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An inspector general for the IRS has found the agency went after many progressive as well as conservative groups in 2013, casting a shadow on GOP efforts to punish the agency for a "witch hunt."

As the Trump administration looks to cut spending at the U.N., officials are reviewing every peacekeeping mission. UN officials say the Central African Republic mission needs more resources, not less.

A new study of how birds react to the annual light tribute to September 11th in New York City provides compelling evidence for how artificial light can disorient large numbers of migrating birds.

Catalonia already enjoys a great deal of autonomy, so many Spaniards ask why they want independence, and to violate a Democratic constitution that 90 percent of Catalans supported just 40 years ago.

The U.N. calls it the world's fastest developing refugee emergency. And it appears far from over. More than half a million Muslim minority Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh following a brutal crackdown by Myanmar's military.

Stephen Paddock, the shooter who left 58 dead before killing himself this week, was part of a high-roller gambler culture in Las Vegas and Reno, where his girlfriend was a high-end casino cocktail waitress.

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with David Frum, senior editor of The Atlantic, about how mass shootings drive up support for laxer gun laws. Increasing unsafety and the perception of high crime rates has led to people to cling onto guns.

The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature is Kazuo Ishiguro. After the past two years, in which the Swedish academy honored a Russian journalist and a certain American songwriter, it marks a return to literary fiction.

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones. Follman, who keeps a database of mass shootings in the U.S., discusses what he's learned about the motives behind such events, and how Stephen Paddock does or doesn't fit into existing patterns.

Some Congressional Republicans are sounding open to the idea of legislation to restrict bump stocks, devices possessed by the Las Vegas shooter that convert a weapon to fire in an automatic fashion.

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