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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

Smoke rises after a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday.
Ameer al-Halibi APAImages/APA/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 9:07 am

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET

Syrian forces have carried out airstrikes to push back what is being described as a major offensive by militants affiliated with al-Qaida to seize the key northern city of Aleppo.

As NPR's Deborah Amos reports from the Turkish border, the battle surprised the regime, but also surprised more moderate rebels, who tell NPR they are not part of the offensive.

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The Salt
8:24 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

Farmer Issiaka Ouedraogo walks past cocoa pods growing on a tree, on a cocoa farm outside the village of Fangolo, near Duekoue, Ivory Coast in May 2011.
Rebecca Blackwell AP

Chocolate might be headed toward a crisis, depending on whom you ask.

That's at least what the 2015 Cocoa Barometer has to say. It's an overview of sustainability issues in the cocoa sector, written by various European and U.S. NGOs, and was released in the U.S. this week. And what they're really worried about is the people who grow the beans that are ground up to make our beloved treat.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Hours From Greek Bailout Vote, 2 Sides Evenly Divided

Thousands of people supporting a "no" vote on the country's referendum rally in Athens on Thursday.
Pacific Press/Barcroft India Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 9:48 am

Updated at 10:20 a.m. ET

Despite the prime minister urging a thumbs down, the "yes" vote holds a slight edge in Greece ahead of a referendum on whether the country should accept the terms of an international bailout, according to one poll.

In another, however, the "nays" have it.

One survey, conducted by the respected ALCO institute just 48 hours before the referendum that could decide Greece's economic fate and future in the eurozone, gives the "yes" camp 44.8 percent against 43.4 percent for the "no" side, according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures

A Russian Progress spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 9:08 am

A Russian rocket filled with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station lifted off from a pad in Kazakhstan early today after two previous re-supply missions failed.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports that the successful launch of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, known as the Progress 60P, which is set to dock with the station on Sunday, was a relief to the astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station.

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Animals
6:33 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Parrot On A Winning Streak Picks Japan To Win Women's World Cup

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