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For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community

Brazil faces off with Germany on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Deep into the tournament now, Brazilian fans have developed a clockwork game-day routine they hope continues.

Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players

Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany?

Last Rebel Stronghold In Syria May Fall To Government Troops

Freelance journalist Petra Ramsauer tells Steve Inskeep about conditions in Aleppo, once Syria's commercial center. The city is partly held by rebel forces but government troops are gaining ground.

Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis

The administration wants to speed deportation hearings for the flood of young Central American refugees so they aren't left waiting years for a court hearing.

As Wire Transfer Options Dwindle, Somali-Americans Fear A Lost Lifeline

Every year, money transfer brokers help Somali-Americans send more than $200 million to family members in Somalia. But one of the few banks to support that process will soon back out.

Bahrain Asks U.S. Diplomat To Leave Over Meeting With Shiite Group

The Foreign Ministry said Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski "is unwelcome." Malinowski met with the Shiite opposition in the island nation that hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final

More than three weeks after a runoff vote in Afghanistan's presidential elections, preliminary results have been released. Candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead, but audits are yet to come.

In Brazil, Pacification Paves Way For Baby Steps To Democracy

Brazil's ambitious effort to drive crime out of Rio de Janeiro's violent, low-income favelas ahead of the World Cup has had a mixed record. One positive effect: giving residents a say in local issues.

In Jerusalem, And Caught In A Crossfire Of Thrown Stones

Following the deaths of three Israeli teens and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian, Jerusalem is as tense as it has been in years. NPR's Ari Shapiro and his translator found themselves victims of rock-throwing there. Their story offers a window into a city on edge.

News Of Israeli Arrests Met With Both Resentment And Reflection

For details on how news of recent killings has been received in Israel, Robert Siegel turns to Ari Shavit, senior correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.