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Special Forces Clash With Hostage-Takers In Mali Hotel

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:03pm

In Mali's capital, Bamako, gunmen have taken more than 100 hostages at a Radisson hotel. NPR's Phil Ewing and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton explain what is known about the attacks and the crisis in progress.

Security Forces In Mali Surround Hotel Taken By Gunmen

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 9:59am

For background on the situation in Mali, Steve Inskeep talks to Corinne Dufka, West Africa Director for Human Rights Watch. NPR National Security Editor Phil Ewing says 6 Americans were at the hotel.

6 Americans Caught Up In Mali Hotel Siege

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 9:44am

Security forces are regaining control of the hotel. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR National Security Editor Phil Ewing and France's ambassador to the U.S.

Gunmen Shouting Islamist Slogans Storm Mali Hotel

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 8:28am

Islamic extremists armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel, killing at least 3 people. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and security expert Paul Melly.

Mali Hotel Attack Strikes Home For France

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:32am

France has historic ties with Mali, where gunmen took hostages at a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako. Renee Montagne talks to Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United States.

At Least 3 Dead In Hotel Attack In Bamako

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:32am

The events at the Radisson Blu Hotel are unfolding. More than 100 people had been taken hostage by armed attackers. Dozens have either been freed or escaped.

Some Hostages Freed During Siege At Mali Hotel

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:09am

A military official in Bamako, the capital of the West African Nation of Mali, says more than two dozen hostages have been freed. At least three people have been killed.

Popular Hotel In Mali's Capital Taken Over By Gunmen

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 6:48am

Armed attackers have taken dozens of people hostage in a luxury hotel in Bamaku, the capital of Mali. Steve Inskeep talks to Niek de Goeij of Catholic Relief Services, who lives in Bamaku.

Pigeons Identify Cancerous Tissues On Medical Images, Study Says

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 6:00am

Researchers say pigeons can be trained to spot cancerous breast tissue on x-rays and slides. Gathering results from a lot of pigeons, "flock sourcing," brings the accuracy rate up to 90 percent.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Welcomes Visiting Ohio Students

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 5:32am

Some schools have canceled trips to the nation's capital amid threats by the Islamic State. The 250 visitors from Claggett Middle School traveled anyway and got a welcome from the mayor.

Hostages Taken In Mali's Capital After Gunmen Storm Radisson

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:47am

The situation is still unfolding in Bamako, the capital of the West African nation of Mali. Gunmen are said to have taken 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Africa Worries Extremism Will Hit Countries Across The Continent

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

In West Africa, scores of Nigerians died this week in bombings blamed on the terror group Boko Haram. Senegal is debating banning the burqa hoping to ward off suicide attacks by Islamist militants.

Paris Attacks Revive Demands For Expanded Surveillance Powers

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

Ever since Edward Snowden blew the lid off secret surveillance programs, privacy advocates have been winning. The national security officials and policymakers who've been losing are seizing on the Paris attacks to push for tougher surveillance laws. Much of their effort focuses on forcing technology firms to give law enforcement access to encrypted smartphone data.

T-Pain Performs New Songs During A Free Show At NPR's Headquarters

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

To mark the one-year anniversary of the most popular Tiny Desk Concert ever and the 10th anniversary of his debut album, rapper T-Pain played a concert at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Blog Post Juxtaposes Terrorist Attacks In Beirut And Paris

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

Elie Fares, a Lebanese doctor from Beirut, wrote a blog post that went viral. The post asked why his fellow Lebanese are more outraged by the Paris attacks than the ISIS suicide bombings in Beirut.

Manhunt Goes On For Operational Commander Of Paris Attacks

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

A week after terrorists struck Paris, the ISIS operative thought to have coordinated the attacks is dead. Police are looking for a Frenchman who appears to have been the group's operational commander.

Movie Review: 'Carol'

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

"Morning Edition" and "Los Angeles Times" film critic Kenneth Turan reviews the movie, "Carol." Director Todd Haynes has adopted a 1952 Patricia Highsmith novel about a divorcing woman who meets a young shop assistant. It's a love story that stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Women Dominate Car-Buying Decisions; Few Hold Auto Executive Jobs

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

When it comes to buying a set of wheels, figures show women play a leading role in 85 percent of auto purchases. Women, however, represent a very small portion of auto executives.

Macree's Ties To Soccer Boost His Chances In Argentina's Presidential Runoff

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

The mayor of Buenos Aires is expected to win Sunday's presidential runoff. In that soccer-mad country, frontrunner Mauricio Macri gets points for having been team president for the Boca Juniors.

After 3 Decades Behind Bars, Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 4:09am

Jonathan Pollard is to be released from a federal prison on Friday after serving nearly 30 years on charges he spied for Israel. To some he's a patriotic hero to others he remains a traitor.




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