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Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during an awarding ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on June 8, 2018. Xi is traveling to Moscow to show support for Putin. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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China's Xi Jinping flexes his diplomatic muscle with a visit to Moscow

Analysts say China's role as a mediator in the past suggests limits to what it may achieve when it comes to Ukraine.

A branch of Signature Bank is photographed, late Sunday, March 12, 2023, in New York. New York Community Bank has agreed to buy a significant chunk of the failed Signature Bank in a $2.7 billion deal, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said late Sunday, March 19, 2023. Bobby Caina Calvan/AP hide caption

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New York Community Bank agrees to buy a large portion of Signature Bank

The 40 branches of Signature Bank will become Flagstar Bank, starting Monday. Flagstar is one of New York Community Bank's subsidiaries.

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'Do I really need to floss?' and other common questions about dental care

We asked experts to answer five questions about how to properly care for your teeth. Here's what they said about finding a dentist, whitening your teeth at home, and whether daily flossing is necessary.

'Do I really need to floss?' and other common questions about dental care

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This July 24, 2008 photo shows the Monticello nuclear power plant in Monticello, MN. In November 2022, the plant confirmed a 400,000 gallon leak of water containing tritium and reported it to officials. The leak wasn't known to the public until Thursday. Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A nuclear power plant leaked contaminated water in Minnesota. Here's what we know

The 400,000 gallon leak of water containing tritium occurred in November 2022, but the general public was not notified until last week. Officials said the leak is contained and poses no public danger.

A woman holds a placard depicting French President Emmanuel Macron sitting on garbage cans that reads, "king of trash" during a protest in Paris, Friday, March 17, 2023. Lewis Joly/AP hide caption

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Emmanuel Macron faces no-confidence votes as pressure builds from pension protests

Since becoming president in 2017, Emmanuel Macron often has been accused of being out of touch. But government officials are hoping to survive a no-confidence vote because the opposition is divided.

Military surgeon Jiang Yanyong, the doctor who defied the government and spoke the truth of SARS in 2003, talks at a forum on the 10th anniversary of SARS held in Beijing. He died this past week at age 91. Simon Song/South China Morning Post via Getty Images hide caption

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My meeting with Jiang Yanyong, the Chinese doctor who dared speak the truth about SARS

In 2003, the military surgeon watched in disbelief as Chinese officials downplayed how SARS was spreading — and took the risk of alerting the media to the cover-up. He died this past week at age 91.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday announced a partnership with drugmaker Civica Rx, to offer insulin at a dramatically lower cost, during a visit to a Kaiser Permanente warehouse storing thousands of insulin drug doses in Downey, Calif., on Saturday. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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California enters a contract to make its own affordable insulin

Under the $50 million deal, the state is partnering with drugmaker Civica to start making the new generic insulin later this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

A raccoon dog looks out of its cage in a Chinese live animal market in January 2004. Raccoon dogs could have been an initial host for the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Raccoon dogs may have been linked to the pandemic. What are they?

The wild animals are more similar to foxes than to domesticated dogs. Data that suggested a link between raccoon dogs and the origins of the COVID pandemic was removed from an international database.

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The number of Black video game developers is small, but strong

We talk to five people who are forging their own path in the industry, and bringing their unique experience to the world of video games.

The number of Black video game developers is small, but strong

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Homa Dashtaki is the founder of The White Moustache yogurt company. (Her father's moustache inspired the name.) Her new book is called Yogurt & Whey: Recipes of an Iranian Immigrant Life. Mobolaji Adeolu /The White Moustache hide caption

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If you want to up your yogurt game, this Iranian cookbook will show you the whey

Just in time for the Persian New Year, Homa Dashtaki has published the Yogurt and Whey cookbook -- nearly 100 recipes, old and new, including some surprising ones, like whey cocktails and popsicles.

If you want to up your yogurt game, this Iranian cookbook will show you the whey

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Planning a garden? Here's a step-by-step guide to start off on the right foot

Starting a garden takes planning — but it's not as hard as you think. This guide walks you through the basics of hardiness zones, understanding good soil, and building raised beds so you can get the garden of your dreams.

Planning a garden? Here's a step-by-step guide to start off on the right foot

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