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Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima

Foods from Fukushima, Japan, are back to pre-accident levels of radiation but people still aren't eating them. One way to ease concerns: a chemical that blocks radioactive cesium from entering plants.

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'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

The opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party in the Israeli elections calls itself the "Zionist Union" as it looks to claim the country's middle-ground voters.

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Kurdish-German Journalist Makes Light Of Hate Mail In Spoken Word Act

NPR's Audie Cornish meets journalist Mely Kiyak, a German-born daughter of Kurds from Turkey. In her spoken word performance, she stages readings of hate mail directed at people of foreign origins.

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Boko Haram Takes A Page From ISIS Propaganda Playbook

The Nigerian Islamist militant group has traded grainy videos for slick productions. This week, Boko Haram posted a video purportedly showing the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying.

Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle In Tikrit

Iraqi army forces, Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga are battling to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State extremists.

Why Is The VP Of Sierra Leone Running The Country By Laptop?

He quarantined himself because his bodyguard died of Ebola. The virus is still taking a toll, with 81 new cases last week. Maybe it's because people are no longer being careful.

'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

Two giant robots have directed traffic in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. This week three others joined them.

Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

While on vacation in the U.S., Ryan Pate called Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics "backstabbers" and described Arabs as "filthy." He was arrested upon his return. He faces 5 years in prison.

India Threatens BBC Over Decision To Air Rape Documentary In U.K.

The government, which has banned the Indian media from broadcasting India's Daughter or even showing clips from it pending an investigation, also ordered YouTube to take down the documentary.

Singapore Court Sentences 2 Germans To Caning And Jail Over Graffiti

The pair were tracked down and arrested in Malaysia last November. For spray-painting graffiti on a commuter train car, they are sentenced to nine months in prison and three strokes from a cane.

Week In The News: Netanyahu's Speech, Hillary's Email And Obamacare At Court

March 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. (AP)

Netanyahu’s speech. Hillary Clinton’s email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Fight Against Illegal Logging On Behalf Of Butterflies

March 5, 2015
Monarch butterflies are pictured on December 10, 2008, at the Sierra del Chincua sancturay in Angangueo, in the Mexican state of Michoacan. (Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images)

The Monarch butterfly is an icon in Mexico, but the country hasn’t always done an exemplary job protecting the migratory insect.

Increase In Military Spending Makes China's Neighbor's Uneasy

March 5, 2015
J-10 fighter jets of the Bayi Aerobatic Team of PLA's (Peoples Liberation Army) Air Force perform during a flight at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province on November 11, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Anthony Kuhn explains why the 10 percent rise in spending is causing worry, and why it could actually help curb corruption.

Sectarian Divide Clouds Fight For Tikrit

March 5, 2015
Iraqi government forces and allied militias take position in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salaheddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State group, on March 2, 2015. Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds. Iraqi forces tried and failed several times to wrest back Tikrit, a Sunni Arab city on the Tigris river about 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Baghdad. (Younis Al-Bayati/AFP/Getty Images)

Reporter Mitchell Prothero says “to be a Sunni in Iraq who doesn’t support ISIS right now is a very dangerous place to be.”

Can A Rugby Player Tackle The NFL?

March 4, 2015
Former rugby star Jarryd Hayne signed a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The Seattle Seahawks and Detroit lions were also interested in signing Hayne.

Former Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne signed a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers and hopes to earn a roster spot in 2015.

70 Years After Hitler’s Death, Germany To Republish ‘Mein Kampf’

March 4, 2015
One of two rare copies of "Mein Kampf," signed by the young Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and due for auction, are pictured in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 2014. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The new annotated edition of the book will mark the first time in decades that the text will be found in German bookstores.

Many In Liberia Suffer Lasting Legacy Of Ebola

March 4, 2015

Ebola has exacted a heavy price in Liberia, where more than 4,000 people have died from the virus.

Tension Grows Between U.S. And Venezuela

March 4, 2015
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 26th anniversary of El Caracazo -- a deadly popular revolt -- in Caracas on February 28, 2015. Maduro announced he was implementing a mandatory visa system for all U.S. citizens visiting the country, as a way to 'control' U.S. interference. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela has announced that Americans will now have to pay for travel visas to enter the country.

Israeli Leader Uses Speech To Warn Against Trusting Iran

March 3, 2015
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress without informing the White House. Looking on are House Speaker John Boehner (left) and President pro tempore of the Senate Sen. Orrin Hatch. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program would actually pave the way for developing a weapon.

Netanyahu Assails Iran-Nuclear Talks In Congress Address

March 3, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Netanyahu said the world must unite to "stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror." House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah listen. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The Israeli prime minister said the negotiations would “all but guarantee” Tehran will get nuclear weapons.

Watch: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses Congress

March 3, 2015

In a controversial speech to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Iran.

Iraq Launches Offensive Against ISIS

March 2, 2015
This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo via militant website)

Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces today began a large-scale military operation to recapture Tikrit.

Week In Politics: Israeli Prime Minister And The Fight Over DHS Funding

March 2, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, D.C., on March 2, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Ron Elving discusses Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S., as well as the battle over Department of Homeland Security funding.

Russian Opposition MP Reacts To Nemtsov Killing

March 2, 2015
Ilya Ponomarev, a lawmaker of the Just Russia Party, speaks at a press conference in Moscow, on October 23, 2012. (Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images)

The sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea discusses the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations And The Netanyahu Speech

March 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Longtime Friend Pays Tribute To Boris Nemtsov

February 28, 2015

The speech comes after the murder of Boris Nemtsov, who was fatally shot Friday on a street in Moscow.

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