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Women encounter a dilemma when they get pregnant: Should they continue taking medications that keep them healthy? That question can be scary, because drugs are rarely tested for safety in pregnancy.

Local governments are allowing schools to experiment with new teaching methods. Educators hope to develop self-motivated, critical thinkers.

Emperor Akihito said his age and poor health could make the performance of his duties impossible. But Japanese law doesn't allow for the emperor to step down.

In a victory for the military, referendum voters in Thailand approved a draft constitution. Critics say it will entrench military control in the country.

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are underway, and despite long lines and a stray bullet firing, most things seem to be running smoothly.

A new Texas law allows students with gun licenses to carry on campus. Professor Lisa Moore of the University of Texas at Austin talks about why she's asking a court to halt the law.

The National Institutes of Health proposed lifting its moratorium on funding for research on part-animal, part-human embryos — which raises a huge dilemma, says bioethicist Insoo Hyun.

If you have young children at home, chances are you know Doc McStuffins. If you don't, comedian W. Kamau Bell will tell you why you should love the 6-year-old cartoon girl with a stethoscope.

The Zika virus holds a particular fear for pregnant women because it causes severe birth defects. But researchers are still struggling to find out how the virus reaches the fetus through the placenta.

Despite the obvious dangers, there is a small tourist industry in Afghanistan. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to London travel operator Marc Leaderman, who had led trips to the war-torn country.

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