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For Two Men Who Helped Migrants In Mexico, A Brutal Death

The pair fed and clothed Central American migrants on their way through Mexico. One of them, a transvestite, had been doing it for more than a decade and had received death threats.

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Though Usually Stoic, Merkel Shows Growing Ire With Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has attacked Russian actions in Ukraine, telling the German parliament that it will take long-term sanctions and perseverance to end the crisis there.

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Argentines March On Presidential Palace To Protest Inflation

Their wages have been battered by sky-high inflation. But this comes at a time when the government is in a battle with U.S. hedge funds over defaulted debt.

Former CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

The charges against the former radio host carry sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison. Ghomeshi was publicly accused of violently assaulting women during sexual encounters.

A Warning For Latin America's Faltering Economies: 'Innovate Or Die'

Latin economies thrived when prices for raw commodities soared. But with those prices down sharply, the region is hurting owing to a lack of high-tech and other cutting-edge industries.

A Somali Aid Worker Would Rather Give Out Cash Than Free Food

Degan Ali, a Somali humanitarian, tells us about her organization's efforts to fight famine in Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan.

Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

Ebola has made it harder for the prostitutes who issue a come-hither "hiss" along Lumley Beach. Customers are hard to find, pay is down, and, like everyone, the women are scared of the deadly virus.

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Why Fed Officials Are Concerned About Too Little Inflation

The U.S., Europe and Japan are seeing prices and wages rise more slowly than the 2 percent target that their central banks have set. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.

Morning Edition

Tax Fraud Case In Spain Lingers Against Barcelona Soccer Star

One of the world's most famous soccer players, Lionel Messi, has broken 2 of the game's greatest records in less than a week. But his future in Spain is clouded by a tax fraud case against him.

Hong Kong Police Arrest Protest Leaders, More Than 100 Others

Authorities cleared a major pro-democracy protest camp in a blue-collar neighborhood Wednesday. The months of fruitless demonstrating have disheartened many protesters, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.

Rare And Risky U.S. Raid Frees Hostages In Yemen

November 26, 2014

Yemeni officials say the freed captives were six Yemeni citizens, a Saudi and an Ethiopian.

U.N. Envoy Calls For ‘Firing Freeze’ In Aleppo, Syria

November 25, 2014
Staffan de Mistura is U.N. special envoy for the Syria crisis. (JC McIlwaine/United Nations)

Staffan de Mistura says limited and localized ceasefires in this historic city could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

Hagel Resigns And Iran Nuclear Deadline Is Extended

November 24, 2014
(L-R) German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a meeting in Vienna on November 24, 2014. At stake in the Austrian capital Vienna is a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions. It could end a 12-year standoff with the West that has even raised the threat of Israeli military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. AFP PHOTO /POOL /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Jim Walsh, expert in international security at MIT’s Security Studies Program, joins us to discuss these two stories.

U.S. Tries To Counter ISIS Propaganda Effort

November 24, 2014

The U.S. government is trying to counter the Islamic State’s message, but its small digital warfare unit is struggling to catch up.

Afghan Official: Suicide Attack Toll At Least 50

November 24, 2014

The death toll in Afghanistan’s deadliest insurgent attack this year has risen to at least 50, with 63 wounded, many of them children, officials said on Monday.

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 45 Afghans

November 23, 2014

Officials say the attack happened during a volleyball tournament attended by a large crowed in the Yahyakhail district late Sunday afternoon.

With Olympians Back, Boston Teams Chase Glory In Women’s Hockey

November 22, 2014
Alex Carpenter led Team USA in Sochi with four goals. Now she's skating again for Boston College. (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

In the 14-year history of the NCAA women’s ice hockey championship, no team from Boston has won a title. With five Olympians back from Sochi, the city now has three teams ranked in the top 10 and a chance to earn that first championship.

Future Murky For Brazil’s Arena Da Amazonia

November 22, 2014

The Brazilian state of Amazonas borrowed $160 million to build a new World Cup stadium. Now that the competition’s over, many are concerned about the stadium’s future. Can it bring in enough money to pay off the debt? Sam Schramski reports from Brazil.

Thai Government Clamps Down On ‘Mockingjay’ Movie

November 21, 2014
A Thai student flashes a three-finger salute, an unofficial symbol of resistance against the army's May coup, as she stands by a poster of the latest Hunger Games film, at a cinema hall in Bangkok on November 20, 2014. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

Screenings of the latest “Hunger Games” movie have been canceled, and students flashing the film’s three-finger salute have been arrested.

In Sierra Leone, A Dearth Of Ebola Treatment Centers

November 21, 2014
Nurses wearing personal protective equipment treat Ebola patients at the Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

As Ebola declines in Liberia, it’s on the rise in Sierra Leone. The outbreak has moved from a rural area to the capital.

Week In The News: Immigration Reform, Israeli Tensions, Mike Nichols Dead At 83

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

With Liberian Schools Closed Over Ebola, Mass. Nonprofit Puts Lessons On The Radio

November 20, 2014
Kebbeh Sumo and her facilitator, or “study buddy,” Francis Mulbah, work on reading and writing in the EDC-USAID workbook as the class broadcasts on the radio that sits between them. In Liberia, education leaders refer to out-of-school “youth” as anyone between the ages of 13 and 35 who has never attended school or lost out on schooling, in many cases due to the long civil war. (Courtesy EDC)

Twice a day on 10 community radio stations, which reach half the counties in Liberia, recorded lessons developed by the Waltham-based nonprofit Education Development Center teach literacy and numeracy.

Anger, Protests Grow Over Mexico’s 43 Missing Students

November 20, 2014
A students takes part in a protest by students of the Ayotzinapa school and parents of the 43 missing students in Acapulco on November 19, 2014. A caravan of students and relatives of the missing students, feared to have been massacred, came to Acapulco as part of its journey to the Mexican capital to end November 20. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

The protesters’ rallying cry: “Ya me canse” or “ya me canse del miedo” — I’ve had enough, I’ve had enough fear.

Irbil On Edge After Suicide Attack

November 20, 2014
Iraqi firefighters work at the site where a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Irbil on November 19, 2014 killing four people. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurdish capital in northern Iraq is bracing for more violence after a suicide car bombing killed at least six people yesterday.

ISIS Advertises For Oil Industry Managers

November 19, 2014
A view of the Kawergosk Refinery, some 12 miles east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on July 14, 2014. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

The militant group is reportedly advertising on the black market for people to manage its oil operations, at a salary of $225,000 per year.

Dozens Remember Rabbi With Boston Roots Killed In Jerusalem

November 19, 2014

Dozens of people gathered at the Maimonides School in Brookline to remember Rabbi Mosheh Twersky.

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