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  • How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: The rapid decline of fish and fauna.

  • Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    The bill would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers are expected to unveil their plan this afternoon.

  • Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Recent polls show more than 8 in 10 Jewish Israelis support the military operation, even as the death tolls climb. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ratings are soaring.

  • Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Despite a demand from the United Nations Security Council for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, fighting continued in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

  • Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

  • The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

  • Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Fierce fighting continued overnight in eastern Ukraine along the Russian border, and Russia's foreign minister rejected U.S. claims that his country has been supporting pro-Russia fighters there.

  • More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.

  • New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?

  • Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

  • Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.

  • People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

  • Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

  • Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Bloodshed is escalating in Baghdad as the militant group known as the Islamic State seeks to expand its territory in Iraq. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to reporter Alice Fordham in Erbil about life under the rule of the radical Islamic group.

  • On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.

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