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Mon September 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Strike On Syria: Meaningless Gesture Or Necessary Response?

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 9:09 am

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., called military action in Syria legitimate and necessary.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power
  • From 'Morning Edition': Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Bowman

The arguments for and against taking military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians were laid out Monday on Morning Edition.

Making the case for a "legitimate, necessary and proportional response" was Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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5:25am

Mon September 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

Humanitarian Aid Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syrian Strikes

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 9:04 am

At the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, many families struggle to get clean water, food and health services.
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The World Health Organization says the Syrian civil war is currently the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis on earth.

Aid groups have been scrambling to provide shelter, food, water and health care to the huge numbers of people who've been uprooted by the fighting. The big question now is whether U.S. military action could spark another wave of refugees and make the situation worse.

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5:25am

Mon September 9, 2013
Europe

Tourists Flock To Downton, England

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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5:18am

Mon September 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Why Batwoman Can't Get Married

In this illustration released by DC Comics, Batwoman is shown as a 5-foot-10 superhero with flowing red hair, knee-high red boots with spiked heels, and a form-fitting black outfit.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:51am

Mon September 9, 2013
Around the Nation

Sailor Proposes To Girlfriend Among Flash Mob Dancers

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 5:25 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Michael Turner. He's a sailor on a guided missile destroyer. He wanted to propose to Jamie Story before he was deployed, so he invited her to dinner in Virginia Beach. And according to the Virginian-Pilot, that's when the flash mob appeared. Mr. Turner arranged for 50 dancers to do synchronized steps on the street as he proposed. Luckily, she said yes, 'cause otherwise it would have been awkward.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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