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11:05 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Why A 'Living' Wage Doesn't Add Up

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 2:44 pm



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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Images Appear To Confirm Removal Of Top North Korean Official

A still image taken from North Korea's state-run television footage and released Monday shows Jang Song Thaek being forcibly removed by uniformed personnel from a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang.

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:42 pm

We told you last week about a report from North Korea that an uncle of Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, was dismissed from a key defense post.

The uncle in question is Jang Song Thaek, who is married to the sister of Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il. As NPR's Scott Neuman noted, there have been previous reports of Jang's dismissal only for him to be back in power, apparently rehabilitated. Well, not this time — or so it would seem.

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The Two-Way
10:12 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Thai Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament, Calls New Elections

Anti-government protesters carry a Thai national flag as they march Monday in Bangkok.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:27 pm

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the country's Parliament on Monday and called early elections in the face of anti-government protests that began last month. But protest leaders said their goal was to rid Thai politics of her family's influence, and to that end, they want to replace Yingluck's elected government with an unelected "people's council."

A government spokesman said a new vote would be held Feb. 2, but the date must be approved by Thailand's Election Commission. Yingluck says she'll remain as caretaker leader until a new prime minister is named.

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The Protojournalist
10:11 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Project Xpat: How It Sounds To Live In Senegal

Juliana Peluso

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:59 pm

An American volunteer in the Peace Corps, Juliana Peluso, 24, lives in Kanel, Senegal, in West Africa.


What does your life sound like? Or your job? Or the place where you live? Please send a recording of four sounds that tell the story of your life or job or town — at this moment in time — to Please include your name, age and where you live. You may be contacted for a follow-up interview.

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Orc And Dagger: U.S., U.K. Reportedly Spied On Gamers Online

Gamers play at an IT fair in Germany. The NSA and a British counterpart have deployed agents into several virtual worlds, according to reports, including the online game World of Warcraft.
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 1:14 pm

U.S. and British intelligence agencies have worked to infiltrate networks of violence-prone individuals who might unite for a common cause. And in some cases, the spies are also targeting networks that aren't regional terrorist cells — they're online gaming communities, according to the latest revelation from documents given to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Riot Police Dismantle Protest Camps In Ukraine's Capital

Activists who had backed Ukraine's plan to form closer ties to the European Union try to give food to riot police officers preparing to block the Independence Square in Kiev Monday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:44 am

Ukraine's government on Monday deployed riot police near Independence Square outside Kiev's City Hall, which has been occupied by anti-government protesters for more than a week.

Update at 12:30 p.m. ET: Police Reportedly Tear Down Protest Tents

Police have started to dismantle protest camps, the BBC and the AP report. The AP also says that police were tearing down barricades that had been erected in front of municipal buildings.

In another sign of tougher government tactics, an opposition party says their offices were raided.

From the AP:

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7:57 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

In 1995, then-South African President Nelson Mandela pays tribute at a funeral service for Joe Slovo, a leading white figure in South Africa's struggle for racial equality.
Philip Littleton AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 2:11 pm

As President Obama travels to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday, it might seem as though Mandela was an eternal object of admiration for U.S. presidents and the American public. But that wasn't the case by a long shot.

During Mandela's 27 years behind bars, successive U.S. administrations worked with, or at least tolerated, South Africa's white leaders. Only in his final years of incarceration did he and the anti-apartheid movement become a cause that gained traction in the United States.

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7:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

French Troops Arrive In Central African Republic

David Greene talks with Sylvain Groulx, head of mission for Doctors without Borders in the Central African Republic, about the state of the violence there and the hopes for peace now that French troops have arrived.

7:18 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Tech Giants Call On Obama, Congress For Surveillance Changes



NPR's business news starts with a call for surveillance reform.


Strange News
7:17 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Napping United Passenger Wakes Up To A Dark, Empty Plane

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 7:18 am



Good morning. I'm David Greene. Good morning. Good morning, sir. That's what should have been said to a passenger on one United flight but no one woke up Tom Wagner. The passenger was on his way from Louisiana to California to visit his sister. He was napping when his plane landed for a layover in Houston and he awoke locked inside a dark and empty plane.