4:51am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Christian Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Cleared By Pakistani Court

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 9:34 am

Rimsha Masih (left) was flown by military helicopter to a safe location after her release on bail in September. Now, she's been cleared of a blasphemy charge.
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Rimsha Masih, the young Christian Pakistani girl whose arrest earlier this year drew international attention, has been cleared of the blasphemy charge against her.

According to NPR's Jackie Northam, who is in Islamabad, Pakistan's High Court today threw out the charge against Rimsha because there was no hard evidence that she ever burned pages of the Quran, as neighbors had charged.

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4:41am

Tue November 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Customers Help Robbed Coffee Kiosk Recover

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4:35am

Tue November 20, 2012
Asia

Chinese Grandfather Models Teen Girls' Clothes

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Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Leading with a great pair of legs helps to make it as a model. And apparently, being a 72-year-old granddad doesn't hurt. Liu Xianping advised his granddaughter on her fashion business and thoughts on mix and match, then he modeled the look. The photos went viral. Sales skyrocketed. Here's how to get the look. Pile on the layers and lace and his signature thigh-high red stockings. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:34am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

With Clinton In The Region, Israel, Hamas Continue To Trade Fire

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:53 am

Palestinians react after they checked the body of their family member killed in an Israeli air strike, at Al-Adwan Hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday.
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(We rewrote the top of this post at 6:55 p.m. ET to sum up the day's news.)

Diplomatic efforts accelerated and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the region on Tuesday, but despite the buildup, despite the rumors of imminent peace, there was no cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

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3:37am

Tue November 20, 2012
Middle East

Gaza Strip Crisis Unites Palestinian Factions

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:52 am

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For more on the politics within the Palestinian territories, we turn now to NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Gaza. He reports that the current conflict has helped unite Palestine's various factions and strengthened Hamas' domestic political position.

ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: A video on the Internet shows a concealed metal trapdoor in the ground opening automatically. On the underside of the door are missile tubes and the flag of the Islamic Jihad movement.

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3:34am

Tue November 20, 2012
Middle East

Push For Diplomatic Solution In Gaza Ramps Up

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:51 am

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Even as talk grows louder about a possible truce, intense air assaults went back and forth over the Israeli and Gaza border today. More Palestinians were killed overnight, pushing the death toll for days of fighting to over 100 for Palestinians and three Israelis.

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2:23am

Tue November 20, 2012
Middle East

Update On Gaza Conflict

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:52 am

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't be hurrying home today, along with the president, but rather she's going to Jerusalem. There, she'll meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then on to meetings with Palestinians on the West Bank - and then to Cairo. The swirl of diplomatic activity is aimed at brokering a truce between Israel and Gaza. Rockets and missiles continue to fly, today, between Israel and the Hamas militants that now control Gaza.

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2:23am

Tue November 20, 2012
Asia

Obama In Cambodia For East Asia Summit

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 4:04 am

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

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And I'm Linda Wertheimer in for Steve Inskeep.

After attending the annual summit of Southeast Asian leaders, President Obama is winging his way home this morning. And tomorrow, he'll issue the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardon. Then after the holiday it's back to budget talks with congressional leaders deciding what else might be spared, and what government programs or tax breaks might feel the knife.

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2:23am

Tue November 20, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 4:29 am

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And today's last word in business: 'Tis the season for shopping days with names.

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It's not just Black Friday anymore. With stores opening earlier and earlier, Black Friday is fast becoming Black Thursday. You might still go out and bargain hunt on Friday, but be warned, there's no rest for you on Saturday. There's now Small Business Saturday, when shoppers are encouraged to buy from local stores.

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2:23am

Tue November 20, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 4:25 am

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NPR's business news begins with mortgage hiring.

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WERTHEIMER: Banks are rushing to add employees to meet the demand for home loans. Low interest rates have sparked a record wave of mortgage activity, and the need for more people to process the paperwork. Mortgage employment rose by 9 percent this year, to its highest level since the financial crisis in 2008. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

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