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Packs Of Teens On Bikes Join Volunteer Effort After Mexico Earthquake

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:18 -0400

A strong, new earthquake shook Mexico today, causing even more alarm in a country reeling from the powerful quake earlier in the week which killed hundreds. All week, thousands of volunteers raced to the sites of collapsed buildings to save those trapped in the rubble. Among them, a group of cyclists delivering aid to rescue workers.



Far-Right German Group Sees Last-Minute Bump In Polls Before Sunday's Election

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:00 -0400

All indicators in Sunday's elections point to an easy fourth-term win for Chancellor Merkel, but the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany, or AfD, is expected to enter Parliament for the first time.



On The Eve Of A National Election, Germans Continue To Grapple With Identity

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:25:56 -0400

German voters will most likely re-elect the same woman who has led Germany for the past 12 years. The question of German identity, however, could remain at the center of political debate.



Earthquake In North Korea Sets Off Alarm And Speculation

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:40:16 -0400

The quake occurred close to the site where the country detonated a hydrogen bomb earlier this month.



Puerto Rico Update: How One NGO Is Helping The Island Rebuild After Hurricane Maria

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:29:16 -0400

Michael Fernandez, executive director of CARAS, a nonprofit based in Puerto Rico, speaks with NPR's Scott Simon from the island, where he's aiding in the disaster recovery efforts.



Mother And Daughter Who Opposed Bashar Assad Regime Killed In Turkey

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:03:53 -0400

Police found the bodies of Orouba Barakat and her daughter, Halla, a U.S. citizen, in their Istanbul apartment. Their deaths have left family and the wider dispersed Syrian community in fear.



Deportation As An Election Issue In Germany

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:26 -0400

A top campaign issue in Germany's election is the deportation of migrants who are considered dangerous or who don't qualify for asylum. Germany's broken deportation system will make that difficult.



When It's Time To End Search And Rescue Efforts

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:26 -0400

Rescue workers in Mexico pulled people out alive of a textile factory more than two days after the building collapsed in the earthquake. But at some point the decision will be made to stop the search.



Is Tegel Airport To Be Or Not To Be? That Is The Question, For Berlin

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:00:30 -0400

On Sunday — the same day as the German national election — Berliners will vote on whether to keep their city airport when a new one opens just south. Tegel Airport has fierce defenders — and critics.



In German Election, Campaign Posters Are More Important Than TV Ads

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:01:13 -0400

The poster tradition dates back hundreds of years and serves as an equalizer in modern-day German elections. But some of today's messaging has been provocative to the point of causing offense.



China Moves To Limit Fuel, Textile Trade With North Korea

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:48:31 -0400

China accounts for the vast majority of North Korea's trade. President Trump has accused China of not doing enough to push back North Korea's nuclear program.



Soldiers Descend On Rio 'Favela' As Shootouts Erupt

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:35:00 -0400

The operation was prompted by an apparent war among drug lords. Residents were forced to dive for cover on the floors of their homes as several hundred well-armed gangsters roamed the streets.



An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:23:00 -0400

Each year, law students argue hypothetical, futuristic case that takes place in space. This year, it's about who pays when two machines collide on the moon.



Estonian President Says Russia's Show Of Force Raises Issues Of 'Transparency, Trust'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid about military exercises Russia carried out this week near Estonia's border, and what they mean for security in the region and for NATO.



Mexico Continues To Dig Out From 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400

Much of the damage and casualties from Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake have been in Mexico City. We hear from survivors, rescuers and those waiting to hear word of their loved ones.