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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.

Around the Nation
6:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 10:43 am

Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.

Law
6:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Court User Fees Bill Defendants For Their Punishment

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 2:27 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Courts have found a new source of funding. They charge user fees to defendants who use the criminal justice system.

These extra charges can add up to hundreds and even thousands of dollars per person on a felony or a simple misdemeanor like a driving offense. NPR has spent the last year looking at the growing practice. NPR investigative correspondent Joseph Shapiro is here to talk about the series. Joe, good to have you.

JOE SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Thank you, Lynn.

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Asia
6:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Voters Hope Modi Can Revive India's Economy

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

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sun May 18, 2014

How A Conservative Darling Could Lose His Conservative State

With his wife Mary by his side, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback addresses supporters before formally filing for reelection on Thursday at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback's reelection might have been a slam dunk, but he's managed to anger enough constituency groups that now he faces a real race.
John Milburn AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 11:39 am

There's been nothing but bad news lately for Gov. Sam Brownback.

The FBI is investigating close associates of the Kansas Republican, including his former chief of staff, for possible lobbying and fundraising improprieties, as well as sweetheart deals involving state business.

Brownback dismisses it as a "smear" campaign. Nothing may come of it, but it's certainly made for some bad press.

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