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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Sat May 10, 2014

South Sudanese Leaders Sign Cease-Fire Agreement

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (left) and rebel leader Riek Machar (right) shake hands and pray before signing an agreement of the cease-fire of the South Sudan conflict on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Elias Asmare AP

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:57 am

South Sudan's president has signed an agreement with a rebel leader that calls for the "immediate cessation of hostilities."

As NPR's Gregory Warner has been reporting, a political tug of war between two rivals has spiraled into "tit-for-tat ethnic killing" that has threatened to tear apart the world's youngest country.

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The Two-Way
7:28 am
Sat May 10, 2014

3 Dead After Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire In Virginia

This photo provided by Nancy Johnson shows what authorities say is a hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed in Virginia on Friday.
Nancy Johnson AP

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 2:07 pm

(This post was updated at 3:04 p.m. ET. on Sunday, May 11)

Three people after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed near Doswell, Va., on Friday night.

The family has identified the missing woman as Natalie Lewis, a University of Richmond women's basketball team staff member, according to the Associated Press.

During a televised press conference on Saturday, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the operation had now transitioned into a recovery effort.

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Latin America
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Mexican Vigilantes Keep Arms Despite Deadline

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 5:28 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Mexican authorities have given vigilantes in the western state of Michoacan a deadline. By today, they've got to register their arms and either store them away or join an official police force.

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Africa
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

How Much Can The U.S. Do For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls?

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 5:23 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. More than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing after being kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The Nigerian government has faced criticism for being slow to react to the crime. And this week, the U.S. said it would send a small team of advisers to Nigeria as will the U.K., China and France. President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the international community at the World Economic Forum on Thursday.

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Asia
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:44 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. A lot of Chinese websites seem to have a different form of URLs or web addresses. They use numbers not the names, long numbers too, seemingly at random. McDonald's website isn't spelled McDonald's, it's 4008-517-517.cn. A dating website is 5201314.com. Why? Christopher Beam, staff writer with The New Republic who lives in Beijing, wondered and that's when he began to notice that the numbers are hardly random. Mr. Beam joins us from Beijing. Thanks very much for being with us.

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Europe
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Russia's Independent Media All But Silenced

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 5:25 pm

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Europe
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

On Eve Of Referendum, Many Fear For Ukrainian Economy

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 5:27 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Separatists in eastern Ukraine are asking voters to take part in an unauthorized referendum tomorrow on whether to make their region independent. Many Ukrainians believe that a yes vote will lead Russia to annex their territory as in Crimea. This latest referendum comes at a time of heightened tensions.

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Author Interviews
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Seeing The Whole Picture In We'll Go To 'Coney Island'

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:44 am

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Music Interviews
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

The Music Of Oak And Forest Sprite Blend In Sylvan Esso

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:28 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLAY IT RIGHT")

MOUNTAIN MAN: (Singing) When the sounds come together so close to my face...

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

A few years ago, Amelia Meath's folksy group Mountain Man recorded this song, called "Play It Right." Then a chance encounter with an electronic music producer named Nick Sanborn led to this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLAY IT RIGHT")

MOUNTAIN MAN: (Singing) Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right. Play it right...

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Around the Nation
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Neurosurgeons Express Their Medical Challenges Through Art

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:44 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Neurosurgery is a stressful occupation. So is being a neurosurgical patient. With their superior eyes and hand skills, some neurosurgeons are turning to making art, and several are getting exposure at art exhibits throughout the country - including at this year's annual meeting of neurosurgeons. From member station KQED in San Francisco, April Dembosky sent us this audio postcard.

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