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11:16 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Swiss Voters Reject Hiking Minimum Wage To World's Highest Level

A man casts his ballot on Sunday in Bulle, western Switzerland, during a referendum.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 3:05 pm

Swiss voters resoundingly rejected a measure that would have hiked the country's minimum wage to the highest level in the world.

If approved, the referendum would have raised the national minimum wage to $25 an hour. Bloomberg reports that 76.3 percent of voters no on the measure.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Reports: Syrian Air Defense Chief Killed In Rebel Attack

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 3:04 pm

The chief of Syria's air defense has been killed during an attack by rebel fighters on Sunday, news outlets, including The Associated Press and The Guardian, are reporting.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Turkey Arrests More Than A Dozen In Connection With Mine Disaster

Riot police detain a protester as they use water cannons and teargas to disperse people who were protesting the Soma mine accident that killed 301 miners, in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday.

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 2:43 pm

Turkish authorities arrested more than a dozen people in connection with the country's worst mining disaster.

According to the Times of India, the arrests include mining company executives.

The BBC reports that after the rescue operation concluded on Saturday, the death toll stood at 301.

The BBC adds:

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Sun May 18, 2014

China To Send More Ships To Evacuate Its Citizens From Vietnam

Policemen ask people to leave a street near to the Chinese embassy in Hanoi on Sunday. A call for further anti-China protests appeared to have fizzled in the capital, with authorities deploying heavy security around the Chinese embassy and other suspected protest sites.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 2:42 pm

China says it plans to send five more ships in an effort to evacuate its citizens from Vietnam, where anti-Chinese protests have turned violent.

Reporting from Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt tells our Newscast unit that Vietnamese authorities broke up another protest planned for today. He filed this report:

"At least one passenger ship has already sailed from Ch's far southern province of Hainan to Vietnam, according to the New China News Service.

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Around the Nation
7:37 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 11:43 am

Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.