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Fighting around a Ukrainian nuclear plant raises concerns

NPR’s Leila Fadel talks to Mariana Budjeryn of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center about concerns over Russian shelling near a Ukrainian nuclear plant. Source: https://www.npr.org/2022/08/10/1116689006/fighting-around-a-ukrainian-nuclear-plant-raises-concerns…

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South Korea is dealing with the worst flooding in 80 years

Torrential rains have left many people dead or missing in and around South Korea’s capital. President Yoon Suk-yeol says they must prepare for more extreme…

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The U.S. lost track of why it was in Afghanistan, former commander says

Recently retired General Frank McKenzie reflects on the withdrawal from Afghanistan, who bears responsibility for the way it unfolded, and how the U.S. “lost track”…

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Voters cast their ballots in Kenyan presidential election with low turnout

The presidential election in Kenya drew low voter turnout on Tuesday pitting opposition leader Raila Odinga against Deputy President William Ruto. (Image credit: Nickolai Hammar/NPR)…

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Author of ‘Taliban’ reflects on how the group has changed since it was last in power

In 2001, author and journalist Ahmed Rashid wrote the definitive account of the Taliban and its origins. NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly now speaks with Rashid,…

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Blinken will try to ease tensions between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo

A recent United Nations report accuses Rwanda of supporting rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. United States Secretary of State Blinken is visiting both…

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The new CHIPS and Science Act will bring semiconductor chip manufacturing to the U.S.

President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law Tuesday, which allocates $53 billion dollars in federal funding to manufacture semiconductor…

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With many voters discouraged, turnout was low for Kenya’s presidential election

Kenyans are going to the polls Tuesday to elect a new president. The two front runners are familiar names in the East African nation. Source:…

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Many Sri Lankans have switched to cycling due to the economic crisis

Fuel shortages have forced many Sri Lankans to ditch their cars and cycle instead. Colombo’s mayor unveiled new bike paths. Doctors & environmentalists call it…

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A raging fire at a Cuban oil facility worsens the island’s energy crisis

Flames engulfed a fourth tank at an oil storage facility as the fire consumes critical fuel supplies on an island grappling with a growing energy…

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A vision of 7 suns led a self-taught Ivoirian artist to draw the everyday and the holy

The Museum of Modern Art shows the colorful works of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, a prolific artist from the Ivory Coast who documented his Bété culture…

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11 more tips on how to stay cool without an A/C, recommended by NPR’s readers

NPR readers share their favorite tips on how to cope with heat without an air conditioner. Among the tips: take a shower with a sheet…

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A young man attempts to escape Russian-occupied Ukraine — then he goes silent

Vitaliy is a 22-year-old Ukrainian college student living in occupied Kherson. He had been sending NPR voice memos for months describing life in the city….

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In Kenya, promises of marijuana paradise electrify the electorate

One of Kenya’s presidential candidates is promising to legalize weed. His long-shot campaign has entertained, but it might also mark a different kind of politics…

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Taps will soon run dry as ‘Day Zero’ nears on South Africa’s Eastern Cape

In South Africa, the city formerly known at Port Elizabeth is approaching “Day Zero”, the moment when the taps may run dry. Source: https://www.npr.org/2022/08/08/1116390139/taps-will-soon-run-dry-as-day-zero-nears-on-south-africas-eastern-cape Droolin’…

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Blinken tells African countries they needn’t pick a side as U.S. competes with China

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says African states shouldn’t have to pick a side in great power rivalries, though the U.S. is competing with Russia…

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Inside a TV news station determined to report facts in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

Once a mortal threat, the Taliban have let Afghanistan’s leading news channel stand. But every day is a struggle for the journalists who still work…

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Ceasefire takes effect after 3 days of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants

A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to be mostly holding as both sides assess what just happened in three days of…

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China ends series of live fire military drills around the island of Taiwan

China’s live fire military drills around the island of Taiwan have just ended. The military exercises forced some ships and flights to take detours in…

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Violence has damaged infrastructure near a Ukraine power plant, sparking safety fears

Concern is growing over damage to a Ukrainian nuclear facility seized by Russians in March, which is reportedly currently under bombardment. Ukraine is seeking an…

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Russia-Ukraine war: A weekly recap and look ahead (Aug. 8)

Catch up on key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Image credit: Khalil Hamra/AP) Source: https://www.npr.org/2022/08/08/1114327845/russia-ukraine-war-a-weekly-recap-and-look-ahead-aug-8 Droolin’ Dog sniffed out…

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An island in the Galápagos reintroduced iguanas after nearly 200 years of extinction

The Galápagos land iguana is back on Santiago Island. That’s thanks to some help from a team of conservationists. (Image credit: Galápagos National Park Directorate)…

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