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Merrit Kennedy

Reporter, NPR News Desk

Merrit Kennedy is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She covers a broad range of issues, from the latest developments out of the Middle East to science research news.

Kennedy joined NPR in Washington, D.C., in December 2015, after seven years living and working in Egypt. She started her journalism career at the beginning of the Egyptian uprising in 2011 and chronicled the ousting of two presidents, eight rounds of elections, and numerous major outbreaks of violence for NPR and other news outlets. She has also worked as a reporter and television producer in Cairo for The Associated Press, covering Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan.

She grew up in Los Angeles, the Middle East, and places in between, and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master's degree in international human rights law from The American University in Cairo.

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Retired Army Sgt. Felix McDermott is buried in Pennsylvania's Westmoreland County. His death is one of seven that Reta Mays has been charged with. Jeff Swensen/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the San Diego Padres meet in the infield during baseball training last week at Petco Park in San Diego. Major League Baseball is taking steps to start the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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Istanbul's Byzantine-era landmark has been used as a museum since 1934 and is widely regarded as a symbol of peaceful religious coexistence. A court ruling Friday revoked its museum status. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkey Converts Istanbul's Iconic Hagia Sophia Back Into A Mosque

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, shown here earlier this month, has explained how the state will decide to lift restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Informal vendors gather on Wednesday in front of a municipal office building in Johannesburg to try to obtain a permit for working amid the national lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. Luca Sola /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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National Guard troops listen as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses a crowd on Friday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, which has been converted into a hospital. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An anti-Netanyahu protester shouts slogans during a demonstration in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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As the number of new cases dwindles in China but multiplies worldwide, the country has become more worried about importing cases. Earlier this month, travelers arriving from abroad left the Capital International Airport in Beijing. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change that could allow him to seek another term in power. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Inmates point from inside the La Modelo facility in Bogotá, Colombia, on Sunday. Violence broke out in the prison out of inmates' fears that prison guards are not doing enough to prevent coronavirus inside overcrowded prisons. Ivan Valencia/AP hide caption

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the closure of most retail stores and banned public gatherings of more than two in a stepped-up response to slow the coronavirus. UK Pool/AP hide caption

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On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee said that it was starting to look into scenarios for "modifying" the current plans for the games, which are scheduled to start on July 24 in Tokyo. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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