Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman
By NPR Staff

April 22, 2014

Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who accidentally fired on former NFL star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, and he told his story recently on ESPN's Outside the Lines.

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As Putin Rides Wave Of Popularity, Opposition May Get Swept Under
By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

April 22, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using a recent surge in popularity to crack down on opposition. Several proposed laws would strengthen penalties against protestors, and officials and local media alike are denouncing criticism of Putin as "unpatriotic."


Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev
By Eleanor Beardsley

April 22, 2014

During a visit to Kiev, Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia that it must help to reduce tensions in Ukraine. A recent international agreement intended to disarm militant groups seems to be failing.

With Sherpas On Strike, Everest Climbing Season Is Up In The Air
By NPR Staff

April 22, 2014

Mount Everest expedition leader Todd Burleson is preparing to move his team down the mountain after Sherpa guides decided to call off the season. He discusses the decision, which follows a devastating avalanche that claimed 16 lives.


Search Efforts For Nigerian Schoolgirls Dogged By Shifting Numbers
By NPR Staff

April 22, 2014

As the search continues for the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, the exact number of those still missing is in dispute. Michelle Faul, Nigeria bureau chief for the Associated Press, explains more.

Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?
By Krishnadev Calamur

April 22, 2014

Members of this Nepalese community are renowned for their climbing skills and remarkable endurance at high altitudes. They are paid well by local standards, but it's a job fraught with risk.

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Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka
By Scott Neuman

April 22, 2014

A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.

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'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia
By Mark Memmott

April 22, 2014

In Ukraine on Tuesday, the vice president also said "it's time for Russia to stop talking and start acting" to help resolve the crisis there.

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As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives
By Mark Memmott

April 22, 2014

Although the captain and some of the officers have been called cowards or worse, passengers say other crew members acted heroically. At least seven crew members died or are missing.

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Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest
By Leila Fadel

April 22, 2014

The oil and natural gas that Egypt depends on for power generation is heavily subsidized. But the state doesn't want to raise prices and anger a population already frustrated by political uncertainty.


Slaviansk Strengthens Resolve To Fight Kiev Government
By Eleanor Beardsley

April 22, 2014

Many in the Eastern Ukraine town have close links with Russia. They say they weren't consulted about Ukraine moving closer to the EU, and they won't stand for the West dictating their future.

8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy
By Jackie Northam

April 22, 2014

A key part of that strategy is the Trans Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific nations. The trade pact would influence geopolitics and the reshape global trade.


British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals
By Sean Carberry

April 22, 2014

Street dogs and cats find treatment and get linked up with foreign adopters at a clinic that's helping lower the rabies threat in Kabul.

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Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving
By Jason Beaubien

April 21, 2014

A rash of infections in Saudi Arabia could be a warning signal that the deadly virus has reached a tipping point and is ready to spread out of the Middle East, scientists worry.

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Law And Legend Gird An Old Adage: The Captain Goes Down With The Ship
By NPR Staff

April 21, 2014

Rod Sullivan, director of graduate programs in logistics and transportation at the Florida Coastal School of Law, explains the law and tradition of the maxim that a captain must go down with his ship.

For Ukrainian Patient, Care Comes From Quiet Philly Suburb
By Emma Jacobs

April 21, 2014

Ukrainian hospitals have been overwhelmed since the start of violent clashes between protesters and police. Emma Jacobs of WHYY reports on the international relief effort organized out of Pennsylvania by one Ukrainian-American doctor, and on one of the patients who has received her care.


Eastern Ukraine Town Sent Reeling After Checkpoint Killings
By Eleanor Beardsley

April 21, 2014

The killing of three people at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has increased tension in the town, where a government building is being occupied by pro-Moscow militants.

Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates
By Frank Langfitt

April 21, 2014

Growing numbers of Chinese have hired American surrogates, allowing a couple to get around China's ban on the procedure and its birth limits. It also guarantees a coveted U.S. passport.

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U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan
By Scott Neuman

April 21, 2014

The U.N. Mission in South Sudan says it has confirmed the killings of more than 400 people who were singled out for their ethnicity after rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu.

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For Extremists In Syria, Extortion Brings Piles Of Cash From Iraq
By Alice Fordham

April 21, 2014

Radical rebel groups in Syria and Iraq have gained the upper hand over moderates with Mafia-style protection rackets that force ordinary Iraqis to hand over millions across the border.

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