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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Burundi's Army Chief Says Coup Attempt Failed

Men run for cover after they hear gunfire in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Thursday, a day after an army general declared he'd toppled the country's president in a coup.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 12:42 pm

A day after a general in Burundi announced a coup, the country's army chief says the putsch failed amid a split in the military, as sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard in the capital of the central African nation.

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Middle East
4:33 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Violence Reported During Yemen's Humanitarian Ceasefire

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:05 pm

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The Two-Way
5:39 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

5, Including American, Killed In Attack On Kabul Guesthouse

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 8:40 am

Updated at 7:27 p.m. ET

Five people, including an American, are confirmed dead and at least five others wounded in Kabul after an attack by gunmen on a guesthouse popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital. India's ambassador to Kabul said "a few Indian casualties" were among the victims.

The information about the American victim came from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, news organizations said. No other details were provided.

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Europe
4:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

U.N. Envoy: Libya Needs To Find Its Own Solutions To Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 5:56 pm

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Goats and Soda
4:56 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Charities, Locals And Bikers Help Repair Nepal After New Quake

A family sets up a tent for the night in Kathmandu. A second earthquake hit the country just weeks after the first quake struck.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:24 pm

The crows freaked out. The dogs howled. And just as the sun was beginning to set, a second earthquake struck Nepal.

Animals react to earthquakes before they strike. People react after they hit. And in Nepal, Tuesday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake, coming almost three weeks after the April 25 quake, prompted a primal response.

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Africa
3:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Army General Overthrows President Of Burundi In Apparent Coup

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 5:56 pm

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Europe
3:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

European Union Introduces Quota Plan To Address Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 5:56 pm

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Vatican Officially Recognizes State Of Palestine

Pope Francis meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014. The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized today.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 2:43 pm

The Vatican has officially recognized Palestine in a new treaty that switches the Holy See's diplomatic relations from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast unit the document still has to be signed.

The Vatican, in a statement, said the agreement had been concluded and will be "submitted to the respective authorities for approval ahead of setting a date in the near future for the signing."

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Parallels
10:18 am
Wed May 13, 2015

One Woman's Struggle To Survive 'Too Much Vacation' In France

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley with her husband, Ulysse Gosset, and son, Maxime, on a ski vacation in the Alps in February. When she first moved to France, Beardsley enjoyed the frequent holidays. But combined with many school breaks, she and other working parents often find it becomes a burden.
Courtesy of Eleanor Beardsley

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:04 am

May in France is known as the Swiss cheese month because of all the holiday holes in it. There are four national holidays and thus four long weekends. May 1 was the May Day workers' fete, May 8 marked the World War II victory in Europe, and there are two others I'll get to in a moment.

Instead of enjoying the long weekends, I find myself struggling to cope. I imagine working parents in Boston felt this way about snow days this past winter. Paris doesn't get buried in snow. But the holidays — and the school days off — are relentless.

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The Two-Way
10:01 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Nepal Update: Quake's Death Toll Rises; U.S. Chopper Still Missing

A woman in Kathmandu walks past rubble following several massive earthquakes in Nepal. Officials say at least 76 people died in Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake.
Jonas Gratzer Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 10:54 am

Emergency officials in Nepal say at least 76 people have died in Tuesday's earthquake, which hit as the small country is still coping with a prior quake that killed more than 8,000. A U.S. Marine helicopter that had been aiding relief efforts remains missing.

On April 25, a magnitude-7.8 temblor devastated swaths of Nepal. The most recent quake was measured at 7.3, followed by a 6.3 quake half an hour later. Aftershocks continued to strike Wednesday, including at least two that hit shortly after noon, each around magnitude-5.

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