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Middle East
4:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Syrian Opposition Leader To Meet With White House Official

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 8:58 am

Key Syrian opposition leader Ahmed al-Jarba is expected at the White House on Tuesday to meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The Syrian civil war has been raging for more than three years.

NPR Story
4:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Uruguay's President Shuns Trappings Of His Office

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 8:25 am

The president of Uruguay is said to be extremely frugal and gives most of his salary to charity. Renee Montagne talks to Simon Romero of The New York Times about Jose Mujica's presidency.

NPR Story
4:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Dracula's Transylvania Castle Goes On The Market

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:30 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Appropriate music for today's last word in business: real estate.

Dracula's castle is for sale in the central Romanian region of Transylvania.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Think of it as a fang-tastic deal. You could be - go ahead, laugh.

INSKEEP: Yeah, I am.

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NPR Story
4:20 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Facebook Looking To Open A Sales Office In Beijing

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:30 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Facebook liking China.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Bloomberg news reports that Facebook could open a sales office in Beijing from within a year. This, even though it was banned in China five years ago. A new office would service Chinese businesses wanting to advertise internationally.

Asia
6:17 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kenny G. Closes Up Shops In China

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a song stuck in China's collective head. "Going Home" by Kenny G. It was an American hit in the 80s and the New York Times reports it has spread all over China. It's played at stores and markets all over the country to signal when closing time is near. Shopkeepers themselves aren't sure why. Maybe it's a signal to leave. Maybe it just makes people want to go.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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