Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, right, embraces attorney Janson Wu, after announcing his application for asylum in May. The U.S. government has now formally recommended Wambere's application for approval. Josh Reynolds/AP hide caption

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Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

John Abdallah Wambere applied for asylum in the U.S. after Uganda passed a harsh anti-gay law earlier this year. His application has now been recommended for approval, pending a background check.

Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing pact in Kabul Sunday. The first vote in the election was held in April; a runoff followed in June. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Afghan Rivals End Dispute — And A Long Election Season

The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan have signed a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.

Sisters of the Servants of Mary from Kansas City, Kan., at a rally in 2012. Catholic employers don't want to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Catholic insurance companies have quietly arranged for coverage for years. John Hanna/AP hide caption

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Health Care

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

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Code Switch

MacArthur Fellow Trains Lawyers To Work For Clients, Not Judges

American courtroom culture, says Jonathan Rapping, prioritizes quick prosecutions over defendants' rights to due process, so he co-founded an organization to train public defenders against this.

"Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway," Gilbert Gottfried says. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images hide caption

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Ask Me Another

Passionate Proclamations With Gilbert Gottfried

The legendary stand-up discusses "crossing the line" in comedy. Then, in his signature voice, he whispers sweet nothings into your ear in a game about famous romances throughout history.

Members of the Mehdi Army militia, which once fought U.S. forces in Iraq, take part in training in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on June 17. The militia's fighters now find themselves allied with the U.S. against the self-declared Islamic State. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

U.S., Iraqi Militias Join In Uneasy Alliance

Shiite militias that once fought bitterly against U.S. forces in Iraq are now the beneficiaries of American airstrikes against the Islamic State. There's distrust all around.

Mammuthus columbi, the Columbian mammoth, used to be common in America, but went extinct about 10,000 years ago. The specimen found south of Dallas is estimated to be 20,000 - 40,000 years old. Illustration by Karen Carr/Perot Museum of Nature and Science hide caption

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Science

Mammoth On The Move: Rare, Nearly-Intact Skeleton Heads To Dallas KERA

The skeleton lay buried in a gravel pit for tens of thousands of years.

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