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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens, earlier this week. In an interview with the BBC, Varoufakis said reforms in exchange for new bailout money "will fail."
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced out of his job as part of a new bailout deal to keep Athens in the euro zone, tells the BBC that the austerity measures that come with the agreement are "going to fail."

The financial reforms, imposed in exchange for an 86 billion euro ($93.6 billion) lifeline will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever," Varoufakis tells the BBC.

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Middle East
9:04 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Former Hostage: Under Deal, Iran Has Less Incentive To Hold Americans

Shourd and fellow hikers Shane Bauer (center) and Josh Fattal held a press conference shortly after Bauer and Fattal were released in 2011. Shourd was released in 2010.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

President Obama responded sharply this week when a reporter asked if he was "content" to celebrate the nuclear deal with Iran when at least three and possibly four Americans are being held in Iranian jails.

"Nobody's content," he said, "and our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out."

At least one former American hostage thinks the deal is worth signing, despite the remaining hostages.

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Scores Killed In Marketplace Bombing In Eastern Iraq

Iraqi workers clean the site of a truck bomb attack that hit the area a day earlier at Khan bani Saad town, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday. At least 115 people were killed in what's described as the single deadliest such attack in the country in a decade.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 3:23 pm

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

In the deadliest single attack in a decade in Iraq, a truck bomb exploded at a crowded marketplace in eastern Diyala province, killing at least 115 people celebrating the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The self-declared Islamic State reportedly has claimed responsibility.

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National Security
7:45 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Professor: Iran Deal Is A Lot Like A Rube Goldberg Machine

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:39 pm

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Parallels
7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Nuke Inspectors Gear Up For Iran, But Americans Unlikely To Be Included

An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector cuts a uranium enrichment connection at Iran's Natanz facility, 200 miles south of Tehran, in 2014. This week's nuclear deal gives the IAEA up to 150 inspectors to monitor Iran for compliance.
Kazem Ghane AP

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 11:48 pm

The International Atomic Energy Agency has the big job of making sure Iran complies with the landmark nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna.

So how will the IAEA go about this? How many inspectors will they have? How many will be Americans?

Thomas Shea, who spent more than two decades as an IAEA inspector, says Iran does not accept any American inspectors today. He recently told the Atlantic Council that he hopes that will change.

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Sports
7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Where There's A Wheel, There's A Way. Where There Are 2, Things Can Get Weird

A rider nurses his elbow, and his pride, after a fall. Bicycle riding was rough in the early days — but this gentleman was lucky. He could have been on the Tour de France, where competitors busted their wheels on broken glass thrown by rowdy fans.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 7:40 am

This week, Tour de France riders cranked through three grueling days in the Pyrenees mountains. Once more, they've all made the curious decision not to just get off their bikes and take a bus like sensible people.

Be that as it may, the Alps are still to come, and there's plenty of pedaling to go before they sprint into Paris on July 26.

So, while fans await that triumphant homecoming, there's no better time to turn to know-it-all journalist A.J. Jacobs. He takes NPR's Scott Simon on a tour of their own, talking trivia with a bit of bicycling lore.

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Europe
7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Probe Of Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine 'Frozen' By Lack Of Access

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:53 pm

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The Salt
7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

A Battle Royale To Keep McDonald's Out Of Historic Food Hub In Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is visible behind a McDonald's restaurant on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. The nation is now McDonald's second-biggest market, but one historic neighborhood known as "the belly of Paris" has pledged to keep it out.
Alastair Miller Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

The U.S. and Europe are in the midst of negotiating a historic trade deal that will create the world's largest consumer market: some 800 million people. Despite promises that the agreement will create thousands of new jobs, there's fierce resistance to it in Europe, especially when it comes to food.

Many Europeans say they want to preserve a way of life and eating that they say America's industrial farming and multinational corporations threaten. A smaller version of that battle is being fought in one Paris neighborhood known as "the belly of Paris."

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Parallels
6:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Is N. Korea Facing A Famine Or Just Seeking More Aid?

A farmer stands near a field in South Hwanghae, North Korea.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:48 pm

North Korea knows a little bit about drought and famine. In the 1990s, it's believed that up to 1 million North Koreans died in one of the worst famines of the 20th century.

So when Pyongyang issued a statement last month saying the country is facing its "worst drought in 100 years," it was taken seriously.

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Goats and Soda
6:05 am
Sat July 18, 2015

The Seldom-Seen Faces Of The 'Humans Of Kabul'

One of the princesses of Kabul.
David Fox Courtesy of Humans of Kabul

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 8:36 am

Humans of New York has become a worldwide hit, with hundreds of thousands of people "liking" Brandon Stanton's photos on Facebook — candid shots and candid comments. Among this month's posts: A dad taking his headstrong little daughter for a walk and observing, "This is tougher than the Marine Corps."

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