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Middle East
4:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Force And Fear In The Air, As Syrian Refugees Go To Polls In Lebanon

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 4:02 pm

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are casting their votes ahead of Syria's presidential election next week. The election is seen as Bashar Assad's rigged bid for legitimacy — but many refugees believe that if they don't vote, they'll never be allowed back home.

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The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

55 Convicted In Public Trial In China's Northwest

Trucks packed with criminals and suspects at a mass sentencing rally at a stadium in Yili, in Xinjiang province, on Tuesday.
China Stringer Network Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 3:35 pm

In a mass trial before thousands of onlookers at a sports stadium, authorities in China's northwestern Xinjiang province convicted and sentenced 55 people on charges of terrorism, separatism and murder, state media report.

The scene, reminiscent of the communist Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and '70s, took place before a crowd of 7,000 spectators. All of the defendants appeared to be from the region's Muslim Uighur community, the BBC says.

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Ukraine Promises To Crush Insurgency; Chechnya Denies Sending Troops

Coal miners rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday. The miners have gone on strike to demand Ukrainian troops and other forces leave the region, where fighting has left dozens dead this week.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Chechnya's leader says the country hasn't sent fighters to join rebels in eastern Ukraine, denying a charge that gained substance after Chechens were reportedly found in the aftermath of recent fighting in Donetsk. Ukraine is continuing its offensive against the rebels.

Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko says he will crush the pro-Russian insurgency, promising to step up operations against armed men who have occupied buildings and set up barricades.

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Asia
6:13 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Being A TV Anchor In Pakistan Is Fraught With Danger

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:57 pm

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And let's turn now to Pakistan. Often the news we hear from there has to do with Taliban militants or U.S. drone strikes. But in this next story, the news is about the news. Television news anchors, to be specific - a relatively new profession in Pakistan, and one that can be unexpectedly dangerous. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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Europe
6:11 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Battle For Donetsk's Airport Claims Many Lives

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:57 pm

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Africa
5:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.N. Peacekeepers In South Sudan Told To Protect Civilians

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:57 pm

The Security Council has voted to change the United Nation's role in South Sudan from nation building to civilian protection. Thousands of civilians have been killed in months of ethnic fighting.

Afghanistan
5:06 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Plans To Leave Residual Force Of Nearly 10,000 In Afghanistan

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:57 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene. Today, President Obama outlined his vision for the nation's foreign policy in a commencement address at West Point. He set the table for that speech with remarks at the White House yesterday, speaking about a country that has been central to U.S. foreign-policy - Afghanistan. The President sketched out his plan to draw down U.S. troops there after more than a decade of war. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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NPR Story
5:01 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Malaysia Makes Public Satellite Data From Missing Jetliner

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:57 pm

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene. It has been almost three months now since a Malaysian Airlines jet disappeared with 239 people on board. Satellite data led authorities to conclude the plane flew for hours and then went down somewhere off the coast of Australia. Yesterday, investigators made that data public for the first time. And joining us in our studio to discuss this is NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel. Geoff, welcome.

GEOFF BRUMFIEL, BYLINE: Hi.

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Law
3:35 am
Wed May 28, 2014

After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy

Tom and Bonnie Lewis were stopped on a trip from Texas to New Hampshire because they were flying along a known drug air route.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:57 pm

Federal border security agents have sharply reduced intercepts of general aviation aircraft, following complaints by pilots that excessive police action at small airports is restricting the freedom to fly.

An official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine Operations told NPR his agency has heard pilots' grievances and the program is being altered so as not to needlessly affront law-abiding pilots.

In recent years, more and more pilots have reported their aircraft stopped for warrantless searches by aggressive officers.

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Parallels
3:25 am
Wed May 28, 2014

In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins

Muslim Rohingya women are pictured at the Thae Chaung camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Myanmar, on April 22. The stateless Rohingya in western Myanmar have been confined to the camps since violence erupted with majority Buddhists in 2012. The camps rely on international aid agencies, but still lack adequate food and health care.
Minzayar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:57 pm

Thirteen-year-old Zomir Hussein lives with his family in a simple wooden home in a village outside the city of Sittwe, the capital of western Myanmar's Rakhine state. Not long ago, he accidentally overdosed on medicine he was taking to treat his tuberculosis.

Now he lies on the floor, his hands curled into claws, his eyes staring vacantly. He cries out to his parents for help. His mother cradles him, and for a moment, he seems to smile.

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