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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Separatists In The East

Ukrainian soldiers stay near a checkpoint they seized not far from Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Friday. Ukrainian officials say two helicopters were shot down during an "anti-terror" operation against pro-Russia separatists.
Roman Pilipey EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:12 pm

Ukrainian forces have launched what appears to be a major operation to rout pro-Russia forces from occupied government buildings in the country's east. Two helicopters were shot down by separatists, killing the pilots, both sides report.

The move is being described by Ukraine as an "anti-terror" operation in the Slovyansk-Kramatorsk region.

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Africa
6:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Fate Of Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls Remains Unknown

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And in Nigeria, there is still no word on the fate of more than 200 schoolgirls still in captivity after being kidnapped from a boarding school. In the two weeks since the all-girls school was attacked in the country's remote northeast, anguished parents and families have turned against a military which has been unable to rescue their daughters.

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Africa
4:40 am
Fri May 2, 2014

USAID: War Puts South Sudan Closer To Humanitarian Disaster

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. This next conversation underlines the human cost of civil war in South Sudan. Secretary of State Kerry is in that country today. He wants the president and former vice president to stop fighting. Kerry at least wants armed groups to allow in boatloads and truckloads of food. We spoke with Rajiv Shah of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which a famine early warning system.

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Crisis In Eastern Ukraine Takes A Deadly Turn

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. The crisis in eastern Ukraine took a deadly turn this morning. Pro-Russian gunmen in the town of Slovyansk have shot down at least two Ukrainian helicopters. Two Ukrainian troops are believed to have been killed when those helicopters crashed. The Ukrainian government also says that it has captured 10 pro-Russian checkpoints on the outskirts of Slovyansk and that it's surrounded the city.

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Parallels
2:42 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos

The women of the Afghan National Cycling Federation team train outside Kabul, the capital. They face poor road conditions, terrible traffic, lots of gawking and even threats of violence in pursuit of their sport.
Peter Breslow NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

On a recent day, just west of Kabul — where the city's sooty sky gives way to fresher air — Abdul Sadiq coaches four young members of the Afghan National Cycling Federation. They're working on their riding technique while dodging the free-form traffic.

"The road is very narrow. Make sure you don't get into an accident, as you can see the cars are coming," the former competitive cyclist tells them, amid zooming vehicles and honking horns.

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Europe
4:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

France's Far-Right's High Hopes On May Day Display

Hundreds of supporters of France's far-right National Front political party attend the party's annual May Day rally in front of the Paris Opera on Thursday.
Charles Platiau Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:32 pm

Decked out in red, white and blue clothing, and waving flags and banners, thousands of supporters of the far-right National Front party marched through central Paris on Thursday — known as May Day or International Workers Day — to hear charismatic leader Marine Le Pen. The traditional gathering began, as always, at a gilded statue of Joan of Arc, where Le Pen laid a wreath.

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Europe
3:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

In Shadow Of Ukraine, A Return To Rivalry Between NATO And Russia

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:32 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We have to begin to view Russia no longer as a power but as more of an adversary - those are the words today of Alexander Vershbow, the deputy secretary-general of NATO. We, in this case, means NATO, and few people are as experienced when he is when it comes to the alliance and the Russians. Before becoming the number two man at NATO, he was U.S. ambassador to the alliance and then U.S. ambassador to Russia. And he joins us now. Alexander Vershbow, welcome to the program.

ALEXANDER VERSHBOW: Good to be here.

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Africa
3:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Kerry Announces Progress Toward Peacekeeping Force In South Sudan

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:32 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

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Middle East
3:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

In Rubble Of Middle East Peace Talks, Kerry Seeks Way Forward

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:32 pm

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This is a challenging time for Secretary of State John Kerry. His Middle East peace process has collapsed. He's also taking a lot of heat for suggesting that Israel could become an apartheid state if it doesn't negotiate with the Palestinians on two states for two peoples. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on how Kerry is trying to dig out.

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Europe
3:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

For Separatists, Ballots Are On Their Way — But Plans Are Still Pending

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:32 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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