1:14pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Parallels

Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:44 pm

Smoke rises from buildings in May after shelling on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which is currently held by anti-government fighters. Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs.
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Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.

Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.

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12:24pm

Sat July 26, 2014
The Two-Way

North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

South Koreans at the Seoul train station watch a TV news program showing a June missile launch conducted by the North.
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North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, according to The Associated Press, which quotes an unnamed South Korean official.

The test is described as beginning with a launch in the country's southwest Hwanghae province on Saturday morning and ending when the missile landed off the east coast at the end of a 310-mile flight path.

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12:08pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:18 am

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People: Modeled after the groundbreaking feminist health manual Our Bodies, Ourselves, the book details the social, political and medical issues faced by transgender people.

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Middle East

Is Hezbollah Hesitant To Help Hamas?

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Politics

Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
History

Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Digital Life

Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Remembrances

Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Sports

NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:15am

Sat July 26, 2014
Strange News

Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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