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Venezuelans are going to Colombia to buy essentials unavailable at home like bread, sugar and medicines. But life on the border is going through its own economic downturn.

U.S.-Philippine relations have been rocky. The new trade envoy tasked with improving them is a Philippine real estate magnate who's already working with Donald Trump on a major building project.

Rudy Giuliani is a leading contender for secretary of state in a Trump administration, but as mayor of New York he waded into conflicts with Yasser Arafat and parking scofflaws at the United Nations.

The prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias declined by almost 3 percent from 2000 to 2012, a study finds. That could be due to people getting more education, and better health overall.

President-elect Trump has said a top priority is to freeze hiring for the federal government. But even those who support reducing the federal workforce say that a freeze can have unintended effects.

"They'll continue to be wildly successful in the business world," Trump's former campaign manager told NPR's Audie Cornish, saying concerns about conflicts of interest are unfounded.

Donald Trump settled a class-action suit last week by Trump University customers, but several other pending cases could distract him after he takes office, analysts say.

Loneliness and social isolation can affect health for the worse. So a California hospital is training volunteers to provide companionship and friendly assistance.

Lung cancer affects mostly older people, but they're often not offered surgery as a treatment. A study finds that most older people can tolerate surgery, and that it extends lives.

Prosecutors in South Korea will question President Park on allegations of corruption and cronyism. The move comes in the wake of massive protests calling for the president to step down.

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