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Man Goes On Stabbing Rampage In Russia, Wounds 7

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:56:41 -0400

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Russian officials appear to discount the possibility, saying their initial investigation is not focusing on terrorism as a "main theory."

Spanish Authorities Continue Hunt For Suspects In Barcelona Attacks

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:20:00 -0400

Officials claim to have dismantled the jihadi cell responsible for the vehicle attacks that killed 14 people, but say they are continuing a manhunt for three suspects still at large.

From Greece, A Message In A Bottle Reaches Isolated Gaza

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:00:50 -0400

Vacationers from England tossed the bottle into the Mediterranean. It floated nearly 500 miles and into the net of a Palestinian fisherman. He said it was the first piece of mail he had ever received.

Investigation Continues Into Spanish Attacks

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

Authorities in Spain say a 12-member cell was behind the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, as well as an earlier explosion.

Counterterrorism Efforts In Spain

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:39 -0400

As Spain reels from deadly attacks this week, NPR's Scott Simon talks to Juan Zarate from the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the Spanish counterterrorism approach.

Explaining, Again, The Nazis' True Evil

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:53:43 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon tackles the painful legacy of the Nazi party and the enduring symbols of hatred used throughout history's atrocities against humanity, recently on display in Charlottesville.

How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:20 -0400

Skeptics say if you hand cash to the impoverished, they'll mismanage it. But it turns out, many poor people are great at saving — thanks to this ingenious system.

Venezuela's Pro-Maduro Assembly Seizes Congressional Powers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:08:03 -0400

The move Friday marks a new milestone in President Nicolas Maduro's campaign to consolidate power, giving the lawmaking power of the opposition-packed congress to the legislative superbody he created.

Terrorist Cell Responsible For Vehicle Attacks In Spain Originally Planned A Series Of Bombings

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Police in Spain say the vehicle attacks that killed 14 people in Barcelona and Cambrils were carried out by a terrorist cell that had been originally planning a series of bombings.

2 Dead In Stabbing Attack In Turku, Finland

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:53:00 -0400

Police say they have apprehended a suspect after shooting him in the leg, and it's not clear what his motivations were. Six other people were injured in the attack about 100 miles from the capital.

Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:52:00 -0400

Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week warned that AI is an enormous threat. There can be no doubt that the advent of smart, rather than smart-ish, machines, is a long way off, though, says blogger Alva Noë.

'Today Is A Day Of Mourning': Remembering The Victims Of Spain's Terror Attacks

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:42:00 -0400

An American has been confirmed as one of at least 14 people killed. More than 100 others were injured. In all, victims came from at least 34 nations. Here's a portrait of the lives lost.

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:14:00 -0400

Many images that have been traditionally used to depict the Black Death are, in fact, not images of the plague at all. Now, a group of dedicated historians are trying to correct the record.

From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:03:00 -0400

The two countries have fought each other in the past and technically remain in a state of war. But both the Israeli military and private organizations are quietly delivering humanitarian aid.

What We Know: Multiple Terrorist Attacks Hit Spain

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:20:00 -0400

In the search for the perpetrators, Moussa Oukabir, who's reportedly 17, emerged as a key figure. He's a dual citizen of Morocco and Spain, police say.