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Iranian officials are defending the seizure of British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran's coast on Friday.
Sat, 07/20/2019 - 11:46

Iran took over the British-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday and says it and its crew will remain in an Iranian port during a probe of an accident that Iran says led to the seizure.

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:13

The PetroCaribe program provided fuel to Venezuela's neighbors on long-term credit to spur economic growth. What has happened now that Venezuela is in free fall?

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:13

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tim Hauck of The Peregrine Fund about the hatching of the 1,000th California condor since the late 1980s, when conservation efforts began.

Students chip and chisel away at heavy slabs of stone in the workshops of the Hector Guimard high school, less than three miles from Paris' Notre Dame cathedral.
Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:13

"With stone carving, we give life to an edifice and perpetuate history. We're also creating a link with the past and transmitting values that are important to conserve in society," one student says.

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 07:00

President Trump's Sunday tweets, his doubling down and then his attempt to distance himself dominated the political news cycle.

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 07:00

The Trump administration issued a new rule requiring migrants to seek protection in another country they travel through before asking for asylum in the U.S.

Opponents running to Joe Biden's left say his health plan for America merely "tinkers around the edges" of the Affordable Care Act. But a close read reveals some initiatives in Biden's plan that are so expansive they might have trouble passing even a Congress held by Democrats.
Sat, 07/20/2019 - 06:10

The Biden plan released this week is an update of the Affordable Care Act with controversial differences. Among them: a "public option" that covers abortion, and subsidized premiums for more people.

Paper straws sit on the bar at Fog Harbor Fish House in San Francisco, Calif.
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 20:34

The president's reelection campaign is now selling reusable and recycled straws in their 2020 online store, because they claim "lberal paper straws don't work."

The Candylicious store in the Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates.
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:46

The authors of a new study say dental health is especially bad in low- and middle-income countries — and that Big Sugar works to make sure soda and candy aren't targeted as cavity culprits.

Ship-tracking data show the Mesdar oil tanker made an abrupt turn toward Iran on its planned route to Saudi Arabia on Friday.
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:23

Ship-tracking data show the U.K. tanker Stena Impero was traveling to Saudi Arabia when it veered toward Iran's coast. British media report the government warns shipping to stay out of the area.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6. On Friday he announced a new election security czar for the agency.
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:21

Spy world veteran Shelby Pierson will attempt to centralize election security efforts across the intelligence community with soon-to-be-designated agency leads.

The United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. An American terror suspect was scheduled to appear there after prosecutors charged him with being a sniper for the Islamic State.
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:12

A criminal complaint charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov was unsealed in New York City; prosecutors say he was a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State in Syria.

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:44

We listen to archival interviews with Michael Collins, of Apollo 11; Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and Chuck Yeager, who first broke the sound barrier.

Former NSA contractor Harold Martin III pleaded guilty in March after he was accused of a massive theft of classified government information.
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:36

Harold Martin committed the massive theft of government documents over decades, storing files in his car and Maryland home. "My methods were wrong, illegal and highly questionable," Martin said.

With a mobile phone, Kenyans can send and receive money via a service called M-PESA. Now Facebook is entering the digital currency realm. The social media giant has helped develop a digital currency called Libra that plans to launch in 2020.
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:30

The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.

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