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Volunteers clear an alley strewn with trash near Fulton Avenue in Baltimore on Aug. 5. Another group was in the city Thursday doing similar cleanup.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:55

Last month, the president bemoaned the grime and litter in Baltimore on Twitter. Now activists, some with conservative leanings who live outside Maryland, are hosting cleanup efforts in the city.

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard near a temporary check point on the road leading toward an Independence Day parade venue during lockdown in Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Thursday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that stripping the disputed Kashmir region of its statehood and special constitutional provisions has helped unify the country.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:47

India has split the state into two territories and shut off phone, Internet and cable TV service in the disputed region since early August.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a forum in Miami in June.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:12

Hickenlooper painted himself as a relative centrist in the crowded, progressive presidential field. But he wasn't able to gain much traction. O'Rourke plans to focus on the president.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (left), and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., have been barred from visiting Israel and Palestinian territories by government officials.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:57

Israeli officials reversed a decision to allow Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit the country. The two have been vocal critics of the Israeli government.

Pro-Beijing demonstrators gather at the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations to show support for the Hong Kong police on Aug. 10.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:29

Many residents of a politically conservative neighborhood were born in China's Fujian province and came to Hong Kong for greater opportunities. They accuse protesters of hurting the local economy.

Voters in Atlanta wait in line to cast their ballots on Election Day in 2018. A federal judge has ruled that electronic voting machines like the ones shown must be replaced after the 2019 elections.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:18

The outdated machines can stay for 2019 elections, but a federal judge says Georgia must transfer to paper ballots for 2020.

Major U.S. stock indexes posted small gains Thursday, a day after their steepest drops of the year.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:23

Investors paused to catch their breath Thursday after the stock market suffered its worst drop of the year the day before. Consumer spending is still strong, despite signs of a looming recession.

Many seniors take multiple drugs, which can lead to side effects like confusion, lightheadedness, difficulty sleeping and more. Doctors who specialize in the care of the elderly often recommend carefully reducing the medication load.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:06

Drug combinations can cause side effects like confusion and dizziness — and even increase the risk for falls. Here's how to talk to your doctor about reducing or eliminating some prescriptions.

A Royal Marine patrol vessel is seen beside Iran's Grace 1 tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar on July 4. The tanker was impounded, and the U.S. Justice Department applied to seize it, according to the Gibraltar government.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:16

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said the vessel was released "in light of the assurances we have received" from Iran.

More than half of immigrants detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are housed in remote rural prisons, according to a new NPR analysis, about 52%. That number is increasing.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:13

NPR's analysis of Immigration and Customs Enforcement data show 52% of detainees in the last year were held in rural areas, where legal representation is limited and deportation is more likely.

Pigs are seen in a hog pen in Linquan county in central China's Anhui province in July. The number of pigs in China is falling rapidly due to an epidemic of African Swine Fever.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:11

The number of pigs in China is falling rapidly due to an epidemic of African Swine Fever. It's affecting farmers and consumers across the world, because China produces half of the world's pork.

President Trump speaks to about 5,000 contractors at the Shell Chemicals Petrochemical Complex on Tuesday in Monaca, Pa.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:00

Several Democratic candidates have ascribed the label to President Trump, but some who track hate and extremism wonder if that's a good idea.

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Thursday.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 05:27

World markets reacted to the Dow's 800-point drop on Wednesday and the release of economic data hinting that a global recession may be looming.

A woman prays at a makeshift memorial for shooting victims at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart, in El Paso, Texas.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 05:26

Texas is home to some of the deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history. It's making some in a once solidly Republican community outside Houston revisit their positions on gun control.

China's President Xi Jinping and President Trump chat as they pose for the group photo at the beginning of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Trump has offered to meet with Xi about resolving protests in Hong Kong.
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 04:02

In a Wednesday evening tweet, the president offered a personal meeting with Xi Jinping in hopes the two could "humanely solve" the unrest over pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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