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After 4-month Battle, U.S.-Backed Forces Appear To Gain Control Of Raqqa

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:01am

The city in northeastern Syria, has been the self-declared capital of the Islamic State. US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are reported to be on the verge of taking the city back from ISIS.

President Trump Says The Republican Party Is United. Is It?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump continues his tax overhaul pitch after holding court in a wide ranging Rose Garden appearance. Trump played down any conflict with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Foreign Currency Crisis Tells The Story Of Angola's Economic Peril

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:01am

One of Angola's biggest challenges is lack of foreign currency. The rich can't access dollars to build or even pay their expat workers. For the poor a ballooning Kwanza means basics are unaffordable.

Iraqi Forces Now Control Kurdish City Of Kirkuk And Its Oil Fields

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:01am

Iraqi troops seized Kirkuk from the nation's Kurdish minority Monday, following a recent vote for independence. Rachel Martin talks to Vahil Ali, the communications director for the Kurdish president.

Teams Pick Through Rubble In California Looking For Wildfire Victims

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:01am

Volunteers using sniffer dogs are searching the ashes of homes in northern California checking for missing persons who may have perished in one of the state's many wildfires.

Morning News Brief

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump says the Republican Party is more unified than ever. The NFL meets with players to discuss weeks of protests. And the Islamic State is on the verge of losing control of the Syrian city of Raqqa.

'Fear Is Something Constant,' Says Daughter Of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Leader

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:00am

"Dictators see free, fair election as a threat," Monovithya Kem tells NPR. Her father, opposition leader Kem Sokha, is in jail on charges — which he denies — of trying to overthrow the government.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

Why World Hunger Isn't Going Away As Fast As We'd Hoped

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59am

There have been decades of progress in the fight against hunger. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story.

(Image credit: Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:58am

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

(Image credit: NASA/Getty Images)

Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:56am

Boeing picked Chicago instead when it was looking for a new headquarters in 2001. This time around, Denver is pitching its quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

(Image credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:55am

The festival has been blamed for cloaking New Delhi and other cities in an unhealthy haze. But the ban has drawn plenty of criticism.

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

No Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Here: Behold A U.S. Vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:53am

Engineers Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein have brought science fiction to life. Their giant robot Eagle Prime fights a giant Japanese robot in an epic battle airing on Twitch on Tuesday.

(Image credit: Greg Munson)

Daphne Caruana Galizia, Top Investigative Reporter In Malta, Killed By Car Bomb

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:07pm

Caruana Galizia, who revealed the secrets of the wealthy, powerful and corrupt on her widely read blog, died Monday after her car exploded. She had recently been digging into the Panama Papers.

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Firefighters Gain Ground On Wildfires Raging Across California

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 6:46am

Firefighters say they are finally getting the upper hand in the battle against at least 15 wildfires that have been raging for more than a week across wine country and other parts of the state.

Trump Looks To Congress To Fix 'Flaws' In Iran Nuclear Deal

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 6:44am

Rachel Martin talks to Michael Anton, spokesman for President Trump's National Security Council, about the Iran nuclear deal. NPR's Scott Detrow weighs in on what Anton had to say.

Tim Horton's Coffee Shops In Buffalo Offer A 'Spicy' Latte

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:59am

To celebrate the introduction of lattes to their menu, two locations in Buffalo, N.Y., are offering special Buffalo spice lattes — the same savory spice concoction found on buffalo chicken wings.

In Mississippi, A Mountain Lion Was Reported On The Loose

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:30am

When FOX 13 TV went to investigate, a house cat was sitting calmly in the spot. Confusing viewers who saw this little animal with the words "large cat spotted" stripped across their screens.

Artist Ai Weiwei Latest Show: 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:02am

Ai Weiwei is taking over New York City — 300 site specific installations will be on display all over the city through February.

Iraqi Forces Begin To Seize Kurdish City Of Kirkuk

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:02am

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to take Kurdish-held oil fields and a military base near Kirkuk. Rachel Martin speaks with reporter Fazel Hawramy in Iraq.

Rohingya Muslim Refugees Face Difficult Conditions In Bangladesh

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:02am

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh. But Bangladesh is reluctant to host them.




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