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Russia's new Iskander system can be armed with nuclear warheads and can fire either ballistic (pictured) or cruise missiles. The Iskander-M missile launcher was used during a military exercise last month by the Russian Eastern Military District's 5th army at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia. Yuri Smityuk/TASS via Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Russia Seen Moving New Missiles To Eastern Europe

New satellite photos suggest Russia is preparing to base new nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic enclave between Lithuania and Poland. The missiles are likely meant as a warning to the West.

Monkeys' vocal equipment can produce the sounds of human speech, research shows, but they lack the connections between the auditory and motor parts of the brain that humans rely on to imitate words. Brian Jefferey Beggerly/Flickr hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."

Monkey Voice Simulation Saying "Will You Marry Me?"

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The singer Alsarah: "Sudanese people said I wasn't Sudanese enough. Arabs said I wasn't an Arab. Americans said I wasn't American. I used to be like, 'I don't belong anywhere! Now I'm like you're all mine. All my countries, you're all mine." Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Born In Sudan, Based In Brooklyn. A Singer Remixes Her Identities

Please, says the singer-songwriter, don't pigeonhole her as some sort of "refugee artist." She calls her music "East-African Retro-Pop."

Syrian pro-government forces stand amidst the rubble in old Aleppo's Jdeideh neighborhood on Friday. George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Horror In Aleppo: Civilians Trapped As Syrian Government Tightens Siege

"I don't even know how to describe the kinds of things that are landing on us" a dentist trapped in one of Aleppo's last rebel-held neighborhoods tells NPR.

Horror In Aleppo: Civilians Trapped As Syrian Government Tightens Siege

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Jonathan Coleman and his son compare graphene-infused Silly Putty (left) with the unadulterated kids' stuff. Naoise Culhane/Amber Center, Trinity College Dublin hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Adding A Funny Form Of Carbon To Silly Putty Creates A Heart Monitor

Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.

Members of the media read through the pages of Richard McLaren's report looking into doping in Russian athletics, ahead of a press conference Friday in central London. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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More Than 1,000 Russian Athletes Involved In Doping Conspiracy, Report Says

There was a "systematic and centralised cover up and manipulation of the doping control process" in Russia, an investigation found. The report includes thousands of documents as evidence.

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Black Santa Claus Is A Hit At The Mall, But Faces An Online Backlash

Larry Jefferson was the first black Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Minnesota. He was popular with the kids, but he sparked on online backlash from people who felt Santa can only be white.

Black Santa Claus Is A Hit At The Mall, But Faces An Online Backlash

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Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders speaks last month in court in Schiphol, Netherlands, during the last day of his hate speech trial. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Far-Right Dutch Politician Found Guilty Of Hate Speech But Will Not Be Penalized

The case is rooted in comments the lawmaker made at a 2014 rally, when supporters chanted that they wanted fewer Moroccans in the country. He then told them, "We're going to take care of that."

Dr. Joseph Linsk of Atlantic City, N.J., has held on to a secret for more than 80 years. Stefanie Campolo/The Press of Atlantic City hide caption

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StoryCorps

A Lifelong Secret: Can You Help This Ailing 94-Year-Old Man Make Amends?

An effort to cover up a schoolyard incident led to decades of regret for Joseph Linsk. "The event never left me," he says, as he reveals a secret he's been keeping since the 1930s.

A Lifelong Secret: Can You Help This Ailing 94-Year-Old Man Make Amends?

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Thirty years ago, when the grass grew tall, cashmere goats made up 19 percent of all livestock in Mongolia. Since then, their numbers have skyrocketed to make up 60 percent today. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though: These goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.

How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

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Locals in Seneca Falls, N.Y., say this bridge in their small town was the model for the bridge in the fictional Bedford Falls in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, where George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) thinks about ending his life. Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio hide caption

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New York Village Says It's The Model For 'It's A Wonderful Life' Town

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Residents of Seneca Falls, N.Y., are celebrating 70 years of Frank Capra's classic Christmas film. The town claims architectural and geographic similarities, and a scouting trip by the director.

New York Village Says It's The Model For 'It's A Wonderful Life' Town

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