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Trump Expected To Restrict Trade, Travel With Cuba

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:29pm

President Trump is preparing to announce changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba during a visit to Miami on Friday, possibly tightening restrictions loosened by the Obama administration.

(Image credit: Javier Galeano/AP)

Russian Opposition Leader Arrested Before He Could Join Protests

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 7:24am

Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Russia on Monday for anti-corruption demonstrations. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who's been detained by authorities, organized the protests.

Comey Testimony Reverberates Across Washington, D.C.

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 6:34am

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday. That's the same panel that former FBI Director James Comey testified before.

Anti-Government Protesters Take To The Streets In Scores Of Russian Cities

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 6:33am

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who wants to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency of Russia, called for the protests. He was detained outside his home before he could make it to a protest.

If You Want To Live In The U.S. And Canda, There's A House For You

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 6:03am

For $109,000 you can buy a 7,000 square foot house that straddles the border between Vermont and Quebec and has entrances to the U.S. and Canada. Border agents from both countries keep an eye on it.

If You Want To Live In The U.S. And Canada, There's A House For You

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 6:03am

For $109,000 you can buy a 7,000-square-foot house that straddles the border between Vermont and Quebec and has entrances to the U.S. and Canada. Border agents from both countries keep an eye on it.

Want More Instagram Likes? There's A Vending Machine For That

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:16am

There's a vending machine at a mall in Moscow. For about $1 you can buy a hundred likes. For $850 you can get 150,000 followers. But you have to give your password to a random machine in Russia.

How Russia's State Media Covers The Opposition Movement

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

NPR's David Greene talks to media critic and blogger Alexey Kovalev, who writes a blog called "The Noodle Remover" in which he exposes Russian propaganda.

Opposition Calls For Anti-Government Protests Across Russia

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

June 12 is National Day in Russia and anti-government protests have been planned to mark the day. The eastern city of Novosibirsk could be an early indicator of protest turnout elsewhere in Russia.

D.C., Maryland To Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

Rachel Martin talks to "Washington Post" reporter Aaron Davis, who says Washington, D.C., and Maryland plan the first of its kind lawsuit against President Trump for corruption, over his failure to divest himself of his business interests.

After Last Week's U.K. Election, Where Do Things Stand With Brexit?

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

Rachel Martin talks to Peter Spiegel, news editor of the "Financial Times," who explains the latest developments in U.K. politics and EU negotiations in the days after the shock election results.

2 Gay Men Escape Torture In Chechnya

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

Gay men have been rounded up and tortured in Chechnya in recent months. David Greene talks to two men who managed to escape. They're living in Moscow and may never be able to return to their families.

Russian Contacts Issue Hangs Over Trump's Administration

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

Rachel Martin talks to Republican pollster Jim Hobart, ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance before a Senate panel to discuss issues raised by former FBI chief James Comey.

Macron Party Headed For Big Parliamentary Win In France

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

French voters cast ballots on Sunday for parliament — the first big test for new President Emmanuel Macron and his En Marche party.

Do Anti-Corruption Protests Pose A Threat To Putin's Presidency?

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

As anti-government protests are being held across Russia, many wonder why President Putin allows them in the first place.

Morning News Brief: Russia Protests, GOP Health Care Bill

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

For the second time this year, a leading Russian dissident is calling for mass demonstrations against President Putin's government. And, the U.S. Senate continues work on health care overhaul.

A Pulse Nightclub Responder Confronts A New Crisis: PTSD

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:00am

The Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando a year ago killed 49 people. It was a horrific scene for first responders, and some are still struggling to cope with what they saw that night.

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Don't Call It Nostalgia: ALA.NI's Done This For Years

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:43am

With a cabaret star for a great-uncle and Julie Andrews as her role model, the British singer has been steeped in classic pop all her life. "I just did what I grew up listening to," she says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Interracial Marriages Face Pushback 50 Years After Loving

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:43am

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriages between people of different races 50 years ago. But some interracial couples today say they sometimes feel unaccepted in the U.S.

(Image credit: Hansi Lo Wang/NPR)

As Popularity Of Baby Boxes Grows, Skeptics Say More Testing Is Needed

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:41am

New mom Maisha Watson uses one of the 20,000 cardboard boxes given out so far in New Jersey. She's glad to have a safe spot for her son to sleep. But some question the boxes' safety and effectiveness.

(Image credit: Rebecca Davis/NPR)

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