"I could hear the gold whispering in the souls of these men," says Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado of a gold mine in Serra Pelada. Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Movie Reviews

Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

Carlos Varela, a Cuban protest singer, poses for a picture at the bar of the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana. Eyder Peralta /NPR hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

For decades, Carlos Varela has doled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren talks with the media before the start of a Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City earlier this month in which the SAE fraternity issue was to be discussed. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Racist Chant Was Learned At National Frat Event, University Of Oklahoma Says

In releasing an investigation into the incident involving Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the president of the university contradicted statements by the fraternity's national office that the chant was learned locally.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters following the country's March 17 election. After a bruising campaign in which he faced considerable criticism, Netanyahu has taken a number of steps to try to ease tensions. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

After A Tough Election, Israel's Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

The Israeli leader ruffled feathers during the bruising campaign. Since then, he has sought to make amends. In the latest move, Israel is handing over money it had withheld from the Palestinians.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

He, She Or Hen? Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun

The latest edition of the dictionary of the Swedish language contains a new pronoun among its 13,000 new words — hen, to go along with he (han) and she (hon).

Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. Dita Alangkara/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? An Unsavory Trade Uncovered

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants — even in cat food — may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.

A health inspection grade is posted outside a Manhattan eatery. Yelp users in New York and several other cities can now find out how a restaurant scored on its health inspection well before they walk through the door. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in New York and several other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

A man hammers a wall with elections posters at an open market in Kano, Nigeria, on Friday. The country is preparing for presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan faces former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and 13 other candidates in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

As Nigeria Votes, The Specter Of Boko Haram Hangs Over The Election

Nigerians pick their president on Saturday. For election officials, the challenges include providing ballots for the many voters displaced by attacks by the Islamist extremist group.

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