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Iraq
7:01 am
Sun June 22, 2014

As Iraq-Syria Borders Blur, Fears Of A Wider Mideast War Grow

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 11:33 am

As Sunni fighters gain more territory, the entire region faces the prospect of a wider conflict. Correspondent Peter Kenyon gives NPR's Lynn Neary an update on the situation in neighboring countries.

Afghanistan
4:36 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

U.N. Official Calls For Calm In Afghanistan After Claims Of Election Fraud

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 5:19 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

In Afghanistan today, supporters of presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, held what they called a national day of protest. They came out to echo Abdullah's charges that last Saturday's presidential run-off vote was rigged against him. Abdullah has since declared that Afghanistan's two electoral commissions are illegitimate and that he will not respect the results that are due early next month. NPR's Sean Carberry reports on the growing political crisis.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

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Middle East
4:36 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

How Militants In Iraq Could Affect U.S.-Iran Relations

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 5:19 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

One of the most surprising developments to emerge from the chaos in Iraq is that the United States is considering working with Iran to stop the advance of ISIS. Vali Nasr is a former senior State Department advisor. He's now the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study. He says the U.S. relationship with Iran is already softening.

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Middle East
4:36 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

ISIS Militants Tap Into 'Certain Rage' In Young Men

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 5:19 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. Another bloody week in Iraq. The Sunni insurgent group known as ISIS consolidated its control in the north and west of the country. Today, there are reports that ISIS has taken control of another border crossing with Syria, allowing the group to transport heavy weapons into the country. On Thursday, the President said that he would send up to 300 military advisors to assist the Iraqi government. But he stood by his earlier decision not to send American troops.

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Latin America
4:36 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed?

The $300 million Arena de Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, is hosting four games of the World Cup. Some say the country should have spent their money on more important things.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 5:19 pm

The U.S. plays Portugal in a key World Cup match on Sunday, and it is in the tournament's most exotic locale: Manaus.

Manaus is a teeming city of nearly 2 million in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. But it's not some remote outpost; it's the sixth richest city in Brazil, thanks to its Free Trade Zone designation bringing big business like Nokia, Honda and Harley-Davidson.

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Middle East
10:52 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Negotiators trying to ensure that Iran has only a peaceful nuclear program have less than a month to reach an agreement. A week of talks in Vienna yielded the potential beginnings of a deal. But thorny problems remain unresolved.

As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, U.S. and Iranian negotiators also spent time fending off questions about the crisis in Iraq.

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The Two-Way
10:44 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Egyptian Judge Confirms Death Sentence Of More Than 180

Relatives of a Muslim Brotherhood member who was sentenced to death react to the verdict outside a courtroom in Minya, Egypt, on Saturday.
Ravy Shaker AP

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 11:26 am

An Egyptian judge has confirmed the death penalty for more than 180 people, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader.

The same judge had originally sentenced 683 people to the death penalty back in April over the attack of a police station that left one officer dead.

The Guardian explains:

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World
10:14 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Having An Army Might Be Practical, But It's Not Obligatory

Monaco, on the French Riviera, is one of several sovereign nations that have no standing army.
Andrew Brooks vis Ozy.com

Even in times of global economic crisis and shrinking national budgets, many countries cling tight to their military forces. Defense spending, for most states, is considered an unavoidable necessity for protecting citizens.

But what if having a military wasn't necessary? There are currently 23 countries in the world that don't have an army, and they seem to get by just fine.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Revelers Greet The Solstice Sunrise At Stonehenge

The sun rises as thousands of revelers gathered at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England, to celebrate the summer solstice on Saturday.
Sang Tan AP

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 9:47 am

Thousands danced and sang and celebrated the sunrise at Stonehenge on Saturday on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The Associated Press said the site was filled with new-agers, revelers practicing yoga, pagans and modern-day Druids — what the Guardian calls a "bogus deep-time tradition."

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Russia Puts Its Troops On 'Full Combat Alert'

Pro-Russian militants take the military oath of allegiance to the so-called People's Republik of Donetsk during the ceremony in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Saturday.
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 12:41 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed his armed forces on "full combat alert," the state-run news agency ITAR-Tass reports.

According to the news agency, that means the country will assess the "... troops' time standards and ability to fulfill combat readiness posture tasks. Later on, the troops will be taken to training ranges for exercises."

All of the troops are expected to be back at their bases by July 1.

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