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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Gaza Violence Resumes; Hamas Military Chief Targeted

Israel says more than 70 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours, leading it to respond with at least 60 airstrikes after a short-lived cease-fire with Hamas broke down Tuesday. Palestinians say at least 11 people died in Israel's strikes.

The renewed violence comes after Egypt led diplomatic efforts to try to end the fighting.

From Gaza, NPR's Philip Reeves reports that the targets of Israel's airstrikes "appear to have included the veteran head of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Deif."

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The Salt
4:37 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

A crew of volunteer "aunties" weed and harvest basil at the ComCrop rooftop farm, set high above Singapore's Orchard Road.
Maureen Pao NPR

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:59 am

At a local FairPrice Supermarket in central Singapore, you'll find baby carrots grown in Bakersfield, Calif. — the same ones for sale at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C.

Such well-traveled vegetables aren't unusual in the tiny island state, which imports more than 90 percent of its food from some 35 countries. Singapore may be one of the most affluent countries in the world, but it depends heavily on others for basic foodstuffs.

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The Two-Way
4:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Video Purports To Show Beheading Of U.S. Journalist By Militants

James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012.
Manu Brabo/freejamesfoley.org AP

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 5:08 am

Extremist group the Islamic State claims to have executed American journalist James Foley, who was abducted in Syria in 2012. The FBI is evaluating a video that was posted online Tuesday, purporting to show Foley's beheading.

That video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon and later removed. The images show a man resembling Foley kneeling next to a masked militant, reciting comments against the U.S. before being killed.

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Africa
3:41 am
Wed August 20, 2014

U.S. Doctor To Travel To Sierra Leone To Help Ebola Victims

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Middle East
2:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Islamic State Gives U.S. Reason To Intervene In Syria, Ex-Ambassador Says

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