Morning Edition for Monday, May 26, 2014

President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday — his first since 2012. Since that time, U.S. troop levels there have been cut by about two-thirds.
Lance Cpl. James Boelk was a Marine killed in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. Like many families of fallen soldiers, on this Memorial Day his parents say they will gather to honor and remember.
Every year since 1948, soldiers from the Old Guard at Fort Myer place one flag on each grave. There are more than 220,000 marble headstones in the cemetery.

Santa Barbara Mourns Victims Of Deadly Rampage

Seven people, including the suspect, were killed and 13 wounded Friday night. Police say Elliot Rodger went on a stabbing and shooting rampage across the seaside California college town of Isla Vista.
Breast-feeding rates in Mexico are among the lowest in Latin America. But a campaign to encourage the practice featured topless actresses, drawing sharp criticism from some women's groups.

Official World Cup Theme Criticized As Dull

Brazil plays host to the World Cup and many Brazilians hate the theme for the soccer tournament. They're baffled that the song features the Cuban-American singer Pitbull and Bronx-born Jennifer Lopez.
Many foreign dignitaries are attending inauguration ceremonies Monday for Narendra Modi, who was being sworn in as India's prime minister. Pakistan's prime minister is in attendance.
The children of parents who struggle with anxiety are much more likely to develop it themselves. Therapy for both parents and child can help keep the often-debilitating disorder at bay.
The Financial Times says the decision will hit major firms like Mckinsey and Company and the Boston Consulting Group. The move follows the U.S. charging 5 Chinese military officials with hacking.
The Slide Fire hasn't forced residents in Flagstaff, Ariz., to evacuate. But they're worried about the potential for another wildfire, and what it could do to their homes and businesses.
About 7.5 million people visit Branson each year. The town is known for its clean family entertainment. But Branson is not exempt from the pressures of a changing economy and aging demographics.

Facebook Will Help You Monitor Yourself

Facebook is expected to release a new feature soon. Using the microphones inside smartphones, the Facebook app will be able to pick up on the music you're listening to and TV shows you're watching.
A chocolate-maker is the projected winner in Ukraine's presidential election. Ukrainians chose businessman and former Cabinet minister Petro Poroshenko to run the country at a critical moment.

Pope Francis Wraps Up 3-Day Trip To Middle East

Pope Francis is in Jerusalem. He stopped at the holiest Jewish and Muslim sites in that city. The pope has invited Palestinian and Israeli leaders to join him in Rome to discuss Mideast peace.
In Gainesville, Texas, on Monday, World War II vets from a unit known as the Cactus Division will remember their fallen comrades. These veterans helped liberate Germany's Dachau concentration camp.
Since the Iraq war began, church members in Manhattan have tied gold ribbons on the church's fence to remember fallen soldiers.
In Great Britain, the anti-Europe UKIP was the No. 1 vote getter. In France, Marine Le Pen's National Front also did much better than expected.

Anonymous Person Distributes $100 Bills

The person in San Francisco distributed the money in white envelopes and then tweeted hints about their location. An online magazine says the mystery person is a real estate magnate.
If you've ever been to a national park gift shop, you may have seen reproductions of these prints for sale. Of more than 1,000 originals, only 40 are known to survive.
Former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is the heavy favorite to win. His only rival is leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who placed a strong third in the last presidential election held in 2012.
Military dictator Hosni Mubarak was removed from power 3 years ago. The man expected to win the presidential election Abdel Fattah el-Sissi led an on-going crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mobile Internet Comes To Africa In A Big Way

Young people are driving the change using their phones to text, listen to music — even watching high-resolution videos. Silicon Valley has noticed and sees a big opportunity.
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