Rebels of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia walk on a makeshift footbridge in the southern jungles of Putumayo on Aug. 12. On Wednesday, it was announced that the FARC and the Colombian government had reached a deal to end their decades-long conflict. Fernando Vergara/AP hide caption

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Latin America

Colombian Government, FARC Reach Deal To End Hostilities

The accord, which is not yet finalized, aims to end one of the world's longest-running armed conflicts. The announcement follows four years of talks between the government and the rebel group.

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Music Reviews

Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

Frankie Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist who remakes classic Mexican and other Spanish-language ballads and waltzes using a vintage synthesizer. His new album is called Boleros Valses y Mas.

Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

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Syrian Conjoined Twins Die While Waiting For Lifesaving Surgery

The newborns were evacuated from a rebel stronghold to the capital, Damascus, after lengthy negotiations earlier this month. Today, they died of heart failure as they awaited surgery.

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Politics

Bernie Sanders' New Political 'Revolution' Faces Bumpy Beginning

Eight key staffers have already quit the political group aimed at furthering progressive causes near and dear to the runner-up in the Democratic presidential primary.

Bernie Sanders' New Political 'Revolution' Faces Bumpy Beginning

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Science

Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.

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WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.

Law

Catholic Church Groups Fight Bills To Revive Old Sex Abuse Cases

NCPR

Catholic leaders are trying to block bills that would extend the statute of limitations for child sex crimes and allow old cases to be brought back into court. So far, the lobbying has been effective.

Catholic Church Groups Fight Bills To Revive Old Sex Abuse Cases

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An artist's depiction of the surface of the planet Proxima b as it orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. The planet is a bit more massive than Earth, scientists say, and circles its star once every 11 days. ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nature hide caption

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This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.

Actor John Krasinski spent two and a half years in New York trying to get his acting career off the ground. After landing a few commercials and some "off- off- off-Broadway" plays, he was about to call it quits. But his mother encouraged him to stick it out a little while longer, and three weeks later, he landed the role of Jim on The Office. Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

Fresh Air

Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of The Office, he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film The Hollars.

Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

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Ex-Aid Worker: Abuse Of Refugee Children On Nauru Was Mostly Ignored

Viktoria Vibhakar, formerly of Save the Children Australia, says little was done to protect refugee children who alleged abuse on the island nation of Nauru, where Australia has kept refugees.

Ex-Aid Worker: Abuse Of Refugee Children On Nauru Was Mostly Ignored

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Early morning haze colors Mount Katahdin and its surrounding mountains as seen in 2014 from a height of land along Route 11 in Patten, Maine. The viewpoint is part of the Katahdin Woods & Waters scenic byway. Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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In Maine, Land From Burt's Bees Co-Founder Is Declared A National Monument

Roxanne Quimby donated nearly 88,000 acres of land — once used to harvest timber for paper mills — to the federal government. Now it's the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.