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Russia Says It Will Build New Missile Systems Within 2 Years

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 06:52

The U.S. said last week it would stop abiding by the Cold War treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear missiles. "Our response will be symmetrical," Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

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Is Beauty In The Eyes Of The Colonizer?

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 06:02

This week on "Ask Code Switch," we're talking about who gets to define beauty norms — and what it means to push back on them.

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Ahead Of 2020 Winter Olympics, A Building Boom In Kyoto Is Yielding Ancient Artifacts

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 05:00

Archaeologists are rushing to uncover, document and preserve centuries-old objects, as new hotels and office buildings go up in the ancient former capital of Japan.

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7 Takeaways From President Trump's State Of The Union Address

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 05:00

The president made the case for his agenda, not bowing to the new divided-government power dynamic in Washington. And he did not appear ready to negotiate to avoid another partial government shutdown.

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Ahead Of 2020 Summer Olympics, A Building Boom In Kyoto Is Yielding Ancient Artifacts

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 05:00

Archaeologists are rushing to uncover, document and preserve centuries-old objects, as new hotels and office buildings go up in the ancient former capital of Japan.

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2nd North Korea Nuclear Summit Will Take Place In Vietnam This Month, Trump Says

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 04:39

The U.S. and North Korea will meet in Vietnam, Trump told lawmakers during the State of the Union address. The countries will work toward details of denuclearization missing from last year's meeting.

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Clapping, Sleeping, And Serenading: The State Of The Union's Evocative Moments

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 02:19

Would it be politics in 2019 if it didn't inspire memes?

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Here's How Trump Tried To Win Women Over In His State of the Union

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 02:13

The pointed outreach may come in part from Trump's awareness that a tough re-election fight is bearing down on him — and that winning in 2020 may mean having to gain ground with women voters.

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California Attorney General Vows To Sue If Trump Uses Emergency Powers To Build Wall

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 23:28

Xavier Becerra argued in the Spanish language response to the president's speech that it would be illegal for the administration to declare a national emergency to pay to build a border wall.

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Pope Francis Acknowledges, For First Time, Sexual Abuse Of Nuns By Priests

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 23:22

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Roman Catholic Church is being forced to confront evidence that clergy have sexually abused nuns.

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Fact Check: Democratic Response To Trump's State Of The Union Address

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:36

Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, is delivering the remarks Tuesday night. Read a transcript of the speech with NPR reporters' annotations.

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Alabama Police Officer Will Not Be Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Mistaken Gunman

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 21:06

The attorney general says the officer was justified because the man was running toward the victim with a firearm. A lawyer for the dead man's family says the police "feared a black man with a gun."

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Fact Check: Trump's State Of The Union Address

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 21:02

President Trump is delivering the annual speech, which had been delayed because of the government shutdown, on Tuesday night. NPR reporters are providing context and analysis in real time.

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Watch Live: Trump Delivers State Of The Union After Shutdown

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:03

The annual speech was delayed because of the recent partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.

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Why It's The Year Of Peppa Pig In China

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 18:09

The popular British cartoon character ushers in the Lunar New Year with a new movie. But it's the live-action trailer — and its story of a loving and lonely grandpa — that everyone's talking about.

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ISIS Hostage, Captured In 2012, Is Thought To Be Alive, U.K. Minister Says

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 18:03

British Security Minister Ben Wallace told reporters on Tuesday that the government has reason to believe photojournalist John Cantlie is still being held by the terrorist group.

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Oscars Will Not Be Hosted For The First Time Since 1989

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:40

Questions about who would host the Academy Awards lingered ever since the scheduled host, comedian Kevin Hart, dropped out in December.

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Collapse Of Health System Sends Venezuelans Fleeing To Brazil For Basic Meds

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:22

The once impressive medical system has crumbled dramatically in Venezuela's ongoing crisis. Measles is resurgent, HIV patients aren't getting drugs. Even catheters are in short supply.

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Proud Boys Founder Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:20

SPLC has labelled the far-right Proud Boys a hate group. Gavin McInnes denies that and says the designation has ruined his reputation and caused him and the group to be barred from online platforms.

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Report: Global Warming Could Melt At Least A Third Of Himalayan Glaciers

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 15:46

If temperatures continue to rise, glaciers would begin to disappear, with a serious impact on the area's water resources.

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