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5:22 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Assessing The State Of Human Rights In Iran

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 6:57 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Now, to Iran where last week security forces arrested six young men and women for dancing.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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World
5:22 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

'Chocolate King' Wins In Ukraine, Presidential Exit Polls Show

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 6:57 pm

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

PHOTO: Massachusetts Honors Fallen Vets With 37,000 Flags

Two women sit at the edge of the field of United States flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common in Boston on Sunday.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

A picture that crossed the wire, really struck us today. It shows a sea of American flags planted at the Boston Common.

It's stunning:

According to the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, which plants the flags, it represents the 37,000 Massachusetts residents who have lost their lives in combat since the Revolutionary War.

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Weather Helps Firefighters Gain Control Of Wildfire In Arizona

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:38 pm

We've got some good news out of Arizona today: A wild fire that forced the evacuation of 200 residents is beginning to recede thanks to weather.

Reporter Gillian Ferris in Flagstaff tells our Newscast unit authorities will likely lift a pre-evacuation order for some residents tomorrow. Gillian filed this report:

"Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and scattered rain showers helped suppress activity last night on the Slide Fire, burning between Sedona and Flagstaff.

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Billionaire Poroshenko Claims Victory In Ukraine Election

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 3:15 pm

Exit polls show Petro Poroshenko will have a commanding victory in the first presidential elections held in Ukraine since the government was ousted in a popular uprising.

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

On Memorial Day Eve, President Obama Visits Troops In Afghanistan

President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, center, and Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as he arrives at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, on Sunday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:09 am

(This post was last updated at 2:17 p.m. ET.)

Under the cover of darkness and on the eve of Memorial Day, President Obama landed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit with U.S. troops.

After a concert from country music star Brad Paisley, Obama spoke before a rally of about 3,000 American troops. Currently, there are 32,000 Americans currently serving in Afghanistan.

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

As Protests Continue, Former Thai PM Is Released

Anti-coup protesters hold placards during a gathering at the Victory Monument in Bangkok on Sunday.
Manan Vatsyayana AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 3:14 pm

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released by the military junta that now controls the country, The Wall Street Journal and CNN are reporting.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Hosts Vigil For Victims Of Killing Rampage

A student weeps during a candlelight vigil on Sunday for the victims of a killing spree in Isla Vista, on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 5:31 pm

A day after a gunman went on a killing spree in the college town of Isla Vista, Calif., the community was trying to come to terms with the loss of the victims and the cold, deliberate manner in which the rampage was perpetrated.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports that as the sun went down on Saturday, students and faculty gathered on campus, holding candles and singing "Amazing Grace."

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Around the Nation
8:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Doing The Laundry For Social Good

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 11:51 am

"For-profit, for good" is the mantra of a handful of startups trying to make Philadelphia a social enterprise hub. One of those companies is a bike-delivery laundry service that's now expanding.

Europe
8:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Separatists Shut Down Polling Places In East Ukraine Cities

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 11:51 am

Correspondent Peter Kenyon tells NPR's Rachel Martin that voting is brisk in Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine — except in the east, where pro-Russian separatists have shut down polls.

The Impact of War
8:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Should VA Secretary Shinseki Step Down?

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 11:51 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. This coming week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is expected to update President Obama on a nationwide review on VA facilities. Many VA hospitals have been accused of covering up long wait times for veterans and cooking the books to hide these delays. Shinseki announced yesterday that some VA clinics would enhance their capacity and the administration would also make it easier for veterans to get more of their care from private facilities.

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Around the Nation
8:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

How To Rescue 20 Million Angry Bees

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 11:51 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Every year, millions of commercial honey bees hit the road headed to farms around the country to pollinate crops. Occasionally, there are mishaps like the one that took place this past week in Delaware when a tractor-trailer carrying hundreds of beehives tipped over on the highway.

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Middle East
8:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Egypt's Women Face A Struggle No Matter Who Comes To Power

As Egyptians prepare for the presidential election Monday, Egypt's first female presidential candidate Bothaina Kamel says women must pay a price to participate in public life.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 3:05 pm

In 2012, Bothaina Kamel became the first woman to run for president in Egypt. She didn't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, but her candidacy became a powerful symbol.

It wasn't just because she is a woman, but also because she stands for the kind of social change many Egyptians hoped would come after the revolution that removed President Hosni Mubarak from power.

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Middle East
8:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

El-Sissi Is Clear Front-Runner In Egypt Presidential Contest

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 3:06 pm

Egyptians go to the polls this week, and the front-runner is Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. His supporters say he'll bring order to the country, but others say Mohammed Morsi is still the legitimate president.

Latin America
8:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Contraband Venezuelan Food Pours Into Colombia's Markets

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 11:51 am

Shortages of basic foodstuffs have fueled months of protests against Venezuela's socialist government. Some food producers are smuggling food across the border to get higher prices.

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