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9:46 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Ukraine Minister Says Talks With Protesters Are 'Futile'

Smoke rises from Independence Square in Kiev, where anti-government protesters are rallying on Saturday.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 2:10 pm

Anti-government protesters in Ukraine seized city hall in the capital, Kiev, as the country's interior minister said two months of efforts to resolve the unrest had been "futile."

Police warned that they might storm the administration building to free two officers they say were captured by demonstrators. Russia Today says three officers were seized and that one of them had been released and hospitalized with a stab wound.

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Middle East
9:43 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Brief Meeting Still Significant For Syria Talks

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 12:14 pm

There were signs of progress at the Syria peace conference Saturday after the government and the opposition agreed to meet in the same room for the first time. Reporter Deborah Amos shares the latest from the talks in Geneva with NPR's Jacki Lyden.

Middle East
9:40 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Aid Organizations Hope Talks Lead To Mobility In Syria

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 12:14 pm

Fighting in Syria has internally displaced some 4 million people, and aid has only reached half of them. Humanitarian groups hope the talks in Geneva will allow them to get more aid into the country. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with Khaled Erksoussi, the head of operations for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

The Two-Way
8:02 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Li Na Wins A Second Grand Slam At Australian Open

Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday.
Rick Rycroft AP

China's Li Na has won her second Grand Slam title in a women's singles victory over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open.

The New York Times reports from Melbourne:

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Middle East
4:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

There's A Whole Lot Of Waste Outside Beirut's Gates

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 pm

Lebanon's stylish capital is looking shabby. Mounds of stinking garbage are piled in Beirut's streets, byproducts of an ongoing political crisis that has paralyzed the government. Angry locals have staged a sit-in outside an overflowing landfill, and waste disposal has ground to a halt. The protesters — and the trash — could be there awhile.

Middle East
4:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

During Syrian Peace Talks, Rival Sides Wage A Media Battle

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 pm

Friday was the first day of negotiations at the Syrian peace conference. There were no direct talks, however. Instead, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi shuttled between government and opposition delegations in separate rooms.

World
4:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Firefighters Search The Ashes After Nursing Home Blaze

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 pm

Firefighters are painstakingly combing the frozen rubble of a nursing home in eastern Quebec. The seniors' residence was quickly engulfed in flames shortly after midnight on Thursday, killing at least five residents and trapping dozens of others.

Europe
4:56 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

From Kiev To The Country At Large, Ukraine Protests May Spread

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 pm

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The Two-Way
3:37 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Pakistani Judge Orders Death For Man Who Claimed To Be Prophet

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:08 am

A mentally ill British national held in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after claiming to be the Prophet Muhammad.

Mohammed Asghar, 69, was arrested in Rawalpindi, near the Pakistani capital Islamabad, in 2010 shortly after returning from a trip to the U.K., where he was treated for paranoid schizophrenia, his lawyer said.

It was then that he allegedly wrote letters to various individuals, including a police officer, claiming that he was the revered prophet of Islam.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Ukraine Protests Spread, But 'Fragile Truce' Holds In Kiev

On Friday in Kiev, a woman knelt as she appealed to Ukranian police troops at the site of clashes with anti-government protesters.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 11:36 am

"Violent protests in Ukraine have spread beyond the capital, Kiev," the BBC writes, as President Viktor Yanukovych and three key opposition leaders meet.

On Friday, according to the BBC, "protesters stormed the governor's offices in Lviv, and there were rallies in at least five more western cities."

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The Salt
10:15 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

Give your liver a break every now and then.
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Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 12:37 pm

As New Year's resolutions go, cutting back on food and drink are right at the top of the list. And while those resolved to change their eating habits may cut the carbohydrates or say a sweet goodbye to sugar, for regular drinkers, the tradition may involve what's known as a dry January: giving up booze for a month.

But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits?

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Fri January 24, 2014

30 Elderly Residents Still Missing After Fire In Quebec

A firefighter walks past what is left of a seniors home in L'Isle Verte, Quebec. At least five people died and 30 are still missing after a fire there. The water used to fight the flames has frozen into ice that is a foot thick in places.
Mathieu Belanger Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 11:38 am

Eight people are known to have died and the families of about 30 others are "bracing for the worst" as the search resumes for victims of Thursday's fire at a home for senior citizens in eastern Quebec.

Correspondent Dan Karpenchuk says in a report for our Newscast Desk that:

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Mediator: Syria, Opposition Will Have Face-To-Face Meeting

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:48 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Deborah Amos reports from the Syria peace talks

Update at 12:36 p.m. ET. A Face-To-Face Meeting:

After arduous talks about talks, there seems to be some kind of breakthrough in Geneva, Switzerland, this afternoon: International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said delegations from the Syrian government and its opposition will meet face-to-face for the first time on Saturday.

According to Reuters, Brahimi told reporters that both sides had accepted the principles of the Geneva Communiqué.

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The Two-Way
6:44 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Mobs Blame Muslim Brotherhood After Bombs Rock Cairo

A man carries an Egyptian police officer to an ambulance after Friday's blast at the Egyptian police headquarters in downtown Cairo.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 11:09 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo

Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: There's been a fourth blast in Cairo. We've added that development to the top of this post.

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Middle East
5:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cynical Syrians Dismiss Peace Talks As Irrelevant

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 am

From a health center on the Syrian-Turkish border full of wounded fighters and civilians, the peace talks in Geneva seem a long way away. Some dismiss them as totally irrelevant to the conflict, saying none of the participants represent them. Others welcome anything that looks like it might bring peace closer.

Middle East
5:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Negotiations Begin At Syrian Peace Talks In Geneva

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 am

After the formal opening of the Syria peace conference in the Swiss resort of Montreux, government and opposition representatives begin negotiations Friday at United Nations headquarters in Geneva. International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is mediating the talks.

Business
5:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Drowning In Debt, Bike Sharing's Bixi Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 am

Montreal-based Bixi, which came up with the bike sharing systems offered in many American cities, has filed for bankruptcy. Renee Montagne talks with Andy Riga of the Montreal Gazette about where things went wrong for Bixi, and the future prospects of its operations in North America.

Middle East
5:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Deadly Explosions Rattle Cairo

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:29 am

There have been three deadly explosions in Cairo on Friday. First, a car bomb targeted Egypt police headquarters in the heart of Cairo. The bombings come on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.

Parallels
3:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals

Shoppers at a department store in Sochi, Russia, pass an information banner with photos of suspected terrorists wanted by police. The color photo shows Ruzanna Ibragimova, the 22-year-old widow of an insurgent. Police say she has been spotted in recent days in central Sochi.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 8:51 pm

Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi.

The suspects are thought to be linked to Islamist militants who are fighting to throw off Russian control and create a fundamentalist Muslim state in Russia's North Caucasus Mountains.

Police have been circulating leaflets at hotels in Sochi, warning about women who may be part of a terrorist plot.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Rat-Infested Ghost Ship Might Be Heading For U.K.

The Lyubov Orlova sits derelict at dockside in Newfoundland in October 2012.
Dan Conlin Wikipedia Commons

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 6:31 pm

A ghost ship full of diseased, cannibalistic rats could be nearing landfall somewhere in the British Isles.

No, it's not the plot for a new horror film. According to The Independent, the 300-foot cruise liner Lyubov Orlova, which has been drifting, crewless, around the North Atlantic for nearly a year since it snapped its towline en route to the scrapyard, might be moving east toward the English coast.

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