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8:53 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Sharp Decline In Chinese Executions Mirrors Global Trend

Chinese police show a group of convicts at a sentencing rally in the city of Wenzhou on April 7, 2004. Eleven prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Since then, the number of executions in China has significantly declined.
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Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:58 am

Executions in China are falling rapidly, in line with a trend worldwide, including in the U.S.

NPR reported on the decline in executions on Weekend Edition Sunday. An estimated 3,000 people were put to death in China last year. That number is down from an average of 15,000 a year in the 1990s.

The numbers are estimates because China doesn't release execution figures, which are considered a state secret.

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Reports: Mubarak Might Be Freed While Awaiting New Trial

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the dock during a court hearing in Cairo on June 8.
Amr Abdallah Dalsh Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:47 am

As fears of civil war rise in Egypt, there are these reports that:

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

NSA Leak Reporter Says 'U.K. Puppets' Detained His Partner

Glenn Greenwald (left) and David Miranda after Miranda's arrival early Monday at Rio de Janeiro's International Airport. Miranda had been detained for 9 hours at London's Heathrow Airport. Authorities reportedly questioned him about Greenwald's reporting of the "NSA leaks."
Ricardo Moraes Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 1:58 pm

The detention for nine hours Sunday of journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner by authorities at London's Heathrow Airport was an attack "on the news-gathering process and journalism," Greenwald writes on The Guardian's website.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Attacks, Reprisals And Church Burnings As Egypt Teeters

In Cairo, soldiers have put barbed wire around the constitutional court, one of many government institutions under guard.
Amina Ismail MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:22 am

The news from Egypt, where more than 900 people have died and thousands more have been wounded since the interim government began cracking down on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi last Wednesday, remains grim:

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Asia
3:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

U.S. Family Of Ill Prisoner Wants North Korea To Release Him

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 5:52 am

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Analysis
3:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Democrats And Republicans Push Obama To Get Tough With Egypt

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 5:52 am

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After a weeklong vacation, President Obama is back at the White House, though not for long. He's getting ready for a bus tour later in the week to promote his policies on the economy and education. The president is also dealing with demands from both political parties that he get tougher with the Egyptian military, as violence rages in Egypt.

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Business
3:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Consider Wedding Insurance To Get Hitched Without A Hitch

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 5:52 am

The average cost of an American wedding cost more than $28,000 last year. Travelers insurance is now offering wedding insurance. There's coverage for failed wedding pictures, the caterer goes out of business, gifts go missing, etc.

All Tech Considered
2:28 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Hitting The Road Without A Driver

Carnegie Mellon's autonomous car, developed with General Motors, is by all appearances a normal Cadillac SRX crossover — except for the big red button in the middle of the dashboard. In an emergency, the button allows the car to be switched immediately back to standard driving mode.
GM-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 1:19 pm

The cars we drive have gotten ever more sophisticated. They can just about park themselves; they tell us if we're drifting out of our lane; they can prevent skids. Some even automatically apply the brakes if they sense that a collision is imminent.

Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh are developing a car that can do all of those things and more — it can actually drive itself. Imagine that commute to work.

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