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This Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, file photo shows the sun bouncing off the Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Europol says law enforcement authorities in six different countries have joined forces to take down a "super cartel" of drugs traffickers controlling about one third of the cocaine trade in Europe. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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A cartel allegedly responsible for a third of Europe's cocaine has been busted

"The scale of cocaine importation into Europe under the suspects' control and command was massive," Europol said, adding that the suspects used encrypted communications to organize drugs shipments.

Jefferson Ncube, an illegal diamond miner from Zimbabwe, works on his latest tunnel at an abandoned De Beers mine near Kleinzee, South Africa. Ncube is a univeristy graduate, but has been unable to find employment. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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Diamond diggers in South Africa's deserted mines break the law — and risk their lives

Photos show the desperate search for scraps left by big diamond operators. But amid rampant poverty and unemployment, zama-zamas see no other way to provide for their families.

Monkeypox is getting a new name: mpox. Here, monkeypox virus particles (orange) are seen within an infected cell (green), after being cultured in a laboratory. The image was produced by a colorized transmission electron micrograph. NIH-NIAID/IMAGE POINT FR/BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racist stigma

"Removing 'monkey' removes the stigma that monkeypox comes with," an expert tells NPR. But he questions why the World Health Organization will wait a year for the change to take full effect.

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with a group of Basij paramilitary force in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 26, 2022. AP hide caption

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Iran acknowledges more than 300 are dead from unrest from nationwide protests

The estimate from a military official of people dead from protests is considerably lower than the toll reported by a U.S.-based group that has been closely tracking the protests.

Law enforcement has used robots to investigate suspicious packages. Now, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a policy proposal that would allow SFPD's robots to use deadly force against a suspect. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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San Francisco considers allowing law enforcement robots to use lethal force

From sci-fi to the streets, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a policy proposal on whether or not the San Francisco Police Department has the authority to use robots as a deadly force.

San Francisco considers allowing law enforcement robots to use lethal force

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Mourners visit a makeshift memorial on Aug. 12, 2019, near the Walmart in El Paso, Texas. On Monday a Texas prosecutor, facing mounting criticism over the handling of the shooting, resigned after the county took the extraordinary step of moving to remove her from elected office. Cedar Attanasio/AP hide caption

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El Paso prosecutor resigns after facing accusations of incompetence

El Paso County District Attorney Yvonne Rosales agreed to resign. She faced accusations of incompetence involving hundreds of cases and of slowing down the case against the suspected Walmart shooter.

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5 strategies to help you cope with a nagging feeling of dread

Got a nagging feeling of impending doom? Our friends from the More Than a Feeling podcast share five ways to cope, from drawing the things that scare you to scheduling worry time.

5 strategies to help you cope with a nagging feeling of dread

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An excerpt of a new map showing Ojibwe place names and meanings on the eastern end of Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota. The final map is a collaboration of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, the Ely Folk School and volunteer artists and is set to be unveiled on Wednesday. Courtesy of Bois Forte Band of Chippewa hide caption

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New map restores Native names to northern Minnesota

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The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Ely Folk School have teamed up on a new map that restores more than 100 Ojibwe names to lakes, rivers and other significant places in northern Minnesota.

The State Dining Room of the White House is decorated for the holiday season with stockings for family members of President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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White House unveils its holiday decor, including 77 trees and 'We the People' theme

The White House says more than 150 volunteers decorated the building for a week to put together this year's holiday decorations. First lady Jill Biden selected a theme of "We the People."

The BlockFi website on a laptop computer arranged in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US, on Nov. 17. BlockFi filed for bankruptcy on Nov 28, 2022. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Crypto company BlockFi declares bankruptcy in the first big aftershock of FTX's fall

BlockFi was one of the companies that FTX bailed out in recent months. Now it's a clear sign that contagion from FTX's collapse is spreading throughout the crypto industry.

A Florida woman has filed a class action lawsuit accusing Kraft Heinz of misleading advertising, saying its Velveeta microwavable mac and cheese takes longer to prepare than the 3 1/2 minutes on the label. Nattapol Sritongcom / EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman sues Kraft, claiming Velveeta macaroni preparation time is misleading

Kraft Heinz says its Velveeta Shells & Cheese cups are "ready in 3 1/2 minutes." The proposed class action lawsuit counters that microwaving is one of several steps and seeks $5 million in damages.

Pablo Eisenberg, who died last month, urged deep-pocketed donors to give away even more and spend their money where it is most needed. Idit Knaan, The Chronicle of Philanthropy hide caption

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Pablo Eisenberg, a fierce critic of nonprofits and philanthropy, died at age 90

Pablo Eisenberg, a loud and influential voice in the nonprofit sector who spoke widely and bluntly about his belief that philanthropy often benefits the wealthy more than the needy, died at age 90.

Jerry Bilinski, a retired social worker who lives in Fayetteville, N.C., says he deserves a full explanation from his medical team of what led to a small gash on his forehead during his surgery for a cataract. Eamon Queeney for KHN hide caption

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He woke up from eye surgery with a gash on his forehead. What happened?

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Some doctors and medical practices voluntarily give rebates on a bill if an injury occurs during a procedure, while others will not, a medical ethicist says. Here's how patients can respond.

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