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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Iraq, Iran Push Back Against Defense Secretary's Comments On Iraqi Forces

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:19 am

Updated at 1:04 p.m. ET

Iraq and Iran are refuting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter's assertion that Iraqi forces lacked the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State, resulting in the loss last week of Anbar Province and its capital, Ramadi.

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, told The Associated Press that Ramadi's loss was due to mismanagement and poor planning by some senior military commanders.

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The Two-Way
9:53 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

A Malaysian forensic team personnel handles bags of human remains found at abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian on Monday.
Joshua Paul AP

Police in Malaysia say they have uncovered more evidence of human smuggling, with the discovery of at least 139 graves along the country's border with Thailand.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Ex-Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Corruption Trial

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman.
Heidi Levine Reuters/Landov

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who as recently as 2009 led his country, was sentenced Monday by a Jerusalem court to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter.

As we reported in March when Olmert was convicted in the case:

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Interviews
9:03 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 1:25 pm

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. I hope you’ve been having a good Memorial Day weekend. Today, we’re going to hear my recently-recorded interview with composer Philip Glass.

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Europe
7:01 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Italian Bakery Confuses Birthday Cake Order

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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NPR Story
5:57 am
Mon May 25, 2015

With Limited U.S. Troops, Afghan Forces Take The Brunt In Fight Against Taliban

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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Sports
5:29 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Action Begins At French Open, Tennis' Second Grand Slam

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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Remembrances
5:26 am
Mon May 25, 2015

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies At 86

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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Religion
5:16 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Examining Catholicism's Controversial Liberation Theology

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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Latin America
5:10 am
Mon May 25, 2015

El Salvador's Slain Archbishop Romero Moves A Step Closer To Sainthood

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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Europe
5:03 am
Mon May 25, 2015

From 'Occupying' A Spanish Bank To City Hall: Barcelona's New Mayor

Ada Colau (center), leader of the Barcelona en Comú party, celebrates in Barcelona during a press conference following the results in Spain's municipal and regional elections on May 24. She is the first member of Spain's indignados protest movement to win public office.
Quique Garcia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 9:55 am

One of the most-tweeted photos in Spain these days shows riot police hauling away Ada Colau. The image is from July 2013, when the anti-poverty protester was trying to "occupy" a Barcelona bank that was foreclosing on homes.

The caption added by Twitter users: "Welcome, new mayor."

Colau is the first of the indignados, or angry ones — Spain's Occupy movement — to win office. She narrowly defeated Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias in local elections Sunday.

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Asia
5:03 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Malaysian Police Discover 139 Graves; May Contain Migrants' Remains

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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NPR Story
5:03 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Trial In Iran Nears For 'Washington Post' Reporter Jason Rezaian

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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NPR Story
5:03 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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Parallels
4:29 am
Mon May 25, 2015

An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

Surfer Alexis Gazzo (left) is helping train specialized lifeguards who will survey the waters around popular beaches in Reunion for sharks. Shark attacks have gone up sharply along the coast of the Indian Ocean island, with seven people killed in recent years.
Emma Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 2:56 pm

The 850,000 people who live on the island of Reunion, which lies east of Madagascar, depend on the Indian Ocean that surrounds them. Many homes are near the sea. The beaches attract tourists.

But the ocean has also become a source of dread for this French island. Since 2011, sharks have attacked 16 people, killing seven of them. It's a sharp jump from previous years and has left islanders at a loss as to why.

Bishop Talon, 22, was attacked off a beach called Étang-Sale in February. She died a few hours later from her injuries.

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Parallels
3:59 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

Haneen Radi, an Arab Israeli, wants to organize a marathon for her town of Tira, but was told the run couldn't include women. When she insisted, she received threats, and the back window of her car was shot out.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

Haneen Radi learned to run by walking.

"I used to walk," says the 36-year-old mother of four. "I saw people running and said, I'll try that."

Radi took off. In the decade since then she's finished eight marathons, and she now coaches a girls' running club with 80 members.

"I'm another person when running," Radi says. "I'm happy, I'm smiling."

A few months ago, Radi decided to organize a marathon in Tira, her hometown in northern Israel.

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Shots - Health News
3:37 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:35 pm

American medicine is heading into new terrain, a place where a year's supply of drugs can come with a price tag that exceeds what an average family earns.

Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts says last year more than half a million Americans racked up prescription drug bills exceeding $50,000.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

First Listen: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, 'Django And Jimmie'

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's new album, Django And Jimmie, comes out June 2.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Love your old uncles while you have them. Mine used to hang around near the drinks table at family gatherings, comparing the weird bumps growing on their ears, sharing jokes they'd learned in the Army, and blowing the kids away with stories culled from decades' worth of interesting exploits. Most have gone to the next beyond by now, but I hold my uncles' devil-may-care spirit close to my heart. People have a lot to learn from those among them who've lived long enough to not worry about any particular outcome.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

First Listen: Algiers, 'Algiers'

Algiers' self-titled debut comes out June 2.
Courtesy of the artist

On the surface, punk and gospel might appear to be on different ends of the musical spectrum — one given to loud guitars, screams and nihilism, the other to solemnity, its sanctified voices professing the deepest of beliefs. One seeks to raze tradition, the other to embrace it. But as compilations like Goodbye, Babylon, the Rev.

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