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12:58 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

'The Play Of The Game': Watch A Boy Win Over A Girl With A Foul Ball

A boy hands a girl a foul ball and she smiles broadly.
MLB

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:31 am

The game announcers called it "the play of the game." We'd be foolish not to agree.

During last night's Blue Jays-Rangers game, a boy catches a foul ball. Without a thought, he turns around and gives the ball to a much older girl, who flashes a major smile.

You're thinking, wow, what a smooth operator. But the replay reveals the kid is slicker than you imagined. Just watch:

h/t: Deadspin.

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Religion
12:34 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America

Members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God pray at Redemption Camp in Floyd, Texas, in 2009. The church is on a mission to spread to every city in North America.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 12:50 pm

In earlier times, white missionaries traveled from Europe and America to sub-Saharan Africa to save souls.

Today, the trend has reversed. Evangelists from the global south are targeting Americans and Europeans they say are ripe for Christian renewal.

There is no greater example than the Redeemed Christian Church of God. This ambitious Nigerian denomination has established its North American headquarters in Texas, and its goal is nothing less than becoming the next major global religion.

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Middle East
11:55 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel

Arab-Israeli children ride in a float during an annual march for Virgin Mary in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on May 11. Arab Christians don't mix much with migrant or Russian Christians.
Ahmad Gharibli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:58 pm

Pope Francis visits the Mideast next week, including Israel, where Christians make up just 2 percent of the population.

But since the last papal visit to the Holy Land five years ago, the number of Christians in Israel has increased, and the makeup of the Christian population has continued to shift.

The vast majority of Israeli Christians have always been Arab and they still make up three-quarters of the 160,000 Christians living in Israel. But tens of thousands of Christians have come to Israel from Asia and Africa — both legal workers and undocumented migrants.

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Swiss Voters Reject Hiking Minimum Wage To World's Highest Level

A man casts his ballot on Sunday in Bulle, western Switzerland, during a referendum.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 2:05 pm

Swiss voters resoundingly rejected a measure that would have hiked the country's minimum wage to the highest level in the world.

If approved, the referendum would have raised the national minimum wage to $25 an hour. Bloomberg reports that 76.3 percent of voters no on the measure.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Reports: Syrian Air Defense Chief Killed In Rebel Attack

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 2:04 pm

The chief of Syria's air defense has been killed during an attack by rebel fighters on Sunday, news outlets, including The Associated Press and The Guardian, are reporting.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Turkey Arrests More Than A Dozen In Connection With Mine Disaster

Riot police detain a protester as they use water cannons and teargas to disperse people who were protesting the Soma mine accident that killed 301 miners, in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday.
AP

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 1:43 pm

Turkish authorities arrested more than a dozen people in connection with the country's worst mining disaster.

According to the Times of India, the arrests include mining company executives.

The BBC reports that after the rescue operation concluded on Saturday, the death toll stood at 301.

The BBC adds:

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Sun May 18, 2014

China To Send More Ships To Evacuate Its Citizens From Vietnam

Policemen ask people to leave a street near to the Chinese embassy in Hanoi on Sunday. A call for further anti-China protests appeared to have fizzled in the capital, with authorities deploying heavy security around the Chinese embassy and other suspected protest sites.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 1:42 pm

China says it plans to send five more ships in an effort to evacuate its citizens from Vietnam, where anti-Chinese protests have turned violent.

Reporting from Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt tells our Newscast unit that Vietnamese authorities broke up another protest planned for today. He filed this report:

"At least one passenger ship has already sailed from Ch's far southern province of Hainan to Vietnam, according to the New China News Service.

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Politics
6:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

McConnell Faces Challenge From The Right In Tuesday Midterms

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 10:24 am

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Primary races are picking up ahead of the midterm elections this fall. On Tuesday, voters in six states will go to the polls, making it one of the most important primary election days of the year.

Among the races to watch is a Tea Party challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. To give us a lay of the land is NPR political editor Charlie Mahtesian. Charlie, welcome to the program.

CHARLES MAHTESIAN, BYLINE: Hi, Lynn.

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Africa
6:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Child Soldiers Freed In Central African Republic Struggle To Adapt

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 4:10 pm

The U.N. has negotiated the release of more than 1,000 child soldiers in CAR. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Alexandra Zavis, a reporter who met with some of the former child fighters.

Europe
6:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Safety Of Ukraine's Presidential Election In Doubt In The East

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 10:24 am

Ukraine votes next week in a presidential election, but there's still separatist unrest in the east. NPR's Corey Flintoff tells NPR's Lynn Neary how a local oligarch restored peace in one city.

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