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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Kerry: 'Reality Check Time' In Middle East Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar following a bilateral strategic dialogue at the Foreign Ministry in Rabat, on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:52 pm

Frustrated by obstacles encountered in talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the White House was re-evaluating its role in the process, and that the time had come for a "reality check."

Speaking at a news conference in Rabat, Morocco, Kerry said the dialogue that the U.S. has been mediating is "not an open-ended effort, it never has been.

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The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

India Sentences 3 To Hang For Multiple Rapes

Mohammad Qasim Shaikh (right) and another accused in a gang rape case are taken to a court session last month in Mumbai.
Divyakant Solanki EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:11 pm

A court in India has sentenced three convicted rapists to death by hanging under a new law that seeks to crack down on attacks on women in the country.

According to Al-Jazeera, "The men are the first to be tried and convicted under a recently revised law that carries the death penalty for those convicted of multiple sexual assaults."

The news agency says:

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Faith Matters
12:10 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Finding Peace After Genocide

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 12:31 pm

It has been 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. Reverend Celestin Musekura lost congregation members in the bloodshed. He discusses how faith has helped foster reconciliation.

Parallels
10:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Two Brave Journalists In Afghanistan

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, shown here in 2005, was killed Friday in Khost, Afghanistan. AP reporter Kathy Gannon was injured. Both have covered Afghanistan for many years.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 2:54 pm

Anja Niedringhaus was a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Kathy Gannon has covered Afghanistan for more than 25 years, longer than any other Western reporter.

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Europe
6:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Ukrainians Disagree Over Sniper Inquiry

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

A Ukrainian police medic and a protester differ over whether their country should probe who committed crimes during February's violence in Kiev.

Europe
6:33 am
Fri April 4, 2014

After Crimea Takeover, Ukraine Moves To Protect Odessa

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

With the Crimean peninsula effectively controlled by Russia, Ukrainian officials worry about another Black Sea port, Odessa. Ukraine fears this area with a Russian minority could be a tempting target.

Afghanistan
4:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Backroom Intrigue Persists In Afghan Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne is in Afghanistan following the leading candidates in Saturday's presidential election. The top-two contenders are: Zalmai Rassoul and Abdullah Abdullah.

NPR Story
4:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Arcane Chinese Holiday Honors Integrity Before Personal Gain

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 8:22 am

Cold Food Day in China commemorates a hermit who 2,600 years ago refused wealth and power. His ruler tried to smoke him out of his mountain hideout, but ended up burning him to a death.

Afghanistan
4:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

A New Era? Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Court Women's Vote

An Afghan woman listens to presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani during a campaign rally in Kabul on March 9, International Women's Day. Women will play a greater role in choosing Afghanistan's next president than ever before.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:21 pm

On International Women's Day last month, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani held a rally in Kabul attended by several thousand women. While they were all wearing headscarves, there was not a full-length burqa to be seen in the crowd. And the Western-educated Ghani did something highly unusual in Afghanistan: He let his wife, Rula, a Lebanese-American Christian, address the crowd.

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Parallels
3:09 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home

A key, symbolizing the Palestinians who lost their homes at the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, sits at the entrance of the West Bank city of Jericho, on Feb. 22.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:15 pm

More than 1 million Arabs are citizens of Israel. And over the years, some 350,000 Jewish Israelis have moved to settlements in the West Bank. If the Israelis and Palestinians were to make peace and set a formal border, what would happen to all these people?

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