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North Korea Fires Missiles Off Coast As Pope Lands in Seoul

Upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which the north frequently protests, may also have inspired the show of belligerence, reports NPR's Jason Strother.

Hagel Says Rescue Mission At Iraq's Mt. Sinjar Is No Longer Needed

Fewer Yazidis were on the mountain and they were in better condition than expected, Hagel says. The area has been under siege by militants. Robert Seigel discusses the decision with NPR's David Welna.

Hagel: Rescue Mission On Iraq's Mount Sinjar Less Likely

A U.S. assessment team sent to the mountain concluded there were far fewer Yazidi refugees stranded there than previously thought, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
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Warren Weinstein, Rockville Resident, Has Been Held By Al-Qaeda For Three Years

Wednesday marks the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the Maryland resident, who was taken hostage while working for the State Department in Pakistan.

Death By Salt? New Study Finds Too Much Sodium Is A Global Killer

It's not just Americans who are oversalted. A new study reports that sodium takes a global toll, attributing 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular disease to sodium consumption.

UNICEF Report: Africa's Population Could Hit 4 Billion By 2100

UNICEF predicts that Africa will have more than 4 billion people by 2100. Depending on how Africa's governments handle the upswing, that could mean a boom in the economy or a rise in mass poverty.

Introducing Iraq's New Appointee For Prime Minister

The era of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears to be coming to an end after eight turbulent years. Haider al-Abadi, the man set to replace him, is not a previously well-known figure. NPR's Alice Fordham has interviewed him, and she tells Melissa Block more about him.

Once Gateways, Turkey's Border Towns Now Close Doors On Islamic State

After a long period of supporting Islamist militants like the Islamic State, Turkish towns along the Syrian border are now cracking down. Souad Mekhennet co-wrote a story in The Washington Post about the formerly friendly attitude and its reversal. She speaks with Robert Siegel.

West African Doctors Plead For Access To Experimental Ebola Serum

The Ebola outbreak has taken a particularly high toll on health workers, with more than 100 cases of health workers infected with the disease. West Africans are now requesting access to experimental drugs that have been used on Western health workers.

Brazil Mourns, After Presidential Candidate Dies In Plane Crash

The man running third in the race to be Brazil's next president has died in a plane crash. Eduardo Campos' small plane crashed in bad weather south of Sao Paulo as it was preparing to land.