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Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia and other dignitaries attend a solemn Mass at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica on Sunday for the victims of the terror attacks that killed 14 people and wounded over 120 in Barcelona, Spain. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption

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Mass Held In Barcelona To Honor Victims Of Terror Attacks

The service was held as authorities continue a manhunt for the 22-year-old Moroccan believed to be the driver of a van that plowed into pedestrians on a popular promenade.

Crews worked to remove the statue of Supreme Court judge and segregationist Roger Taney from the front lawn of the Maryland State House late Thursday night. Taney wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that defended slavery and said black Americans could never be citizens. Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'

President Trump hasn't mentioned it as he's defended the memorabilia over the past week, but historians say the statues were originally built to send a clear message to black Americans.

For 30 years, Daryl Davis has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. He says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes after talking with him. Courtesy of Daryl Davis hide caption

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How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

One by one, Daryl Davis has befriended KKK members over the past 30 years. The more they got to know the African-American musician, the more they realized the Klan was not for them.

How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

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Racial Issues Have Often Been A Test for U.S. Presidents With Conflicted Feelings

President Eisenhower was not a fan of the 1954 Supreme Court order against segregated schools; but he sent the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Ark., to ensure it was enforced at Central High.

Racial Issues Have Often Been A Test for U.S. Presidents With Conflicted Feelings

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Dick Gregory, known for his sharp commentary on race relations during the 1960s civil rights movement, was considered a pioneer in using satire to address social issues. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

Gregory was known for his sharp satire, political activism and health advocacy. He went on multiple hunger strikes to protest issues like the Vietnam War and police brutality.

Counterprotesters assemble at the Statehouse before a planned "Free Speech" rally by conservative organizers begins on the adjacent Boston Common, on Saturday. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Boston Right-Wing 'Free Speech' Rally Dwarfed By Counterprotesters

Thousands of counterprotesters gathered in Boston Common to meet the rally participants, who said they have no connection to those who perpetrated violence in Charlottesville, Va., last week.

In the upper reaches of the northern state of Uttarakhand, small villages are rain- and snow-fed. As snowfall has declined, farmers are starting to plant crops in winter, when fields would usually lie fallow. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

Farmers are starting to grow new crops in winter, when their fields usually lie fallow. Meanwhile, air pollution, which contributes to climate change, is weakening India's solar energy production.

As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

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In this July 10, 1945, photo provided by U.S. Navy media content operations, USS Indianapolis (CA 35) is shown off the Mare Island Navy Yard, in Northern California, 20 days before she was sunk by Japanese torpedoes. AP hide caption

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Wreckage Of USS Indianapolis, Sunk By Japanese In WWII, Found In Pacific

The cruiser was returning from a secret mission to deliver atomic bomb components when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine. The ensuing loss of life is the large in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Suat Keceli, left, a retired stockroom worker, and his barber Yasar Ayhan pose in Ayhan's barber shop in Kasimpasa, the Istanbul neighborhood where President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan grew up. Keceli is a conservative Muslim who kept his daughter out of school when headscarves were banned in the classroom. Gokce Saracoglu/NPR hide caption

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In Turkey, Schools Will Stop Teaching Evolution This Fall

When Turkish children head back to school, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution. The government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum.

Vanessa Wauchope begins abdominal exercises in Leah Keller's class in San Francisco, Calif. Keller teaches an exercise, called "drawing in," to help strengthen abdominal muscles that tend to spread apart a bit during pregnancy. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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Getting To The Core Of Exercises Said To Strengthen 'Mum Tum'

NPR listeners had lots of questions after our story about diastasis recti, a medical condition of abdominal muscles that's common among new moms. Many wanted to know more about how to fix the problem.

President Trump speaks on the phone Jan. 28 with Russia's Putin, flanked by top aides, from left, Reince Priebus, Vice President Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn. Only Pence remains. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

The president has completed a full purge of top White House aides instrumental in his election. Their ouster could be a big gamble, as Trump finds himself with fewer and fewer allies.

Congressmen Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., Kevin Brady of Texas, Peter Roskam, R-Ill. and Dave Schweikert R-Ariz., stand outside Rancho del Cielo in California, where they were crafting a tax overhaul. Susan Davis/NPR hide caption

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Republicans Plead With Trump To Get On, And Stay On, Message To Pass A Tax Overhaul

While the president was laying blame on "both sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Republicans were meeting to hammer out a tax overhaul. But they worry about whether Trump can make the sale.

An English couple on vacation in Greece composed this note, rolled it up in a bottle and, on July 4, tossed it into the Mediterranean Sea. A Palestinian fisherman caught it in his net this week. He says it's the first piece of mail he has ever received. Photo Courtesy of Wael Al Soltan hide caption

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From Greece, A Message In A Bottle Reaches Isolated Gaza

Vacationers from England tossed the bottle into the Mediterranean. It floated nearly 500 miles and into the net of a Palestinian fisherman. He said it was the first piece of mail he had ever received.