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The Multiplex And The Plane: China's Moves In Surrounding Seas Raise Eyebrows

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:59:57 -0400

In the past week, China has pressed its territorial claims in the South and East China seas, opening a cinema on a disputed island and intercepting a U.S. surveillance plane in an "unsafe" encounter.



For South Korea's LGBT Community, An Uphill Battle For Rights

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:47:00 -0400

This month's pride celebration in Seoul drew more people than ever. But protesters also showed up in force. Christian activists insist the socially conservative country won't accept sexual minorities.



Israel Dismantles Controversial Metal Detectors At Jerusalem Holy Site

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:19:00 -0400

It remains to be seen whether Muslim worshippers will accept the "advanced technology" that Israel plans to implement in their place, after days of protest over the security measures.



Iran's Enormous Book Garden In Tehran Houses More Than Just Books

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Bloomberg reporter Golnar Motevalli, who explains why Iran — a country better known for its censorship — has built what it claims is the world's largest bookstore in Tehran.



Iraqi Civil Defense Workers Recover The Dead From Mosul Battles

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

They do their work without having been paid for years. Many had to live under ISIS. The number of civilians killed by ISIS or by mortar and air strikes from U.S. and Iraqi forces still isn't known.



House Expected To Pass Russia Sanctions Bill

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The House is slated to vote Tuesday on bipartisan legislation to limit the Trump administration's ability to lift sanctions on Russia. Rachel Martin talks to Representative Will Hurd of Texas.



Fox News And 'New York Times' Clash Over Paper's ISIS Reporting

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The New York Times and Fox News are engaged in a spat over the cable network's accusations that the paper's reporting in 2015 tipped off an ISIS leader that the U.S. was close to tracking him down.



Trial Opens For Opposition Journalists In Turkey

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

In Turkey, which is in a state of emergency, the purge continues. Seventeen journalists are on trial amid the government's broader crackdown on the media.



News Brief: Trump Urges Repeal Of Obamacare; Turkish Journalists On Trial

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

President Trump pressures Senate Republicans to keep their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In Turkey, 17 journalists from the country's oldest independent newspaper go on trial.



North Korea Mysteriously Shuts Down Its Beer Festival

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:50:00 -0400

A China-based tour agency says North Korea informed it of the cancellation. "We don't expect information to be forthcoming," the agency writes.



Border Dispute Divides Remote Colombian States

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:22 -0400

Two Colombian states fight over impoverished town that's divided down the middle — and the town has suffered as a result.



Polish President Vetoes Two Proposed Laws To Change Judicial System

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:00 -0400

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday vetoes two proposed laws that sought to limit courts' independence. Kelly McEvers talks with Justyna Pawlak of Reuters about what this means for the country.



Scandal Threatens To End Career Of Daughter Of Pakistan Prime Minister

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:00 -0400

In Pakistan, a corruption scandal could bring down a rising political star, Maryam Sharif, the prime minister's daughter.



Parents Of Terminally Ill British Infant Drop Legal Battle

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:00 -0400

The parents of Charlie Gard say they have given up their legal battle to allow their critically ill infant to receive experimental treatment for the severe genetic disorder he suffers from.



Israel: Metal Detectors Will Be Removed From Jerusalem Holy Site

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:12:00 -0400

The prime minister's office says security forces will use other technology around a mosque complex where two Israeli police officers were killed. Angry Muslim worshippers prayed next to the machines.