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NPR Diane Rehm Show - Friday News Roundup 1505-06

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05/08/2015 Friday News Roundup – International : British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party win a surprisingly solid victory in the British elections. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms a new coalition of conservative and religious parties, but with a slim majority in Parliament. Saudi Arabia proposes a five-day halt to airstrikes on rebels in Yemen to allow aid agencies to reach civilians. And Nigeria’s military rescue hundreds of women and children kidnapped by Boko Haram. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week’s top international news stories.

05/08/2015 Friday News Roundup – Domestic : The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, pushing the jobless rate to 5.4 percent – its lowest since 2008. Attorney General Loretta Lynch decides to launch an investigation of Baltimore’s police department. An appeals court rules that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data is illegal. The FBI says it warned police in Garland, Texas about one gunman hours before he and another man opened fire outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. The Senate votes to give Congress the right to review any final nuclear deal with Iran. And politicians reflect on the legacy of former House speaker Jim Wright. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.

05/01/2015 Friday News Roundup – International : In a speech to the U.S. Congress, Japan’s prime minister presses for support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. The head of Nepal’s army says the death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake could rise significantly. It now exceeds 6,000. Saudi Arabia’s monarchy redraws the lines of succession to tap a younger generation of leaders. The U.S. Navy begins to accompany some American-flagged ships in the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seizes a cargo ship. And U.S. officials acknowledge the FBI facilitated the ransom payment of an American held hostage by al Qaida. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.

05/01/2015 Friday News Roundup – Domestic : The Justice Department announces a $20 million dollar pilot program for police body cameras. That news comes as peaceful protests in Baltimore and elsewhere continue over the death of Freddie Gray. The U.S. economy grew by just 0.2 percent in the first quarter, well below the one percent forecast by many economists. The Supreme Court hears arguments in a potentially historic same-sex marriage case. The Clinton Foundation’s fundraising efforts continue to dog Hillary Clinton’s early presidential campaign,as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) announces he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for president. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.

 

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