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Why The Sanctions Against Russia Aren’t Working. Yet.

When sanctions were enacted against Russia in February of this year, all the forecasts were of an imminent collapse in the Russian economy. A new…

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Ukrainians sing ‘Carol of the Bells’ at Carnegie Hall, 100 years after its U.S. debut

A Ukrainian chorus first performed Shchedryk in the U.S. in 1922. A century later, during another fight for freedom, Ukranian singers performed the folk song…

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In an ongoing race, Ukraine tries to repair faster than Russia bombs

Ukraine’s electrical grid has been under assault from Russian airstrikes for two months. Repair workers are racing to fix damaged power stations, even as the…

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The long-lost remains of the last known Tasmanian tiger have been found in a cupboard

The skeleton and skin of what is believed to be the last Tasmanian tiger have been stashed away in a cupboard at a museum in…

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The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has been knocked offline for more than a month

The prime minister says about 70 percent of services have been restored, but officials have not commented on a cause or whether ransom was paid….

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Perspective: Jiang Zemin’s passing marks the end of an era for China

As China holds a memorial service for its late leader Jiang Zemin, an NPR correspondent who met Jiang reflects on the figure and his transforming…

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Russian airstrikes cause electricity outages, but Ukraine says it shot down missiles

Russian airstrikes caused electricity outages in some Ukrainian cities. However, Ukraine says it shot down many missiles, and the damage was substantially less than in…

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China is partly adjusting its zero COVID policy

China is partly adjusting its zero COVID policy by ramping up vaccinations for senior citizens. But vaccine hesitancy may be a problem for the authorities….

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The latest on Iran’s protests, morality police and a silent majority

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly talks with New York University Associate Professor Azadeh Moaveni about the state of Iran’s protests and the alleged removal of the…

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What’s the secret sauce that lets some poor countries prosper?

In his new book, Gambling on Development, economist Stefan Dercon argues that the key to a low-resource country’s success is not what you might think….

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Week in Ukraine war: new Russian strikes, oil price cap, no Biden-Putin talks (Dec. 5)

Catch up on key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Image credit: Pete Kiehart for NPR) Source: https://www.npr.org/2022/12/05/1139880140/russia-ukraine-war-oil-cap-russian-strikes-putin-biden-dec-5 Droolin’ Dog…

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How ‘goblin mode’ became Oxford’s word of the year

The slang term means “behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms.” It was the landslide…

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Russia launches fresh round of missile strikes at Ukraine’s energy system

Russia unleashed a new wave of airstrikes at Ukraine on Monday, the latest in a series of such attacks aimed at destroying the power grid….

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The world’s response to hunger crisis in East Africa is inadequate, say aid workers

A crisis of extreme hunger is threating millions in East Africa. However, international aid has not been able to meet the need. (Image credit: Tony…

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Ukrainians say they hid orphaned children from Russian deportation

The staff at the children’s regional hospital in Kherson city, Ukraine, say they began fabricating orphans’ medical records to make it appear like they were…

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Japan’s Disney store sells merchandise of Winnie the Pooh supporting China’s protests

The online store offers shirts, mugs and other products that can be customized with an image of Pooh holding up a blank white sheet of…

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How the Fantastic Four took Double Dutch to new heights

The ties between Double Dutch and hip-hop can be traced to Nelly’s “Country Grammar,” Missy Elliott’s “Gossip Folks” and “Throw It Back,” and the Cartoon…

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Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 6 months helping build a new space station

The astronauts were working to complete construction of the Tiangong station — part of official Chinese plans for a permanent human presence in orbit. (Image…

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Residents are evacuating as Mount Semeru, Indonesia’s highest volcano, has erupted

Monsoon rains eroded and finally collapsed the lava dome atop 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) Mount Semeru, causing the eruption, according to National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Abdul…

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OPEC keeps oil targets the same amid uncertainty on Russian sanctions

The decision at a meeting of oil ministers Sunday comes a day ahead of the planned start of two measures aimed at hitting Russia’s oil…

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Migrants cross the English Channel to reach Britain despite an agreement between the U.K. and France

Migrants continue to try to cross the English Channel to reach Britain despite an agreement between the U.K. and France to increase police enforcement. Source:…

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Climate change and hunger are driving a refugee crisis in the African countries bordering Lake Chad

In the handful of countries bordering Africa’s Lake Chad, climate change and hunger are driving a refugee crisis. Source: https://www.npr.org/2022/12/04/1140630184/climate-change-and-hunger-are-driving-a-refugee-crisis-in-the-african-countries- Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this…

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