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9:26 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Germany Opens Formal Inquiry Into Tapping Of Merkel's Phone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a session of the Bundestag Lower House of Parliament in Berlin Wednesday. Germany's top federal prosecutor told legislators today that he is opening a formal inquiry into allegations that the NSA tapped her phone.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 2:12 pm

Germany's top federal prosecutor is investigating allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone. The inquiry won't focus on wide spying activities attributed to the agency, which allegedly included snooping on data connections and companies in Germany.

As newspaper Deutsche Welle reports, the public announcement is a reversal from last week, when it seemed the prosecutor wouldn't pursue the case.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Wed June 4, 2014

25 Years After Tiananmen Protests, Chinese Media Keep It Quiet

Chinese paramilitary police stand guard in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, the 25th anniversary of a violent crackdown on protesters by Chinese troops.
Kevin Frayer Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 1:23 pm

On the 25th anniversary of the massacre that broke up pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, China's government is quashing many attempts to mention the fateful date, with heavy security and online monitoring.

"Silence surrounds this anniversary. So, too, does repression," NPR's Louisa Lim reports. "For the first time, activists trying to hold private commemorations have been detained."

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Taliban Release Video Of Handoff That Freed Bergdahl

An image taken from a video obtained from the Voice of Jihad website shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (right) with a Taliban fighter just before he was released to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.
AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 11:20 am

A Black Hawk helicopter swoops in to pick up Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a valley in Afghanistan, in a video of the handover of the American prisoner of war that was posted online early Wednesday. The Pentagon says it's reviewing the video; a spokesman says there's no reason to question its authenticity.

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The Two-Way
7:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Website Linked To Stabbing Of 12-Year-Old Posts Disclaimer

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 11:37 am

Editor's Note: The two girls charged in the attack have been named in some news reports, including an earlier version of this post. However, after careful consideration of the information's news value, NPR is no longer naming the girls because of their ages.

Creepypasta, a horror fantasy website that allegedly spurred two 12-year-old girls to carry out a near-fatal stabbing of a peer, has posted a disclaimer distancing itself from the crime.

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The Two-Way
5:01 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

FBI: San Francisco Man Had Bomb Components 'To Maim Or Kill'

Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, shown in an undated image provided by the FBI, was charged Tuesday with possessing an illegal destructive device.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 5:57 pm

A San Francisco man described as a social media expert and political consultant appeared in federal court on Tuesday charged with one count of possession of an illegal destructive device after an FBI search of his apartment reportedly turned up bomb-making components.

Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, 42, was arrested Monday after a three-day manhunt.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Leader Of Pakistani Political Movement Arrested In London

Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) political party hold posters of their leader Altaf Hussain, who was arrested in London, as they gather at the party's headquarters in Karachi on Tuesday.
Athar Hussain Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:16 pm

The leader of Pakistan's powerful Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) was arrested Tuesday in London, where he's been living in self-imposed exile since the 1990s.

Reuters says Altaf Hussain was taken into custody in relation to a murder case, but the BBC says he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Reuters says:

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Ireland, Allegations Of A Mass Grave At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:36 am

A small Irish community has been rocked by allegations that the bodies of dead children may have been interred in a disused septic tank behind a former home for unmarried mothers. The home, located in the town of Tuam near Galway city, had been run by the Bon Secours nuns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Stumped Politician Phones Merkel On TV Quiz Show, Gets Voice Mail

Wolfgang Bosbach — not on the set of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Britta Pedersen EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 2:54 pm

If you're stuck while playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? it's probably a bad idea to call a world leader for the phone-a-friend option.

But that's precisely what Wolfgang Bosbach did. Twice.

Bosbach, a political ally of Angela Merkel, called the German chancellor when he was stuck on the celebrity version of the game show. The question that stumped him: Why was the East German WM66 washing machine legendary?

He got Merkel's voice mail both times.

Here's more from the BBC:

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The Two-Way
1:58 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Minimum Wage Hikes Popular, But May Not Spread Everywhere

Seattle waitress Wendy Harrison picks up a lunch order on Monday. She stands to be affected by a $15 minimum wage approved by the Seattle City Council.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:12 pm

No political idea is being as heavily test-marketed these days as the minimum wage.

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour — more than double the federal rate of $7.25 and almost 50 percent more than the $10.10 per hour figure favored by President Obama.

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