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Latin America
7:37 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Contraband Venezuelan Food Pours Into Colombia's Markets

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

Shortages of basic foodstuffs have fueled months of protests against Venezuela's socialist government. Some food producers are smuggling food across the border to get higher prices.

Middle East
7:37 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Egypt's Women Face A Struggle No Matter Who Comes To Power

As Egyptians prepare for the presidential election Monday, Egypt's first female presidential candidate Bothaina Kamel says women must pay a price to participate in public life.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 2:05 pm

In 2012, Bothaina Kamel became the first woman to run for president in Egypt. She didn't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, but her candidacy became a powerful symbol.

It wasn't just because she is a woman, but also because she stands for the kind of social change many Egyptians hoped would come after the revolution that removed President Hosni Mubarak from power.

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Middle East
7:37 am
Sun May 25, 2014

El-Sissi Is Clear Front-Runner In Egypt Presidential Contest

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 2:06 pm

Egyptians go to the polls this week, and the front-runner is Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. His supporters say he'll bring order to the country, but others say Mohammed Morsi is still the legitimate president.

Middle East
7:37 am
Sun May 25, 2014

The Pope Walks In Bethlehem, Part Of His 'Pilgrimage For Prayer'

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

Pope Francis visits Bethlehem on Sunday in the middle of a three-day trip to the Middle East. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Emily Harris about the significance of the pope's visit.

Europe
6:57 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Separatists Shut Down Polling Places In East Ukraine Cities

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

Correspondent Peter Kenyon tells NPR's Rachel Martin that voting is brisk in Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine — except in the east, where pro-Russian separatists have shut down polls.

The Two-Way
4:23 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Election Underway In Ukraine, But Blocked In Restive East

A woman holds her ballot in a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Dobropillya.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:45 am

Ukrainians began voting Sunday in a presidential election marred by violence and all but cancelled in eastern cities, where pro-Russian separatists have shut polling places and threatened election officials.

The election is being called the most important for Ukraine since the nation won independence from Moscow 23 years ago, Reuters reported.

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The Two-Way
3:15 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Pope Francis Prays At Wall Separating Israel, West Bank

Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 9:30 am

Update at 9:40 a.m. ET. Pope Prays At Separation Wall:

In what is being characterized as an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis stopped to pray at a wall that separates Israel from the West Bank in the city of Bethlehem on Sunday.

According to The Guardian, Francis prayed for four minutes during the unscheduled stop.

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Opening Mideast Trip, Pope Francis Calls For An End To Syrian War

Pope Francis is greeted by King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania, as they meet in Amman's Al Husseini Royal Palace in Jordan on Saturday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 11:30 am

Pope Francis opened the first leg of his Middle East trip on Saturday by calling for an end to the civil war in Syria and for more religious tolerance across the world.

"Religious freedom is in fact a fundamental human right and I cannot fail to express my hope that it will be upheld throughout the Middle East and the entire world," Francis said.

The Associated Press adds:

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Pakistan's Prime Minister Will Attend India's Narendra Modi's Swearing In

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Oli Scarff AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 11:20 am

Making history, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would travel to New Delhi for the swearing-in ceremony of India's new prime minister.

Narendra Modi, as you might remember, made history on his own when his BJP party drove out of power the party that had long dominated the world's largest democracy.

Sharif's attendance at Modi's swearing in will mark a first for the two countries, historical foes.

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Europe
6:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Helps Fuel Right-Wing EU Candidates

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 1:09 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Voters across Europe are going to the polls this weekend to choose representatives to Europe's Parliament in Brussels. These elections take place every five years, and they can be an important measure of the mood of voters on the continent. This year, right-wing parties are expected to do well, as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

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