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Britain's Muslims Still Feel The Need To Explain Themselves

Many young Muslims say they feel part of their communities in Britain but have to deal with a range of misconceptions.

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Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

A new service in a Portuguese city not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but it also helps collect data that makes the municipality run more efficiently.

How 'Flower Beds' Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies

When mothers need day care for their children, the best person to turn to might be another mother. That's the lesson of the new cooperative nurseries in an Indian state.

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Netanyahu Insists D.C. Visit Not Intended To Pull Israel Into Partisan Debate

Two weeks ahead of elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a controversial visit to Washington, D.C., on Monday with a speech to the pro-Israel AIPAC conference.

Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwean ruler reportedly served pachyderm at his 91st birthday party. Does anyone else do that? Turns out, yes.

Riddle Of Mysterious Tunnel Solved, Toronto Police Say

Two men claimed they dug the tunnel for "personal reasons," police say. The case has since been closed.

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A New Front In The Ukrainian Conflict: Russian Gas Imports

Russia has cut off Ukraine's gas supplies in the past and is threatening to do it again. The latest payment dispute comes at a sensitive moment in the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Fiji Launches Contest To Design New National Flag

The South Pacific nation wants to replace its flag, which has a Union Jack and a shield that bears the country's coat of arms. The current flag was adopted in 1970 following independence from Britain.

Netanyahu: U.S., Israel Agree On No Nukes For Iran, Split On How To Get There

But, the Israeli premier told AIPAC, reports of a decline in ties between the allies were "not only premature, they're just wrong." The remarks come amid tensions between the countries.

Netanyahu In Washington For Controversial Speech To Congress

"The move has created bad blood between Netanyahu and Obama, and relations between the two countries have suffered," NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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.

In Ukraine, Russian Military Threat Remains

February 27, 2015
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a ceasefire holds between government troops and pro-Russian rebels in the east. (Ukraine National Security and Defense Council)

Despite a ceasefire agreement, fighting continues in the Ukraine city of Mariupol, just 37 miles from the Russian border.

U.S. And Israeli Politics At Play In Netanyahu Speech To Congress

February 27, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans on speaking to Congress on March 3, 2015. His visit is highly controversial, even among the White House Administration. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama does not plan to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in town to speak to Congress.

Why Can’t We Beat ISIS?

February 27, 2015
In this handout image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, during flight on September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a strike package that was engaging ISIL targets in Syria. (Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland/U.S. Air Force via Getty Images)

For all of the destruction, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is relatively small, but a military strategist says “we allowed ISIS to build up.”

How Did 3 London Schoolgirls Make It To Syria?

February 27, 2015
Renu Begum, eldest sister of Shamima Begum, 15, holds her sister's photo as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, as the relatives of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have pleaded for them to return home, on February 22, 2015 in London, England. (Laura Lean/WPA via Getty Images)

The girls successfully crossed the border, authorities say, likely to join the group that calls itself the Islamic State. But how did they do it?

Putin’s Opposition: Russian Parliament Member Speaks Out

February 27, 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)

Ilya Ponomarev was the sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea. He joins us.

Week In The News: DHS Shutdown Risk, Net Neutrality Win, Snowy South

February 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

February 26, 2015
Peter Bloom of Rhizomatica meets with the authorities in Tlahuitoltepec Mixe, Oaxaca. Rhizomatica is a non-profit group in Oaxaca city that has helped 16 remote villages install and operate their own cell phone networks. (

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.

Pakistanis Must Get Fingerprinted To Use Cellphones

February 26, 2015
A Pakistani mobile vendor (center) deals with customers at his roadside stall in Rawalpindi on January 6, 2015. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)

Cellphone users across Pakistan are lining up to get fingerprinted. The government says it will cut off service to unregistered phones.

Rep. McGovern Won’t Attend Netanyahu Address

February 26, 2015
Democratic Rep. James McGovern (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

“I think the timing and the circumstances of this speech are deeply troubling,” the Democrat told WBUR.

Fearful Of ISIS, Saudis Continue To Fortify Border With Iraq

February 26, 2015
Saudi border guards monitor cameras and radars on surveillance screens of the Saudi northern border with Iraq at Arar regional command and control center headquarters in Arar city, on February 23, 2015. (Ian Timberlake/AFP/Getty Images)

As more of its young men join ISIS, Saudi special forces have begun large-scale exercises to protect its northern border with Iraq.

Political Pressures Weigh On Homeland Security Funding

February 24, 2015
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington. (AP)

A battle over executive action on immigration, could lead by Friday to a funding cutoff for the Department of Homeland Security. We’ll look at the showdown and consequences.

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