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Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, attend his inauguration in 2017. Both are suspects in the killing of the prime minister's previous wife, Lipolelo, shortly before the inauguration.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:41

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's previous wife was gunned down two days before his inauguration in 2017. His current wife has already been charged in the murder.

An aspiring K-pop group performs in the Hongdae district of Seoul on Jan. 5, 2020.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:28

In the digital era, accusations of surreptitious chart manipulation are common throughout the world — in South Korea, it's called sajaegi.

Protesters near Baghdad's Tahrir Square. The concrete barriers have been erected by security forces who are trying to prevent demonstrations from moving closer to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:20

The powerful protests, which led a prime minister to resign, are reeling since influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr turned on the movement.

The World Health Organization is sharing posts like these to debunk widely circulated rumors about the coronavirus on its social media.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:40

Rumors and untruths are spreading online — from conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus to outlandish treatments.

Roads are empty in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, where a strict lockdown is in effect.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:23

No one can say whether the tough measures will help defeat coronavirus, But they've definitely changed daily life — and raised concerns.

People hand in their ID cards and receive voting papers at the Hoseyniyeh Ershad building in Tehran. Iran is holding important national elections Friday, choosing members of its parliament as well as its Assembly of Experts.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:20

More than 15,000 people had sought to run for one of the 290 seats in Iran's parliament, but the government disqualified thousands — many of them reformist or moderate candidates — last month.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attends the Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, in July.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:44

The quasi cease-fire was hammered out during protracted negotiations in Qatar that began in 2018 and could ultimately lead to a significant reduction in U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 05:03

We checked in with educators to see what tools their students are using to create entries for NPR's Student Podcast Challenge.

What could you possibly have to learn from a houseplant?
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 05:00

It's not as mean as it might sound (though it does involve a little electrocution) and the results can be both beautiful and, well, eye-opening.

Shake Shack shortened managers' workweeks to four days at some stores a year and a half ago. Recently, the burger chain expanded the trial to a third of its U.S. stores.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:52

The notion of a shorter workweek might sound crazy to overworked Americans, but around the world, companies and even governments are starting to embrace it. The key is fewer meetings and distractions.

Stacey Abrams at Fair Fight's headquarters outside Atlanta. She's waging a voting rights campaign aimed at helping Democrats win in 18 battleground states.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

Since losing the Georgia governor's race in 2018, the Democrat has launched the voting rights campaign that's active in 18 battleground states ahead of this year's election.

The Justice Department has placed a high national security priority on its probe of the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, insisting that investigators must get access to data from two locked and encrypted iPhones that belonged to the alleged gunman, a Saudi aviation student.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

Encryption is going mainstream, and some tech companies "throw away the key" so they can't decrypt messages even when police get a warrant. The government says that's taking privacy too far.

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

The Democratic presidential primary has moved west for the Nevada caucuses. Follow NPR's live coverage.

Opponents of the proposed toll roads have been outspoken at public meetings like this one in Madison, Fla.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

To prepare for more development, lawmakers in Florida are commissioning new toll roads through rural areas. But some communities are pushing back. "We don't need this toll road," one resident says.

Local residents protest the plans to quarantine evacuees from coronavirus-hit China at a local hospital, in the settlement of Novi Sanzhary, Ukraine, on Thursday.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 03:22

More than 200 new infections have been identified in a prison in eastern Shandong province. Meanwhile, in South Korea, dozens from the same religious sect have contracted the virus.

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