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1:42 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Now That Russia Has Crimea, What Is Moscow's Plan?

Crimea's new prime minister, Sergei Aksyonov (right), and the speaker of the legislature, Vladimir Konstantinov, attend a rally at Red Square in Moscow on March 18, the day Russia annexed the territory. Russia is pumping billions into Crimea after taking it from Ukraine. However, corruption has been a major problem in Crimea.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 6:58 pm

Less than three months after Russia annexed Crimea, Moscow is committing billions of dollars in aid and tax breaks to make the Black Sea peninsula a showcase of development.

But there's at least one major problem: The region has a deeply ingrained reputation for corruption and organized crime, a reputation that already taints some of the region's newest leaders.

After Russian troops seized control of the Crimean parliament in February, one of the first leaders to emerge was a 41-year-old businessman and politician named Sergei Aksyonov.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Claims Of Mass Graves Spur Calls For Inquiry In Ireland

Leinster House is home to the upper house of the Irish parliament. Some members are calling for an investigation into children's deaths and burials at church-run homes.
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 6:27 am

Earlier this week, we told you about allegations that children who died at a former home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland, may have been buried in a mass grave. Irish lawmakers are now calling for a full investigation, RTÉ reports.

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The Two-Way
11:17 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Suspected Gunmen Arrested After 3 Canadian Mounties Are Killed

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:45 am

Updated 3:30 a.m. ET Friday:

Authorities in New Brunswick, Canada, have arrested a man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Wednesday. Two other Mounties were wounded. A spokesman for the RCMP says 24-year-old Justin Bourque was arrested early Friday. A motive for the shooting is unknown.

Original Post:

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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Pope Replaces Financial Watchdog's Board

Pope Francis
Gregorio Borgia AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 12:41 pm

Pope Francis has replaced the Vatican's five-member financial watchdog with a new team from four countries.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Thu June 5, 2014

In A First For Britain, A Secret Trial For Terrorism Suspects

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Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:23 am

There are terrorism-related trials with secret testimony and secret evidence, but an upcoming trial in Britain goes beyond all that. It's so secret that little is known about the case — except that it involves terrorism.

NPR's Ari Shapiro is reporting on the trial, which starts June 16, for our Newscast unit. Here's his report:

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Parallels
9:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Riding 'The Beast' Across Mexico To The U.S. Border

Migrants arrive at a rest stop in Ixtepec, Mexico, after a 15-hour ride atop a freight train headed north toward the U.S. border on Aug. 4. Thousands of migrants ride atop the trains, known as La Bestia, or The Beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to the U.S.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:39 am

There's a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants whose aim is to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children — both with adults and alone — have been making the risky journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Body Found Miles From Sunken South Korean Ferry

In late April, rescue workers surrounded the area where the South Korean ferry Sewol sank. The body of a victim was recovered Thursday about 25 miles from this site.
Nicolas Asfouri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 9:19 am

The body of a victim in the South Korean ferry disaster was retrieved Thursday, bringing the death toll to 289.

The remains were recovered 25 miles from the capsized vessel, according to The Associated Press. Fingerprints identified the body as that of a passenger who had been traveling with his family. His wife and 11-year-old son were previously found dead; his 7-year-old son was rescued, according to the wire service.

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Central African Republic Bans Texting, Citing Need For Order

A Muslim shopkeeper uses a mobile phone in front of his shop in the PK5 district of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on April 30. The nation, which struggles with conflict between Christian and Muslim militias, banned texting on Monday.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

The Central African Republic is an impoverished, troubled country. Yet many people have cell phones that are used to spread information, rumors — and to organize protests.

Authorities have now instructed cell phone providers to suspend all text message services, a ban prompted after a group attempted to organize a civil disobedience campaign through SMS messages.

Text messaging has not worked since Monday, Reuters reports.

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Europe
6:53 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Cave-Dwelling In Spain Offers A Welcome Inconvenience

Cave dwellings, inhabited for centuries, are perched on hillsides in Spain's Granada province.
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Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 12:13 pm

Have you ever fantasized about getting away from it all — going somewhere without smartphones, computers or Twitter?

Tuning out from technology can be challenging, but for the truly daring, there is an even more radical solution. In southern Spain, thousands of people live completely unplugged — in caverns.

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Europe
5:25 am
Thu June 5, 2014

70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans

U.S. World War II veteran Arden C. Earll, 89, of Erie, Pa., landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, with the 29th Infantry Division. A crowd applauds as he arrives at a ceremony in honor of the division Wednesday in La Cambe, France, as part of the commemoration of the 70th D-Day anniversary.
Claude Paris AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:40 am

Germaine and Lucien Rigault, 86 and 89 years old, respectively, lean out their first-floor window, watching people go by. They were here in the tiny French hamlet of La Cambe on June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control during World War II.

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