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On the eve of the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea staged a giant military parade in its capital. Its showing of military force might justify its playing nice in the South, where a joint North-South orchestra performed together in one of the cities hosting the games.

This week SpaceX successfully launched the world's most powerful rocket in decades. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with writer Tim Urban about what this rocket will do near term, and how it takes Elon Musk one step closer to his grand vision of a million-person colony on Mars.

There has been a big development in the mysterious death of a Border Patrol agent beside a remote highway in West Texas last year. The case received national attention because President Trump speculated it was a brutal murder committed by smugglers. The FBI now says, after an exhaustive investigation, that they have found no evidence the officer's death was a homicide.

John Perry Barlow has died at 70. Barlow was the co-founder of the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was also a lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

Positive attitudes about the economy have been making the GOP more optimistic that they can limit losses in the midterm elections. But market volatility this week showed that to be a risky proposition.

The White House is reviewing a Democratic memo that responds to Republicans allegations of purported FBI abuses of surveillance powers.

White House staff secretary Rob Porter has resigned after accusations that he abused his ex-wives. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with former staff secretary Lisa Brown about the importance of the job in a presidential administration.

The leading opposition politician in Russia says he doesn't have the slightest doubt that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

More than 20 people died on Thursday as Syrian government planes dropped bombs on eastern Ghouta. Meanwhile, Syria is accusing the U.S. of "aggression" after an exchange of attacks in eastern Syria.

Journalist Robert Draper writes in National Geographic that the proliferation of cameras focused on the public has led "to the point where we're expecting to be voyeur and exhibitionist 24/7."




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