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Japanese Elections Strengthen Abe, Reward His Gamble

NPR | Oct. 22, 2017

A month ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap-election, despite his dismal approval ratings over the summer. Exit polls show his party taking a clear majority of seats in parliament.

Blending Techno And Tradition: You Should Be Dancing ... With Sake

NPR | Oct. 22, 2017

Electronic musician and craft sake maker Richie Hawtin is exploring the connection between the Japanese drink and music, and claims that melding the two results in a "beautifully hypnotic experience."

How Widows Find Their Path To Healing In Zimbabwe

NPR | Oct. 22, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg's best-seller, Option B, has perspectives on finding resilience and joy after adversity. In other countries there are different obstacles — and different ways to cope.

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The Russia Investigations: Interference Impacted Real Life; Senators Propose New Law

NPR | Oct. 22, 2017 4 a.m.

Stories pile up about real-life activity linked to Russian influence-mongers, senators pitch new law on digital political ads and committee hearing postponed for Trump's longtime personal lawyer.

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Spanish Prime Minister Takes Unprecedented Step To Dissolve Catalan Government

NPR | Oct. 21, 2017 11:34 a.m.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he was invoking a previously unused Spanish constitutional article to "restore order."

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Dozens Of Egyptian Police Killed In Desert Shootout

NPR | Oct. 21, 2017 9:48 a.m.

Sources told multiple news outlets that militants ambushed Egyptian police acting on what they believed was a tip on the location of a hideout.

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'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

NPR | Oct. 21, 2017 9:20 a.m.

Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China's total. They're all receding at a record pace — and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.

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One Of New Zealand's Best Sailors Aims For Triple Crown In Round-The-World Race

NPR | Oct. 21, 2017 4:01 a.m.

Peter Burling has already won Olympic gold and the America's Cup. Soon he'll start the grueling Volvo Ocean Race. Sleep deprivation, freeze-dried food and giant waves are only some of the challenges.

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Nivea Ad For 'Visibly Fairer Skin' Sparks Controversy In West Africa

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 4:55 p.m.

The billboard and TV spot shows a Nigerian beauty pageant winner using a product called Natural Fairness Body Lotion. Critics are describing the ad as "colorist" and tone deaf.

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Need Hurricane Aid? In One Texas City, If You Boycott Israel, You May Be Out Of Luck

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 2:36 p.m.

A city official told NPR that Dickinson is simply following a recently passed state law: "The city has nothing to do with it." But the representative who authored the law said it's being misapplied.

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The U.S. Military In Africa: A Discreet Presence In Many Places

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 1:47 p.m.

The military has some 20 missions across the continent. Most are not combat operations. But the deaths of four soldiers in Niger illustrate the dangers as the U.S. troops venture into the field.

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Why There's A Lot Of Buzz About A Possible Mosquito Emoji

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 12:48 p.m.

There are 2,666 emojis for tweeting and texting. A mosquito is not one of them. Global health campaigners are trying to change that.

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Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers.