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U.N. Aid Workers Not Prepared For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The head of the U.N. refugee agency says aid workers are not at all prepared for the possibility of chemical warfare in Syria. That's just one of the concerns aid workers have in what they call the worst humanitarian disaster in recent decades. Eight thousand Syrians are fleeing every day and the world has focused much more on planning for the day after Bashar al-Assad is toppled rather than on dealing with the humanitarian catastrophes of today.

U.S. Tries To Restore Ties Between Turkey And Israel

Turkish and Israeli delegations are discussing compensation for families of the nine activists killed aboard the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara when Israeli commandos boarded the ship off the Gaza coast in 2010. The talks are part of an effort by Washington, D.C., to restore normal ties between two of its allies, but the process faces a number of pitfalls. Several families of the aid ship victims say they don't want compensation until Israeli restrictions on Gaza are lifted, something Israel has not offered and is unlikely to do while Hamas remains in charge of Gaza.

Bangladesh Lacks Factory, Fire Inspectors For Huge Industry

Melissa Block interviews Judy Gearhart of the International Labor Rights Forum about what the collapse of a complex of garment factories in Bangladesh reveals about the state of the global garment industry.

Iceland Elects Three Pirate Party MPs

The election in Iceland over the weekend marked the first time members of the international online freedom movement were elected to the highest levels of a government.

Chinese Dreams: Freedom, Democracy And Clean Air

Chinese leaders and the state-run media keep talking about the Chinese dream. So NPR's Beijing bureau asked the Chinese to define their dreams. Here's what they said.