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The circles on the map pinpoint the location of thousands of Chinese-funded development projects. The bigger the circle, the bigger the investment. The largest circles represent projects in the multibillion dollar range. Map by Soren Patterson, AidData/William & Mary/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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China's Building Spree In Poor Nations: Does It Really Help The Local Economy?

There are a lot of state secrets when it comes to the billions of dollars worth of roads, hospitals and more. Satellite images of night lights may offer some insights into their value.

Supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shout in joy Tuesday outside the Supreme Court building in the capital, Colombo. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sri Lankan Supreme Court Blocks President's Bid To Dissolve Parliament

Controversy has roiled Sri Lanka since Maithripala Sirisena fired his prime minister and suspended Parliament. He also aims to replace lawmakers entirely — but Tuesday's ruling has stayed that plan.

Miss White Mountain Apache Queen 2018-19 Zipporah Lupe greets Miss Navajo contestands Summer Jake (left), Kayla Martinez and Autumn Montoya as they get ready for the parade at the 77th Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Ariz. on the Navajo Nation in September. Caitlin O'Hara for NPR hide caption

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Becoming Miss Navajo Nation

The Miss Navajo Nation pageant has been held every year since 1952. Contestants in this year's pageant met for a weeklong celebration of the traditions of female Navajo Nation life.

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King attends a rally earlier this year on the East Front of the Capitol to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Steve King Denied Comparing Immigrants To 'Dirt' — Audio Says Otherwise

The Weekly Standard reported last week that the Iowa Republican had publicly made the comparison, but King accused the magazine of lying and challenged it to release audio — so the Standard did.

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How The Beatles Made 'The White Album'

Producer Giles Martin shares the remarkable stories, early demos, outtakes and stunning new mixes from the just-released deluxe version of the album.

How The Beatles Made 'The White Album'

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Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, a city in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, in 2017. Xinjiang has detained members of the Uighur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim, and held them in camps the authorities call "education and training centers." Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Ex-Detainee Describes Torture In China's Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

"They made me wear what they called 'iron clothes,'" the man tells NPR, describing a 50-pound metal suit he was forced to wear for 12 hours. When he returned home, people were afraid to speak to him.

Ex-Detainee Describes Torture In China's Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

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In 'Let's Go,' Wilco Frontman Jeff Tweedy Details His Struggles And Joys

The singer-songwriter tells the story of how a kid from a Midwestern, working-class family became an idol to country-punk and alternative rock fans — and the obstacles and celebrations along the way.

The International prototype of the kilogram. Forged in 1879 and sanctioned by the General Conference on Weights and Measures at its first meeting, Le Grand K has been kept under lock and key in a vault outside Paris. BIPM hide caption

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Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

A small cylinder called Le Grand K has defined the kilogram for more than a hundred years. But if a scratch ever rendered it lighter, the definition of the kilo literally shifted. Time for a change.

Say Au Revoir To That Hunk Of Metal In France That Has Defined The Kilogram

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Maryland Says Matthew Whitaker Appointment As Acting Attorney General Is Unlawful

As part of an ongoing lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, Maryland requested a preliminary injunction that would declare Rod Rosenstein the acting attorney general instead.

Maryland Says Matthew Whitaker Appointment As Acting Attorney General Is Unlawful

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Steven Yeun, A Star On Both Sides Of The Pacific, Talks Toggling Between East & West

It's Tuesday. Elise Hu steps in the hosting chair for Sam and gets deep with Yeun on why he's sick of talking about Asian identity, his time as Glenn Rhee on The Walking Dead, and his new South Korean thriller. Send thoughts about the episode to Elise at ehu@npr.org or tweet her @elisewho.

Steven Yeun, A Star On Both Sides Of The Pacific, Talks Toggling Between East & West

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Stan Lee, American comic book writer, editor, publisher and former president of Marvel Comics, attends the Premiere of 'Doctor Strange' in 2016. Lee, passed away today at the age of 95. Frazer Harrison/NPR hide caption

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A True Believer Remembers Stan Lee

Stan Lee — born Stanley Martin Lieber — co-created many beloved Marvel Comics characters, but he became the company's tireless, beloved figurehead. NPR's Glen Weldon offers a remembrance.

"I am sorry for the late notice, but in fact this was conveyed to me late yesterday afternoon," Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Monday, postponing moves that had been touted as concrete steps in response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters hide caption

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Vatican Insists U.S. Bishops Put Off Vote On Their Response To Sexual Abuse Crisis

"At the insistence of the Holy See, we will not be voting" on a standard of conduct and other actions, said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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