Chinese High-Rise Worker Left Dangling After Annoyed Boy Cuts Rope

The 10-year-old watching cartoons reportedly became annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, so he took a knife and sliced through the worker's rappelling apparatus.

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Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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The Spectacle Of The Beheading: A Grisly Act With A Long History

Videos and other images of beheadings have appeared with increasing frequency in recent weeks. Dawn Perlmutter, director of the Symbol Intelligence Group, discusses the symbolism of this grim ritual.

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Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port

In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.

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The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This

In 1976, scientist Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. The epidemic today in West Africa, he says, is "absolutely unexpected and unprecedented."

Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.

Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter

Israel's recurring wars with its Arab neighbors have resulted in a weapons industry that keeps coming up with new technologies, which can then be sold abroad.

Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses

The disappearance of MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 in recent months have compounded the hit to the carrier's already shaky bottom line.

A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla

The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.

Jermaine Jones And The Bizarre Rules Of MLS

August 30, 2014
US midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up during a training session at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife on June 25, 2014 on the eve of the Group G football match between USA and Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

In a highly-criticized move, a blind draw determined whether the U.S. national team’s Jermaine Jones ended up with the Chicago Fire or the New England Revolution. Bill Littlefield looks at the oddities of the MLS “designated player” rule.

Is It Time For Tennis To Get Loud?

August 30, 2014

Tennis is famous for playing its Grand Slams on different surfaces. But the tournaments are also known for having very different sounds, from the quiet of Wimbledon to the noise of the US Open. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to make some noise about, well, noise.

New Book Details Effort To Rescue Abused, Neglected Dogs In Puerto Rico

August 29, 2014
Abandoned dogs are seen at the "Dead Dog Beach", an area that has become a dumping ground for unwanted pets, in the southeastern town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. (Herminio Rodriguez/AP)

In Puerto Rico, Stephen McGarva came to be known as the “crazy gringo” who spent thousands of dollars, and every moment of his waking time, helping and healing hundreds of abused stray dogs.

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

August 29, 2014
The Irish National team competes in the 1990 World Tug-of-War Championships. (Bob Martin/Allsport/Getty Images)

This weekend’s competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

After Two Disasters, Malaysia Airlines To Cut 6,000 Jobs

August 29, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 27. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

The airline has been losing ground for years, but the economic picture worsened in 2014 after two of its planes crashed in five months.

Americans Fighting A War Away From Home

August 29, 2014
This image obtained by NPR shows Ahmed al-Moflihi, a Yemeni-American who is believed to have fought in the Syrian civil war. (NPR)

NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston discusses her reporting on Americans who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.

ISIS Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Kurdish Fighter

August 29, 2014
Men said to be captured Kurdish soldiers were paraded before the cameras. (Screenshot via BBC)

The video also shows several men said to be captured Kurdish fighters. The Kurds are trying to stave off the advance of ISIS.

The Hotel Workers Who Saved Lives During The 2008 Mumbai Attacks

August 29, 2014
Residents of Mumbai light candles outside Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP)

Rohit Deshpande explains how employees at the Taj Mahal hotel risked their lives to save guests during the terrorist attack.

Obama’s Comment On Strategy Against ISIS Kicks Up Political Storm

August 29, 2014
President Barack Obama holds a press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 28, 2014. He signaled there would not be immediate U.S. military strikes in Syria, saying Washington was still developing a strategy on tackling the conflict there. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Asked whether he’ll consult with Congress about military plans, the president said it was too early because “we don’t have a strategy yet.”

Russia Continues To Claim It Hasn’t Invaded Ukraine

August 29, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers park their hardware on the roadside as they wait for the start of the march into the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday after three days of heavy shelling, the town's mayor said, capturing new territory far from most of their battles with government troops. (Sergei Grits/AP)

NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson joins us from the Ukrainian town said to be the next target for pro-Russian forces.

Week In The News: Ukrainian Invasion, Burger King Tax Trouble, A Gaza Ceasefire

August 29, 2014
Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.  (AP)

War moves over Syria, Ukraine. Burger King moves to Canada. Nine-year-olds and Uzis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Fighting Escalates In Ukraine

August 28, 2014
Sich special volonteer battalion members attend on August 26, 2014 an oath-taking and farewell ceremony in Kiev. The battalion is leaving the Ukrainian capital to take part in anti-terrorists operation (ATO) in the east of the country. Kiev's security services on August 26 released a video purporting to show captured 10 Russian soldiers captured on its territory who a Moscow military source claimed had crossed into Ukraine "by accident." (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s president has canceled a trip to Turkey, saying he needs to deal with “Russian troop deployments in Eastern Ukraine.”

Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola

August 28, 2014
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is among those canceling its fall programs in West Africa. Pictured are incoming freshman attending Liberty University's summer orientation. (Ty Hester/Liberty University via Facebook)

With the growing concern, many universities around the world have suspended their fall semester programs in West Africa.

Drug Addiction Treatment Is Controversial In Guatemala

August 28, 2014
One of the private rehabilitation centers that have sprung up in Guatemala City. (BBC)

The vast majority of people at treatment centers in Guatemala City were sent to rehab by their families – against their will.

Should Congress Have a Say In Further ISIS Airstrikes?

August 28, 2014
Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

NPR’s Carrie Johnson discusses whether President Obama legally needs congressional authorization to expand military action.

Ukraine And Russia At Gunpoint; The US Eyes Syria

August 27, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, center, looks at them, prior to their talks after after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP)

Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s leader meet. We’ll look at Russia and the high voltage chess game over Ukraine. Plus, we look at potential US military strikes in Syria and Iraq.

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