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9:57 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Gaza Tech Hub Finds Success In International Crowdfunding

Gaza Sky Geeks, a startup accelerator, is drawing interest and crowdfunding from around the region and the world.
Gaza Sky Geeks

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:23 pm

People in Gaza are getting impatient with the slow pace of rebuilding. International donors pledged $5.4 billion to help, but little of the money has made it to Gaza yet.

A Gaza tech startup accelerator has gone a different route — international crowdfunding.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Japan's Ruling Party Poised For Landslide In Snap Elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, smiles as he places a red rosette on the name of his Liberal Democratic Party's winning candidate during ballot counting.
Shizuo Kambayashi AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:19 pm

Exit polls show the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is heading for a landslide victory in elections for the lower house.

The LDP and its junior coalition partner, the Buddhist-backed Komeito party, were projected to secure 300 of the 475-seat House of Representatives in an election billed as a touchstone for Abe's rule, according to Kyodo news service.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Nations Salvage Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (center), Peru's environment minister, applauds on Saturday after delegates to the Lima climate conference agreed on a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:07 pm

Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET

Representatives from around the world have reached the first-ever deal committing all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but rejected a rigorous overview to monitor compliance.

The United Nations agreement was salvaged from talks that went into overtime and wrapped up 30 hours behind schedule, as negotiators from 196 countries struggled with determining who needed to cut and by how much.

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Goats and Soda
7:55 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Gritty Ganta: The Liberian Town That Can't Catch A Break

The Liberia-Guinea border has been closed since the early days of the Ebola outbreak. The Liberian city of Ganta — about a mile from the border — has historically been a hub of commerce, and was hit hard by the closure.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:16 am

Ganta is the Liberian city that never sleeps. That's what local businessman Prince Haward says of the town of 40,000, one of the country's largest cities and a crossroads for travelers in the southeastern region: "Ganta is a nonsleeping city ... a business-oriented city."

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Parallels
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Survivor Of Mexican Student Attacks Tells Of Bullet-Riddled Escape

Flowers, candles and handwritten messages remembering the 43 missing students line the fence at the National Palace in Zocalo, Mexico City.
Geovien So Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

In Mexico, authorities continue the investigation into the kidnapping and presumed murder of 43 students from a college in the southern state of Guerrero.

On a recent afternoon at the teaching school in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, I spoke to one man who says he survived the attacks on Sept. 26. NPR couldn't independently confirm 22-year-old Carlos Martinez's account, but it is consistent with other eyewitness versions and investigator's statements.

We spoke in the school's outdoor patio that doubles as a basketball court, but no one has been playing since the attack.

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The Two-Way
4:38 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Mali: 4 Al-Qaida Linked Militants Swapped For French Hostage

France's Serge Lazarevic (left) hugs French President Francois Hollande after arriving in France on Wednesday following his release.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:35 pm

Mali says it freed four militants with links to al-Qaida in exchange for securing the release earlier this week of French hostage Serge Lazarevic.

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Goats and Soda
3:43 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

Miss Philippines, Megan Young, sends a kiss to the audience after winning the Miss World title in last year's competition. She's helped raise money for typhoon victims in her homeland.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Thailand's Crown Prince Divorces Amid Reports Of Palace Intrigue

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (seated, left) and Royal Consort Princess Srirasmi, seen during a royal ceremony last year, are now officially divorced, the palace has announced.
Chaiwat Subprasom Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:24 pm

Thailand's crown prince and the woman who would have been on the throne next to him are now officially divorced, the palace announced today in a move that many observers see as a precursor to a possible succession struggle.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Sat December 13, 2014

2 U.S. Soldiers Among More Than A Dozen Killed In Afghan Attacks

Afghan security personnel inspect a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. There was no immediate report of casualties, but the attack was one of several in the last 24 hours that have been blamed on the Taliban.
Rahmat Gul AP

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:12 pm

It's been a violent 24 hours in Afghanistan:

-- 12 workers clearing mines on Saturday were attacked by Taliban militants and another dozen were wounded, a police spokesman said.

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Asia
8:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Leave The Streets, Not Their Cause

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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