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As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

International banks are promising nearly a billion dollars in aid to the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. The number of weekly cases has dropped below 40 — the lowest level since last May.

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Syrian Government Believed To Be Behind Chlorine Gas Attack

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with chemical weapons expert Amy Smithson about the use of chlorine gas as a weapon in Syria. She says it is a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Lawmakers Approve Bill To Help Finalize Asia-Pacific Trade Deal

Senate negotiators move forward on legislation that would give President Obama the authority to negotiate a sweeping trade accord. That deal, however, will align Obama with Republicans and pit him against Democrats.

U.N., Oxfam Report At Least 120,000 Displaced In Yemen Fighting

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says estimates for the number of internally displaced persons ranges from 120,000 to 150,000. Separately, Oxfam puts the figure at 121,000.

#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to make the world better without relying on charity. It's called social entrepreneurship, and its rising stars showed us how it works at a conference in Oxford.

Violence Against Immigrants In South Africa Turns Deadly

At least five people have been killed, immigrant-owned businesses have been attacked and thousands have sought refuge at temporary shelters. The government has condemned the violence.

Key Figure In Saddam's Regime Reportedly Killed By Iraqi Forces

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is the "king of clubs" in a pack of playing cards issued to U.S. troops to help identify Iraqi officials. He is thought to have been instrumental in the sudden rise of ISIS.

Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.

Bloomberg Terminals Go Dark For Hours, Sending Ripples Through Markets

The financial "screens" went dark for several hours during trading in London and Asia causing, among other disruptions, a delay in a British government debt issue.

Video Of Apparent Chemical Attack In Syria Moves U.N. To Tears

April 17, 2015
A U.N. team scheduled to investigate an alleged chemical attack leaves its hotel in a convoy, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. (AP)

The footage is said to show the unsuccessful attempts of doctors to revive three young children after a chlorine gas attack.

22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

April 17, 2015
Sarah Outen kayaks off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, June 2014 (Courtesy of Sarah Outen)

Sarah Outen, 29, began her self-propelled round-the-world voyage in 2011 in London. The final leg would make history.

Republicans Support Obama’s Fast-Track Authority For Asian Trade Deal

April 17, 2015
U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (third from right) talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (third from right) on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other issues at the start of talks at the latter's official residence in Tokyo in Tokyo on February 19, 2015. (Kimimasa Mayama/AFP/Getty Images)

The support from Republicans puts the president in an awkward situation. Many Democrats say the deal would hurt American workers.

Week In The News: Hillary Is In, Iran Deal Details, Blackwater Sentencing

April 17, 2015
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters as his wife Jeanette joins him on stage, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP)

Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

South Korean Ferry Will Be Salvaged

April 16, 2015
In this handout provided by Donga Daily, The Republic of Korea Coast Guard work at the site of ferry sinking accident off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014, in Jindo-gun, South Korea. (Park Young-Chul/Donga Daily via Getty Images)

On the one-year anniversary of the sinking that killed more than 300 people, NPR’s Elise Hu discusses how regulations have changed.

Killer Robots: Be Prepared

April 16, 2015
A Northrop Grumman unnamed X-47B UCAS at its unveiling. (Courtesy  Northrop Grumman )

Lethal weapons – killer robots – are coming. Now the UN is looking at how to respond. We’ll get the latest.

Remembering Eduardo Galeano, Writer And Soccer Lover

April 15, 2015
Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano reads from his new book "Los hijos de los dias" (The sons of the days) at the Solis Theater in Montevideo on April 3, 2012. Galeano died in Montevideo on April 13, 2015 at the age of 74. (MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)

Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, known partly for his books about soccer, passed away Monday at the age of 74. Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield remembers Galeano’s writing.

One Year Later, Nigerians In Boston Mark Anniversary Of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

April 15, 2015
Protesters holds up placards demanding help from the Nigerian government to find the 219 girls who remain missing on the first anniversary of the kidnapping by Islamic extremists, during a demonstration Tuesday outside the Nigerian High Commission in London. April 14 marked one year since the abduction from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, but Nigeria President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday that "We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown." (Alastair Grant/AP)

As Boston marks two years since the marathon bombing, local Nigerians are raising awareness about another act of terror — the mass kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, one year ago.

European Union Targets Google Tactics

April 15, 2015
This picture taken on May 13, 2013 in the French western city of Rennes shows a woman using Google on her tablet. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU says Google unfairly promotes its own service over competitors, regardless of whether it’s the most “relevant response.”

Covering The World With John Burns

April 15, 2015
John Burns on location in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. (Ashley Gilbertson / New York Times)

Famed correspondent John Burns has covered the world for 40 years for the New York Times. He’s hanging up his notebook. He joins us.

Russia-Iran Arms Deal Could Complicate Nuclear Talks

April 14, 2015
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes with his Iran's counterpart Hassan Rouhani during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai on May 21, 2014. (Alexey Druzhini/AFP/Getty Images)

The deal, which would send Russian missiles to Iran, could threaten the tenuous agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

Gay Russian Couple Seeks Asylum In U.S.

April 14, 2015
Igor Bazilevskii, left, and Andrew Nasonov are a married couple seeking asylum in the U.S. because of anti-gay propaganda laws in their home country of Russia. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Nasonov)

Andrew Nasonov and Igor Bazilevskii are among the dozens of LGBT Russians who have come to the U.S. to escape persecution.

‘We Need More,’ Iraqi PM Tells President Obama

April 14, 2015
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, holds a new conference before leaving to the United States at Baghdad airport, Iraq, Monday, April 13, 2015. The prime minister is making an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama for more help in defeating the Islamic State militants, hoping recent gains in the fight fueled by U.S. airstrikes will encourage more investment from a war-weary United States. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama today for more help defeating ISIS.

One Year On, Nigerians Still Fighting To ‘Bring Back Our Girls’

April 14, 2015
The latest video released by Boko Haram of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls shows the girls dressed in full hijab and chanting passages from the Koran. (Screenshot)

Nigeria’s president-elect says his government will do everything it can, but he “cannot promise that we can find them.”

An Iranian View On The Nuclear Framework Agreement

April 14, 2015
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, accompanied by the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, right, and his chief of staff Mohammad Nahavandian, listens to Iran's national anthem while attending a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015.  (AP)

How the nuclear deal looks from Iran, from the Ayatollah to the men and women on the street.

Cuba Eyes Economic Gain With Thaw In U.S. Relations

April 13, 2015
Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro made history this weekend when they sat down together in Panama.

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