Food Tech Leaves Rural People Behind
April 24, 2014

Technology enhanced food production has come a long way, but nearly an eighth of the population still suffers from chronic hunger. The United Nations' Kanayo Nwanze discusses what might help.

Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Move
By Mark Memmott

April 24, 2014

The Israeli cabinet on Thursday endorsed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to suspend talks because the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Hamas are moving to form a unity government.

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Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change
By Scott Neuman

April 24, 2014

A standoff over sovereignty of the Senkakus, also claimed by China — which calls the chain Diaoyu — has been a source of deep tension between the two countries in recent years.

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Snoopy, Garfield And Friends Go Bald For Kids With Cancer
By Linda Poon

April 24, 2014

Kids don't want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they've lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty's gone bald, too, maybe it won't feel so bad.

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Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School
By Mark Memmott

April 24, 2014

More bodies were recovered Thursday from the ship, which sank last week. So far, at least 171 deaths have been confirmed. Another 131 people, many of them students from one school, remain missing.

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British Men Win Equal-Pay Claim Against University
By Krishnadev Calamur

April 24, 2014

At issue was how much money the 18 men – carpenters, plumbers and caretakers – employed by the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, made compared with female workers on the same pay scale.

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No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet
By Mark Memmott

April 24, 2014

A large piece of metal was found this week along the coast of western Australia. But authorities are convinced it is not debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8.

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Three Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital
By Mark Memmott

April 24, 2014

Authorities say an Afghan security guard opened fire at a hospital run by a U.S.-based Christian group. Two victims were reportedly a father and son. Another U.S. citizen is said to have been hurt.

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U.S. Ramps Up Aid To Syrian Rebels
By Tom Bowman

April 24, 2014

The U.S. is increasing both arms and training assistance to the Syrian rebels. Advocates of the program say they hope to change the situation on the ground, others doubt it will help much.

Obama: U.S. To Defend Japan In Territorial Disputes With China
By Anthony Kuhn

April 24, 2014

President Obama is in Japan for the start of his four-nation Asia visit. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.


Sherpas Walk Off The Job After Deadly Avalanche
By Julie McCarthy

April 24, 2014

Sixteen Sherpas died in Nepal last week after an avalanche swept them off the face of Mount Everest. While some are boycotting the climbing season, others say they can't because it's their livelihood.

U.N. Blames Rebel Forces For South Sudan Massacre
April 24, 2014

Hundreds of civilians have been massacred in the South Sudan town of Bentiu. For more, Steve Inskeep talks to Andrew Green, the South Sudan bureau chief for the Voice of America.


After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress
By Jim Zarroli

April 24, 2014

One year ago, a factory building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. Top retailers have begun inspecting factories more aggressively, but other steps have fallen short.

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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy
By NPR Staff

April 23, 2014

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.

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Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'
By Eyder Peralta

April 23, 2014

President Dilma Rouseff signed the bill into law to kick off an international conference about the governance of the Internet.

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CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say
By Tom Bowman

April 23, 2014

The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad's growing strength in the civil war.

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Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit
By Scott Neuman

April 23, 2014

While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.

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Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows
By Amy Guttman

April 23, 2014

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.

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Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes
By Alexandra Hall

April 23, 2014

In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected.

Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own
By Eleanor Beardsley

April 23, 2014

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis.