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Updated at 9:30 ET At least two explosions have struck a large soccer stadium in Istanbul, leaving at least 29 people dead and 166 others, according to the Turkish interior minister. Among those killed were 27 police officers. Suleyman Soylu says the source appears to have been a car bomb that targeted a riot police bus outside Vodafone Stadium. "It is thought to be a car bomb at a point where our special forces police were located, right after the match at the exit where Bursaspor fans...

After publicly conceding electoral defeat last week, President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has reversed course and is calling for a new election. Jammeh has ruled the tiny West African country since seizing power in a coup in 1994, and his public concession to President-elect Adama Barrow on Dec. 2 led to hopes of the first peaceful transition of power in Gambia since it became independent from the U.K. in 1965. On Friday, Jammeh said the Independent Electoral Commission made errors in vote...

In the battle for Mosul, Islamic State fighters who aren't killed are usually taken away for questioning by Iraqi or Kurdish intelligence. But there are also local Iraqis accused of helping ISIS — and they're put through a judicial process of sorts. One such case was heard recently in a makeshift courthouse, where a displaced judge from Mosul presides. The Sheikhan criminal court occupies a municipal office building north of Mosul. The courtroom is a medium-sized office with light brown...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: A funny thing happened when Sarah Zhang tried to dial Cuba. First, she got an error message. Then she heard more numbers being dialed and then a British accent that said, the moon was shining brightly, the Martians had taken away the excavating machine. Recognize those lines? She did. They're from H.G. Wells' "War Of The Worlds." So she double-checked the number, redialed - well, let's get the rest of the story....

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Gideon Taylor, chair of operations for the World Jewish Restitution Organization, about a new database that helps Holocaust survivors reclaim Warsaw property. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Holocaust survivors who lost property in Warsaw now have six months to reclaim it. But a new Polish law says that people who don't come forward by that deadline will not receive any compensation. The city will assume permanent...

The question of what to do with Adolf Hitler's birth house has plagued his home country of Austria for decades. If it were up to the government in Vienna, authorities would simply tear it down. That's what Germany did more than a quarter-century ago to the Berlin bunker where Hitler committed suicide in 1945. The site is now covered by a parking lot, with a plain plaque providing the only hint of what used to be there. But many Austrians disagree with taking that approach to Hitler's birth...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Imagine a home whose residents include retired opera singers, jazz musicians and movie and Broadway stars. This is the Lillian Booth Home just outside of New York City. John Kalish visited The Lillian Booth Home and caught up with some of its current residents. JOHN KALISH, BYLINE: Eileen Pepper (ph) is a 71-year-old retired music teacher who moved into The Lillian Booth Home two years ago. EILEEN PEPPER: My...

Sarah Giles of Doctors Without Borders spent four months on a search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that women refugees are commonly the targets of sexual assault. Editor's note: this conversation discusses the issue of rape. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Sarah Giles spent the last four months on board a search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean. What she saw was often devastating. She and her colleagues...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZ30K5dBWU If you live in Kenya there's a jingle you hear on television and radio a lot. "Things are now modern!" they sing. "Things are now developed." It's an ad for a type of banking service called M-PESA that's run entirely through your mobile phone. You set up an account with the phone company. You can send and receive funds by text. Or, if you need to make a cash deposit or withdrawal, you do it through a vast network of agents — small-time vendors in...

The main opposition challenger to Ghana's incumbent president has won the country's presidential election, according to official results released late Friday . "It is my duty and my privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president elect of Ghana," election commissioner Charlotte Osei said at a news conference, as Reuters reported. He received 53.8 percent of the vote, according to official tallies, compared to the 44 percent current president John Dramani Mahama received. Even before...

December 9 is the anniversary of one of those epochal events that shaped the modern world. The fall of Jerusalem, in 1917, during World War I. A Christian-led army — the British — took charge of the Holy City for the first time since the Crusades. Their defeat of the Ottoman Turks opened up the entire Middle East to be reshaped by the victorious allies, for better or worse. You would expect such a portentous event to be surrounded with grand and dignified solemnity, like a scene from the 1962...

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President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor takes a dim view of efforts to raise the minimum wage, but has a soft spot for undocumented immigrants. Andrew Puzder is a fast-food CEO. He’s the head of CKE Restaurants (which runs fast-food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., and Green Burrito in the west). In that role, he is a well-known opponent of minimum wage increases . Puzder is a prolific writer, speaker and blogger and has been an ardent supporter of Trump’s economic...

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It’s Sunday in Raleigh. Outside, the trees are shivering in the winter chill. And in a deserted strip mall, the evangelical Iglesia   Ciudad De Dios  — "City of God Church" — starts its worship. It’s a young church, with a corporate newness — there’s a screen for spiritual PowerPoint presentations. But there are also rustic, wooden crosses. This congregation is also entirely Latino. Mostly immigrant. Today, they are celebrating one: Pastor Williams Arzola announces that one of the congregants...

Much to China's dismay, a mere phone call between Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and US President-elect Donald Trump has suddenly put Taiwan's fragile political relationship with China in the global spotlight. Keep in mind that Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory, or perhaps to some degree a renegade province. And the phone call, though it lasted just a few minutes, broke decades of US diplomatic precedent based on a "one China" policy. China has responded by urging Washington to...

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