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It's been a year of protests with demonstrators taking to the streets across the nation. Fatal shootings involving police have forced investigations, the ouster of a police superintendent and others.

Government officials argue that encrypted communication poses national security risks. But tech companies say that making it possible to unlock devices would make the tools less secure for everyone.

Iraqi forces are engaged in battle for Ramadi, trying to drive out ISIS fighters that overtook the Iraqi city earlier this year. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Alice Fordham about the offensive.

Germany has been generous in welcoming refugees, but is stepping up deportations to dissuade more from coming. Chancellor Angela Merkel says many Afghans seeking asylum shouldn't expect to stay.

Some dual citizens who used to be able to visit the U.S. under a "visa waiver" program no longer qualify. The new law requires extra screening for people with Iraqi or Syrian citizenship, for example.

Before same-sex marriage became legal across the U.S., some couples would become father and son to get rights they were otherwise denied. Adoptions were the best option at the time.

Some food companies, hoping to gain consumer trust, are disclosing more information about what is in their products, and how they were made. But how much will they be willing to reveal?

Iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia, is a huge problem in Cambodia. A social enterprise wants to prove that adding a little iron fish to a pot on the stove will make a dent in the problem.

Kermit Travers, 78, one of the last African-American skipjack captains, reflects on his nearly 60 years harvesting oysters on the Chesapeake Bay.

Writer David Sedaris is back reading from his "Santaland Diaries." It's the story of his time as a Macy's elf.

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