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Ambassador Defends New Requirement That China's Diplomats Report Meetings In U.S.

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 04:09

In a rare on-the-record interview, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad tells NPR that the new rule is "modest" compared to the way U.S. officials are monitored by Beijing.

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Mulvaney Walks Back Ukraine Remarks, Admits It Wasn't A 'Perfect Press Conference'

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 14:21

The acting White House chief of staff denied what he previously said: that defense funding to Ukraine was frozen in part over the demand that Kyiv dig up dirt on Trump's political rivals.

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3 Soldiers Killed In Training Accident On Fort Stewart In Georgia

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 12:58

The tragic early morning training exercise also resulted in three other soldiers being hospitalized. The incident involved the Bradley Fighting Vehicle on which they were riding.

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Defense Secretary Esper Arrives In Afghanistan To Devise A Way Forward In 18-Year War

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 11:09

His visit to restart peace talks with the Taliban comes amid debate about the role of U.S. troops in the region after Trump quickly began withdrawing forces from northeastern Syria earlier this month.

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Activists Occupy An Ancient Forest In Germany To Save It

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 10:00

Images by photographer Néha Hirve document how activists squatting in the 12,000-year-old Hambach Forest are fighting an energy company's encroachment.

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'The Blob,' A Smart Yet Brainless Organism Fit For Sci-Fi, Gets Its Own Exhibit

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 08:00

Is it an animal? A type of fungi? No, it's "the blob." The amorphous "slime mold" may not have a nervous system, but it's the star of a new exhibit at the Paris zoo.

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Justin Trudeau Battles For His Political Survival As Canada Gets Ready To Vote

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 07:59

Stung by a series of recent scandals, the prime minister is locked in a virtual tie with Andrew Scheer of the opposition Conservative Party ahead of Monday's election.

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Partisan Divide Grows Over Opioid Settlement Plan

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 07:59

While most Republican attorneys general embrace Purdue Pharma's structured bankruptcy plan, all but two Democratic attorneys general reject it. "This is a moral issue for them," one expert says.

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Poll: Number Of Americans Who Favor Stricter Gun Laws Continues To Grow

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 07:01

The overall percentage of Americans who support tougher gun laws is on the rise, even as the partisan divide remains stark, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

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When Snakes Slither Into Bangkok Homes, This Is The Wrangler Who Gets Rid Of Them

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 07:01

When pythons, cobras and pit vipers show up, Pinyo Pukpinyo, a sergeant in Bangkok's fire department, is the expert who catches them. He's been bitten 20 times but says his work "makes me happy."

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VIDEO: See A Controversial Swarm Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In A Lab In Italy

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 07:00

NPR was the only news organization allowed into the lab to witness the moment the releases began this year. The goal is to create a powerful new weapon in the fight against malaria.

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CBS's 'Bob Hearts Abishola' Rings True To These Nigerian Viewers

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 03:00

The new sitcom is about a white, middle-aged Detroiter who falls head over heels for a Nigerian nurse. We asked a couple of Nigerian viewers what they think of the show.

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Trump Drops Plan To Host G-7 Summit At His Miami Resort

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 00:47

Blaming "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility" as the reason for his reversal, the president said he will consider other sites for next year's meeting of international leaders.

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Andrew Yang Warns There Is No Guarantee Impeaching Trump Will Be Successful

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 19:38

Yang says Democrats need to articulate a vision for the country. "When we're talking about Donald Trump, we are losing to Donald Trump, even if it's in the context of talking about impeaching him."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Bernie Sanders' Heart Attack Was A 'Gut Check' Moment

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 18:44

In an interview with NPR, the congresswoman said her decision to endorse Sanders is part of a movement that is "far larger than a presidential campaign."

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Could This Tree Be An Eco-Friendly Way To Wean Indonesian Farmers Off Palm Oil?

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 17:06

Palm oil plantations have led to widespread deforestation in Indonesia. But now some farmers are turning to a different crop — damar, a kind of anti-palm oil, grown in forest-based farms.

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Kurdish General Slams U.S.-Syria Policy; Gen. Petraeus Calls Withdrawal 'A Betrayal'

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 16:06

Two days into a cease-fire, clashes continue along Syria's northern border. Petraeus, who once commanded U.S. forces in the region, told NPR that withdrawing U.S. troops is unfair to Kurdish allies.

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U.K. Parliament Votes To Delay Vote On Johnson's Breakthrough Brexit Plan

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 13:25

The Letwin Amendment, approved 322 to 306 on Saturday, will force British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request an extension to the Oct. 31 no-deal deadline.

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Chile's Capital Engulfed In Chaos As Metro Protests Intensify

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 11:46

What started as a fare-dodging protest by students turned violent in Santiago on Friday, as metro stations and buses were burned and riots spilled out into the streets.

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Key Changes Would Alter The Government's Massive Survey On Schools And Civil Rights

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 09:01

The Education Department is proposing that it collect more information on bullying and sexual assaults happening at schools, and less information on things like preschool suspension rates.

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