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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa
Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage
Beirut's streets are piled with two weeks' worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it's no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.
Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too
A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'
NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.
U.S. Authorities Can't Find Hunter Who Killed 'Cecil The Lion'
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is investigating Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, but the agency says it has failed so far to track him down.
Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games
The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.
U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse
An Egyptian-American and her husband have been held in Cairo prisons for more than a year. They're accused of abusing street children in the shelter they ran, but the government has shown little evidence and may be after them because of suspected political activity.
AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters
NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics
Either China or Kazakhstan will be chosen on Friday as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. European nations have been scared off by the cost of hosting the event, but China has the ambition and the money to match.
Help Wanted: The Philippines Needs More Exorcists
The Office of Exorcism reports a sharp increase in cases over the past decade — more than its five-man team can handle. Warning: It's a high-stress job. The priests believe the demons strike back.
Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.
Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean
A scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.
What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class
They often think an older guy is a great boyfriend. They believe he's less likely to have HIV than a teenager. Plus, he's flush with cash. How do you get them to change their mind?
Taliban Acknowledge Death Of Leader, Select Successor
Sources within the extremist organization confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who reportedly died in 2013. A gathering of the group's leaders has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as his successor.
Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died 2 Years Ago, Afghan Government Says
Renee Montagne talks to Graeme Smith of the International Crisis Group about Mullah Omar's rise to power, the details of his death and what this means for Afghanistan's peace talks with the Taliban.