5:55am

Sat June 2, 2012
Middle East

As Killings Continue In Syria, A Look At UN's Role

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 9:01 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Last night in Syria, the third massacre in a week. This time a dozen workers were found shot to death, their bodies dumped in a field. The United Nations has called for an investigation into the mass killings last weekend in Houla of more than 100 people, many of them women and children. We're joined now from the United Nations in New York by Kieran Dwyer. He's the chief spokesman for the U.N. Peacekeeping Department. Mr. Dwyer, thanks for taking the time to speak with us.

KIERAN DWYER: Hello.

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5:55am

Sat June 2, 2012
Middle East

Mubarak Convicted In Charges Of Protesters' Deaths

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 9:01 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in deaths of hundreds of protesters during the revolution that ousted him last year. The former Egyptian president is the first Arab leader to be hauled in for trial by his own people.

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5:55am

Sat June 2, 2012
Sports

French Open Hasn't Been Great For Americans In Paris

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 9:01 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Time now for sports!

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SIMON: It's the French Open and you know, already, there's almost not an American left in Paris - Andy Roddick, Serena and Venus Williams all out already. And elsewhere, the NBA semifinals are in full swing. But let's hold the hardwood and go first to the clay. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the magazine joins us now from the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. Howard, thanks for being with us.

HOWARD BRYANT: Hey, Scott, how are you doing?

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5:55am

Sat June 2, 2012
Media

Britain's Ad Authority Releases Most-Hated List

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 11:30 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The agency that monitors advertising in Britain turned 50 this week and in honor of the occasion it released a list of the most-hated ads ever to air on the telly. Vicki Barker reports.

VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: In this ad from 2010 for Paddy Power, an Irish-based betting company some blind soccer players kick a ball with a bell on it. They don't see but we see and the ref sees Tiddles the cat wander onto the field and then...

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BARKER: ...the ref puts a consoling arm over the player's shoulder.

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5:55am

Sat June 2, 2012
Religion

Nuns Fight Back Against Vatican Report

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 9:01 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. There's a showdown between American sisters and the Vatican. The Vatican is cracking down on the largest organization for U.S. sisters, called the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Pope Benedict has appointed an archbishop to oversee and reform the organization, accusing it of what amounts to doctrinal dissidence. Now, the sisters are fighting back - at least verbally. We're joined by NPR's religion correspondent, Barbara Bradley Hagerty. Barbara, thanks for being with us.

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5:55am

Sat June 2, 2012
Humans

Ancient Suburb Near St. Louis Could Be Lost Forever

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 9:01 am

Illinois State Archaeological Survey crew members scrape the soil in search of Cahokian artifacts. The crumbling smokestacks of a 19th century meat packing plant are visible in the background, along with a bulldozer working on the current interstate freeway construction.
Courtesy of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois

Across the Mississippi River from St. Louis' famous Gateway Arch is a part of Illinois that's a post-industrial wasteland.

Some hope the construction of a new bridge across the Mississippi River will help revitalize the area. But archaeologists worry future development could destroy what's left of another neighborhood — one that flourished there almost a thousand years ago.

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5:55am

Sat June 2, 2012
Europe

As Europe Goes, So Go Its Fake Monuments

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 1:23 pm

Parque Europa features replicas of 17 European monuments, but the Spanish theme park itself has become a monument of the European debt crisis.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

Four years into Europe's debt crisis, the Eiffel Tower is rusting and London's Tower Bridge may soon be falling down. Not the real monuments, but giant replicas in a once-glittering theme park in Spain, where cash-strapped authorities can no longer afford to maintain them.

Lucas Sebastian, a long-distance truck driver who's crisscrossed Europe several times, has never seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Tower Bridge or Germany's Brandenburg Gate.

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4:42am

Sat June 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

The Paleo Diet Moves From The Gym To The Doctor's Office

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:24 am

Some physicians say the theory of "evolutionary medicine" can help guide the treatment of modern ailments like obesity.
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By now the paleo diet and lifestyle has inched from the fringe a little closer to the mainstream, thanks to some very passionate followers sold on the notion that our Paleolithic hunter-gatherer ancestors avoided modern day ailments like obesity and diabetes because they ate what some consider an "ideal" diet of meat, fruit and veget

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3:57am

Sat June 2, 2012
Religion

Conspiracies Swirl As Vatican Scandal Engulfs Rome

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 5:13 pm

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience on May 30 at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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The scandal over leaked documents that has been engulfing the Vatican is the biggest breach of confidence and security at the Holy See in recent memory.

Known as Vatileaks, the crisis has shed light on a Vatican gripped by intrigue and power struggles like a Renaissance court.

Vatileaks erupted into a full-blown scandal with the publication two weeks ago of a book of Vatican documents alleging corruption and conspiracies among cardinals.

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3:56am

Sat June 2, 2012
National Security

'Flame' Virus Fuels Political Heat Over Cyber Threats

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 11:51 am

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New information about computer viruses shows how countries may be lining up to fight a cyberwar. The New York Times reported that former President George W. Bush and President Obama both authorized computer attacks against Iran, culminating in the Stuxnet virus, which targeted Iranian nuclear facilities.

Meanwhile, a United Nations agency raised alarms about another virus, dubbed "Flame," which may also have been designed for use against Iran.

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