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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly'

The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said, discussing the videotaped execution carried out by the Islamic State.

Obama also said the group attacks women and minorities, "for no other reason than they practice a different religion."

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Goats and Soda
12:57 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Photographing An Ebola Riot: Put Your Fear Aside And Go Forward

The military and the police enforce an Ebola quarantine in West Point, a densely populated slum in Monrovia, Liberia.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

People were screaming and throwing rocks. The police were firing shots and hitting protesters with their batons. A riot had started in the slum neighborhood of West Point, in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

"A riot is tough enough without knowing that you're in an Ebola-infected neighborhood," says NPR photographer David Gilkey, who was in West Point when it began.

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Africa
11:52 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Liberia Blocks Off Neighborhood In Ebola Quarantine, Sparking Riot

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Code Switch
9:56 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists

Tiffany Flowers and Alderman Antonio French in front of QuikTrip in Ferguson, Mo.
Tiffany Flowers

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 1:20 pm

The nation has been gripped by the ongoing protests following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. But the demonstrations sparked by his death have spread far beyond the streets in his community. Young activists from around the country tell us how the events in Ferguson moved them, and what they hope might come from this moment.

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The Two-Way
9:56 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hamas Military Chief Reportedly Targeted As Gaza Violence Resumes

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 1:13 pm

Israel says more than 70 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours, and that it responded with at least 60 airstrikes after a short-lived cease-fire with Hamas broke down Tuesday. Palestinians say at least 11 people died in Israel's strikes.

The renewed violence comes after Egypt led diplomatic efforts to try to end the fighting.

From Gaza, NPR's Philip Reeves reports that the targets of Israel's airstrikes "appear to have included the veteran head of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Deif."

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Shots - Health News
9:23 am
Wed August 20, 2014

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Researchers asked 4-year-olds to draw a child. Here's a sample of their artwork.
Twins Early Development Study/King's College in London

At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.

The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Wed August 20, 2014

A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests

Protesters walk in front of a line of police early Wednesday as authorities try to disperse a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo. The St. Louis suburb saw less violence than on other recent nights of protests.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 12:56 pm

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent from the streets of Ferguson, Mo., last night, as protesters and police avoided the clashes that have marred demonstrations over the death of an an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white police officer last weekend in the St. Louis suburb.

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, announced that 47 arrests had been made and that three loaded handguns were confiscated.

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Wed August 20, 2014

U.S. Authenticates Video Of Militants Beheading American Journalist

James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012.
Manu Brabo/freejamesfoley.org AP

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 1:02 pm

This post was updated at 11:45 a.m. ET.

A video that was released online Tuesday in which the extremist group the Islamic State claimed to behead American journalist James Foley is authentic, according to U.S. intelligence analysts. Foley was abducted in Syria in 2012.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon and later removed; since then, it has resurfaced elsewhere online. The images show Foley kneeling next to a masked militant and reciting comments against the U.S. before being killed.

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The Salt
7:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

A crew of volunteer "aunties" weed and harvest basil at the ComCrop rooftop farm, set high above Singapore's Orchard Road.
Maureen Pao NPR

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:54 am

At a local FairPrice Supermarket in central Singapore, you'll find baby carrots grown in Bakersfield, Calif. — the same ones for sale at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C.

Such well-traveled vegetables aren't unusual in the tiny island state, which imports more than 90 percent of its food from some 35 countries. Singapore may be one of the most affluent countries in the world, but it depends heavily on others for basic foodstuffs.

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Around the Nation
7:04 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Missing: Bag Of Money Left On Roof Of Armored Car

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 7:27 am

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