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Latin America
6:38 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli answers questions during an interview at a hotel in Guatemala City in January.
Moises Castillo AP

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli wasn't always rich.

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Martinelli started off as a credit officer at Citibank in Panama. He bought one business, then another. Among his holdings is the country's largest supermarket chain, Super 99, known for bargain prices and catchy jingles.

But while his jingles may get Panamanian's hips moving, Martinelli's alleged pilfering and profiteering make their blood boil.

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The Sunday Conversation
6:02 am
Sun May 24, 2015

'How Could You Not Know You Were Pregnant?'

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Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Brittany Ohman is a 41-year-old mother of two and a licensed social worker in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Ohman and NPR's Rachel Martin grew up together and were good friends through high school. When they were seniors, Ohman got pregnant and no one knew. She didn't even know — and she knows that sounds crazy. She has heard the question for years.

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Around the Nation
5:36 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

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Sports
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

NFL Aims To Spice Up Games With Tweak To Extra Point Rules

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Cleveland Police Arrest Protesters After Officer's Aquittal

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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Middle East
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

As ISIS Expands Its Control, U.S. Policy Is Questioned

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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Research News
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Author Says Researcher Faked Gay Marriage Opinon Study

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Parallels
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

Mourners attend the May 14 funeral of Hezbollah fighter Ahmad al-Amin in Babliyeh, Lebanon. Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Syrian army and Amin was killed while fighting in Syria's Qalamoun mountains against Nusra Front, al-Qaida's branch in Syria. The Syrian army has suffered multiple setbacks recently, but Hezbollah did help dislodge rebel fighters along the Syria-Lebanon border.
Mohammad Zaatari AP

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

The dirt roads on the border between Syria and Lebanon wind across a mountain range dotted with little wild flowers.

It's windswept and deserted except for a few hilltop outposts with clumps of gray tents, machine-gun nests and flags that fly the green and gold colors of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

These posts are new. In a three-week offensive, Hezbollah has worked with Syrian government forces and other allies to push rebel fighters out of a chunk of territory that the rebels held along this border for two years.

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Asia
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

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Europe
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

To Build Up Its Historical Image, Macedonia Is Going Baroque

A statue of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, depicts her as pregnant with her famous son. It's part of a monument to Alexander's family in Skopje, the Macedonian capital.
Joanna Kakissis NPR

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 1:23 pm

Martin Panovski used to like hanging out in the center of his hometown, Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, a tiny Balkan nation that was, until 1991, part of Yugoslavia. Skopje's an old city, with complex, multi-ethnic layers of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history.

"Even the communist era produced some interesting contemporary architecture," says Panovski, an architect in hip eyeglasses.

The nationalist government of prime minister Nikola Gruevski did not agree. "The capital did not look European," says Nikola Zezov, a historian and Gruevski supporter. "It looked boring."

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