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'That's Good,' Philippine President Says, As Drug Raids Kill Unprecedented Numbers

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017

Police raids in the Philippines over a three-day span killed dozens of people suspected of selling or using drugs. They're the bloodiest known days in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

UNICEF Picks YouTube Star As Ambassador

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017

Known as "Superwoman" to her 12 million online followers, Lilly Singh represents a new kind of celebrity — and that's exactly why UNICEF's made her the face of its cause.

3 Hong Kong Activists Jailed For Role In 2014 'Umbrella' Protests

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017

Joshua Wong was the 17-year-old face of massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous city. Now, he and two others have been given stricter sentences that bar them from office for five years.

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Despite Rift, Saudi Arabia Says It Will Allow Qatari Pilgrims To Conduct Hajj

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 11:34 a.m.

Qatar has been isolated by neighboring countries in a heated diplomatic standoff. But Saudi Arabia has announced it plans to open its border to allow pilgrims from the tiny Gulf country.

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Behind The Scenes, A Major Choice Looms On Afghanistan

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 11:26 a.m.

Will President Trump double down on America's longest-running — but forgotten — war? Or could he decide to pull the plug?

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As Rain Keeps Falling, Sierra Leone Scrambles To Find Mudslide Survivors

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 10:57 a.m.

Idalia Amaya, an emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, says the top priority is rescuing people trapped in their homes under the mud.

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Found: 1-Carrot Diamond Ring

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 10:19 a.m.

Thirteen years ago, Mary Grams of Alberta, Canada, lost her engagement ring while working on the family farm. This week, her daughter-in-law found the heirloom, bizarrely adorning a vegetable.

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Attacker Drives Van Into Barcelona Crowd; 13 Dead, 100 Hurt

AP | Aug. 17, 2017 8:38 a.m. | Barcelona, Spain

A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district Thursday, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents.

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As Tunisia Weighs Women's Rights Proposal, Some Of The Staunchest Opponents Are Women

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Tunisia's president is pushing for his country to become the first in the Arab world to ensure equality between men and women in inheritance laws. Currently, a man's share equals that of two women.

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Spain Rescues Nearly 600 People At Sea As Migration Patterns Change

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 8:23 a.m.

Authorities rescued 593 people in one day Wednesday. The number of migrants arriving in Spain by sea is up sharply from last year, and the number arriving in Greece has dramatically fallen.

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He Crossed The Border In A Packed, Unventilated Trailer And Survived

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 6:13 a.m.

Brandon Martinez. 16, was one of nearly 40 undocumented immigrants found in a trailer in San Antonio. His father laments that his son suffered so much to cross the border, just like he did.

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Kenyan Opposition Leader Vows To Take Election Challenge To Supreme Court

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 6:03 a.m.

Raila Odinga said he's mounting a legal challenge to what he calls President Uhuru Kenyatta's "computer-generated fraud." But he's not the only one to raise questions about the election recently.

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Israel's Netanyahu Faces Criticism For Delayed Reaction To Charlottesville Rally

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 12:49 p.m.

For three days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an outspoken critic of anti-Semitism around the world — said nothing about the anti-Jewish chants and Nazi swastikas paraded in Charlottesville, Va.