, shielding her eyes with a fan.

The countess may have a point.

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Television
12:12 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

A Drama-Free Show For Black Women?

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we want to tell you about a new TV program that's hoping to bring new relevance to TV talk. The show is called "Exhale," it's on the ASPiRE network. That's a television network created by NBA legend Magic Johnson, to serve primarily African-American viewers. On the show, a panel of accomplished women talk about everything from health and fitness to sex and relationships.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "EXHALE")

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Politics
12:12 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Former Commerce Secretary: Doing Nothing On Immigration Is 'De Facto Amnesty'

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we turn to immigration and the debate within the Republican Party over the issue. Republican leaders, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, are pressing the party to embrace a comprehensive immigration plan. But many House Republicans want to increase border security first and are wary of any policy that could create a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants who are currently in the country without proper authorization. Now, a new group is hoping to tip the balance. It's called Republicans for Immigration Reform.

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U.S.
12:12 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Are Bad Background Checks Costing Jobs?

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. In a few minutes, we'll hear from the former Commerce Secretary in the George W. Bush administration, Carlos Gutierrez. He's organized a group of high-powered Republican donors to press for immigration reform. He says immigration is a boon to the economy and we'll hear more of his argument in just a few minutes.

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