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Pope Francis Welcomed With Red Carpet And Military Band On First Ever Trip To Iraq

The Vatican has sought to make a papal trip to Iraq, the traditional home of Abraham and now a shrinking Christian minority, since 2000. Pope…

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What China’s ‘Total Victory’ Over Extreme Poverty Looks Like In Actuality

China’s ruling Communist Party has declared “total victory” over extreme poverty. Did that really happen, and if so, how? Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/05/974173482/what-chinas-total-victory-over-extreme-poverty-looks-like-in-actuality Droolin’ Dog sniffed out…

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Asylum Seekers Are Allowed Into U.S. For Their Day In Immigration Court

The Biden administration is allowing asylum seekers who have been waiting in Mexican border towns into the U.S. for their day in immigration court. Now…

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As Schools Reopen, Popular ‘PE With Joe’ Online Exercise Class Goes Bye-Bye

A year ago, as the pandemic began, fitness instructor Joe Wicks started a daily exercise class for kids on YouTube. The videos became popular with…

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9 Things To Know About The Unfolding Crisis In Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

For months, the conflict in Ethiopia between the Addis Ababa and a defiant regional government has costs thousands of lives and displaced at least a…

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Wisdom The Albatross, Now 70, Hatches Yet Another Chick

“Each year that Wisdom returns, we learn more about how long seabirds can live and raise chicks,” said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Beth…

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Opinion: To End The Drug War, Help Coca Farmers Find A Way Out

U.S. policy has focused on eradicating the crop used for making cocaine in Colombia. Here’s why farmers keep replanting it. (Image credit: Raul Arboleda/AFP via…

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As Oprah Interview Nears, Tensions Rise Between Harry, Meghan And The Royal Family

NPR’s Steve Inskeep speaks with British historian Kate Williams about the upcoming broadcast of Oprah Winfrey’s CBS interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess…

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‘I Come As A Pilgrim’: Pope Francis Begins Historic Visit To Iraq

The pontiff arrived at Baghdad International Airport where he was greeted by the prime minister. During his four-day visit, Francis will focus on Iraq’s ancient…

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Beijing Prepares Hong Kong Election Laws, Further Erasing Freedoms

Chinese legislators in Beijing are set to overhaul Hong Kong’s elections systems. Once semi-autonomous, mainland China has curtailed freedoms in Hong Kong. (Image credit: Lam…

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Australia Asks European Commission To Review Italy’s Block On Vaccine Shipments

The blocked shipment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines was the first intervention by the EU since the bloc approved rules that could restrict vaccine exports to…

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Meghan Markle Says Palace ‘Perpetuated Falsehoods’ In Upcoming Oprah Interview

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, detail their break with Buckingham Palace in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams discusses…

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News Brief: Economy Might See Improvement, U.S. Asylum Program, Hong Kong Elections

February job numbers will be released this morning. The Biden administration has ended Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program. And, the Chinese parliament discusses Hong Kong’s…

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U.S. Senators Seek Sanctions Against Honduran President

Democratic senators are seeking sanctions against Honduras’ president for alleged human rights abuses and corruption, and looking to suspend U.S. security assistance to Honduran security…

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U.N. Official: Biden Plan To Boost Refugee Resettlement ‘Sends Important Signal’

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements says she’s pleased the U.S. plans to raise the cap on refugees to 125,000 per year. Work…

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How Canada Post Is Encouraging Folks To Reach Out And Write With Free Postcards

Canada Post is distributing prepaid postcards to 13.5 households in an effort to encourage people to connect with others through a handwritten note in its…

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Should Have Stayed Mum: Interview With Queen Of Talk Lands Royals In Hairy Situation

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Elizabeth Holmes, writer and longtime royal watcher, about the fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s interview…

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Myanmar Military Used Live Ammunition To Quell Protests

Myanmar’s military has used live ammunition to quell ongoing protests, which are trying to restore democratic rule, killing scores of protesters in recent days. Source:…

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Secretary Of State Described China As Biden’s Biggest Political Test

In a speech, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken described China as the Biden administration’s biggest political test. Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/04/973791975/secretary-of-state-described-china-as-bidens-biggest-political-test Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this…

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Vaccine Disparity Hits Home For Many Foreign-Born Doctors

Many U.S. doctors have received their COVID-19 vaccines, but nearly a third are foreign-born with family in countries facing no access to it — a…

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Sao Paulo Prepares For Lockdown After Record COVID-19 Deaths In Brazil

Brazil is seeing a record number of coronavirus deaths as a new variant overwhelms the health care system. Over 1,900 deaths on Wednesday marked the…

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