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8:48 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Many Wounded, 2 Dead In Bangkok Bomb Blast

Thai soldiers check the site of a bomb explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday. At least 22 people, including three children, were wounded in a bomb explosion near an anti-government protest site.
Rachen Sageamsak Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 12:26 pm

An apparent grenade attack on an anti-government protest in Thailand's capital has killed at least two people and wounded nearly two dozen others, as unrest in the country continues amid a push by opposition forces to topple the elected prime minister.

NPR's Michael Sullivan reports:

"The blast occurred near Central World shopping mall in the heart of [Bangkok] and at least three children are among those most seriously injured, according to the government-run Erawan Medical Center.

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Culture
8:47 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday. The pope created 19 new cardinals in a ceremony Saturday in St Peter's Basilica.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:43 pm

In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals.

Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world.

Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic Church will be governed.

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Code Switch
8:40 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Georgia Clears The Road For Confederate-Themed License Plate

The Sons of Confederate Veterans submitted this license plate design to the state of Georgia, which recently approved it.
AP

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 7:02 pm

The Confederate battle flag is back in the news in the American South, as civil rights leaders in Georgia decry the state government's approval of a new specialty license plate.

The design is actually an updated version of what has been available for years. The original had one small flag in the corner. This new version adds a background image of the Confederate emblem across the entire width of the plate.

The design was submitted by the Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Spokesman Ray McBerry says they see the flag as a symbol of their roots.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:37 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes And The Appearance Of Smoking

Electronic cigarettes are actually battery operated devices that use a heating element to atomize a flavored liquid, typically containing nicotine, so that it can be inhaled.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:34 pm

We see symbols and their power at work in the recent controversy surrounding the effort to extend bans on smoking to the electronic cigarette. An e-cigarette is no more a cigarette than a chocolate cigarette is.

But — as with the case of toy guns — this doesn't mean they are any less dangerous.

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The Edge
7:51 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race

Russia RUS-1 bobsled team, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, jump onto the medal stand after winning gold on Sunday. On the last day of the Sochi Games, Russia had already secured the top spot in the overall medal count.
Dita Alangkara AP

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 9:08 am

Just two medals remain to be awarded at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as Canada and Sweden face off on the hockey ice. If the Canadian men take gold, Canada will have swept all four traditional team sports. Canadian teams have already won gold in men's and women's curling and women's ice hockey.

[Add at 10:00 a.m. ET: Canada's men's hockey team has won the gold]

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Latin America
7:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status

Mexican Marines escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to a helicopter in Mexico City on Saturday.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:18 am

One of the world's most powerful drug lords has been captured. Mexico's head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested in an operation that Mexican officials say involved the cooperation of U.S. authorities.

Guzman has been on the run for years and his capture puts an end to one of the longest and most profitable careers in the drug world. That capture began as the sun rose up over the hotel-lined beaches of Mazatlan early Saturday morning.

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Africa
7:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Hero Or Dictator? Mugabe After 34 Years At Zimbabwe's Helm

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 10:57 am

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, is 90 years old. In power since 1980, Mugabe is considered a despot in the West. NPR's Rachel Martin discusses his legacy with reporter Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.

Middle East
7:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

UN Security Council Agrees On Syria Aid Resolution

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 10:57 am

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria. More than 9 million people need help, according to the U.N.

Europe
7:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

A Coup Or A Revolution? The U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine Explains

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 10:57 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to stay in Kiev now and speak with Geoffrey Pyatt. He is the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine and he joins me live on the line. Welcome to the program, ambassador.

AMBASSADOR GEOFFREY PYATT: Good morning, Rachel.

MARTIN: So, the big question. Is this a coup or is this a revolution? How does the U.S. perceive this?

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Europe
7:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Ukrainian Parliament Gives Presidential Powers To Speaker

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 10:57 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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