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Syrian Human Rights Defender Honored

Hanadi Zahlout has been an activist in Syria since before the revolution began, and has been imprisoned three times for her work. The State Department awarded her its Human Rights Defenders Award last week. Zahlout tells her story to host Rachel Martin.

Agreement Reached To Limit Iran's Nuclear Program

After marathon talks, Iran and six world powers made a deal in Geneva to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Peter Kenyon about the outcome.

Spain Has Been In The 'Wrong' Time Zone For 7 Decades

Spain's dictator Francisco Franco set the country's clocks an hour ahead in World War II in order to be aligned with Hitler's Germany. Memo to Spain: the war is over, the Nazis lost and it's OK to turn back the clocks now.

Deal Reached To Limit Iran's Nuclear Program

President Obama called the breakthrough "the most significant and tangible progress" with Iran since he took office. The preliminary agreement between Iran and six world powers provides some sanction relief in exchange for Iran rolling back parts of its nuclear program.

In Afghanistan, Tribal Elders Get A Say In Security Pact With U.S.

In Afghanistan, a grand assembly of some 2,500 tribal elders, politicians and civil society elites are meeting to decide whether to approve a security agreement with the United States. Approval by the grand assembly, called a loya jirga, would be in addition to the OK of the Afghan government. But as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has noted, the agreement can't go forward without the backing of the Afghan people. The security agreement would allow as many as 9,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the current NATO mission ends next year. Those troops would continue to train Afghan forces, but also conduct limited counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida fighters.

Building Eco-Friendly Instruments, Paths For Women In Tech

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells host Arun Rath about a female tech entrepreneur aiming to attract more women of color to the field and a company taking an eco-friendly approach to crafting ukuleles. Watson also remembers the most magical hotel he's ever stayed in.

Electric Bus Fleet Brings Chinese Manufacturing To America

The Shenzhen-based company BYD started producing cellphone batteries and then moved to electric cars. Now, it's rolling out a fleet of electric buses in the U.S., a first for a Chinese auto manufacturer.

Pepsi Pressured To Fight Big Sugar's 'Land Grab'

The anti-poverty group Oxfam is asking Pepsi's shareholders to approve a resolution that, if passed, would force the company to disclose its sugar suppliers and investigate whether those suppliers are implicated in "land grabs" that unfairly take land from the poor.

John Kerry Joins Iran Nuclear Talks In Geneva

While the high-level meetings raise expectations for a deal, the State Department warned against jumping to conclusions. The last time, Kerry was in Geneva, negotiations crumbled at the last minute, when France objected to certain terms.

Once Victims Of Stalin, Ukraine's Tatars Reassert Themselves

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered the entire population of Tatars on the Crimean Peninsula rounded up and sent to the deserts of Central Asia in 1944. Nearly half of them died. Today, an estimated 250,000 Tatars have now returned and are organizing to claim what they see as their rights.