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The Stark Choice In Aleppo: Flee Or Face More Attacks

Oct 20, 2016
Syria and Russia have paused the bombing of the Syrian city and told fighters to leave. But it's seen as part of a brutal strategy used elsewhere in Syria.
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Goats and Soda

There's A 'Glaring' Gap In The War Against Poverty And Disease

Sep 22, 2016
The U.N. has set the goal of eliminating extreme poverty and reducing the toll of disease by 2030. But there's a surprising obstacle.
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U.N. Pledges To Fight Antibiotic Resistance In Historic Agreement

Sep 21, 2016
Drug resistance is no longer a matter of health. It could have massive implications for the world's economy and food supply.
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As Saudi Arabia Diversifies, A Texas Oil Refinery May Be In Its Future

Sep 20, 2016
Analysts say Saudi Arabia's national oil company may be trying to buy a refinery in the U.S. It's part of an effort to build an economy that goes beyond oil exports.
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Goats and Soda

Why The Low Zika Numbers In Haiti Might Be Wrong

Sep 07, 2016
There are signs that the virus is spreading. And the health system is ill-equipped to detect or care for babies born with microcephaly.
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Costa Rica Becomes A Magnet For Migrants

Sep 01, 2016
Peaceful and relatively prosperous, Costa Rica hasn't traditionally been a crossroads for migrants. But they have been descending on the country in growing numbers, straining resources.
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A Nation Engaged

Treasury Secretary Lew On Global Trade Deals And Corporate Taxation

Aug 31, 2016
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says he isn't ready to write off embattled trade deals with Asia and Europe. But he says a better case needs to be made to U.S. workers who fear their effects.
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Goats and Soda

When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

Aug 30, 2016
For the past four years, the U.S. government has engaged in an ambitious campaign for LGBT rights around the world. But American support can be a double-edged sword.
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A Nation Engaged

In A Time Of Middle East Conflict, What's The Role Of U.S. Diplomacy?

Aug 29, 2016
The focus has often been on U.S. military action in the Middle East. But diplomacy is also critical. Here's a look at one of America's most important and complicated relationships in the region.
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The Two-Way

This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

Aug 24, 2016
It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.
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Goats and Soda

Gang Rape Of Aid Workers In South Sudan Is A Turning Point

Aug 23, 2016
The country faces one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. But the brutal rape has left aid agencies wondering whether to pull out their foreign staff.
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The Two-Way

As July's Record Heat Builds Through August, Arctic Ice Keeps Melting

Aug 19, 2016
July 2016 was Earth's hottest month on record. And Arctic ice has shrunk this year almost as much as it did in 2012 — the most severe melt to date.
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Shots - Health News

Olympic Athletes Prove That Older Doesn't Have To Mean Slower

Aug 16, 2016
Cyclist Kristin Armstrong, who won Olympic gold at age 42, is one of many athletes saying that high-level sports aren't just for the young. And scientists say exercise reduces aging's toll for us all.
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The Torch

In Rio's Favelas, Hoped-For Benefits From Olympics Have Yet To Materialize

Aug 11, 2016
Expectations were high, but for Rio's poorest, the games are coming up short. "Who is enjoying the games?" asks one man. "Not the poor. It's only for the tourists." But even tourists are staying away.
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Goats and Soda

Why The World Isn't Close To Eradicating Guinea Worm

Aug 09, 2016
Health officials thought they were close to wiping out the parasite. It's been President Carter's dream for decades. But the dogs of Chad have turned out to be a major problem.
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The Torch

For Some Olympic Athletes, The Games Are Already Over

Aug 08, 2016
For U.S. weightlifter Morghan King and others, competition began and ended on the first two days.
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Ameera, A 6-Year-Old Afghan, Prepares To Walk Out Of U.S. Military Hospital

Jul 28, 2016
Lt. Col. Chance Henderson, an orthopedic surgeon serving in Afghanistan, was able to save the leg of a 6-year-old Afghan girl caught in a firefight. She is about to be discharged.
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The Two-Way

Scientists Report The Planet Was Hotter Than Ever In The First Half Of 2016

Jul 19, 2016
For example, June's average was up 1.62 F. A couple of degrees may not sound like much, but it's persistent warming over decades that alters the atmosphere, the oceans, and most everything else.
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The Two-Way

Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward The Poles

Jul 11, 2016
Scientists who have been tracking cloud patterns over the past two decades say the shifts they're seeing seem to correlate closely with what's predicted by computer models of Earth's changing climate.
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Monday's Attack In Medina 'An Attack On The Soul Of The Muslim World'

Jul 05, 2016
Monday's suicide attack near the Prophet's Mosque in Medina has shocked Muslims and is expected to intensify anger against ISIS.
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The Torch

With 5 Weeks To Go Until The Olympics, How Prepared Is Rio?

Jul 01, 2016
Every week seems to bring unwelcome news in the run-up to the Olympics. This week, dismembered body parts washed up on a Rio beach. But how bad are things, really?
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The Two-Way

Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

Jun 30, 2016
Scientists have been attaching transmitters on the huge seagoing birds and are astonished by their ability to stay aloft.
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Britain Won't Be The First To Leave A United Europe. Guess Who Was?

Jun 28, 2016
Britain is being described as the first country to leave the European Union. That may be true on a technicality, but others left the pan-European body in the past.
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The Two-Way

'Beautiful Flight' Across The Atlantic Is Major Milestone For Solar Plane

Jun 23, 2016
After 71 hours and 8 minutes of flight time crossing the Atlantic, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Spain. It's a big step toward the goal of circumnavigating the globe using only the sun's power.
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Via Cargo Ships and Jungle Treks, Africans Dream Of Reaching The U.S.

Jun 22, 2016
One of the lesser known tales of the world migrant crisis is taking place in Central America, where hundreds of Africans are landing with dreams of making it to the U.S.

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