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7:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Mortar Attack Hits Election Rally In Syria, Killing 21

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:16 pm

A campaign rally for Syria's President Bashar Assad was hit by mortar fire Thursday evening, as rebels struck the event in the southern city of Daraa. At least 21 people died in the attack, which comes weeks before Syria's presidential election.

From Beirut, Alison Meuse reports for our Newscast unit:

"Mortar fire slammed into a pro-Assad electoral tent. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 people were killed in the attack. The dead included a child and six loyalist militiamen.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Phone Home? NASA wants us to be ready to understand messages from potentially "a species that is radically Other."
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:43 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Thai Military Detains Ousted Prime Minister, Bans Negative Press

Thai soldiers patrol on a scooter Friday near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok. Thailand's ruling military summoned leaders of the ousted government to meetings today. Restrictions on TV broadcasts have led Thai citizens to ask for more variety.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 11:21 am

One day after staging a coup, Thailand's military summoned leaders of the ousted government and other political figures to a meeting Friday. More than 150 people were ordered to convene at the Royal Thai Army auditorium — or risk arrest and possible charges.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: Ousted PM Yingluck Detained

Thailand's army has detained deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after holding meetings with her and other politicians. She has reportedly been taken to an army base, along with members of her family who were also in the government.

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Around the Nation
6:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Website Reveals Top Google Searches In Each State

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Elvis in Tennessee. Bon Jovi in New Jersey. Those are two of the top Google searches discovered by the website Estately. The words are questions each state was searching more than any others. Many of the results fit. Alligator wrestling topped the search field in Florida, football in Minnesota. Others may cause you to raise an eyebrow - like back shaving in Pennsylvania or the question plaguing Texans: Are dinosaurs real? It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Energy
5:59 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Last month the Obama administration put off a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The project has been enormously controversial. It would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This morning we examine what's at stake for the oil industry and for energy production. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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Asia
5:54 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Day After Bombing, Chinese City Very Tense

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:45 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Men driving SUVs plowed into a crowded vegetable market in China yesterday and threw explosive devices out of their vehicles. At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 injured. The attack took place in Urumqi, which is the capital of China's northwest region. It has a heavy concentration of Muslims. It is the second major attack in that city in less than a month. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in Urumqi and is on the line with us right now. Good morning, Frank.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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Middle East
5:54 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Mortar Shell Hits Syrian Regime Rally

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 2:29 pm

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Syria is also holding a presidential election. That election will be next month and it comes in the third year of a civil war. President Bashar al-Assad intends to be reelected. Today in the southern city of Daraa, a mortar shell landed on a tent being used by the president's campaign.

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An independent group based in the UK said 21 people were killed. Syria's state media blamed the attack on rebels.

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Europe
5:11 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West.

Code Switch
5:03 am
Fri May 23, 2014

'Unmosqued' Examines Muslim Variant Of Unchurched Youth

Zain Lodhia plays an original song at a Mawlid, a birthday celebration for the Prophet Muhammad. The event was sponsored by the Webb Foundation, a so-called "Third Space" Muslim faith community outside the traditional mosque.
Monique Parsons NPR

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 10:00 am

There's a new film screening on American college campuses this spring that's sparking lively debate among Muslim students. Unmosqued depicts a younger generation of American Muslims drifting away from Islam, and it argues that mosques bear the blame.

Recently several hundred people gathered at the Webb Foundation to celebrate Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The foundation is named after an early American convert to Islam. There's no dome, minaret or even a building. It's known for service projects, good Sunday schools and father-daughter camping trips.

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Europe
4:59 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Britain's Right-Wing Party Make Gains In EU Parliament Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:42 am

British voters went to the polls Thursday in European and local elections. The vote is key for the UK Independence Party, whose anti-Europe and anti-immigration views struck a chord with some Britons.

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