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12:29 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms

Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) wait for the start of a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotelin Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sunday to discuss a nuclear deal on Iran.
Brendan Smialowski AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 12:39 pm

Inching closer to the end-of-month deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program, major obstacles remain at the table in Switzerland, even as the sides were converging on an agreement to cap and ultimately roll back Tehran's nuclear ambitions, according to reports.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Arab League Approves Idea Of Ground Forces For Regional Security

Secretary-general of the League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri attend a news conference after the closing session of the Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday. The 22-nation body agreed in principle to establishing a regional security force.
Cui Xinyu Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 10:59 am

The Arab League has agreed in principle to establish its own military force designed to combat the threat from Islamist extremists in the region, as the 22-member grouping said that Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemeni Shiite insurgents would continue until the rebels "withdraw and surrender their weapons."

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Dozens Killed In Nigerian Election Violence As Polling Continues

Nigerian electoral officials collate results at a polling station in the oil rich Niger Delta, Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Sunday. Millions of voters headed to the polls in the Nigerian general elections after being delayed for over a month.
Tife Owolabi EPA/Landov

Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have reportedly killed about 40 people, including a lawmaker, as the polling for a new president continues in the West African country.

Voting was extended for a second day after technical problems kept some from casting their ballots on Saturday. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is squaring off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

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The Two-Way
6:14 am
Sun March 29, 2015

At Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Remembers Germanwings Crash Victims

Pope Francis blesses a baby after celebrating a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Sunday.
Riccardo De Luca AP

Pope Francis, addressing tens of thousands at St. Peter's Square for his Palm Sunday Mass, remembered the dead of the Germanwings crash and paid tribute to "martyrs" killed for defending their faith.

Speaking in Italian, Francis, 78, prayed for those killed last week in the crash of the airliner in the French Alps, noting that schoolchildren were aboard the plane, which is believed to have been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot.

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The Howard Project
5:59 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Love Is In The Air: Howard Students Talk Romance, Relationships

Howard University students (left to right) Kevin Peterman, Taylor Davis, Leighton Watson and Ariel Alford are the subjects of NPR's Project Howard. They'll be keeping audio diaries as they finish their final semester of college and look toward their futures.
Robb Hill for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 7:48 am

Spring has arrived and young people's fancies might be turning (lightly or not-so-lightly) to thoughts of love.

With that in mind, NPR's Weekend Edition asked the college students of The Howard Project — who have spent the last few weeks giving us insights into their lives during their last semester of college — about how dating and romance fit into their college experience.

Click on the audio link above to hear their stories, to a soundtrack of their favorite love songs — or read some of their answers below.

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Sunday Puzzle
5:43 am
Sun March 29, 2015

For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

NPR

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 7:33 am

On-air challenge: The challenge is a game of Categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something in the category starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H. For example, parts of the human body would be "waist," "arm," "thigh," "chest" and "head."

Last week's challenge: Take the word "die." Think of two synonyms for this word that are themselves exact opposites of each other. What two words are these? A hint: they have the same number of letters.

Answer: Pass, fail

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Law
5:43 am
Sun March 29, 2015

For Undercover Agents, On-The-Job Adrenaline Can Be Addictive

Retired agent Michael Vigil on a search and destroy operation in the Colombian jungle. "As an undercover, you're basically kind of an independent operator ... and it's very addictive." says Laura Brodie, a criminal and forensic psychologist.
Courtesy Michael Vigil

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:00 am

Danger, subterfuge, adrenaline — as more agencies use undercover operatives, we take a look at what it's like to take on a false identity professionally.

A recent report out says the agency has made major improvements since Sept. 11, but still needs to boost its ability to collect intelligence.

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Afghanistan
5:43 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Afghan Chief Executive: Leaders Set Aside Egos To Rally For Nation

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah (left) stands with President Ashraf Ghani, Vice President Joe Bidden, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Tuesday.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 7:33 am

Afghanistan's leaders were in Washington last week asking for more assistance from the U.S. They got what they wanted: President Obama announced he would postpone the withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops this year. Those forces are needed to help Afghanistan troops battle the Taliban as the spring
fighting season heats up.

President Ashraf Ghani was accompanied on this trip by Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive of the Afghan government. They were bitter rivals in Afghanistan's presidential election last year and are now sharing power in a unity government.

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The Two-Way
5:36 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence.
Rick Callahan AP

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:47 am

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — facing a major backlash from a new law that would allow businesses in the state to cite religious objections to refuse to serve gay people — says he supports an effort to "clarify the intent" of the legislation while acknowledging surprise over the hostility it has sparked.

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StoryCorps
4:51 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Accepting His Daughter As Gay Was Like A Weight 'Lifted Off Me'

Deidra Robinson and her father, William Watford III, were extremely close — until she told him she was gay.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 7:33 am

StoryCorps' OutLoud initiative records stories from the LGBTQ community.

Deidra Robinson and her father, William Watford III, were extremely close — until she told him she was gay.

They came to StoryCorps in Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., to talk about that moment.

Their story may sound familiar to many families.

"I looked at you and I said, 'Do you want to hear it?' " Robinson tells her father. "Do you remember what you told me?"

"No," Watford answers.

"You were like, 'No, I don't want to hear it,' " she recalls.

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