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'New York Times' Reporter On The Lebanese Prime Minister's Relationship With Saudi Arabia

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with The New York Times' South Asia reporter Maria Abi-Habib about how Saudi Arabia pressured Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri to resign and blame Iran.

Hear The Unique Soundscape Of Tanzania's Largest City

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

The sound of most East African cities is dominated by a few things: motorcycles, buses, and shouts from street vendors. But in Tanzania's largest city the soundscape is dominated by something unexpected.

A Look At How Word Prediction Software Works

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

This week's All Tech Considered looks at how words pop up when we compose messages on our devices. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Ben Medlock of Swiftkey about all you ever wanted to know about word prediction software.

Volunteers In NYC Show Support For Immigrants At Court Appearances, Appointments

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

A new type of volunteer opportunity has taken off in New York City. Hundreds of people are going with immigrants to court appearances and appointments with immigration officials. With President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, they want to show solidarity, and be a friendly support system.

Americans Look To Pence For Help In Releasing Their Relatives Jailed In Egypt

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

Americans with relatives jailed in Egypt are looking to Vice President Mike Pence to use his trip to Cairo to push for their release. There are nearly 20 Americans among the tens of thousands of political prisoners in Egypt today.

Former Vice Female Employees Say They Endured Harassment On The Job

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

Vice Media is currently embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal. Several women are saying they endured harassment and groping while on the job.

How Police In Harrisonburg, Va., Spread A Little Christmas Cheer In Their Community

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

Often when police approach a person, it's not always a "Merry Christmas" sort of situation. But some police departments around the country have started taking some time to play Santa — including in Harrisonburg, Va. There, an officer on Secret Santa detail found a mom doing lawn care, and gave her $100.

Trump's Jerusalem Decision Cast A Cloud Over Bethlehem's Holiday Season

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

Christian Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem face a time of uncertainty and bitterness over President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump Seems To Prefer His Own Resorts Over Camp David For The Holidays

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:36

It used to be a holiday tradition for the President to spend Christmas at Camp David, the rustic presidential retreat in the Maryland woods. But President Trump seems to prefer his own resorts during the holidays.

Activist Erica Garner Hospitalized After Heart Attack

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 13:58

Garner, 27, became an activist after her father, Eric Garner, was put in a chokehold by a police officer and died. She is now on life support, her mother tells the New York Daily News and the Times.

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Russian Opposition Leader Barred From Running Against Putin In 2018

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:36

Alexei Navalny will not be allowed to run for president in Russia's election next year, officials announced on Monday. Navalny, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, has vowed to appeal.

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Kabul Bombing Kills At Least 6; ISIS Claims Responsibility

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 11:20

A suicide bombing near the Afghan intelligence agency early Monday morning killed six people, including at least one person who was traveling in a passing vehicle.

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It's A White Christmas For Some In Northeast, Midwest

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 10:40

After families woke up on Christmas morning to find a blanket of snow outside, the National Weather Service says the winter weather will continue throughout the Northeast and the Great Lakes region.

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How A Liberian Refugee Got To Be A Montana Mayor

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 07:00

Wilmot Collins will be sworn in on January 2. His victory in the mayoral election in Helena has made headlines the world over.

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For Children, A Good Booger Joke Helps The Medicine Go Down

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 07:00

Dr. Howard Bennett knows that humor can help his young patients be less worried when they're at the doctor's office. In his latest book, he uses gross-out jokes to explain how kids' bodies work.

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Guatemala Follows U.S. Lead, Will Move Its Israel Embassy To Jerusalem

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 05:37

President Jimmy Morales announced on Christmas Eve that Guatemala would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On Dec. 6, President Trump announced he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Fearing Deportation From U.S., Migrants Walk To Canada

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 05:00

Migrants who believe the U.S. is more likely to deport them are heading into Canada, many on foot. They're taking advantage of a loophole that says they won't be turned back right away.

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Retro-Games And Consoles Are The Latest Craze In The Gamer World

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 04:58

Many gamers are spending big money on retro-games and their consoles, even as new games and consoles are released. What's with this craze to keep the past alive?

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Latest U.N. Sanctions Are An Act Of War, North Korea Says

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 02:53

Pyongyang said it's a dream for the U.S. to think it will give up its nuclear weapons. The U.N. Security Council last week approved new sanctions against North Korea after its latest missile launch.

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Louisiana Lawmaker Threatens Saints' Tax Breaks After Anthem Protests

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 12:15

State Rep. Kenny Havard wants to eliminate tax breaks and other state funding for the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise after some players joined the pregame national anthem protests.

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