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Small island nations threatened by climate change seek voice in U.N. negotiations

NPR’s David Folkenflik speaks with ambassador Janine Felson, top climate negotiator from Belize, about the unique challenges facing small island nations ahead of the U.N….

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Israel designates 6 Palestinian human right groups as terrorist organizations

Two of the groups said they would not be forced underground despite the uncertainty of their new status, which would allow Israel to raid the…

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Turkey’s Erdogan orders the removal of 10 ambassadors, including U.S. envoy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona…

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Saudi Arabia pledges net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060

Although the kingdom will aim to reduce emissions within its own borders, there is no indication it will slow down investments in oil and gas…

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Inside the jaw-clenching world of cricket fighting in China

It’s cricket fighting season in China, so NPR went ringside to learn about the centuries-old sport. Turns out, the bugs are really high maintenance, big…

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‘Remain in Mexico,’ the Trump era policy that haunts the Biden administration

NPR’s Sarah McCammon talks with Dana Graber Ladek of the International Organization for Migration in Mexico and Yael Schacher of Refugees International on the future…

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Border arrests have hit an all-time high, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story

The Border Patrol recorded nearly 1.7 million apprehensions in the past year, eclipsing the record set in 2000. Still, the number of migrants crossing illegally…

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Poachers killed African elephants for their tusks. So elephants stopped growing them

During the Mozambican civil war, both sides financed their efforts by poaching elephants for ivory. Now, scientists say that drove some elephants to evolve tusklessness….

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Barbados elects a woman as its first president as it moves toward becoming a republic

Dame Sandra Mason previously served as governor general. Barbados hopes to become a republic before the 55th anniversary of its independence from Britain in November….

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Haiti gang leader threatens to kill the 17 kidnapped missionaries

The gang leader that police say is holding the kidnapped missionaries said in a video that he will kill the group if his demands aren’t…

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Elephants have evolved to be tuskless because of ivory poaching, a study finds

Researchers have pinpointed how years of civil war and poaching in Mozambique have led to a greater proportion of elephants that will never develop tusks….

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Hundreds of kids and their families are riding a bicycle bus to school in Barcelona

The bicibus, or bike bus, started with five families and has grown to an event that happens every Friday. It’s an effort to promote bike…

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Boo! Where are the Halloween costumes?

Add Halloween costumes to the list of items that are hard to find this year. Parents are scrambling and coming up with creative ideas to…

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60 years after a massacre in Paris, French-Algerians are still pushing for justice

NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Melissa Chemam, a French-Algerian journalist, about the 60th anniversary of a massacre of Algerians in Paris. Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/21/1048130180/60-years-after-a-massacre-in-paris-french-algerians-are-still-pushing-for-justic Droolin’ Dog…

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India marks its 1 billionth COVID vaccination — but the fight is far from over

India is celebrating its 1 billionth COVID-19 vaccination. But only a third of its population is fully-inoculated, and export orders are backed up. Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/21/1048130173/india-marks-its-1-billionth-covid-vaccination-but-the-fight-is-far-from-over…

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Remembering Zika: Parents offered their kids for studies, then say they were forgotten

Years after agreeing to take part in research, families of children with congenital Zika syndrome are feeling abandoned. (Image credit: type=/Ueslie Marcilino/Undark Magazine) Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/10/21/1047375611/remembering-zika-parents-offered-their-kids-for-studies-then-say-they-were-forgo…

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Celtics games have been turned off in China after one player’s pro-Tibet tweet

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter waded into an especially sensitive subject for the NBA with his comments advocating for a free Tibet, as China is…

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A mysterious ‘A Team’ just rescued dogs from a volcano’s lava zone in La Palma

A group describing itself as “anonymous animalists” seems to have entered a dangerous area and rescued the dogs, leaving a banner signed by the fictional…

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U.K. police have charged a 25-year-old man with lawmaker David Amess’ murder

Authorities say a 25-year-old British man of Somali heritage, Ali Harbi Ali, has been charged with murder and preparing acts of terrorism in the death…

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South Korea tests 1st domestically made rocket as it pursues satellite launch program

After relying on other countries to launch its satellites since the early 1990s, South Korea is now trying to become the 10th nation to send…

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Long before Havana Syndrome, U.S. reported microwaves beamed at an embassy

In the 1970s and 80s, U.S. officials routinely referred to the Soviet use of microwave radiation against the American Embassy in Moscow. The Soviets were…

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India crosses the milestone of 1 billion COVID-19 vaccinations

About 75% of India’s total eligible adult population have received at least one dose, while around 30% are fully immunized. China was the first country…

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