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4:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

As Polls Close, Many Syrians Fear The Days To Come

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:03 pm

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Syria's highly questionable, and carefully choreographed, election leaves many people concerned about how it may embolden President Bashar al-Assad. NPR's Alice Fordham has been talking with people inside Syria and in neighboring Beirut.

ALICE FORDHAM, BYLINE: At the end of the day, Assad will be able to show that there were many Syrians who vote for him because they want to or because he made them. It's a demonstration of power, either way.

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Middle East
4:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Syria, A Tense Election Day With Winner Little In Doubt

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:03 pm

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Parallels
3:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China

Civilians hold rocks as they stand on a government armored vehicle near Chang'an Boulevard in Beijing, early June 4, 1989, before the army began a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Tiananmen Square.
Jeff Widener AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:03 pm

As China prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of its brutal repression of protests around Tiananmen Square, its leaders have presided over an unprecedented pre-anniversary crackdown. Rights groups say at least 50 people have been detained, put under house arrest or disappeared.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Stumped Politician Phones Merkel On TV Quiz Show, Gets Voice Mail

Wolfgang Bosbach — not on the set of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Britta Pedersen EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:54 pm

If you're stuck while playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? it's probably a bad idea to call a world leader for the phone-a-friend option.

But that's precisely what Wolfgang Bosbach did. Twice.

Bosbach, a political ally of Angela Merkel, called the German chancellor when he was stuck on the celebrity version of the game show. The question that stumped him: Why was the East German WM66 washing machine legendary?

He got Merkel's voice mail both times.

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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Ireland, Allegations Of A Mass Grave At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:36 am

A small Irish community has been rocked by allegations that the bodies of dead children may have been interred in a disused septic tank behind a former home for unmarried mothers. The home, located in the town of Tuam near Galway city, had been run by the Bon Secours nuns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

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