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The Salt
3:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King

Fried liver, an Edirne specialty.
Farzana Quaraishi Benabdeljalil Flickr

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:55 am

If we mention the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, tucked up near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, you may think, "Oh brother, not another story about olive oil wrestling."

Yes, it's true that each summer for the last 650 or so years Edirne has hosted the Kirkpinar Olive Oil Wrestling Festival, in which half-naked men slathered in fragrant oil grapple in the grass. It's activity that's even recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Event.

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News
3:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

In Diplomacy, Obama Aims To 'Hit Singles,' Not Swing For Fences

President Obama was at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig, Philippines, on Tuesday, during the last leg of his four-nation tour through the Asia-Pacific region.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:40 pm

President Obama returned to Washington on Tuesday after a weeklong visit to Asia.

The four-nation tour was designed to showcase U.S. involvement in the region, but it produced only modest diplomatic developments. And toward the end of the trip, the president offered a modest assessment of his overall foreign policy.

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News
3:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Heated Words, And Mild Relief, In Russia's Response To New Sanctions

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:40 pm

Russia reacted angrily to new EU and U.S. sanctions, which were imposed in response to Russian interference in Ukraine. Russia's deputy foreign minister vowed to deliver a "painful" response.

Iraq
3:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

One Day From Elections, Iraq Is Racked By Violence

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:49 pm

In a town northeast of Baghdad, at least 17 people are dead and dozens wounded after a pair of bombs struck an outdoor market. As Tim Arango of The New York Times explains, it's just the latest deadly attack on the eve of Iraq's national parliamentary elections.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills Near Southern Border

South Korean soldiers on Yeonpyeong last month. North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills near the island on Tuesday.
Yonhap EPA/Landov

North Korea has conducted live artillery drills near a disputed western maritime border with the South just days after President Obama and his South Korean counterpart urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The exercises occurred near Yeonpyeong Island, which was hit by North Korean shelling in 2010, killing four people and causing significant damage.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Tue April 29, 2014

EU Follows U.S. In Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

Armed pro-Russian militants attacked a demonstration of supporters of Ukraine in Donetsk on Monday.
Olya Morvan Maxppp/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:28 am

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The European Union has followed the U.S. in imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia for the Kremlin's intervention in Crimea and alleged support of separatist elements inside eastern Ukraine.

The sanctions, which specifically target Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle," drew a response from Moscow, which described them in Cold War terms.

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Economy
5:21 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How Much Will New U.S. Sanctions Affect Russia?

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's examine just how much U.S. sanctions could affect Russia. President Obama yesterday announced the latest measures aimed at punishing Russia for its links to violence in Eastern Ukraine. Russia is accusing the U.S. and its allies in Europe and Japan of resorting to Cold War tactics.

NPR's Corey Flintoff is covering this story from Moscow. Hi, Corey.

COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

INSKEEP: So what will the latest sanctions do?

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Europe
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, as Greensburg rebuilds from the ground up, people in a town in Sweden are preparing to move their community a couple of miles to the east.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That be the town of Kiruna sits on the edge of an iron mine. Officials realized the mine would slowly swallow the community about 10 years ago, so they began preparing to empty the town and rebuild it - hopefully new and improved - two miles down the road.

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Middle East
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

For Peace Talks To Resume, Israel Insists Hamas Must Change

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's look at the Middle East now. The two leading Palestinian parties are trying to form a unity government. Israel wants them to break up again. The parties are Fatah and Hamas. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel says he will not deal with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, and he called off peace talks, at least for now. The question is how, if at all, Middle East peace can advance.

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NPR Story
4:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Iraqis Recall Al-Maliki's Lead In Return To Shiite Dominance

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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