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10:56 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 2:45 pm

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Europe
9:26 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:59 pm

Russia and its tiny neighbor, Estonia, are embroiled in a spy controversy worthy of a John le Carré novel.

Estonia says Russian agents kidnapped one of its intelligence officials in a cross-border raid. Russia says the man was caught spying on its territory.

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Iraq
8:57 am
Sun September 14, 2014

U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

Iraqi troops in Anbar province in June. It's unclear whether Sunnis will join the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State.
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Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 10:56 am

If President Obama's plan to battle Islamic State militants by bringing Iraq's Sunnis on board to fight sounds oddly familiar, that's because it is.

When the U.S. faced a raging insurgency by Sunni militants — then called al-Qaida in Iraq — seven years ago, it recruited local Sunni leaders and paid their tribesmen to fight against those militants.

The effort, dubbed the Awakening, quieted the threat — for a while. But the local leaders who led the tribesmen back then say that this time, the U.S. might have trouble convincing Sunnis to rejoin the fight.

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Sunday Puzzle
7:29 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Puzzle And The Pea

NPR

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 10:56 am

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable "pee" — spelled in any way — but always occurring inside the word, never at the start or end. For example, one saying the same thing again and again would be "repeater."

Last week's challenge: Think of a word starting with T. Drop the T, and phonetically you'll get a new word that's a synonym of the first one. What words are these?

Answer: Twirl / whirl

Winner: Brian Gillis of Evanston, Ill.

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Strange News
7:29 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Police Peg Preschool Pumpkin Pilferers

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 10:56 am

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Business
6:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

'Your Call Is Important ... ' Which Is Why You Hear Music

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 10:56 am

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You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. It can be maddening. You call your doctor, your cable provider, your utility company, and you get sent to hold.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: There are 12 callers ahead of you. (Music playing).

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Digital Life
6:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Gaming Expert: Destiny Is Good, But 'There's Not Much There'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 10:56 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Imagine a world 700 years into the future. Aliens are taking over the galaxy. You are on a mission to save the last city on earth. But...

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEOGAME, "DESTINY")

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Africa
6:48 am
Sun September 14, 2014

USAID Steps Up Building Of New Ebola Treatment Units

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 10:56 am

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Asia
6:48 am
Sun September 14, 2014

As Floodwaters Recede In Kashmir Valley, Anger Grows

Small boats operated by the National Disaster Response Force ferry flood victims in Kashmir on Saturday.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 1:53 pm

The magnitude of the flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir is still unfolding. As scale of the impact becomes clear, the disaster is igniting an angry mood.

The ordeal is stirring the political cauldron of the disputed Himalayan region that is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Parts of the main city Srinagar, population 1 million, remain submerged in water, and residents are missing. Chaotic relief operations, meanwhile, have stoked public anger.

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Race
10:54 am
Sun September 7, 2014

At 11, Marquis Govan Has Some Things To Say About Ferguson

Marquis Govan of St. Louis got interested in politics by going along with his great-grandmother to vote.
Jason Rosenbaum St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 7:54 pm

The St. Louis County Council convened for a regular meeting on Aug. 19. It was only a day after a particularly turbulent night in Ferguson, one filled with protests, tear gas and many arrests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Only a couple dozen people showed up to the council meeting. Three spoke during the public comment section. One was Marquis Govan.

He lowered the microphone to match his 11-year-old height before speaking.

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