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5:58 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Balkan Floods Expose Deadly Mines From 1990s Civil War

A map showing a land mine field is seen in the water during heavy floods in the village of Prud, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Tuesday.
Srdjan Zivulovic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:37 pm

Bosnia and Serbia are struggling to recover from the worst flooding in a century, after three months of rain fell in just three days in the Balkan countries.

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The Two-Way
4:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Royal Caribbean Offers 5-Week-Long U.S.-To-China Cruise

This computer-generated image provided by the Royal Caribbean International cruise line shows its forthcoming ship, Quantum of the Seas.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:28 pm

Royal Caribbean says it's offering a 53-day voyage from the U.S. to China to inaugurate its newest giant luxury liner, the Quantum of the Seas, which is scheduled to begin cruises out of Shanghai next year.

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Europe
4:18 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ukraine's Richest Man Pushes Back Against Pro-Moscow Separatists

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:16 pm

There are increasing signs of friction between pro-Moscow separatists and local residents in eastern Ukraine, as some local people demand an end to the violence and lawlessness in the region. Meanwhile, one of Ukraine's richest men has repeated his call for a return to stability, calling on workers to show their support for a unified country.

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Twin Car Bombs Kill More Than 100 In Nigeria

Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, on Tuesday.
Stefanos Foundation AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 6:59 pm

This post was updated at 7:50 p.m. ET.

Two explosions in the central Nigerian city of Jos killed at least 118 people and wounded dozens more on Tuesday, officials said.

The car bombs were detonated about a half-hour apart at a bus terminal and market.

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Asia
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

In A Bid To End Political Impasse, Thai Army Imposes Martial Law

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:16 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish. Thailand's military declared martial law at 3 o'clock this morning local time. The army moves swiftly to consolidate power in what it says is a bid to end the country's political impasse. It also shut down some broadcasters and warned other media against news that might affect national stability. Michael Sullivan has more from Bangkok.

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Asia
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Brash On The Campaign Trail, Modi Steps Into Parliament Humble

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:16 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Narendra Modi will be sworn in Monday as India's next prime minister. Today, the country's president invited him to form a new government. And Modi thanked his Hindu nationalist party for unanimously naming him as their parliamentary leader.

NPR's Julie McCarthy reports his speech was filled with emotion and some surprise.

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Europe
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, a prize that's making a return: the Longitude Prize.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It was set up in 1714 by the British government to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude.

CORNISH: Three hundred years later, there's a video announcing its return.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: We're at the dawn of a new world.

SIEGEL: Its committee is led by Lord Martin Rees, a professor at Cambridge University.

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The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Coup Or Not, It's Business As Usual For Most Thais

Residents stop to take a photo of themselves at a military checkpoint in central Bangkok on Tuesday. Thailand's army declared martial law in a surprise move it says is aimed at quelling political unrest.
Kiko Rosario AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:29 pm

Despite Thailand's declaration of martial law in what the army said was an effort to end political unrest, most Thais were going about life as normal.

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Parallels
12:36 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers

A young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 3, 1989. A deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters who had been occupying Tiananmen Square began the next day.
Jeff Widener AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 4:36 pm

The elderly woman carefully handed over the tissue-thin white paper slip. The flimsy invoice was her son's death notice. The words hurriedly scrawled on it in blue ink — "shot outside and died" — were proof to her of the crimes of the state.

Zhang Xianling's son, Wang Nan, was just 19 years old when he was killed by a single bullet to the head. It was fired by martial law troops sent to clear protesters from Tiananmen Square in the early hours of June 4, 1989.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Third Of French Are On Psychoactive Drugs, Agency Says

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:52 pm

A drug safety agency says that 32 percent of French citizens are regular or occasional users of prescription drugs such as antidepressants and sleeping pills. France's National Drug Safety Agency warns that the pills are prescribed too often.

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