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LISTEN: The Day Ahead – April 9, 2015

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President Obama heads to Jamaica and Defense Secretary Carter heads to South Korea after a successful visit to Japan.

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Amnesty: US Carried Out Fifth-Most Executions in 2014

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‘Governments are deceiving the public if they say the death penalty will solve crime problems,’ says Amnesty International’s Renzo Pomi.

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U.S. Pledges $508 Million In Syria Humanitarian Aid

It is the largest amount of assistance the U.S. has ever provided to a single crisis in one year.

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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – March 27, 2015

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Saudi Arabia widens its campaign against Yemeni rebels and France will begin work on a Security Council resolution demanding Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – March 11, 2015

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A new U.N. report celebrates global progress in the fight to reduce maternal mortality.

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Kerry Assures Arab Gulf Allies Over Iran Nuclear Talks

“We are not seeking a grand bargain,” Kerry said of the U.S. negotiations with Iran.

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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – March 3, 2015

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The U.N. Security Council establishes a sanctions regime for South Sudan and a Cambodian court indicts two Khmer Rouge members for crimes against humanity.

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Kerry Defends Israel at ‘Unbalanced’ UN Human Rights Council

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‘The HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization,’ Kerry said.

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Samantha Power: “U.S.-Israel Partnership Transcend Politics”

“We believe firmly that Israel’s security and the U.S.-Israel partnership transcend politics and it always will,” stated Power at the annual AIPAC conference on Monday.

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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – February 18, 2015

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Ukrainian troops retreat from the contested town of Debaltseve and the Security Council discusses the situation in Libya.

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Listen: Jindal Says 2016 Decision Could Come Mid-June

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)

Jindal is waiting until Louisiana wraps up its current legislative session.

Report: DoJ Leaning Toward Opposing Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

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According to the report, lawyers have raised concerns that the proposed merger by Comcast would harm consumers.

Obama And Italian Leader Pledge Cooperation Over Extremism

Obama and the Prime Minister agreed that Italy is at a particular risk because of its geographic proximity to North Africa where violent extremism has grown in the last several years

Obama Defends New Trade Deal Policy

The new trade deal leaves some Democrats fearful of job outsourcing and lax labor and environmental regulations

Federal Court To Hear Arguments Over Obama’s Immigration Orders

The Obama administration is requesting an emergency stay on a ruling from a Texas judge who halted the president’s executive orders

Restoration

Thom Hartmann

Some activists are looking for natural solutions to climate change.