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Fri July 25, 2014
Goats and Soda

In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

An Indian migrant worker pauses for a refreshing bucket bath on the roadside in Mumbai.
Rafiq Maqbool AP

Two items that are essential to most Indian households are a bucket and a pitcher. They are to Indians what showers are to Americans, an integral part of the daily ritual of bathing. In a country where you can't count on running water, the vast majority of people bathe using a bucket of water, and a plastic pitcher to pour the water over your head and body.

Like every other Indian I know, I grew up with bucket bathing. But by the time I was 10, indoor showers had started to become more common in bathrooms as did a regular water supply, at least in urban India.

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Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:36 am

People walk on the rubble of the destroyed Mosque of The Prophet Younis, or Jonah, in Mosul. The revered Muslim shrine was destroyed on Thursday by militants who overran the city in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law.
Uncredited AP

Sunni extremists from the so-called Islamic State blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul on Thursday. The site is holy to both Christians and Muslims.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that video of the explosion quickly spread online and residents of the city and across Iraq were angered by the destruction.

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Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia, last week. Abbott has announced the deployment of 190 police to help secure the MH17 wreckage site, where 37 Australians were killed.
Rob Griffith AP

The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner in Donetsk, says Australian premier Tony Abbott is close to a deal that would allow dozens of police to guard the wreckage site. Corey says, and the Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens on MH17, is also negotiating to send unarmed police to the approximately 20-square mile site.

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Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Kerry Presents Proposal For Seven-Day Truce In Gaza

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:16 am

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on Thursday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Secretary of State John Kerry has handed over a seven-day truce proposal to Israel and Hamas, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.

Kerry is hoping for fighting to stop as the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end this weekend. He's now waiting for a response.

Soraya tells Morning Edition that the outline of the temporary truce is still murky, but Israeli media are reporting that the deal would stop the fighting, while still allowing Israeli troops to hold their ground and continue destroying tunnels into Israel.

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Fri July 25, 2014

Cape Cod Residents Object As Mass. Governor Offers To House Migrant Kids

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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