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Kenya's Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Election Results

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Kenya's supreme court dismissed challenges to last month's rerun of the presidential election, meaning incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as president for a second term. This prompted a violent reaction from opposition supporters.

Zimbabwe Is In A Stalemate After Military Takeover

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Zimbabwe is at a watershed moment — a slow-motion process to oust Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the nation has known. But will the 75-year-old war veteran, who is known as the Crocodile and is slated to succeed Mugabe bring change to the impoverished nation?

Current And Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Create 'Ode To The Sea' Art Exhibit

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Artwork by current and former detainees of Guantanamo Bay is on display at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. But what does the art represent and why did the college choose to display it?

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Coalition Talks Have Failed

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Attempts by German chancellor Angela Merkel to form a coalition government have collapsed — earning a rebuke from the German President, who called on politicians to put aside their party interests for the sake of the country.

Alabama Media Group Condemns Senate Candidate Roy Moore

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

The Alabama Media Group came out with strong condemnation of Roy Moore, prompting a legal threat from the U.S. Senate candidate. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alabama Media Group's Vice President of Content Michelle Holmes about that decision.

Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

Two more of President Trump's nominees for important federal judge spots will have hearings this week. This comes as Republicans are putting the American Bar Association rating process under scrutiny.

Trumps Puts North Korea On List Of Countries Identified As State Sponsors Of Terror

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump has added North Korea to the list of nations designated by the U.S. government as state sponsors of terror — joining Sudan, Syria and Iran. North Korea was previously on the list, but taken off in 2008 by the Bush administration during an attempted denuclearization deal.

New Online Store Is One More Way For Trump To Profit From Presidency, Critics Say

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:49pm

The Trump Organization has a new website that sells merchandise with the Trump name on it. Ethics watchdogs say it's the latest example of Donald Trump's businesses cashing in on his office.

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'Miss Albinism' Beauty Pageant Delayed Due To Tensions In Zimbabwe

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:33pm

The pageant organizers are disappointed but plan to reschedule early next year. As for the criticisms that a pageant objectifies women, they have an answer.

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A Google-Related Plan Brings Futuristic Vision, Privacy Concerns To Toronto

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:00pm

Sidewalk Labs, a sibling company to Google, plans to redevelop Toronto's waterfront as a high-tech, livable lab. Some residents wonder what a data-driven development could mean for privacy.

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Can Science Explain The Human Mind?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:53pm

Science will one day explain visual perception and memory loss. But will it also explain romantic love and morality? Tania Lombrozo considers people's beliefs about what science can and can't explain.

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Alcohol Banned For U.S. Forces In Japan After Fatal Car Crash

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:43pm

A Japanese man was killed early Sunday in a car crash involving a U.S. service member and alcohol was likely a factor. U.S. forces in Japan are now banned indefinitely from consuming alcohol.

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'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:17pm

Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff's portrait of Conrad is terrific.

Journalist Explains How Panama Papers Opened Up The World's Illicit Money Networks

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:17pm

Reporter Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is Secrecy World.

U.S. To Impose More Sanctions On North Korea, But How Effective Will They Be?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:56pm

The Trump administration is increasingly using economic sanctions to try to influence behavior in North Korea, Venezuela and Russia. But the strategy doesn't always work — and can backfire.

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New Trump Hotel Set To Open In Heart Of The Mississippi Delta

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:53pm

Ethics experts question new Trump hotels being built during his presidency. The new Trump-associated line looks to capitalize on a nearby Grammy museum — and is also running into local politics

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Where Do Space Stations Go When They Die?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:52pm

To date more than 260 spacecraft have crashed in a part of the South Pacific between Chile, New Zealand and Antarctica, sometimes called "the spacecraft cemetery."

Kate Steinle Case Draws To A Close

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:45pm

Closing arguments begin Monday in a case that has drawn national attention because the man charged in Steinle's death was in the country illegally after being deported five times.

Sweet Potatoes Once Again Taste Success With Highest Growth Numbers In 70 Years

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:26pm

Americans are eating more sweet potatoes today than they have in decades, and farmers are churning out numbers we haven't seen since World War II.

NASA Scientists Get Close-Up View Of Antarctic Iceberg

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:20pm

The scientists are trying to determine why it broke off from the ice shelf and how it may affect sea level rise.

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