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A child standing inside a damaged building stares at the Al-Faruq mosque, leveled by Israeli bombardment in Rafah on a foggy day on Sunday, Feb. 25. Mohammed Abed /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Photos: Humanitarian crisis grows in Gaza as mediation attempts resume

In the past week, the number of people displaced in Gaza reached 1.7 million, Egypt fears a border crisis in the Sinai Peninsula and negotiators began work toward a potential pause in the fighting.

This Feb. 18 satellite photo shows displaced Palestinians crammed into southern Gaza on the right. Israel is threatening to attack the border town of Rafah, where more than 1 million Palestinians are now living. On the left is the left is the vast, empty expanse of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Egypt says it won't allow Palestinians into Egypt because it fears they might not be allowed back into Gaza. Planet Labs PBC hide caption

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Why Egypt won't allow vulnerable Palestinians across its border

Egypt's empty Sinai Peninsula would offer safety for Palestinian civilians. But Egypt fears refugees might never be allowed back, citing the painful history of earlier Israeli-Palestinian wars.

Why Egypt won't allow vulnerable Palestinians across its border

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A clock showing February 29, also known as leap day. They only happen about once every four years. Olivier Le Moal/Getty Images hide caption

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Why do we leap day? We remind you (so you can forget for another 4 years)

Why do we have leap years, and what are we supposed to do — or not do — with our rare extra day? NPR's Morning Edition spoke with experts in astronomy, history and economics to find out.

Why do we leap day? We remind you (so you can forget for another 4 years)

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A LightSound device will allow those with vision impairment to experience the upcoming solar eclipse in April. Deborah Cannon/Texas Standard hide caption

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Turning the sight of the upcoming total eclipse into sound

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When the moon passes between the sun and Earth on April 8, those in the path of the total eclipse see a spectacular show. But a group at Harvard wants observers who are blind or have limited vision to enjoy those rare moments too.

Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams is the new owner, along with David D. Smith, of The Baltimore Sun. The newspaper now features Williams' columns and stories about his broadcast interviews. Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun hide caption

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More crime and conservatism: How new owners are changing 'The Baltimore Sun'

The Baltimore Sun was bought last month by David D. Smith, a media executive known for his conservative political advocacy. He's already changing the nearly 200-year-old newspaper.

More crime and conservatism: How new owners are changing 'The Baltimore Sun'

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Returning characters revive 'The Walking Dead' in 'The Ones Who Live'

Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln are back as Michonne and Rick Grimes in the new spinoff. But will a new audience show up for a franchise that is nearly 14 years old?

Returning characters revive 'The Walking Dead' in 'The Ones Who Live'

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Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (left) meets Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban on Feb. 23, ahead of Monday's key vote in Hungary's parliament on Sweden's bid to join NATO. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Hungary approved Sweden's bid to join NATO, the final hurdle to membership

Hungary's parliament has approved Sweden's bid to join NATO, clearing the way for the Nordic nation's accession to the military alliance after two years of intense negotiations.

Police in Tel Aviv, Israel, use water cannons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, and calling for the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas, on Saturday. Ohad Zwigenberg/AP hide caption

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With or without a cease-fire, Netanyahu says an Israeli operation in Rafah will happen

As talks over a cease-fire in Gaza continue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his cabinet was reviewing military plans for Rafah, where more than a million Palestinians are sheltering.

With or without a cease-fire, Netanyahu says Israeli operation in Rafah will happen

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Sunita Kumari Chaudhary weaves a dinner table mat with ropes once used by climbers in the Himalayas. She and her fellow craftswomen are part of a small start-up project in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, to repurpose Everest trash. Tanka Dhakal for NPR hide caption

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Mt. Everest is plagued by garbage. These Nepali women are transforming it into crafts

They're turning cast-off climbing ropes into handmade crafts. It's part of a fledgling effort in Nepal to repurpose mountain waste and provide economic opportunity.

Eagle Pass Fort Duncan Museum coordinator Geraldo Quiroz points to a painting depicting Confederate Gen. J.O. Shelby burying the Confederate battle flag in the Rio Grande as he and his troops fled to Mexico. David Martin Davies/TPR hide caption

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Texas park at center of border dispute the 'Grave of the Confederacy'

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Shelby Park, the Texas city park at the center of a dispute between the state and the White House over border security is named after a Confederate general who refused to concede defeat. Some locals now want to change the park's name.

Damon Tillman says coal will not surge back in Keyser to the way it once was. Haiyun Jiang for NPR hide caption

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This is what happens when a wind farm comes to a coal town

Keyser in West Virginia represents a national shift in American energy production. And in a town that was defined by coal for generations, change can be difficult.

This is what happens when a wind farm comes to a coal town

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Vials of injectable penicillin in cold storage at the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, Tenn. Injectable penicillin is the go-to treatment for syphilis and the only treatment considered safe for pregnant people with the disease. Catherine Sweeney/WPLN hide caption

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A surge in syphilis cases drives some doctors to ration penicillin

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The drug is the go-to treatment for syphilis and the only one recommended for pregnant people. But a shortage of the injectable drug has prompted some public health agencies to ration it.

Wayfarers Chapel is a popular venue for California weddings. Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson married Melinda Ledbetter there in 1995. Los Angeles Conservancy hide caption

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The history of LA's visually stunning Wayfarers Chapel, now closed by landslides

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The small church overlooking the Pacific was designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, and opened in 1951. The redwood beams holding large, geometric panes of glass in place epitomizes a school of architecture known as Organic Modern.

Knejie Allen, left, and Adontis Atkins, right, sit on top of the DJ booth at their "SK8-Dark-30" party at Winnwood Skate Center. During intermission, the two addressed a massive crowd, thanking them for coming out to celebrate their studio's first official roller-skating party. Lawrence Brooks IV/KCUR 89.3 hide caption

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These Black veterans are trying to revive Kansas City's roller-skating scene

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The founders of SK8 Shot Studios are taking Kansas City roller-skating rinks by storm. Their plan is to revive the once thriving scene and grow it into a global destination for Black skate culture — one class and skate party at a time.

Donald Tusk (center), then in the opposition, marches with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski (left) and former President Lech Walesa (right) in a protest last year organized by Civil Platform, the coalition of political parties now running Poland's government. Omar Marques/Getty Images hide caption

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Poland's judiciary was a tool of its government. New leaders are trying to undo that

Poland's far-right Law and Justice party spent eight years stacking the courts with allies, destroying the judiciary's independence. The new government is finding it's tough to undo the damage.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says lessons from 2020 are informing election officials' priorities and preparations for the general election in November. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Michigan's elections chief wants to protect voters, poll workers and democracy itself

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sat down with Morning Edition in Detroit days ahead of the state's primary to discuss her approach to election security in 2024.

Michigan's elections chief wants to protect voters, poll workers and democracy itself

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74-year-old Lenval Skiers at his home in Pan-African Village, in Asebu. Jude Lartey for NPR hide caption

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A new home for the African diaspora in Ghana stirs tensions

Ghana tried to create a haven for anyone from across the African diaspora. But for some Ghanaians, the project has become a source of bitterness.

A new home for the African diaspora in Ghana stirs tensions

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