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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (center) gestures next to Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis (left) and Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Minister Nikos Voutsis. Voutsis says Greece may miss its next debt payment.
Alkis Konstantinidis Reuters/Landov

Greece is warning that unless it can reach a deal with its creditors, it will be unable to make a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund next month.

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, speaking on Greek television, said bluntly that four installments totally 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion) "will not be given and is not there to be given."

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

Vehicles pass by a landslide area after the earthquake in Gorkha district last week. A fresh landslide in the same area has cut off a major river, threatening villages downstream.
Navesh Chitrakar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:52 am

Hundreds of villagers in Nepal have fled to higher ground after a landslide today cut off the flow of a major river, creating a dam that could burst at any time, inundating towns downstream.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, reports that authorities are warning residents that the blockage of the Kali Gandaki River could burst and that torrents of water could sweep away villages for miles downstream.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," Interior Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

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Latin America
6:38 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli answers questions during an interview at a hotel in Guatemala City in January.
Moises Castillo AP

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli wasn't always rich.

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Martinelli started off as a credit officer at Citibank in Panama. He bought one business, then another. Among his holdings is the country's largest supermarket chain, Super 99, known for bargain prices and catchy jingles.

But while his jingles may get Panamanian's hips moving, Martinelli's alleged pilfering and profiteering make their blood boil.

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Around the Nation
5:36 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

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Europe
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Macedonia Goes On A Baroque Building Binge

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

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Asia
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

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Parallels
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

Mourners attend the May 14 funeral of Hezbollah fighter Ahmad al-Amin in Babliyeh, Lebanon. Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Syrian army and Amin was killed while fighting in Syria's Qalamoun mountains against Nusra Front, al-Qaida's branch in Syria. The Syrian army has suffered multiple setbacks recently, but Hezbollah did help dislodge rebel fighters along the Syria-Lebanon border.
Mohammad Zaatari AP

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

The dirt roads on the border between Syria and Lebanon wind across a mountain range dotted with little wild flowers.

It's windswept and deserted except for a few hilltop outposts with clumps of gray tents, machine-gun nests and flags that fly the green and gold colors of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

These posts are new. In a three-week offensive, Hezbollah has worked with Syrian government forces and other allies to push rebel fighters out of a chunk of territory that the rebels held along this border for two years.

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Research News
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Author Says Researcher Faked Gay Marriage Opinon Study

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

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Middle East
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

As ISIS Expands Its Control, U.S. Policy Is Questioned

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Cleveland Police Arrest Protesters After Officer's Aquittal

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The Two-Way
3:34 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Controversy Follows As Activists Cross North-South Korean Border

Gloria Steinem and South Korean peace activists march along a military fence at a checkpoint after crossing the border separating North and South Korea.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 5:36 am

The much-publicized peace walk across the inter-Korean border was really a bus ride. South Korean immigration officials insisted that a group of 30 international women, including American feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Prize laureates, take a ride across the border for their own safety.

Still, Steinem said, just getting agreement to cross at all — from two nations still technically at war — counts as a win.

"It was an enormous, enormous triumph," Steinem said, after crossing into the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone.

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The Two-Way
12:48 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Dozens Of Cleveland Protesters Arrested After Officer's Acquittal

A protestor films riot police Saturday as they advance on a small march against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a Cleveland patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 7:41 am

Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET

Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests Saturday night as protesters poured into the streets, angry over the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.

Reuters says a total of 71 arrests were made.

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Television
4:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Alfonso Ribeiro Wants To Let 'Funniest Home Videos' Shine

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will host America's Funniest Home Videos for its 26th season starting in the fall.
Sam Diephuis

America's Funniest Home Videos has a new host.

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NPR Story
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Love — And Legalization — Is In The Eire For Irish Same-Sex Couples

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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Environment
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 5:24 pm

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Law
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Simmers In Wake Of Officer's Manslaughter Acquittal

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 4:30 pm

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Afghanistan
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Notes On A Month Spent Embedded In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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Our own producer, Rebecca Hersher, is just back from a six-week reporting trip where she was embedded with the Afghan army. Now she's back with me in the studio. Hi Becky, good...

REBECCA HERSHER, BYLINE: Hi.

RATH: ...To have you back.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Huge Crowd In El Salvador For Beatifcation Of Slain Archbishop

A man holds an image of late Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero during his beatification ceremony at El Salvador del Mundo square in San Salvador, today.
Reuters/Landov

Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by a member of a right-wing death squad, has been beatified in a ceremony in the country's capital today that drew at least a quarter of a million people.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Email Slip Reportedly Reveals United Kingdom Plan For Possible EU Exit

The Bank of England in London in a photograph taken in March. The central bank inadvertently revealed that it was planning for a possible withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union.
Suzanne Plunkett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 2:33 pm

In what is being described as an embarrassing release of a confidential email, the Bank of England may have inadvertently revealed that it is making financial plans for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, should that ever come to pass.

Earlier this month, the newly reelected British Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his party's commitment to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on continued membership in the EU.

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Law
10:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:13 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross, Letterman's Producer

Terry Gross and Marc Maron took the stage at WNYC's RadioLoveFest on May 6. During their conversation, Gross says, Maron "occasionally looked a little nervous or frustrated when he thought I was unforthcoming — or worse yet, being dull --€” but mostly, he looked emotionally present, curious and attentive."
Rebecca Greenfield Brooklyn Academy of Music

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Officer Acquitted In 2012 Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Suspects

Michael Brelo weeps as he hears the verdict in his trial Saturday, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:23 am

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

A judge handed down a verdict of not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter against a Cleveland officer charged in the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — unarmed suspects who were caught in a 137-shot hail of police gunfire following a high-speed chase.

Small protests quickly erupted in Cleveland, but they appeared to be peaceful.

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Dozens Dead In Mexican Shootout Between Gangs, Police

Vehicles burn, that authorities say caught fire during a gunbattle, in a warehouse at Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, on Friday. At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen.
Oscar Pantoja Segundo AP

Forty-two suspected gang members and one Federal Police officer were killed in a shootout at a ranch in western Mexico that is being described as the deadliest such encounter in recent memory.

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Iraq
7:00 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in 2014. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says of the situation in Iraq.
Mark Zaleski AP

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. That attack killed at least 19 and could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

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Europe
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Europe
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Ireland Appears To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Environment
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:48 pm

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Politics
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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Television
6:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

TLC's '19 Kids' Pulled For Sex-Abuse Scandal

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:18 am

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