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9:03 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

First Listen: Metz, 'II'

Metz's new album, II, comes out May 4.
David Waldman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 9:09 pm

Raw, belligerent, dissonant and powerful: That's just the tip of the noise-rock iceberg when it comes to Metz's self-titled debut from 2012. Released by Sub Pop, Metz helped inject a fresh dose of fierce punk spirit into the record label that brought the world Nirvana, but has lately focused more on tuneful indie rock. But with that kind of expectation in place, what room does that leave for growth?

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Africa
4:33 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks 'Vile,' Says Zulu King Accused Of Inciting Them

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, center, arrives at a Zulu gathering at a stadium in Durban, South Africa. Six people have died in anti-immigrant violence in the city in recent weeks, and another death has been reported in Johannesburg; Zwelithini is accused of inciting the attacks with incendiary comments, but says his remarks were taken out of context.
AP

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:36 pm

Goodwill Zwelithini is the influential king of South Africa's Zulu nation. Comments that he made last month — when he reportedly said head lice should be squashed and foreigners should pack their belongings and leave the country — have been blamed for igniting attacks on foreigners, resulting in at least seven deaths. But Zwelithini denies inciting the violence.

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World
4:17 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Malta's Coast Guard Rescues Migrants — And Feels The Strain

Soldiers in Malta carry coffins during a funeral service for 24 migrants who drowned while trying to reach southern Italy.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 4:34 pm

This week, the bodies of 24 unidentified migrants were laid to rest in Malta, the European island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. They were among more than 800 people who lost their lives last weekend off the coast of Libya when their ship capsized as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach a better life.

Lieutenant Keith Caruana of the Armed Forces of Malta spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about the situation in the Mediterranean — and the toll it has taken on rescuers after more than a decade of trying to save the lives of desperate people seeking safety.

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U.S.
3:25 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:42 pm

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Sports
3:25 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

How Will 'Off-The-Field' Issues Affect Jameis Winston's NFL Prospects?

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 4:34 pm

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Asia
3:25 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

A Day After Earthquake, Nepal Struck By Aftershocks

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 6:51 pm

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U.S.
3:25 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:40 pm

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Music
3:25 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Kirk Franklin On 'Trap Gospel' And Taking Heat From The Church

"I am very, very good friends with Erica, and she has a great heart for God, she has a great heart for ministry, and I just believe that the heart always wins," says Kirk Franklin of Erica Campbell.
Tony Karumba Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 4:34 pm

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a celebration to mark the first anniversary of Crimea's incorporation into Russia, in Moscow, on March 18.
Xinhua Xinhua/Landov

In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.

In the film titled The President, Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. "It's because this has elements of historical justice. I believe we did the right thing and I don't regret anything," he says, according to RIA news agency.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

Police carry a detained man to a waiting police van after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, on Saturday. Authorities say 34 people were arrested in the protest over Gray, who died in police custody last week.
Alex Brandon AP

Police in Baltimore say that 34 people were arrested and six police officers received "minor injuries" in protests Saturday afternoon and evening over the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man.

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