8:41am

Sat April 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 6:03 pm

A masked guard holds a young boy at a barricade outside a building being held by pro-Russia forces in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Eleanor Beadsley NPR
  • Despite Agreement, Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast
This post was updated at 6 p.m. ET.

Citing progress in diplomacy and this weekend's Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" that is aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

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7:57am

Sat April 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:02 pm

A South Korean navy frogman dives into a water to search passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday.
Lee Jin-man AP

This post was updated at 7:25 p.m.

Divers recovered more bodies early Sunday in South Korea, from the wreckage of a ferry that sank earlier this week. The number of confirmed dead has now risen to 46. Since the ship sank on Wednesday, difficult conditions have complicated recovery efforts; heavy cranes have arrived that can shift the ferry, but officials say they'll wait to use them until they're sure none of the hundreds still missing managed to survive.

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7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Code Switch

In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 11:18 am

Engineer Mit Shah gives a speech at a meeting of the "ArtICCulators" Toastmasters Club in Milpitas, Calif.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Public speaking can be nerve-wracking whatever your native tongue. It can be especially difficult for immigrants who speak English as a second language.

In California's Silicon Valley, some immigrant tech workers strengthen their voices by joining public speaking support groups like Toastmasters clubs.

Members usually meet once a week to practice giving speeches, which are timed to the second and judged for grammar and presentation. There's even a designated counter of ums and ahs.

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7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Asia

Captain, 2 Crew Members Arrested In S. Korea Ferry Sinking

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

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WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn. Scott Simon is away. It's been four days since a ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea. Two hundred and seventy passengers are missing, most are high school students. After days of rough seas, divers have finally made it inside the submerged ship. NPR's Anthony Kuhn was with family members this morning and joins us now from the capital, Seoul. Good morning, Anthony.

ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Hello there, Wade.

GOODWYN: Divers are inside the ship. What have they found?

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7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Asia

Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

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WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

For his second term, president Obama has touted that his administration would make a so-called Asia pivot - less focus on the Middle East, more on China. But history has a way of intervening. This week, the president will try to make something of his promise as he visits three U.S. allies - Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. He'll also be stopping in Malaysia, and he'll be the first U.S. president to do so in almost 50 years.

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7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Around the Nation

Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

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7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Technology

Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

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WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

If you've ever sat through a never-ending meeting or a bad movie, you've probably had to resist the urge to look down at your watch. What time is it? So imagine if you could just reach down and feel the time on your wrist. Well, when Hyungsoo Kim was in business school, he helped design a device that would let you do just that. It's not a watch, it's a timepiece 'cause you don't have to watch it to know the time.

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7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Europe

Putin Tries To Sell Ukraine's Muslims On Russian Rule

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

Russian President Putin is reaching out to Muslims in Crimea. Professor Robert Crews tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Putin is trying to build alliances in the Muslim world to weigh against the West.

7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Middle East

Syrian Rebel Stronghold On The Verge Of Government Takeover

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

The Syrian city of Homs has been a rebel stronghold since the anti-government uprising began. But one rebel tells NPR that they're low on ammunition and medical gear.

7:12am

Sat April 19, 2014
Asia

Avalanche Sweeps 12 Sherpas Off Mt. Everest

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

Twelve sherpas died in a recent avalanche on Mount Everest. Climber Conrad Anker explains that the guides were helping prepare a route for hundreds of climbers expected for the coming summer season.

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