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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a news conference last month at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, where the government was hosting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Taliban Answers Afghanistan's Cease-Fire Offer With Ambush, Abductions

Since a brief truce in June, attacks by the militant group have left hundreds of people dead. President Ashraf Ghani is angling for a new peace deal, but the Taliban hasn't taken him up on it.

Vacation days piled up? Even a short trip can boost well-being. Kristen Uroda for NPR hide caption

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Vacation Days Piling Up? Here's How To Get The Most Out Of A Short Vacation

Americans forfeited about 200 million days of paid vacation leave last year. And many U.S. workers now take shorter, partial week vacations. But even a mini-break can be good for your health.

Vacation Days Piling Up? Here's How To Get The Most Out Of A Short Vacation

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Tourists take pictures of slogans on a wall in central Athens on Satuday. Greece's third and final bailout officially ends on Monday after years of hugely unpopular and stinging austerity measures. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Greece Emerges From International Bailout, But Will Be Closely Monitored For Years

After nine years of a debt crisis that spawned economic upheaval and austerity measures, Athens will regain a degree of control over its finances, but officials say it's not out of the woods yet.

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Brett Kavanaugh Investigated A President, Then Voiced Concerns About Doing Just That

Trump's Supreme Court pick wanted prosecutors to ask President Clinton explicit questions and wrote the section of the independent counsel's report to Congress making the case for impeachment.

Brett Kavanaugh Investigated A President, Then Voiced Concerns About Doing Just That

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A group of older boys, some of whom are gang members, joke around with a younger boy. Neighborhood children are often groomed for gang activity from the age of 6 or 7. At first they may be given small assignments — like buying snacks for gang members or monitoring who's coming in and out of a neighborhood, says Ayuso. Bit by bit, he says, they graduate into bigger responsibilities. Tomas Ayuso hide caption

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PHOTOS: It's Hard To Grow Up — And Grow Old — In Honduras

Photographer Tomas Ayuso captures the plight of Honduran youth struggling to survive in a violent country — and thinking about fleeing to stay alive.

Angela Lang, executive director of BLOC, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities stands for a portrait infant of her childhood home Aug. 7, 2018 Milwaukee. BLOC, a community based group works in Milwaukee neighborhoods with a purpose of uniting and informing its citizens of current issues along with political insight to better their community. Darren Hauck for NPR hide caption

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Wisconsin Political Activists Hope A 'Silent Canvass' Will Win Back Black Voters

Wisconsin Democrats are trying to re-elect Sen. Tammy Baldwin and unseat Gov. Scott Walker. African-Americans are a key part of the coalition necessary to do so.

Wisconsin Political Activists Hope A 'Silent Canvass' Will Win Back Black Voters

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Ahn Seung-choon was 14 when her 17-year-old brother was taken away from the family home in Pyeongchang. "After that day, we didn't hear anything about him," Ahn says. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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South Koreans Prepare For Rare Family Reunions With Long-Lost Relatives In The North

With tensions easing between North and South Korea, the two sides are reviving cross-border reunions that began in 1985. On Monday, 93 South Koreans will board buses to visit relatives in the North.

South Koreans Prepare For Rare Family Reunions With Long-Lost Relatives In The North

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they arrested a man, who was on the way to the hospital with his pregnant wife for a scheduled cesarean section, because of an arrest warrant for him in Mexico related to a homicide case. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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ICE Detains Man Driving His Wife To Hospital For Planned C-Section

A pregnant woman had to drive herself to the hospital and deliver her baby after U.S. immigration officials took her husband into custody because of an arrest warrant related to a homicide in Mexico.

Comedian Yvonne Orji plays Molly on HBO's Insecure. Orji originally planned to become a doctor ... never mind the fact that she "didn't like organic chemistry or blood." Merie W. Wallace/HBO hide caption

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'Insecure' Co-Star Yvonne Orji Says Molly Is A 'Beautiful Mess'

Comedian Yvonne Orji planned to become a doctor, but says God had other plans. She co-stars on HBO's Insecure, now in its third season. It's "a life that I never imagined," she says.

'Insecure' Co-Star Yvonne Orji Says Molly Is A 'Beautiful Mess'

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