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1:28 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

On Streets In Senegal, Thousands Of Boys Are Forced To Beg

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:20 pm

Human Rights Watch is urging Senegal to implement a law criminalizing forced begging. Many families are misled into entrusting their children to people acting as Islamic teachers, who then exploit thousands of young boys.

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News
1:28 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Following Plea Deal, General's Misconduct Gets Fine And Reprimand

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:20 pm

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A U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault will not face jail time. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was sentenced today at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Sinclair could have faced a prison term of up to 18 months as part of a plea deal. Instead, he'll receive a letter of reprimand and a $20,000 fine. Some members of Congress and victims' advocates are outraged at what they see as a leniency of the sentence. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins me now to talk about what happened.

So, Tom, was this sentence a surprise?

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Europe
1:28 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Crimean Tatars Fear History May Repeat Itself

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:20 pm

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In Crimea itself, the Russian takeover is working its way into many aspects of life. The new pro-Russian authorities have canceled the Ukrainian Civil Code, including all property documents. And there are rumors that anyone who refuses to accept a new Russian passport might have their property confiscated. That echoes the deepest fears of Crimea's Muslim minority, the Tatars.

NPR's Gregory Warner reports they have experienced that trauma before.

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News
1:28 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:20 pm

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Parallels
1:28 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:20 pm

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It's All Politics
1:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Selfies In Red Square? Not For These American Politicians

GOP Sen. John McCain greets well-wishers as he arrives to visit a pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 15. Strong criticism and trips like this landed the Arizona senator on Russia's travel blacklist.
Sergei Chuzavkov ASSOCIATED PRESS

For a select group of American politicians and advisers to the president there will be no selfies in Red Square, no tours of Saint Basil's Cathedral, no borscht, no Baltika beer and certainly no return to the Sochi arena where the U.S. hockey team won an epic victory over Russia in the Winter Olympics.

And they couldn't be happier.

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Army General Avoids Jail Time In High-Profile Sex Case

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:50 pm

Army General Jeffrey Sinclair, who was accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate, has been reprimanded and fined $20,000, avoiding jail time.

The general had pleaded guilty to adultery and using a government-issued credit card to pay for a trip to see his mistress.

NPR’s Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer to discuss the outcome one of the military’s most closely watched courts-martial

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Son-In-Law Recalls Conversations With Osama Bin Laden

In this courtroom sketch, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, right, testifies at his trial on March 19, 2014, in New York, on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al Qaida as a spokesman for the terrorist group. In his surprise testimony, Abu Ghaith recounted the night of the September 11, 2001. (Elizabeth Williams/AP)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:50 pm

Osama bin Laden’s hours in a dark Afghanistan cave the evening of the September 11 attacks were brought to light when his son-in-law testified in his own defense at his terrorism trial.

The son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, portrayed the al-Qaida leader as worried and apprehensive as he contemplated how America would react. He said bin Laden asked him hours after the attacks what he thought would happen next, and he told bin Laden the U.S. would not stop until it killed him and toppled the Taliban.

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Crews Looking For Missing Plane Wreckage, Find Nothing So Far

This map from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows the area where the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now concentrated. (Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:50 pm

Australian and American military planes raced out to a remote part of the ocean off Australia this morning, trying to find two large floating objects spotted on satellite images taken four days ago. But so far, they’ve found nothing connected to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

A Norwegian commercial vessel is still on the scene and will continue searching overnight, as Haakon Svane, who is head of security for the Norwegian Shipowners Association, told Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How Do You Define 'Assisted' In Assisted Suicide?

William Melchert-Dinkel, center, leaves the Rice County Courthouse with his attorney Terry Watkins, right, and wife, Joyce Melchert-Dinkel, Feb. 17, 2011. (Robb Long/AP)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:50 pm

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday on a very unusual assisted suicide case. The court ruled that a Minnesota law that makes illegal to “advise” or “encourage” people to take their own lives is too broad. But it said that to “assist” a suicide is still illegal.

The case involves a man who would troll online for people expressing suicidal thoughts. William Melchert-Dinkel would then pose as a sympathetic listener and encourage them to kill themselves. He told police he did it for, quote, the “thrill of the chase.”

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

First Lady Criticized Over Trip To China

First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to China on March 20 with her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters Sasha and Malia, to kick off a six-day tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange. Mrs. Obama has received criticism for not making issues of trade and human rights focal points of the trip. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:50 pm

First Lady Michelle Obama is in China today on her third trip abroad sans President Obama. The White House is calling the trip a “people to people exchange,” in which Mrs. Obama will visit some of China’s landmarks, spend time with China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, and visit China’s schools promoting education and the importance of exchange programs between the two countries.

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Putin's 'Russkii' Comment Raises Fears Of A New Yugoslavia

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a joint session of Russian parliament on Crimea in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18. Putin sparked controversy when he used the word "Russkii" to refer to the Russian people, rather than "Rossisskii." (Alexei Nikolsky/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:50 pm

Political scientist Kimberly Marten says Vladimir Putin “may have permanently changed” Russia and its relationship with the outside world by using the word “Russkii” in Parliament this week.

In her post on The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post, Marten says there are two words for “Russian” in the Russian language, “Rossisski,” and “Russkii.”

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Maple Syrup Recipes From Chef Kathy Gunst

Kathy's husband John taps a maple tree. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:10 pm

It may be spring today, but in Maine, it’s maple syrup season. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst’s husband John Rudolph has been tapping their trees and making syrup.

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12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Obama Orders New Sanctions Against Russia

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:50 pm

The U.S. has announced a second round of sanctions in protest of Russia’s takeover of Crimea. President Obama said the new sanctions would hurt the Russian economy.

Meanwhile, the Russian takeover of Crimea is scaring off investors. Companies stocks are suffering, Russia’s richest people are also losing money and smaller businesses are scared about the future.

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer with details.

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Parallels
12:45 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

A woman uses a cash machine at an HSBC bank office in Mexico City. The multi-national bank was heavily penalized several years ago for permitting huge transfers of drug cartel money between Mexico and the U.S.
Enric Marti AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:20 pm

The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The State Department reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities.

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