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Berlusconi Hopes Social Media Will Aid In His Political Comeback

Italy holds regional elections on Sunday. Trying to make a comeback is scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. This time around, he has discovered social media as a campaign tool.

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Canada Cuts Down On Red Tape. Could It Work In The U.S.?

Canada says it's the first country with a law that eliminates one regulation for every new measure that's adopted. The One-for-One Rule is designed to ease the burden on businesses.

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Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

The renowned Spanish museum has made 3-D copies of some of its most iconic works to allow blind people to feel them.

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World Health Organization Considers Measures To Quicken Outbreak Response

The consensus is that the World Health Organization's performance on Ebola was miserable. At the agency's annual meeting, the WHO is set to adopt reforms to make sure what happened with Ebola doesn't happen again.

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After Fall Of Ramadi, Iraqi Troops Hope For More U.S. Support

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris about how the city of Ramadi, Iraq, fell to the self-declared Islamic State. She says Iraqi troops in the city were worn down.

Iraq, Iran Push Back Against Defense Secretary's Comments On Iraqi Forces

In an interview Sunday with CNN, Ash Carter said Iraqi forces lacked the "will to fight" ISIS in Anbar Province and its capital, Ramadi.

Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

Most of the victims are believed to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. They are held until their families pay more money, which few can afford to do.

Ex-Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Corruption Trial

Olmert, who led Israel until 2009, unlawfully accepted money from a U.S. supporter. He is appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.

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From 'Occupying' A Spanish Bank To City Hall: Barcelona's New Mayor

The status quo took a hit in Spanish elections over the weekend. A major upset came in Barcelona with a win by Ada Colau, a prominent activist who fought evictions during Spain's economic crisis.

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With Limited U.S. Troops, Afghan Forces Take The Brunt In Fight Against Taliban

Renee Montagne talks with U.S. Army General John Campbell, about how Afghan forces are faring against the Taliban now that they are fighting combat missions largely on their own.

The Last Unicorn

May 26, 2015
The Last Unicorn, by William DeBuys

With guest host Jane Clayson. Endangered species and the search for one of the world’s rarest creatures deep into the wilds of central Laos. Guests William DeBuys, Conservationist and author of The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures.  Azzedine Downes, CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. (@AzzedineTDownes) Reading List The New York […]

Presidential Elections In Burundi Delayed

May 25, 2015

Amidst violent protests and a coup attempt, the president of Burundi has postponed the election — that was scheduled for tomorrow — until next month.

Sport Is Politics For 73-Year-Old FC Barcelona Fan

May 23, 2015
Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

Sixty-six years ago, Marti Dalmases’ father signed him up as a member of the FC Barcelona fan club. The 73-year-old estimates he’s now seen about 2,500 matches. He talked with Only A Game’s Ian Mount about the politics of soccer in Spain, archrival Real Madrid and next week’s Copa Del Rey Final, which Barca will be looking to win.

Both Sides Say Ireland Has Voted To Legalize Gay Marriage

May 23, 2015

Leaders on both sides of Ireland’s gay marriage campaign say advocates of legalization have won a resounding victory with the ballot count still underway.

ISIS Gains Ground In Iraq And Syria

May 22, 2015
A view of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra one day after the self-proclaimed Islamic State fired rockets into the city on May 17, 2015. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The extremists have seized the last Syrian-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, as well as a famous archaeological site.

Beatification Of Oscar Romero Marks Turning Point For Catholic Church

May 22, 2015
A mural of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero decorates a wall where students sit in a plaza in Panchimalco, El Salvador, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Salvador Melendez/AP)

The church and El Salvador have been deeply divided over the late archbishop, who spoke out against the country’s brutal military regime.

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

May 22, 2015
A man walks past billboard posters promoting the Yes campaign in favor of same-sex marriage on May 22, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Voters in the Republic of Ireland are taking part in a referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage on Friday. The referendum is being held 22 years after Ireland decriminalized homosexuality with more than 3.2 million people being asked whether they want to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The referendum legalizing same-sex marriage in Ireland is expected to pass with more than two-thirds support.

Week In The News: ISIS, Airbags, Goodbye Letterman

May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jailed Journalist Goes On Trial In Iran Next Week

May 21, 2015
In this photo taken on April 11, 2013, Jason Rezaian, right, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian correspondent for the Abu Dhabi-based daily newspaper The National, smile as they attend a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian has been held in custody for more than a year.

Historic Syrian Site Endangered By ISIS

May 21, 2015
This photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. When Islamic State fighters routed Syrian government forces and took control of the ruins of Palmyra Thursday, May 21, 2015 morning, the ancient city became the latest archaeological heritage site to fall into the hands of the militant group. (SANA via AP)

Palmyra is a Unesco World Heritage site and there are concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins.

The Arctic Rush

May 21, 2015
Ships dock at the piers at the seaport town of Murmansk on the Kola peninsula in Russia. Russian authorities have detained a Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and 27 crew and they face charges when they arrived at Murmansk. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

The Arctic Circle is opening up at a gallop as the ice disappears. Oil, gold, armies, spies. Big opportunities and fear of the consequences.

Pandas’ Bamboo Diet May Endanger Them

May 20, 2015
New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they're not very good at being vegetarian, or digesting bamboo. (Nathan Rupert/Flickr)

New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they would be better suited to eat meat than plants.

One Young Greek Explains Why So Many Are Leaving

May 20, 2015
Alkistis Anagnostopoulou-Merkouri, 20, hopes to leave Greece for good. (LinkedIn)

Alkistis Anagnostopoulou-Merkouri, a 20-year-old college student, talks about her life in Athens and why she wants to leave for good.

A Grim Outlook As Greece Struggles To Repay Its Debts

May 20, 2015
Greek and E.U. flags flutter in front of the prime minister's office in Athens during his meeting with top ministers on May 13, 2015. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

A government official says Greece won’t be able to make an upcoming debt repayment unless a deal is reached to unlock bailout funds.

Ramadi Falls. Is Iraq Over?

May 20, 2015
Iraqi security forces guard displaced Iraqis from Ramadi as they cross the Bzebiz bridge after spending the night walking towards Baghdad. (Hadi Mizban/AP)

The ISIS flag now flies over Ramadi. US and Iraqi forces are mobilizing to take it back. But can they? And what if they can’t?

Can Boston Lose Its 2024 Olympic Bid?

May 19, 2015
The Boston Skyline is seen from Cambridge, Mass. in April 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

U.S. Olympic Committee selected Boston, but a member of the committee says “there’s no guarantee that Boston will be the city.”

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