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Europe
4:48 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Police, Counter-Demonstrators Dampen Anti-Islam March In Leipzig

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:00 pm

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Latin America
4:48 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Historic Diplomatic Talks Begin In Cuba

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:00 pm

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Middle East
4:48 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Scholar: U.S. Drone Use Has Contributed To Yemen's Instability

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:00 pm

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Parallels
2:16 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

Written during the Soviet era, Mikhail Bulgakov's classic novel, The Master and Margarita, continues to resonate in today's Russia.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:00 pm

In times of turmoil, Russians turn to their great writers for inspiration.

One of those writers is Mikhail Bulgakov, who died 75 years ago. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin liked some of Bulgakov's work, but he considered most of it too dangerous to publish. A museum in Moscow shows that the work is just as relevant as ever.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Boehner Invites Israel's Netanyahu To Address Congress On Iran

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:55 pm

House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on Iran on Feb. 11. The White House, which was not consulted about the invitation, called it a departure from diplomatic protocol.

NPR's Ailsa Chang tells our Newscast unit that Boehner, R-Ohio, defended his decision not to consult with the White House.

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Parallels
1:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The Challenge Of Fact-Checking North Korea

North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk came to prominence in a 2012 book about his life in a North Korean prisoner camp. He now says some key parts of his story were not true. His case highlights the difficulty in confirming information in a closed society like North Korea.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 3:16 pm

Shin Dong-hyuk told a powerful story about the misery of life in a North Korean prison camp, becoming the most famous defector from that notoriously reclusive country.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Anti-Islam Protesters Plan Massive Rally In Leipzig, Germany

German police officers gather in preparation for a demonstration by members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement PEGIDA.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:24 pm

Organizers say as many as 60,000 people could attend an anti-Islamization rally in the eastern German city of Leipzig, in what could be one of the biggest protests there since pro-democracy marches a quarter-century ago.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who is in Leipzig, tells our Newscast unit:

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Goats and Soda
9:06 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Feeling Gloomy? Maybe Things On Earth Aren't As Bad As You Think

Michael Elliott poses with a group of children during a trip to Segou, Mali. One reason for his optimistic outlook is the dramatic drop in deaths of children under age 5.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:52 am

If you want to be a pessimist about the shape the world's in, just turn on the news. It seems as if we're living in an age of terrorism, war, refugees, hostages and natural disasters.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Shanghai Fires 4 Officials Over Fatal New Year's Eve Stampede

On Jan. 1, people gathered at a makeshift memorial marking the site of a New Year's Eve stampede on the Bund in Shanghai, China. Three dozen people died, and dozens more were injured.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:57 am

The Shanghai government has fired four local officials for failing to prevent a stampede that killed three dozen people on New Year's Eve. Those who lost their jobs include Shanghai's Huangpu district Communist Party chief, its director and its top two police officials.

Investigators say that as huge crowds packed the riverfront in the Huangpu district, district party Chief Zhou Wei and other officials were busy enjoying a banquet at an opulent Japanese restaurant nearby.

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Middle East
5:11 am
Wed January 21, 2015

After Days Of Clashes, Rebels Seize Yemen's Presidential Palace

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 3:24 pm

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