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5:18 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops

Dressed in the black and neon orange colors of the new transit police, these women are slated to replace a force of notoriously corrupt traffic cops in Mexico State.
Edith Chapin NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 7:25 pm

In the central State of Mexico, officials are trying a new approach to fight corruption.

Authorities have hired hundreds of women and put them in charge of issuing all traffic violations. They're trying to crack down on the famous mordida, or bribe — a favorite among Mexico's crooked traffic cops.

Authorities say women are more trustworthy and less corrupt than men. But the plan has run into a few snags.

Choosing Female Cops

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Parallels
4:03 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Two Young Girls, A World Apart, United By Twin Tragedies

The author's daughter, right, with her friend Banita. The two girls lived next door to each other in Nairobi.
Courtesty of David McGuffin

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:53 am

When the Navy Yard mass shooting took place in Washington on Sept. 16, my 10-year-old daughter got a one line e-mail from her best friend in Nairobi, where we used to live. It read: "r u ok."

Her friend Banita had seen the news on television in Kenya. She was worried. My daughter wrote back that she was fine. We now live in Washington, but miles away from the site of the latest mass killing here in the U.S.

In this globalized world, communications can bring quick comfort.

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The Two-Way
3:53 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Greek Neo-Nazi Party Arrests Follow High-Profile Murder

The leader of ultra-right wing Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos is escorted by masked police officers from the police headquarters in Athens on Saturday.
Angelos Tzortzinis AFP/Getty Images

Greek police arrested the leader of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party Saturday on charges of establishing a criminal organization. The police also issued warrants for more than 30 party members — including six members of parliament — on charges of murder, money laundering and other crimes.

Greek TV stations interrupted regular programming to show live scenes of the Golden Dawn members led away in handcuffs. It's the first time since 1974 — when a seven-year military dictatorship ended — that sitting members of parliament have been arrested.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Iran's Rouhani Meets Protests And Cheers After Obama Chat

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waves as his motorcade leaves Tehran's Mehrabad Airport upon his arrival from New York Saturday, one day after he spoke to President Obama by phone.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 2:57 pm

In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani was both celebrated and vilified Saturday for speaking to President Obama by phone during his trip to the United Nations in New York. After Rouhani's return, crowds that gathered near Tehran's airport were divided, with many voicing their support for Rouhani. A hardliner held a sign reading, "Down with USA."

One critic threw a shoe at Rouhani's car, according to the Agence France-Presse.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Cycling's New Leader Promises New Era; Will Seek Armstrong's Input

The incoming president of the International Cycling Union, Brian Cookson (right), shakes hands earlier this month with Pat McQuaid, the incumbent he defeated.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:26 am

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has chosen a new leader. Britain's Brian Cookson beat incumbent Pat McQuaid in a contentious vote held in Italy Friday. Cookson, who led British Cycling to new heights, says he will focus on improving cycling's reputation, tarnished by years of doping scandals.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Another Earthquake, Measured At 6.8 Magnitude, Hits Pakistan

A Pakistani youth stands in the doorway of a damaged house in the devastated district of Awaran Wednesday. A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the same region Saturday.
Banaras Khan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:35 am

Pakistanis who endured Tuesday's strong earthquake that killed hundreds of people felt another quake Saturday, as a 6.8-magnitude quake hit Pakistan's remote province of Baluchistan. The quake may also have been deadly, due to reports of collapsed mud houses.

Saturday's aftershock quake struck less than 20 miles from Tuesday's 7.7-magnitude event. And it came after survivors had already grown frustrated with the pace of relief efforts — an undertaking complicated by unrest in the area.

From Islamabad, NPR's Abdul Sattar reports:

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Middle East
7:58 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Obama-Rouhani Phone Conversation Is A 30-Year First

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

President Obama spoke via phone Friday with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, the first time leaders of the two countries have directly communicated since 1979. Host Scott Simon talks with Iran analyst Karim Sadjadpour about what it means for U.S.-Iran relations going forward.

Middle East
7:58 am
Sat September 28, 2013

U.N. Security Council Approves Syria Chemical Arms Deal

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:16 am

The United Nations Security Council has broken its two-and-a-half-year deadlock over Syria, approving a resolution on the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The U.S. and Russia are now trying to move beyond that and will try to get the warring sides around the negotiating table in Geneva.

Africa
7:57 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Sense Of Foreboding Lingers After Mall Bombing

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:28 am

Kenyans are feeling helpless a week after gunmen stormed a Nairobi mall in a carefully orchestrated terrorist attack. NPR's Gregory Warner looks at what we now know about those terrorists, including claims that a British woman was among the attackers.

Africa
7:57 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Al-Shabab Shifts Focus From Territory To Terrorism

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 4:05 pm

Al-Shabab has been around for years as a militia group fighting for territory in Somalia.

When al-Shabab militants, dressed in casual clothes, turned up in a ritzy shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend and gunned down men, women and children, the group shifted from an insurgent movement to a terrorist organization.

"A week ago, al-Shabab wasn't in the news," says Bruce Hoffman, a a terrorism expert at Georgetown University and the Rand Corporation. "Arguably, outside of Somalia, no one really cared about them."

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