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3:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 6:38 pm

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

3 Of Pope's Family Members Die In Traffic Accident In Argentina

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass of reconciliation in Seoul's main cathedral on Monday. The wife and children of Francis' nephew have died after a car accident in Argentina, the Vatican reports.
Gregorio Borgia AP

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:35 pm

Three of Pope Francis' family members have died in a traffic accident in Argentina. The wife of the pope's nephew and her two young children were killed, and the pope's nephew was "seriously injured," according to Vatican Radio.

Pope Francis said he was "profoundly saddened" by the news and asked that "all those who share in his grief join him in prayer."

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Castro's Niece Casts Rare 'No' Vote In Parliament, Citing Gay Rights

In what could be a first, Mariela Castro (center), daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, voted against legislation in the country's parliament. In May, she marched in a parade for the International Day Against Homophobia in Havana.
Franklin Reyes AP

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:18 pm

Cuba's parliament isn't big on dissent. Most legislation that makes it to a vote is endorsed unanimously, as a matter of course. But Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro — and the niece of Fidel Castro — is making waves by voting "no" on a workers' rights bill, saying it didn't protect people with unconventional gender identities.

It seems that before the December 2013 vote was publicized recently in a Cuban blog, no one could recall anyone voting against a measure in Cuba's legislature. Some say a dissenting vote has simply never happened in Havana.

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Goats and Soda
10:53 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Out, Out, Damned Ebola: Liberia Is Obsessed With Hand Washing

NPR's Ebola coverage team brought a lot of cleaning equipment — not because they planned to go into risky places but because you can never be too careful. The boots are very handy and can be washed with chlorine. Wearing surgical gloves reminds our correspondent not to touch her face.
Ryan Kellman NPR

"I feel like Lady MacBeth, constantly scrubbing my hands," says Nurith Aizenman, global health correspondent for NPR. She arrived in Liberia this week as part of a team covering the Ebola outbreak. In the capital of Monrovia, hand washing is an obsession, not just for her but for many of the city's nearly one million residents.

So you've told me that you're hearing lots of hand washing stories.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87

Simin Behbahani during an August 2007 news conference in Tehran.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:19 pm

NPR senior producer Davar Ardalan spoke with Simin Behbahani in June 2009 and has this remembrance:

One of Iran's most vocal and outspoken poets died this morning in Tehran at the age of 87. Known as the "Lioness of Iran," Simin Behbahani reportedly had been in a coma for more than two weeks.

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Wreck Of World War II-Era U.S. Ship Dubbed 'Galloping Ghost' Is Found

Deputy Chief of Mission (Jakarta, Indonesia) Kristen Bauer (top left), Capt. Richard Stacpoole (top right), and Marine Lt. Col. Miguel Avila pass a wreath to sailors assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One, during a wreath-laying ceremony for the sunken Navy vessel USS Houston.
Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Christian Senyk U.S. Navy

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:52 pm

The USS Houston sank during World War II after being hit by the Japanese, killing 700 sailors and Marines. Now, more than 70 years later, U.S. and Indonesian divers have confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea was the wreck of the ship dubbed "The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast."

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The Two-Way
7:33 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Israel Resumes Gaza Strikes After Rocket Attacks

Smoke is seen after what witnesses said was an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Tuesday. Israel launched attacks in the Gaza Strip and recalled its negotiators from truce talks in Cairo after saying three Palestinian rockets had hit southern Israel, hours before a cease-fire was due to expire.
Suhaib Salem Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:05 pm

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

Israel said today that it had resumed targeting "terror sites" across the Gaza Strip after renewed rocket attacks on the Jewish state. The resumption of violence casts doubts about the future of indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians to stop the fighting between the two sides.

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Parallels
7:09 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Europe's Latest Grass-Roots Movement: Cannabis Social Clubs

Eliane Detraz, a 42-year-old Swiss national member of the Sibaratas Med Can club, rolls a joint at the plantation of the association in Spain's Canary Islands in April 2013.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 12:46 pm

Gabriela walks into a large, dimly lit apartment, goes to a counter, buys a bag of sativa and sits on the sofa with her friends, joint in hand, like in Amsterdam. Except this is not Amsterdam. This is Barcelona, and the open sale of marijuana is illegal.

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Goats and Soda
6:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Marqui Ducarme is aided by his wife after catching chikungunya at his home in Port-au-Prince, May 23. The virus swept through Haiti this spring, infecting more than 40,000 people.
Marie Arago Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:16 pm

Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere this year. About 600 Americans have brought the virus to 43 states.

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Middle East
5:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Islamic State Militants Add To Fears Syrians Face From Assad Regime

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 6:35 am

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In Iraq, U.S. airstrikes have helped push militants known as the Islamic State back from a strategic dam in the north of the country. But they still control the city of Mosul.

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