9:36am

Mon March 11, 2013
Afghanistan

With Withdrawal Looming, U.S. Troops Shift Their Aim

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 3:36 pm

An Afghan policeman stands guard near the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 27
Musadeq Sadeq AP

The NATO campaign is now in a new phase. After years of fighting the Taliban and bolstering anemic local governance, NATO troops are handing those responsibilities over to the Afghans. NPR's Sean Carberry recently embedded with U.S. troops in the southern province of Kandahar as they worked on this new mission.

The fertile Arghandab Valley in Kandahar province is considered one of Afghanistan's breadbaskets. For years it was also a valley of death for NATO troops.

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8:49am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Add Its Own Demise To Intrade's List Of Blown Calls

Intrade

Who could have predicted this?

Well, apparently not "the world's most famous predictions market."

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8:01am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistan Begins Construction of Pipeline Link With Iran

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 11:57 am

Iranians work on a section of the pipeline on Monday.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Iran and Pakistan are moving closer to completion of a nearly 1,000-mile natural gas pipeline linking the two countries, despite U.S. objections that it could become a source of hard currency for Tehran in defiance of international sanctions.

Monday marks the beginning of construction on Pakistan's part of the pipeline, which will consist of a 485-mile run. Iran has already completed most of its 760 miles of the link, which will stretch from Assaluyeh along Iran's Persian Gulf coast to Nawabshah in Pakistan's Sindh province.

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7:19am

Mon March 11, 2013

6:30am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

While U.S And South Korea Militaries Drill, 'Bombast Continues' From The North

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:26 am

In this image released by North Korea's Central News Agency, leader Kim Jong Un is said to be using a pair of binoculars to look south during an inspection of a front-line army unit.
Xinhua /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': Louisa Lim reports

As NPR's Louisa Lim reported Monday on Morning Edition, a week of inflamed rhetoric from North Korea — including talk of a preemptive nuclear strike on the U.S. — is being followed by word that the North has carried through on its threat to annul the 1953 armistice that ended open warfare on the peninsula and has stopped answering calls on the telephone hotline to the South.

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6:24am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Thousands of Dead Pigs Clog Shanghai's Main Water Source

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 11:52 am

Dead pigs collected by sanitation workers from Shanghai's main waterway on Monday.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Authorities have pulled more than 2,800 dead pigs out of Shanghai's main source of tap water — the Huangpu River. And they're still counting, according to reports on Monday.

The discovery has raised fears of drinking water contamination in China's most populous city, although state media reports that officials have run tests and determined that so far there's nothing to fear.

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6:16am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Tries To Claim '.book' Domain; Publishers Fight Back

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 6:52 am

Seattle-based Amazon wants control over new Internet domains such as ".book," ".author" and ".read."
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:40am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

In Ohio, Town Mourns Death Of Six Teens Killed In Crash

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 9:42 am

Friends and family of the six teenagers killed in a car crash brought stuffed animals and other memorials to the site Sunday in Warren, Ohio.
Scott R. Galvin AP

Warren, Ohio, is in mourning after the deaths of six teenagers who died Sunday when the SUV they were in ran off a highway, flipped over a guardrail and landed in a small pond.

"It's going to be a rough week, a rough rest of the school year," said Michael Notar, Warren school superintendent, as NBC News reports.

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5:37am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 6:34 pm

Cardinals gathered in Vatican City on Monday, a day before the papal selection process known as the conclave begins.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.

In Rome, TV camera crews have set up their positions on big platforms overlooking St. Peter's Square and the Vatican, where the secretive process will begin Tuesday.

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5:20am

Mon March 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Most Talked About Tech And Culture Trends At SXSW Interactive

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 6:40 pm

The feline known as Grumpy Cat.
Elise Hu NPR

Everywhere you walk in downtown Austin, Texas, new names compete for the attention of the tens of thousands wandering the SXSW Interactive festival. Which of this year's emerging ideas and brands — MakerBot, Leap Motion, Geomagic — will break into mainstream consciousness? Here's a quick rundown of the conversation topics in coffee lines, and some notes on appearances and panels that caught our attention:

Beyond The Keyboard And Mouse

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