Then-presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to reporters in the spin room Jan. 14 after the "undercard" portion of the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate in South Carolina. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Media

Spectacle Of Spin: The Post-Debate Room Where The Truth Gets Dizzy

In the spin room, reporters clamor for quotes and candidates weave their positive narratives. It's a quite a sight, sure — but in the age of social media, has it become irrelevant?

A Burundian soldier of the U.N. peacekeeping force MINUSCA contingent uses a metal detector at the entrance of a polling station in Bangui, Central African Republic on Dec. 14, 2015. Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Africa

Burundian Peacekeeping Abroad Can Fuel Conflict At Home

Serving as a U.N. peacekeeper can be a lucrative profession for young Africans. But Burundians seeking such work must pledge loyalty to their government, which is implicated in human rights abuses.

Feb. 1 marked the first day of a historic trial in which Mayan women have accused two former military officers of systematic sexual violence during Guatemala's civil war. Moises Castillo/AP hide caption

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Latin America

In Historic Trial, Mayan Women Accuse Ex-Military Officers Of Sex Slavery

For the first time, sex slavery is being acknowledged in court as a war crime. The 11 alleged victims are using the trial platform to condemn this kind of abuse, for fear it could happen again.

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Donald Trump's paternal grandparents, Friedrich Trump and Elisabeth Christ, came from the southwest German village of Kallstadt. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Trump's German Ancestral Village, The Locals Are Not Impressed

"Ich bin ein Kallstadter," Donald Trump likes to say. But many of the villagers are more proud of other famous American descendants with links to Kallstadt: the Heinz family, of ketchup fame.

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Music Interviews

Rokia Traoré's Commitment To Her Culture

In spite of civil war, Mali has produced extraordinary artists and music. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with one of the country's stars about her new album Né So -- meaning "home."

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Hotels and apartment buildings line the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The head of a sports travel agency specializing in packages for the Rio 2016 Olympics said that the company's business could be devastated if the Zika virus continues to spread. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

#NPRreads: 4 Eye-Opening Stories To Read This Weekend

A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.

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Music News

Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With 'Life Of Pablo' Premiere

Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we've been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.

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Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America's high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is "no," that is. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Salt

Dinner With A Side Of I Do's: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America's high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is "no," that is.

Brazilian soldiers prepare for an operation to fight the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 3. The operation on Saturday will include 220,000 soldiers passing out pamphlets; they hope to reach 3 million homes. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Brazilian Military Takes Aim At Mosquito Problem

On Saturday, 220,000 soldiers across Brazil are going door to door to raise awareness about the Zika virus, and promote mosquito control efforts that could slow the disease's spread.

The Sand to Snow National Monument is one of three California areas designated as national monuments on Friday. Together they protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands. Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Photos: Obama Declares 3 New National Monuments In California Desert

The new designations protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands that include Southern California's highest peak, thousands of Native American rock carvings, endangered animals and a ghost town.

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The Salt

Chipotle's Food-Safety Woes? Don't Expect Sympathy From Rest Of Industry

Chipotle has scorned some mainstream farming practices, like GMOs and antibiotics. Now the fast-casual chain is taking hits over food safety, and past targets of its attacks are taking revenge.

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Shots - Health News

Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His memoir deals with the struggle and the joy of life as death drew near.

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Pop Culture

Comic T.J. Miller: Trained Clown And Student Of Nietzsche

The Silicon Valley actor, and former Shakespearean clown, says his latest role is right up his alley: "I'm interested in morality and mortality, and Deadpool kind of has all of these themes."

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