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10:28 am
Sat July 5, 2014

A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI

Sprinters Mark Cavendish of Britain (second left) and Germany's Andre Greipel, (right) shake hands as Britain's Christopher Froome (second right) and Spain's Alberto Contador (left) wait for the start of the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.

It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with L'Equipe sports newspaper.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Indian Nurses Back Home After Being Trapped By Fighting In Iraq

An Indian nurse caught up in fighting in Iraq hugs her sister after arriving at the airport in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Saturday.
Sivaram V Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:21 am

More than 40 Indian nurses trapped since last month in the rebel-held city of Mosul have arrived back home.

According to The Associated Press, the Indian government organized an Air India plane to fly the nurses home from Irbil.

The AP says: "Outside the airport in Kochi [in India's southern state of Kerala], hundreds of friends and relatives of the women greeted them with hugs and flowers. The nurses all looked exhausted and emotional, with one hugging her young nephew tightly."

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Ukrainian Forces Retake Key Rebel Stronghold In East

A woman cries near her burning house after shelling in the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine, last month. The city of 100,000 has now been retaken from pro-Russian separatists.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 11:56 am

Ukrainian troops have retaken the key stronghold of Slovyansk from pro-Russian forces in a sign that Kiev may be regaining control over the country's east, months after insurgents swept through the region establishing a self-proclaimed independent republic.

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Sports
7:52 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Tour De France Braves Blustery Weather Of Yorkshire

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

As we just heard, the Tour de France begins today in Yorkshire, England. To understand how England's largest county is handling the influx of spectators and media, we called up BBC Yorkshire anchor Harry Gration.

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Latin America
7:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

In Honduras, Gangs Tell Boys To Join Or Be Killed

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 6:15 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

Many of the unaccompanied children who have crossed the border into the U.S. have come from Guatemala and El Salvador, but the majority are from Honduras. Texas Public Radio's David Marvin Davies reports from that country's capital.

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Latin America
7:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Texas Gov. Testifies On Crisis In Child Immigration

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

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Middle East
7:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Chaos In Iraq Might Give Kurds A Better Chance Of Independence

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

In Iraq this week, the Sunni extremist group ISIS changed its name to the Islamic State and announced plans to rule the territory it has carved out of Iraq and Syria. Also this week, the Iraqi Parliament tried and failed to form a national unity government that could save the country from collapse. They say they'll try again. Iraq's Kurds are using this as an opportunity to seek greater autonomy. And the Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said they would hold an independence referendum within months.

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Iraq
7:43 am
Sat July 5, 2014

One Year After The Coup, Egypt Is Still Divided

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

In the year since Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted, a military man was elected president and a budding insurgency has grown, as correspondent Leila Fadel tells NPR's Tamara Keith.

Sports
7:43 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Here's Why You Should Still Care About The World Cup

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith. And it's time now for sports. A high-stakes game for Brazil yesterday against Columbia. The home team won, sending them to the semifinal round against Germany. But now they'll have to do it without one of their best players, Neymar - like Madonna, I guess - who fractured a vertebrae in the match yesterday. Joining me now is NPR's Tom Goldman who is in Brazil. Good morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi Tamara. How are you?

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Music
5:15 am
Sat July 5, 2014

A Former Megadeth Guitarist's Journey To Japanese Pop

Guitarist Marty Friedman was known as a shredder when he was with Megadeth, but says he needed more happy music in his life.
Takaaki Henmi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 11:51 pm

Are there genres of music that are simply too far apart for any one musician to hold onto them both at same time?

If anyone knows, it might be Marty Friedman.

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