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4:00 am
Sat March 15, 2014

U.S. Ambassador Speaks Pidgin English; Nigerians Love It

James F. Entwistle, the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, speaks pidgin English during an interview with Wazobia FM in Nigeria.
Wazobia FM

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 10:32 am

It's not often that a broadcast interview by a diplomat wows listeners, but a recent conversation involving the American ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, is causing a buzz – and winning applause.

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The Two-Way
5:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

U.S. To Relinquish Remaining Control Of The Internet

A screen shows a rolling feed of new generic top-Level domain names (gTLDs) that have been applied for.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:54 pm

The United States announced its intention on Friday of relinquishing its remaining control of the Internet.

In a statement, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration said it wants to relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

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The Two-Way
4:48 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Boeing 777 Pilots: It's Not Easy To Disable Onboard Communications

In this photo released by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, a patrol vessel of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency searches for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane off Tok Bali Beach in Kelantan, Malaysia, on Sunday.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 6:48 pm

Commercial aviation pilots tell NPR that they would have no idea how to disable all the systems designed to automatically communicate with ground stations, though they could probably figure it out from checklists and other documentation available aboard an aircraft.

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Iraq
3:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Kurdish Ambitions Get A Rude Awakening From Baghdad

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 1:57 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In the rugged mountains of northern Iraq, there are some gleaming new high-rises. They reflect bright sun and also big Kurdish ambitions. The Kurds largely run their own affairs, but their insistence on selling oil without the central government's permission has prompted Baghdad to strike back. The government cut off federal money to the Kurds. NPR's Alice Fordham visited a newly opened five-star hotel in the city of Sulaymaniyah.

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Latin America
3:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Poorest In Caracas Stay Reluctant To Join Venezuelan Protests

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:33 pm

Protests are still roiling Venezuela after a month, but the opposition is having trouble attracting demonstrators from poor neighborhoods. The protests continue to struggle to find broader support.

Europe
3:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Crimeans Divided Over Secession And Soviet Legacy

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 9:34 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The people running Crimea these days have little doubt about the result of this Sunday's referendum. They're confident of getting the majority vote they need to secede from Ukraine. But in a silent protest against the Russian presence, some pro-Ukrainian Crimeans plan to stay home on Sunday. NPR's Gregory Warner reports from Simferopol.

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Europe
3:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

With All Eyes On The East, A Seige Mentality Settles On Kiev

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:33 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

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News
3:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

With Russian Minister, Kerry Kicks A Soccer Ball And Talks Ukraine

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:33 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in London Friday for talks about the crisis in Ukraine.

World Views
2:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

World Views: March 14, 2014

Listen to the entire March 14, 2014 episode.

Joshua Landis joins Suzette Grillot to discuss the continued escalation in Ukraine, and provide an update on Syria as the third anniversary of the country's civil war approaches.

Later, a conversation about Afrocentricity and identity with author, Temple University professor, and activist Molefi Kete Asante.

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World Views
1:59 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Landis: On Syria Anniversary, Very Little To Be Optimistic About

A crowd gathers outside London's National Gallery in Trafalgar Square Thursday for a vigil to mark the third anniversary of the start of Syria's civil war.
Credit Andy Armstrong / Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend marks three years since the first mass protests in Damascus, Aleppo, and Daraa lit kindling of unrest in Syria that eventually ignited a full-scale civil war.

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and the author of the widely-read blog Syria Comment, says countries in the region and the United States now view the Syrian crisis as a counterterrorism problem.

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