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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Wed August 5, 2015

Two Trains Derail In India, Killing At Least 24; Floodwaters Blamed

In a span of minutes, two passenger trains traveling in opposite directions derailed in central India Tuesday night, sending them into the mud along a riverbank. At least 24 people died; officials say that tracks near the river had been flooded by monsoon rains.

Images from the scene show the trains' cars and engines resting at odd angles near the bridge, with the tracks lying twisted and curved in the mud. More than 300 people survived the crashes, according to multiple reports.

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Parallels
5:17 am
Wed August 5, 2015

Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

A stage production or a Korean wedding? It can be hard to tell.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 6:17 am

Weddings and baby showers are real life milestones to spend with your actual loved ones. True, but in South Korea, a cottage industry exists to help real people find fake friends to fill seats at such life rituals.

At a recent wedding in June, Kim Seyeon showed up as a guest even though she is a total stranger to the bride and groom. She makes about $20 per wedding she attends as a pretend friend.

"When it's the peak wedding season in Korea, sometimes I do two or three acts a day, every weekend," Kim says.

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Asia
5:17 am
Wed August 5, 2015

In Peaceful Sri Lanka, Army Holds Thousands Of Acres Seized In Civil War

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 6:17 am

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Asia
5:17 am
Wed August 5, 2015

Do You Want To Build A Lawsuit? China Totally Copied 'Frozen,' Kid Says

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 6:17 am

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Parallels
5:17 am
Wed August 5, 2015

An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy

Petros Hatzigeorgiou, whose family has been making wine for more than 150 years, at his winery outside the village of Atsiki, Lemnos. He says islanders can weather the tax by working harder. "That's how we can fight it, no matter how much it hurts," he says. "By showing them we can survive despite it."
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 6:17 am

For years, hotels, shops and restaurants on the far-flung Greek islands kept costs low thanks to a big tax break. And tourism has been one bright spot in Greece's barely functioning economy.

The Greek islands are still enjoying record numbers of tourists this summer.
But now the country's creditors are demanding those islands raise their taxes to the same level as everywhere else in Greece.

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