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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kerry Visits Kurds To Urge A United Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry (second from left) arrives at Irbil International Airport with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Robert Stephen Beecroft (fourth from left) on Tuesday. The president of Iraq's ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that "we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq."
Brendan Smialowski AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:15 am

Secretary of State John Kerry talked to Kurdish leaders in Irbil today, urging them to keep the autonomous region as part of Iraq. Kerry's visit came as the Sunni extremist group ISIS says it has cemented control of Iraq's largest oil refinery, and as sectarian divisions are threatening to pull Iraq apart.

Kerry is now on his way to Brussels, after assuring Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq that there would be "sustained and intense" support to Iraq to help it counter rapid advances by Sunni militants in recent weeks.

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Iraq
5:41 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kerry's Iraq Mission Takes Him To Kurdistan

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:10 am

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Iraq
4:12 am
Tue June 24, 2014

In Iraq, Shiites Take Up Arms Against Sunni Militants

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:10 am

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. You know, years ago I was talking with a man in Baghdad. It was amid the chaos and the warfare following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. And the Iraqi man said it took us 35 years to get this way and it will take 35 years to change.

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NPR Story
4:07 am
Tue June 24, 2014

How Much Does Iran Dominate Iraq's Government?

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:10 am

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Next, let's try to make sense of the warring sides in Iraq. Sunni Muslim extremists have captured much of that country. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was in Baghdad yesterday seeking ways to help the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.

On this program yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, suggested neither side is much worth helping.

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Parallels
2:40 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

Cuban entrepreneur Barbara Fernandez Franco oversees two employees in the small living room of her home in Havana, the Cuban capital. Her boyfriend, Michel Perez Casanova (right), works in the tourism industry but also helps with her business.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:57 am

When Americans think of business in Cuba, they think of government-owned enterprise. And the vast majority of Cubans do work for the state.

But in recent years, private business owners known as cuentapropistas have flourished on the island.

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The Salt
2:28 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

Blue agaves grow in a plantation for the production of tequila in Arandas, Jalisco state, Mexico, in December 2010. In the past 20 years, tequila has become fashionable all over the world, demonstrating that producers' international sales strategy has been a great success.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:54 pm

The Mexican town of Tequila in the western state of Jalisco is the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit. Any bottle of tequila must be made from the Weber Blue species of agave, grown and distilled in this region.

Field after field of agave gives this land a blue hue, defining an economy and its traditions.

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NPR Story
2:26 am
Tue June 24, 2014

With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market

A man stands in line at Miami International airport to board a charter flight to Havana, Cuba. Travelers often fly to Cuba from the U.S. with piles of goods, despite a decades-long trade embargo.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:38 am

Every day, you can see signs of a subtle change in relations between Cuba and the U.S. at Miami International Airport.

More Cubans than ever before are coming to the U.S. to visit, and the number of Cuban-Americans traveling back to the island is also at record levels. With all the visitors, money and goods are now traveling to the island from the United States.

It's a legal loophole in the 50-year-old trade embargo — one that's having a real impact on Cuba's economy, and allowing Cuban-Americans to become investors in Cuba's emerging private sector.

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The Two-Way
8:31 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

AP: Parts Of Irish 'Mass Graves' Story Exaggerated By Media

The Associated Press today offers "a more sober picture" than it and other news organizations (including NPR) did earlier this month regarding reports of nearly 800 bodies of infants and young children at a former Catholic home for unwed mothers in Ireland.

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Shots - Health News
6:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

As Heart Attacks Rise In China, So Does Attention To Quality Of Care

Patients who had suffered heart attacks rest while being observed in the emergency room of a heart hospital in Beijing in 2011.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:28 pm

Over the past several years, I've had the opportunity to be involved in a remarkable project in China. With the publication of a paper in The Lancet today that details the nation's performance in the care of patients with severe heart attacks, a pivot to include quality in addition to access to care in their health care reform has begun.

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The Two-Way
5:16 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Pro-Russian Separatists To Join Ukrainian Cease-Fire

Alexander Borodai, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," attends a news conference in Donetsk on June 21. Borodai announced Monday that his forces would honor a temporary Ukrainian cease-fire.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 6:29 pm

In a potential de-escalation in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, the insurgents now say they will join Kiev in observing a temporary cease-fire.

The BBC reports that the rebel announcement was made in Donetsk by Alexander Borodai, a leader of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic."

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