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Asia

Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

Some have vented their anger by throwing rocks at visiting politicians. Others have become social workers in their villages. But many Nepalis are absorbed in the daily struggle to find food and water.

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All Tech Considered

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the "broken windows" approach to policing. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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U.S.

With Baltimore Protests, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

Amid the latest case of poor police-community relations, critics are targeting N.Y.'s policing theory, which aims to crack down on minor offenses. But it's also praised for reducing the crime rate.

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Palestinian girls walk past buildings in Gaza City that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. Dozens of Israeli soldiers have now given testimonials saying that indiscriminate firing was tolerated, or even encouraged at times. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

Dozens of soldiers have offered testimonials saying indiscriminate fire was tolerated, even encouraged in last summer's war in Gaza. This contributed to the high numbers of civilian deaths, they say.

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Goats and Soda

The World's Mothers Don't Always Get The Care They Need

A new report is a reminder of the gap between the rich and the poor — in the developing world and in American cities.

Founded in 2013, the AltSchool model is an odd blend of retro and futuristic — "Montessori 2.0," as its founder, Max Ventilla, says. Each of the four schools is a single, small, mixed-age class of 25 to 30 kids, with two teachers. That's what the company calls a "microschool." Courtesy of AltSchool hide caption

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NPR Ed

A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

AltSchool's innovative for-profit schools are based on intensive technical innovation. The startup has attracted more than $100 million from high-profile backers, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

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The Salt

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

A new book suggests that tall tales on craft bourbon labels are the rule rather than the exception. They're just one example of a slew of "carefully cultivated myths" created by the bourbon industry.

Joel Xu, 25, drives in Shanghai for People's Uber, a ride-sharing service. He makes about $4,000 a month – a good wage in Shanghai – and loves meeting new people he'd otherwise never encounter. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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People's Republic Of Uber: Making Friends, Chauffeuring People In China

Uber is becoming more popular in China, but many drivers say they don't do it for the money. They say they like the human connection and the freedom.

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Ruth Rendell won countless awards for her work, including the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award and the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Jerry Bauer hide caption

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Book News & Features

Ruth Rendell, Pioneer Of The Psychological Thriller, Dies

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series, and in her later years her involvement in Labour Party politics. She was 85.

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concerts

Watch Vijay Iyer Trio's Daring Games Of Rhythmic Interaction

Iyer's working band transforms selections from throughout the pianist's deep and varied catalog.

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