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Afghanistan's Paralympic Team Can't Travel To Tokyo, With Airports In Turmoil

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 10:21

In another sign of the dramatic change wrought by the Taliban's sudden takeover, Paralympic athletes now have no way to travel to Japan.

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Why Earthquakes In Haiti Are So Catastrophic

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 10:00

Haiti has a long history of major earthquakes that leave destruction and carnage in their wake. A combination of factors makes the country especially susceptible to damage from these quakes.

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What Women's Advocacy Groups Worldwide Are Doing For Women In Afghanistan

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 08:28

"Whatever happens in the coming days, we hold true to the idea that women can and should help shape the future of Afghanistan," said one nonprofit, as alarm rises about the Taliban takeover.

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U.S. Embassy Staff In Afghanistan Are Evacuated To Kabul's Airport

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 05:48

The U.S. State Department says all personnel at its Embassy in Kabul have been evacuated to the airport. The perimeter of Hamid Karzai International Airport is controlled by the U.S. military.

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An Afghan Interpreter For The U.S. Army Is Trying To Get Out Of Afghanistan

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 05:04

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to an Afghan interpreter, who's not identified for security reasons, who worked with the U.S. military for nine years. His nickname is Reggie and he wants to come to the U.S.

Biden's Choices In Afghanistan Were Complicated. So Is The Fallout He Faces

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 05:00

The simple question of whether the U.S. should stay or go was not simple at all. Now, Biden's determination to leave Afghanistan has resulted in a bigger mess than he bargained for.

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Don't Focus On Kids' Weight Gain. Focus On Healthy Habits Instead

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 05:00

Many parents have seen their kids' weight go up after months of disrupted schedules and excess screen time. Here's how to respond, without causing new problems, like body image issues.

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Australia's Worst Day Of Pandemic Sees Restrictions Tighten

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 03:46

Only 26% of Australians aged 16 and older had been fully vaccinated by Saturday, one of the slowest rollouts among wealthy countries, making the spread of the delta variant particularly dangerous.

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