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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Death Toll From Heatwave In Pakistan Tops 600

Pakistani relatives mourn the death of a heatstroke victim outside a hospital in Karachi on Tuesday.
Rizwan Tabassum AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 2:31 pm

Updated at 2 p.m. ET

An intense heatwave in Pakistan has now killed more than 600 people, the government said on Tuesday. Earlier, officials had put the death toll at more than 450.

NPR's Philip Reeves filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"So many people have died over the last three days that morgues in the city are struggling to cope. Karachi's always hot in the summer, but this year has seen temperatures of more than 111 Fahrenheit.

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Parallels
5:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

China's Island-Building Has Neighbors On Edge, But Tensions May Be Easing

Sun Jianguo (left), from the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, chats with U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in May during the ministerial luncheon at the 14th Asia Security Summit in Singapore. Each country has grown increasingly wary of the other's actions and interests in the South China Sea.
Roslan Rahman AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 9:27 am

Chinese and American officials are deep into their annual meeting this week in Washington, hashing out the nations' complex relationship. In addition to many economic and strategic issues, they'll discuss China's remarkable island-building in the South China Sea.

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Shots - Health News
6:33 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Painfully Skinny Jeans Land A Woman In The Hospital

Skinny jeans: fashion statement or health threat?
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 2:40 pm

If you've wondered whether there's a downside to wearing superskinny jeans, this story's for you.

A 35-year-old Australian woman wound up in the hospital after wearing skinny jeans while helping a family member move.

The move involved "many hours of squatting while emptying cupboards," according to a report published Monday in the journal Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

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Europe
5:40 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

EU Leaders Consider Economic Reform Proposal To Prevent Greek Default

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

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Middle East
5:04 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

U.N. Report Finds Israel, Hamas Possibly Committed War Crimes In Gaza

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 2:10 pm

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Greek Proposals Raise Hope Of Deal On Bailout

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker before an EU summit in Brussels on Monday. He's hoping a new Greek proposal will end the deadlock on a bailout for Greece's economy.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 5:52 pm

Greece's finance minister says European leaders have, in principle, accepted a new proposal from Athens that could pave the way for another installment of a multibillion-dollar bailout. The move could stave off a Greek default on its debt obligations and avert an exit from the eurozone — at least for now.

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Parallels
3:36 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Russia And The West Play Tug Of War; Serbia Feels Caught In The Middle

Serbian protesters hold a banner that reads: "Serbia-Russia, we don't need the European Commission" on March 21 in Belgrade. The marchers were from a Serbian nationalist organization opposed to the government, which has pursued closer ties with Western Europe.
Darko Vojinovic AP

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

Serbia stands at a crossroads these days, pulled in one direction by Russia, a longtime ally, and tugged in another by Western Europe, which holds the promise of economic opportunities despite its current financial troubles.

Given the friction between Russia and the West these days, it's increasingly difficult for a small country like Serbia to have it both ways.

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Taliban Militants Attack Afghan Parliament In Kabul

Fire and smoke rise at the site of a suicide attack during clashes with Taliban fighters in front of the Parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.
Massoud Hossaini AP

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 11:33 am

Taliban militants attacked the Afghan Parliament in Kabul on Monday.

NPR's Philip Reeves reports that police say all of the militants were killed by Afghan security forces and more than a dozen civilians were injured. Philip filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Europe
4:59 am
Mon June 22, 2015

On A Greek Island, Vacationers Lend A Hand To Migrants

Migrants on a dinghy head to the Greek island of Lesvos last Thursday. Some 48,000 migrants have landed on Greek shores so far this year, with about half coming to Lesvos, a popular vacation spot for European tourists. Some islanders and tourists are assisting the migrants, many of whom are camping in the open.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 1:29 pm

Every morning at 5, Eric Kempson rises, grabs a pair of binoculars and drives to a windy peak overlooking a rocky beach near his home on the Greek island of Lesvos, known for its beaches and ouzo and as the birthplace of the lyric poet, Sappho.

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The Salt
4:59 am
Mon June 22, 2015

In Germany, Seasonal Eating As Way Of Life — And Excuse To Celebrate

White asparagus is the preferred variety in Germany, where it's commonly known as "white gold." When the vegetable is in season, there's a flurry of excitement — representative of the nation's enthusiasm for seasonal eating.
John-Erik Jordan

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 11:25 am

You know it's springtime in Germany when eager shoppers ransack the produce aisle of the local supermarket.

In April, it's the rhubarb, in May, it's the peaches and in June, it's the cherries. These fruits only put in a brief appearance while they are in season; the rest of the year, you have to rely on their canned or frozen equivalent.

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