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Ethiopia Frees Bloggers But They Are Without Travel Documents
Before President Obama's visit to Ethiopia in 2015, 5 jailed bloggers and journalists were suddenly released from prison ? a show of good faith to the American president. But that release was a ruse.
Hearing Topic For Accused Sept. 11 Mastermind Shifts To Defendants' Rights
At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the focus of a hearing has shifted to a probe of defendants' rights. Five men, accused of planning or supporting the Sept. 11 attacks, claim they've been mistreated in prison.
Low Prices, Foreign Oversupply Hurt U.S. Wheat Growers
The U.S. used to be the leading exporter of wheat but some countries are growing more than enough for themselves and exporting huge quantities. Americans watching gluten have softened demand at home.
U.S. Monitors Iran's Role In Helping Iraqi Fighters Take Back Fallujah
Iraqi forces have launched an operation to take back the city of Fallujah from Islamic State fighters. Steve Inskeep talks to veteran U.S. ambassador Robert Ford, who served in both Iraq and Syria.
Hundreds Of Refugees Die In Recent Mediterranean Shipwrecks
More migrants are trying to reach Europe. Ailsa Chang talks to Christopher Catrambone, of Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a not-for-profit search and rescue organization operating in the Mediterranean.
U.S.-Mexico Border Sees Resurgence Of Central Americans Seeking Asylum
Despite U.S. efforts to staunch the flow, numbers are approaching the crisis of two years ago. U.S. Border Patrol agents say it's diverting resources away from catching drug and human traffickers.
Once A National Hero, Syria's Lone Cosmonaut Is Now A Refugee In Turkey
Mohammed Faris traveled on the Soviet space station nearly three decades ago, becoming so famous that Syria's president was jealous of him. Now he's one of the many Syrians who's fled to Turkey.
Surge Of Migrants Cross Mediterranean Sea From North Africa
In the last week, Italy has rescued more than 10,000 people at sea. The spike appears tied to Africans making the trip from the continent's northern coast, taking advantage of improved weather. But there also are reports smugglers are moving westward from Turkey with the closure of borders in Europe.
Reports Of Brutal Rape In India, Brazil Ignite National Debate
Reports of brutal rape in India and Brazil have touched off national conversations in those countries about violence against women.
Chad's Former President Convicted Of War Crimes In Senegal Trial
Chad's former President Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity, including rape and sexual slavery, during his rule. He has been sentenced to life in prison. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Reed Brody of the Human Rights Watch, who has been working on this case.
Smugglers Modify Routes As EU Works To Stem Flow Of Migrants
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Elizabeth Collett, director of the Migration Policy Institute in Europe, about how the European Union's efforts to stem the flow of migrants to Europe has caused a change in routes for human smugglers.
As The Global Rich Buy Up London Homes, Britons Ask If The Money Is Legit
Many of London's expensive homes are owned by obscure foreign companies. Critics say the city has become a haven for those hiding ill-gotten gains, and the government is starting to respond.
Anti-Islamic State Forces Launch Attack In Effort To Retake Fallujah
The drive to enter Fallujah began at dawn, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition. Aid groups report that thousands of civilians are trapped in the Iraqi city.
Protests, Suspicion In Vietnam Over Government's Response To Fish Kill
While visiting Vietnam last week, President Obama urged the government to ease its crackdown on dissent. But police have used force to break up recent environmental protests.
3 Shipwrecks In 3 Days: 700 People Die Trying To Cross Mediterranean
With warmer weather comes an influx of refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, and a shift in the route they're taking. Over the weekend, hundreds of people drowned.
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Belgium shows off Russian plane intercepts
New photos released by Belgium give a close-up look at some interesting Russian aircraft that Belgian F-16 fighters encountered during a four-month stint as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission.
Putin warns he'll retaliate against U.S. defense systems in Europe
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia will retaliate against the placement of U.S. missiles in nearby countries such as Romania, according to Russia's state-run news agency TASS.
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Last Soviet leader Gorbachev banned from Ukraine
The Ukraine has banned Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, after he came out in support of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Mexican soccer star rescued after being kidnapped
A professional soccer player who was kidnapped in Mexico Saturday night has been rescued by authorities, according to state officials.
Ex-Chad leader sentenced to life for war crimes
An African court on Monday sentenced former Chadian President Hissene Habre to life in prison for crimes against humanity in a landmark case that rights groups say could open the door for more war crimes convictions on the continent.
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The British Royal Navy expects their two new aircraft carriers to be fully operational by 2020.
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Warm seas threaten Great Barrier Reef
Rising sea temperatures have led to mass coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists say.
Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader gets life sentence
An Egyptian criminal court on Monday handed down a life sentence to the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood along with 35 other members of the outlawed Islamist group, a state-run news agency reported.
'Brexit' voices grow louder after Albanian migrant rescue
Eighteen Albanian migrants rescued off Britain's southern coast over the weekend might have thought they were sailing to a new life of opportunity. Instead they have found themselves the latest political football in the contentious debate over whether the UK should leave the European Union.
Iran to Saudis: Our pilgrims will not take part in Hajj
Iran has barred its pilgrims from traveling to Mecca to take part in the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage after accusing Saudi Arabia of failing to guarantee the safety of its citizens.
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If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock you.
Easter Island statues may fall into sea, UN warns
Higher waves caused by a warming planet are chipping away at platforms that have supported some of the famous statues on Easter Island for more than 500 years, according to a United Nations report on cultural heritage sites and climate change.
Dinosaur-killing asteroid affected Antarctic creatures, too
When a catastrophic asteroid hit the planet 66 million years ago, scientists believed that creatures in what we now call the South Pole fared pretty well.
Smithsonian returns Maori remains to New Zealand
The Smithsonian Institution has returned the remains of 54 indigenous people, including four mummified Maori heads, to a New Zealand museum.
Missing journalists in Colombia are in militants' hands, official says
The three journalists who went missing in Colombia within the past week are in the hands of the ELN, or National Liberation Army, a Marxist guerrilla group with a heavy presence in the Catatumbo region, according to a top Colombian official.
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