Parallels
2:14 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Afghan Brides Dress To Impress, Fueling An Unlikely Business Boom

At the Romez Store in Kabul, brides-to-be can place custom orders for dresses costing upwards of $900, which is three times the average monthly wage in Afghanistan.
Sean Carberry NPR

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:05 am

Afghans live in one of the world's poorest countries — but you wouldn't know that from their lavish wedding ceremonies. Families sell possessions and borrow money to rent expensive wedding halls for hundreds of guests. This wedding culture is part of the reason there's been a boom in women's dress shops in my neighborhood in Kabul, the Afghan capital.

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Iraq
2:13 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Militias Around Baghdad Defend Against Islamic State Militants

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Iraq
2:13 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

As U.S. Strikes Targets In Iraq, A Sense Of Deja Vu

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Middle East
2:13 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Israel, Hamas Both Accused Of War Crimes In Gaza Conflict

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Parallels
2:13 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Fear Of Tunnels, Not Rockets, Rattles Israeli Community

An Israeli soldier stands inside an underground tunnel built by Hamas militants leading from the Gaza Strip into Southern Israel. Israel says it has destroyed 32 similar tunnels so far in the nearly monthlong conflict.
Ilia Yefimovich Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 2:14 pm

In the ongoing war with Hamas, Israel says it is looking for new technology to help detect and destroy tunnels used by Islamist militants.

Israel says 32 tunnels have been demolished so far in the conflict, but there are concerns others remain. In the town of Netiv Ha'asara, along the border with Gaza, the discovery of one tunnel is forcing residents to question whether to remain.

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Fresh Air Weekend
1:27 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: Allison Janney, Jason Hamacher, Pinterest And Interactive TV

On Masters of Sex, Allison Janney plays Margaret Scully. Janney was nominated for an Emmy as outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her performance.
Frank W Ockenfels 3 Showtime

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:

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Ukraine Rebels Reportedly Make Cease-Fire Offer

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 9:24 am

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET.

Amid reports that Ukraine army forces are closing in on rebel-held Donetsk, the leader of the separatist insurgents says his fighters would accept a cease-fire to avoid a looming humanitarian crisis.

The Associated Press says:

"There was no immediate government response to the statement Saturday from Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the so-called prime minister of the Donetsk separatists.

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Code Switch
10:24 am
Sat August 9, 2014

'Are You, Like, African-AMERICAN Or AFRICAN-American?'

President Obama spoke to young Africans who were held up as future leaders during this week's Africa Summit.
Charles Dharapak AP

Over at NewsOne, Donovan X. Ramsey contrasted two approaches President Obama has taken with black audiences: 1) the finger-wagging, pull-up-your-pants approach that he often takes with African-Americans, like the graduates at all-male Morehouse College ("We've got no time for excuses ... nobody is going to give you anything you haven't earned"), and 2) the laudatory tone he took with young African leaders who traveled to D.C. this week for the Africa Summit.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency

President Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Saturday. He said the situation in Iraq amounts to a "long-term project."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 9:27 am

Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET.

President Obama says that the U.S. will continue to provide Iraq with humanitarian and military assistance, but he ruled out ground troops and reiterated administration calls for Iraq to form a "legitimate" government in order to face the threat from Islamic militants.

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Europe
7:08 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Exasperating Detour Drives One Brit To Build His Own Road

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Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:40 am

Most people have been frustrated at least once in their driving lives by construction delays and detours.

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