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Turkish soldiers during the military operation in Syria on Sunday. Turkey launched the raid to evacuate some 40 soldiers guarding the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:30

The raid evacuated some 40 Turkish soldiers stationed near Aleppo at the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:04

The defense secretary said Saturday that the U.S. may slow its withdrawal from Afghanistan to make sure "progress sticks." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analyst Network.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:03

Some tribes are trying to set up growing operations after the Justice Department announced it would back off enforcement. Others worry about the potential for substance abuse.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:01

Turkish troops crossed into northern Syria overnight. Turkey's prime minister says they successfully evacuated Turkish soldiers who had been guarding a tomb near Aleppo that many Turks hold sacred.

A Snow Queen fur coat store in Moscow, Russia. The retailer has 120 stores, mostly in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:01

A small town in northwest Greece which sews mink coats has managed to stay afloat largely due to its exports to Russia. But the ruble crashed, the economy floundered, and now the town is in trouble.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:01

The National Park Service has been measuring sounds in nature for a decade. But not all sounds are natural. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with Kurt Fristrup, who's behind the bio-acoustical project.

Michael Keaton is up for an Academy Award for his performance in <em>Birdman.</em> The movie's original score, despite receiving critical acclaim, was declared ineligible for Oscar consideration.
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:01

The distinctive music in the movie Birdman will not win an Oscar — in fact, it wasn't even nominated. Like other acclaimed film scores from years past, it didn't comply with Academy rules.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take positions on the outskirts of Mosul on Jan. 26. The U.S. military says an offensive to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul is expected around April or May.
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:01

The Kurdish security chief says his Peshmerga fighters have gained ground against ISIS. But the big prize in northern Iraq is Mosul, and he says the Iraqi army will be needed for that battle.

In the movie, the cattle herder Kidane (center, played by Ibrahim Ahmed) and his family live in a tent in the mountains near Timbuktu.
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 06:03

A 12-year-old girl followed him everywhere. And she got the part. Abderrahmane Sissako tells what it's like to make a reality-based movie in Mauritania.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 04:58

Like likes like: New research supports the notion that teachers favor those who favor them.

Athens
Sun, 02/22/2015 - 04:41

A charming photo series called BrunchCity re-creates metropolises in miniature, with famous local noshes are part of the architecture.

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 16:10

Industries that had hoped for permission to use drones in their business were left out of the FAA's proposed drone rules. The agency said that drones should stay within the operator's line of sight.

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 16:10

Immigration advocacy groups met yesterday to talk about what is next for those who want to apply for temporary protections offered by President Obama. A Texas judge recently blocked those actions.

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:55

The prime minister's remarks follow the disappearance this week of three British girls who are believed to have flown to Turkey with the intent of joining the self-declared Islamic State.

More than $1 billion worth of cargo passes through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach every day. Labor disputes have stalled operations for weeks now, and ships have been anchored for days.
Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:09

Shipping companies and dock workers reached a tentative deal after labor disputes jammed cargo along the West Coast. But at the nation's largest port, you can still see the backlog of container ships.

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