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5:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

NATO's New Secretary General Makes First Visit To Kabul

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on this way to Kabul.
NATO

The new secretary general of NATO and Pakistan's Army chief were in Kabul on Thursday to meet with newly-sworn-in President Ashraf Ghani.

As NPR's Sean Carberry reports the visits mark a continued honeymoon between the international community and Afghanistan's new government. Sean sent this report to our Newscast unit:

"Neither visit resulted in any new policies or initiatives. Rather, they appeared to be about marking a new chapter in Afghanistan's relations with NATO and Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
1:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Spanish Nursing Assistant, Cured Of Ebola, Leaves Hospital

Teresa Romero Ramos, bottom right, arrives with medical workers to give a press statement before she leaves the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday.
Andres Kudacki AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 11:07 am

Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nursing assistant who was diagnosed with Ebola, is now cured and has left a hospital in Madrid.

Just before her departure, her husband, Javier Limón, reportedly said Romero would sue Madrid's government for intimating that she had lied and for "executing" her dog Excálibur, while she was being treated for the deadly virus.

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

A Win In West Virginia Makes Saira Blair State's Youngest Lawmaker

Saira Blair arrives to campaign at the Eastern Panhandle Business Association luncheon at The Purple Iris Restaurant in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on Sept. 12, 2014.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 9:49 am

After a landslide victory on Tuesday, Saira Blair, an 18-year-old fiscal conservative, will become West Virginia's youngest lawmaker.

Blair earned 63 percent of the vote, winning a seat on the West Virginia House of Delegates.

In a statement on her campaign's Facebook page, Blair said her election sent a message that the road to "prosperity and success is rooted in conservative values and principles."

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The Two-Way
5:21 am
Wed November 5, 2014

After A Resounding GOP Victory, 6 Tidbits That Tell The Story

Sen. Mitch McConnell is accompanied by his wife, Elaine Chao, at his victory event Tuesday in Louisville, Ky.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:35 am

The big headline from last night's midterm elections is that Republicans walloped the Democrats, cashing in on enormous discontent about the state of the country to pick up seven Senate seats and wrest control of the chamber.

That, of course, sets up divided government for the next two years: a Democratic president and a GOP-controlled legislature.

Here are six tidbits that tell the story:

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

That 'I'm A Voter' App At The Top Of Your Newsfeed Actually Makes A Difference

Facebook's "I'm a Voter" app.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 3:39 pm

You thought that "I'm a Voter" app at the top of your Facebook newsfeed was just some cute flair, right?

Well, it actually makes a difference. No, really. Some serious scientists collaborated with Facebook in 2010 and found that the app added 340,000 additional voters that election cycle.

Here's how The New Republic explained the methodology:

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Tue November 4, 2014

China Says It's Developed A Laser To Bring Down Drones

China says it has developed a laser capable of destroying a small drone flying at a low altitude.

The official state news agency Xinhua reports:

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Tue November 4, 2014

3 Years After Wreck, Remains Of Final Costa Concordia Victim Are Found

A Coast Guard patrols in front of the severely damaged right side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship after it was righted last week.
Marco Secchi Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 12:48 pm

Workers at a salvage yard in Genoa, Italy, found the remains of the last victim still missing after the Costa Concordia capsized in January of 2012.

The BBC reports the workers handed the remains over to authorities, who believe the remains belong to Russel Robello, a waiter who was working on the ship the day it ran aground.

CNN reports:

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

It's Election Day: Here Are 5 Headlines That Tell The Story

Sweepers stir up dust as they clean the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:23 am

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Police Capture Mexican Mayor Accused Of Ordering Student Kidnappings

Dubbed the "imperial couple" by a Mexican newspaper, the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda were wanted for questioning in the case of the missing students and the mass graves found near Iguala. They are shown here in a photo taken in May.
Alejandrino Gonzalez AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:23 am

Mexican Federal Police captured the former mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda, near Mexico City this morning, the spokesman for the Federal Police said in a tweet.

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Parallels
9:00 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Nicaragua Follows Its Own Path In Dealing With Drug Traffickers

Bluefields sits along Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast. It's a place where six in 10 people live in extreme poverty.
Juan Carlos for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 4:25 pm

Back in the day, the city of Bluefields inspired poets. In truth, it should be paradise, because it sits in an enviable position along Nicaragua's Caribbean coast.

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