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4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Pakistan Steps Up Pressure On Afghan Taliban

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 7:42 am

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

President Obama Meets With Arab Allies At Camp David

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 8:35 pm

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World
4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Ice Cold U.S., Russia Relations Put Strain On Nuclear Agreements

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:48 am

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All Tech Considered
4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

Shoppers view and take photographs of humanoid robot "Chihira" at the information reception desk of Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.
Chris McGrath Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 3:15 pm

The latest robot sensation in Japan is so lifelike that when she was on the floor of a Tokyo department store recently, she was confused for a human being. The new humanoid's name is Aiko Chihira, and she was working in customer service, clad in a traditional silk kimono.

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Goats and Soda
4:38 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Baltimore Artist Helps Turn Liberian School Into A Mural Masterpiece

David "Nanook" Cogdill, an American street artist, came to Liberia to create a welcoming mural for a school that had been damaged by riots during the Ebola outbreak.
M. Holden Warren for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 5:50 pm

Once the scene of tragedy, a school in the West Point slums of Liberia is now a work of art — and it's an international affair. Street artists from Baltimore collaborated with Liberian artists to create murals on the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi Elementary and Junior High School.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Obama Tries To Calm Arab Fears Over Iran Talks

President Obama sits with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, left center, Secretary of State John Kerry, right center, and other Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David, Md., on Thursday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 6:00 pm

President Obama assured allies in the Persian Gulf the U.S. would stand by them in the event of an external attack, tried to assuage their fears over U.S. talks with Iran over its nuclear program and said he shared their concerns about the Islamic republic's "destabilizing actions in the region."

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The Two-Way
2:06 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

What NATO Diplomats Do On Their Downtime: Sing 'We Are The World'

Reuters via YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 9:35 am

NATO foreign ministers in Antalya, Turkey, were persuaded at the end of their meeting this week to come up on stage for a rendition of "We are the World."

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Greece Says It Won't Take U.K. To Court For Return Of Elgin Marbles

The headless, reclining sculpture of the river god Ilissos is on display at the State Hermitage Museum as part of its 250th anniversary celebration in St. Petersburg in December. The sculpture, taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago, was on loan to Russia from the British Museum.
Grigory Dukor Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:42 am

Greece has backed off a threat to sue the United Kingdom for the return of the Elgin Marbles, a set of sculptures dating to 400 B.C. that were removed from the Parthenon 200 years ago and have been in the British Museum ever since.

Greece's Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis said Athens would pursue the matter through "diplomatic and political" channels rather than take it to the International Court of Justice.

"One cannot go to court over whatever issue. Besides, in international courts the outcome is uncertain," Xydakis told the country's Mega TV.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

VIDEO: Migrants Adrift In Andaman Sea After Thailand Turns Them Away

Migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh are on an abandoned boat drifting in the Andaman Sea close to Malaysia and southern Thailand on Thursday.
EPA /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:40 pm

Boatloads of migrants fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh who were turned away by authorities in three countries are adrift in the Andaman Sea near Thailand.

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Thailand is the latest country to turn them away — after Malaysia and Indonesia did the same this week. An estimated 6,000 to 20,000 migrants are at sea in the region.

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Goats and Soda
11:43 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Nepal's Peaceful Revolution: Citizens Rise Up To Aid Mountain Villages

A bed and breakfast called Yellow House has become the headquarters of a new citizen-run aid group. Above, tarps are stacked up in the courtyard and ready to move out.
Donatella Lorch for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:54 pm

Nepal's mountains are achingly beautiful. And extraordinarily dangerous.

Since April 25, when a 7.6 magnitude earthquake tore through central and eastern Nepal, the most affected were the hamlets, villages and towns in Nepal's Himalayan steep foothills. These have become more inaccessible than ever, places of death, dread and fear.

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