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Middle East
6:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Syrian In Exile Writes On Despite Threats, Kidnappings

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 10:32 am

This weekend marks the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising. For perspective, NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with Yassin Haj Saleh, a Syrian writer who spent 16 years in Syrian prisons.

Asia
6:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

'Deliberate Action' Took Malaysian Airliner Off Its Route

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 10:32 am

Malaysia's prime minister said Saturday that the missing airline left its planned route as the result of deliberate action by someone aboard. Reporter Anthony Kuhn gives NPR's Jacki Lyden the latest.

World
6:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

New Zealanders Search For Symbol Of Identity, Independence

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 10:32 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

In New Zealand, the country's most important cut of cloth is at the center of a nationwide debate. New Zealand's flag has long been criticized by some as a symbol of British Colonialism. The U.K.'s Union Jack remains in the flag's upper left-hand corner. But it was only this year that Prime Minister John Key proposed a referendum to change it. Tim Watkin, journalist and founder of the politics and culture blog Pundit, is on the line with us now from Auckland, New Zealand to tell us more. Hello there, Tim.

TIM WATKIN: Hi. How are you?

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Law
6:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Week 2 Of Pistorius Trial Gruesome, Disturbing

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 10:32 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Week 2 of the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa has come to a close. Pistorius, the Paralympic champion, known around the world as the Blade Runner is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. Here to give us a recap of this week's proceedings is David Smith. Smith has been following the case for The Guardian Newspaper and joins from his home in Johannesburg. David Smith, thank you for being with us.

DAVID SMITH: Thank you.

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Europe
6:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Tension, Violence Build One Day Ahead Of Crimea Vote

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 10:32 am

Crimea will hold a referendum on Sunday about whether to leave Ukraine. With reports of intimidation ahead of the vote, correspondent Gregory Warner gives NPR's Jacki Lyden the latest from Yalta.

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