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9:12am

Sat July 19, 2014
Iraq

Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 5:34 pm

Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Sunni extremists fled to the Kurdish city of Erbil, where they lined up here on June 12 at a checkpoint before entering.
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A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.

The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.

The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.

"My town is gone," says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. "They bombed all our houses. Everything we have is gone."

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8:33am

Sat July 19, 2014
World

Inspectors Struggle To Collect Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:11 am

At the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in eastern Ukraine, inspector Michael Bociurkiw says rebels have allowed some access, but the inspectors are hampered by a lack of equipment.

7:30am

Sat July 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 8:22 pm

Truvada has been around for a decade as a treatment for people who are already HIV-positive. In the last few years, it has also been shown to prevent new infections, and New York officials are embracing the pill as a way to prevent the spread of AIDS.
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AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. They'll be mourning dozens of colleagues who died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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5:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Middle East

Israel Intensifies Ground Operation In Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 8:45 am

International correspondent Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Scott Simon from Jerusalem about about the second day of the Israeli military's ground operation of the Gaza Strip.

5:11am

Sat July 19, 2014
Animals

In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 8:45 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This summer, we're hearing from young people who've landed unusual jobs - sometimes really unusual jobs. Today, we meet 27-year-old Julia Hoeh. Her job is downright batty. Reporter Daniel Potter caught up with her in the mountains of Tennessee and sent us this story.

DANIEL POTTER, BYLINE: Julia Hoeh works late - past midnight - and doesn't get done until around three a.m.

JULIA HOEH: We typically lead kind of the same nocturnal life that bats do.

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