4:48am

Wed November 28, 2012
Middle East

In Syria, Aleppo Today Is Must-See TV For Survival

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 9:42 am

Aleppo Today broadcasts are simple but relay crucial information — from tank movements to Internet connectivity — to the people who remain in the embattled northern Syrian town. It relies on a network of 70 correspondents to provide a 24-hour news stream.
Aleppo Today

4:48am

Wed November 28, 2012
Politics

Incoming GOP Rep. Yoho Rejects Norquist Pledge

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Congress is negotiating with President Obama over ways to avoid higher taxes and spending cuts at the end of this year, while still reducing the federal deficit.

MONTAGNE: Democrats face pressure to reshape entitlement programs.

GREENE: And Republicans face the pressure we'll discuss this morning: pressure to accept higher taxes.

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4:40am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

In Cairo, Tensions Still High As 'Die-Hards' Continue To Protest

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:59 am

This protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square last night had a message for Egypt's president.
Khalil Hamra AP

Police have fired tear gas again in Cairo's Tahrir Square as authorities try to disperse several hundred protesters who are angry over President Mohammed Morsi's controversial grab for more power.

The crowd is much smaller than Tuesday's, according to NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, as well as correspondents from other news outlets.

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4:22am

Wed November 28, 2012
Strange News

Chinese Newspaper Fooled By Onion's 'Sexiest Man'

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:48 am

People who know The Onion is a satirical newspaper got the joke when it named North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this year's "Sexiest Man Alive." Editors at China's People's Daily newspaper did not. They picked up the story with a 55-page photo gallery of the pudgy young dictator and excerpts from the Onion's spoof — like, "This Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true."

4:17am

Wed November 28, 2012
Strange News

Student's Email To Mom Gets Shared With Thousands

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:48 am

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2:14am

Wed November 28, 2012
World

Afghan Women Make Their Mark On The Soccer Field

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:05 am

Former U.S. Olympian Lorrie Fair hugs Zahra Mahmoudi, the captain of the Afghan women's soccer team.
Sean Carberry NPR

Afghanistan first established a national women's soccer team just five years ago, and while they aren't yet World Cup material, they are making strides.

Last week, they got a little help from former U.S. Olympic soccer player Lorrie Fair, who staged a clinic in Kabul that was set up by the State Department.

Clad in her blue U.S. national team sweatsuit, Fair led the Afghan women through a series of exercises on the tennis court at the U.S. Embassy.

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2:13am

Wed November 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Victims Feel Slighted By Oklahoma Bombing Fund

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:48 am

A security guard walks along the edge of the reflecting pool, past the field of 168 empty chairs, at the Oklahoma City National Memorial in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki AP

It has been almost two decades since a truck bomb blew apart the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. Almost immediately, donations poured in from around the world to help the community recover.

Today, millions of dollars remain in a private fund to assist victims and surviving family members. But some affected by the blast say that even with all that money available, they've been denied help.

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2:13am

Wed November 28, 2012
World

In Russia, Pro-Putin Youths Protest Mormons As 'Cult'

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:48 am

Activists from the Young Guard, which supports Russian President Vladimir Putin, have been protesting the Mormon church in Russia, calling it a "totalitarian cult."
Konstantin Zavrazhin Getty Images

Young supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin have staged several protests this month outside Mormon meeting houses, claiming that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an "authoritarian sect" with connections to the CIA and FBI.

The protesters are members of the Young Guard, a youth organization of Putin's United Russia Party. They insist their actions have nothing to do with Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate and Mormon who called Russia the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the U.S.

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2:13am

Wed November 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Educators Worry Revamped GED Will Be Too Pricey

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:03 am

Administrators at the adult education center are concerned that the GED overhaul will make it harder for many test takers to complete the exam.
Diane Orson WNPR

When Toni Walker is not in Hartford, Conn., serving as a state representative, she can usually be found at the New Haven Adult and Continuing Education Center.

"We basically educate approximately 800 people a day," says Walker, an assistant principal at the center. "It is open enrollment, so when somebody gets an epiphany and says, 'I need to get my high school diploma so that I can get a job,' they can walk through the doors, and they can get [their GED] here."

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2:13am

Wed November 28, 2012
Asia

Will China's First Lady Outshine Her Husband?

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 12:03 am

A famous singer, a major general in the army and an AIDS activist, Peng Liyuan is expected to take on yet another role soon: first lady of China. Peng has been married for more than two decades to Xi Jinping, China's newly anointed leader.
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