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The Two-Way
6:49 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ariel Sharon Remembered As Man Of War And Peace

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday in Jerusalem.
Daniel Naupold DPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 9:19 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Emily Harris reports on the funeral for Ariel Sharon

As Israelis paid their respects Monday to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a memorial service and funeral, one of his contemporaries on the world stage offered this view of the general and statesman who an iconic and controversial figure:

"The idea that he changed from man of war to a man of peace," is mistaken, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said during a memorial service at the Knesset, Israel's legislature.

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Europe
6:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

World's Longest Mobility Scooter Has Room For Chauffeur

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 11:18 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in business is: Limobilizer or maybe it's limo - bilizer.

There are many kinds of stretch limos on the road - stretch Cadillacs, stretch Hummers, stretch BMWs.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now you can add stretch mobility scooter to the list. A British company has just entered the Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest mobility scooter. These are the four-wheelers that many seniors use to get around.

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Europe
5:18 am
Mon January 13, 2014

British Law Prohibits Intelligence Officers From Speeding

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 11:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Greene, David Greene. Just doing my James Bond there. A lot of things in those movies not so realistic. Could those gadgets really do that? Is any man really that suave? Well, here's a reality check that you might not expect. Actual British law prohibits intelligence officers from speeding.

Middle East
4:47 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Remembered

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 11:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's get the latest now from Israel, where former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will be buried today. Sharon died Saturday, after spending eight years in a coma. Here's NPR's Emily Harris.

EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: The memorial service for Ariel Sharon opened with a prayer.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (Singing in foreign language)

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Author Interviews
3:57 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Lessons On Blindness, 'For The Benefit Of Those Who See'

A blind child studies at the Braille Without Borders school in Lhasa, Tibet, in 2005. The program was the first of its kind in the country.
China Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 12, 2014 5:50 pm

In 2005, Rosemary Mahoney was assigned to write a magazine profile of the woman who started Tibet's first school for the blind, Braille Without Borders.

Sabriya Tenberken, who is blind herself, traveled to Tibet as a young woman and found that blind children there had no access to education, which motivated her to set up a program. During college in Germany, where she grew up, Tenberken also developed the first Braille script for the Tibetan language.

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