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Soldiers of Poland, Britain, US and Romania take part in military exercises at the military training ground in Bemowo Piskie, Poland on Nov. 18, 2021. Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. weighs sending 5,000 troops to Eastern Europe to counter Russia

Biden is considering sending up to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries, including Romania and Poland, a U.S. official told NPR. Russia has stationed 100,000 troops near Ukraine.

Special Representative for Afghanistan Nigel Casey, right, shakes hands with Taliban representative Amir Khan Muttaqi, center, ahead of a meeting in Oslo, Norway, Monday. Stian Lysberg Solum/AP hide caption

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Afghanistan's Taliban have started their first talks in Europe since takeover

Taliban representatives will be certain to press their demand that nearly $10 billion frozen by the United States be released as Afghanistan faces a precarious humanitarian situation.

Georgian activists hold posters as they gather in support of Ukraine in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday, Jan. 23. The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine's government with a pro-Moscow administration. Shakh Aivazov/AP hide caption

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Who is Yevheniy Murayev, the man the U.K. says Russia wants to install in Ukraine?

The British government named Murayev as one of Russia's top picks to lead Ukraine were it to invade the country. Murayev, a critic of Ukraine's pro-Western government, has dismissed the claim.

Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection testifies before the House Rules Committee in December. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Jan. 6 panel is investigating a Trump administration plan to seize voting machines

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi confirmed Sunday that an executive order was drafted for Trump to sign that would have used the military to seize machines in battleground states.

Rapid tests can help you figure out if you have been infected with the coronavirus. But how accurate are they? Scientists trying to find out whether they are less sensitive to omicron and why. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why rapid COVID tests aren't more accurate and how scientists hope to improve them

Recent research and anecdotes suggest people are testing negative on rapid tests even after they have symptoms, then later testing positive. Here's what researchers think is going on.

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The cuatro players of C4 Trio are the future of Venezuela's national instrument

From their unlikely start as rival contestants in a music competition, the Venezuelan cuatro players of C4 Trio have become a big concert draw. They're releasing a series of EPs ahead of a new album.

The cuatro players of C4 Trio are the future of Venezuela's national instrument

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