An artillery gun fires a round at Taliban fighters in the hills of Nangahar Province. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

On Its Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

The Afghan army is now fully in charge of combat operations. NPR's Tom Bowman heads out on a mission with troops as they engage the Taliban in one of its strongholds near the Pakistani border.

Children aboard this World Airways DC-8 jet on April 2, 1975, were evacuated from Vietnam shortly before the fall of Saigon and just two days before the first official Operation Babylift flight. Among the children, was 12-year-old Thanh Jeff Ghar (center, lying down in front of a window). He says being brought to the U.S. gave him opportunities he never would have had if he remained in Vietnam. Photo as exhibited at the Presidio's Operation Babylift: Perspectives & Legacies exhibition at the Officers' Club, courtesy of the AP hide caption

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Back At Base

2 Days Before Operation Babylift, 57 Children Were Evacuated To The U.S. KUOW

Despite controversy, a flight attendant and passenger say taking children out of Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in April 1975 was the right thing to do.

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Author Interviews

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Clinton foundation's Clinton Global Initiative conference with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chelsea, looking on. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Since Hillary Clinton launched her presidential run, her family's foundation has been scrutinized. The Clintons called the foundation the most transparent organization of its kind. But is that true?

The Two-Way - News Blog

Nepal Death Toll Tops 4,400; At Least 1.4 Million Need Food Aid

The toll includes four Americans, who died at a Mount Everest base camp. In addition to food, the U.N. says medical supplies are desperately needed.

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It's All Politics

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex-marriage bans Tuesday. Is in counterintuitive to think that the party of traditional marriage could benefit from a ruing in favor of gay marriage?

Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill pledged to remove all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu two years ago. It's now fulfilled that promise. Courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill hide caption

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The Salt

Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

Chipotle's move is the latest example of the food industry ditching ingredients, as consumers demand a say in what's in their dinner. Some of these ingredients are more questionable than others.

Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as members of the Italian coast guard approach them off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on April 22. Alessandro Di Meo/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks

At a charity center in Sicily, survivors of the dangerous sea crossings from Libya to Italy face legal and economic limbo and a frosty welcome. But the situation is still better than the places they fled.

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