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Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend meets with U.S. forces in Mosul, Iraq. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

As the war against ISIS enters a tough new phase, a visit with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the senior American commander in Iraq, shows his coalition troops deeply involved in the fight.

A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (far right) attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Thursday. Shoigu announced the use of 162 Russian weapons in Syria on the eve of the Defenders of the Fatherland national holiday, celebrated in Russia on Thursday in honor of the nation's military. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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Russian Defense Minister Says His Military Has Tested 162 Weapons In Syria

Sergei Shoigu praised Russia's military prowess in Syria, noting that of 162 weapons tested, 10 performed below expectations. Human rights groups say Russia's campaign has come at a horrific cost.

Russian Defense Minister Says His Military Has Tested 162 Weapons In Syria

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Near Brennan performs his Netflix special, 3 Mics. Brandon Hickman/Netflix hide caption

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Television

'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Fresh Air

After the abrupt ending of Chappelle's Show, Neal Brennan turned to stand-up. "I needed to be more self-determining, and the most self-determining thing you can do in comedy is stand-up," he says.

'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

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(Top) Police make arrests as they move through the Oceti Sakowin camp. (Bottom) The police moved steadily and slowly through the camp, accompanied by Humvees and maintaining a perimeter of the cleared area. Angus Mordant for NPR hide caption

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Around the Nation

PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

On Thursday morning, law enforcement cleared out the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.

Homeland Security chief John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong spoke with reporters after initial meetings in Mexico City Thursday. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tillerson And Kelly Visit Mexico Amid Simmering Immigration, Trade Tensions

Talks between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly with their Mexican counterparts took place as the countries' relationship faces deepening strains.

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National Security

Disgusted By Trump, A CIA Officer Quits. How Many More Could Follow?

Ned Price made a big public exit in protest over President Trump. Other CIA workers say they want to wait and see. Tension between the White House and the intelligence community simmers.

Disgusted By Trump, A CIA Officer Quits. How Many More Could Follow?

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Lucia Adeng Wek holds her 3-year-old son, Wek Wol Wek, who suffers from malnutrition. They're at a clinic in South Sudan run by Doctors without Borders and were photographed on Oct. 11, 2016. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Similar to categories for hurricanes and earthquakes, officials have developed a five-phase scale to rank food crises.

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

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A New Orleans police officer strings up used crime scene tape at the scene of a drive-by shooting in the Central City neighborhood. One hundred people were shot in New Orleans by Feb. 10 — about a month sooner than recent years. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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U.S.

New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

President Trump is promising to crack down on crime. But police crackdowns have already been tried in cities such as New Orleans, which is now enduring a resurgence in homicide.

New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

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Watani: My Homeland follows Hala Kamil and her family as they move from Aleppo, Syria, to a small German city that welcomes refugees. Alina Emrich/Courtesy of Dish Communications hide caption

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Movies

These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

Three of the five films in the documentary short category show Syrians affected by the years-long conflict, including a group of civilian rescue volunteers, fleeing refugees and a resettled family.

These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

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Eloisa Tamez received $56,000 from the federal government for a quarter-acre of her ancestral land, but she says, "I wasn't looking for the money. I don't want to lose the land. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Law

Landowners Likely To Bring More Lawsuits As Trump Moves On Border Wall

More than 300 eminent domain lawsuits were filed for previous efforts to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, more lawsuits are expected as President Trump continues the project.

Landowners Likely To Bring More Lawsuits As Trump Moves On Border Wall

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With more than 50 million records sold worldwide, Zucchero has become one of the biggest pop stars in Italy. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

A Moment With Zucchero, Italian Pop Star And Amateur Linguist

In America, there is a rare echelon of pop stars so big they only need one name: Madonna, Cher, Prince. In Italy, that name is Zucchero.

A Moment With Zucchero, Italian Pop Star And Amateur Linguist

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Blanck Mass' new album, World Eater, comes out March 3. Harrison Reid/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen

First Listen: Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'

Benjamin John Power's noisier impulses mask a symphonic scope of veritable Vangelis proportions.

World Eater

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