Baghdad State Of Emergency Declared After Protesters Storm Green Zone

Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr occupied the Iraqi parliament on Saturday, escalating a month-long political crisis.

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A Cease-Fire In Name Alone

NPR's Scott Simon considers the breathtaking toll of the violence in Syria.

6 Sensational Photos From A Global Contest With 230,000 Entries

From a man with his pet rooster in Bali to the victim of an acid attack in Iran, here are some of the featured images from the Sony World Photography Awards.

Fact Check: Has President Obama 'Depleted' The Military?

Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, claim President Obama has slashed defense spending and will leave his successor with a weaker force. We break it down.

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Hospital Bombings Highlight Challenges Health Care Providers Face In War Zones

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis for Doctors Without Borders, about how bombings of hospitals affect relief organizations in war zones.

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Senate Critics Question Legality Of Military Operation In Syria

Critics in the Senate charge that, of all the foreign forces operating in Syria today, the Russians are on the most solid legal ground. Damascus has invited Russia to make its deployment, whereas neither Congress nor Syria has ever explicitly authorized any American military involvement there.

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U.S. Releases Final Report On Deadly Hospital Attack In Afghanistan

The Pentagon released its final report into what it called the accidental destruction of a hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed more than 40 people. More than a dozen troops were disciplined, but none are facing courts-martial or other punishment beyond reprimands expected to end their careers.

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Pakistan's Army Chief Gains Power Under Democratic Rule

Pakistan has a democratically elected government, but the power of the army is growing and so is that of the man who runs it.

Pentagon Report Says Airstrike On Afghan Hospital Wasn't A War Crime

The Pentagon's investigation says none of the military personnel involved knew they were attacking a hospital. It says the assault, which killed dozens of people, was caused by a series of errors.

K-Tel Founder And Infomercial Icon Philip Kives Dies At 87

He started the company in the 1960s and struck gold pitching gadgets such as the Veg-O-Matic food slicer.

Does America Have A Duty To Help Refugees In Europe?

May 2, 2016
A man walks on the rail tracks of a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 29, 2016. Many thousands of migrants remain at the Greek border with Macedonia, hoping that the border crossing will reopen, allowing them to move north into central Europe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A top former US diplomat says refugees and tribalism are pulling Europe apart and that the US needs to get involved- to help Europe by helping refugees.

Tennis In Bullrings And On Ice: Rod Laver On The Pro Circuit’s Early Days

April 30, 2016
Laver won the Wimbledon men's single's event four times between 1961-1969. (Allsport UK /Allsport

Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.

Pentagon Says Kunduz Hospital Attack Was Not A ‘War Crime’

April 29, 2016
Supporters of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) gather in Union Square to commemorate the one month anniversary of the bombing of a MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A pentagon report says the crew of the Air Force warplane that destroyed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year did not have access to the “no-strike list” that specifically forbade targeting it.

UK Doctors’ Group Comes Out In Support Of E-Cigarettes

April 29, 2016
The report on e-cigarettes published by the Royal College of Physicians runs counter to what public officials in the U.S. say about e-cigarettes. (Lindsay Fox/Flickr)

An influential doctors group in the UK has come out in support of e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.

Puerto Rico Faces Debt Deadline

April 29, 2016
The Puerto Rican Capitol building is seen as the island's residents deal with the government's $72 billion debt on July 1, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Most economists believe the island doesn’t have the money to make the May 1st payment deadline in full.

Lions And Elephants Are Targets Of Conservation Efforts

April 29, 2016
Volunteers carry elephant tusks to a burning site as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger keep guard on April 22, 2016 for a historic destruction of illegal ivory and rhino-horn confiscated mostly from poachers in Nairobi's national park. Kenya on April 30, 2016 will burn approximately 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory, almost all of the country's total stockpile. Several African heads of state, conservation experts, high-profile philanthropists and celebrities are slated to be present at the event which they hope will send a strong anti-poaching message. (Tony Karumba

33 circus lions from South America are being sent to a cat sanctuary in South Africa, while a summit of African leaders in Kenya is calling for the end to the ivory trade.

U.S. State Department Envoy Responds To Murders Of Gay Activists In Bangladesh

April 29, 2016
Relatives and friends attend the funeral prayer of Bangladeshi activist Xulhaz Mannan in Dhaka on April 26, 2016. Two leading gay rights activists were hacked to death on April 25, at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police said, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. (Rehman Asad/AFP/Getty Images)

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Randy Berry, the State Department’s first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.

Europe Shows Signs Of Growth, But Just Barely

April 29, 2016
Protesters hold a banner depicting a mock Euro banknote during a protest in Athens marking the 24-hours civil servants' strike on April 7, 2016. Greece's largest public sector union ADEDY called for the strike to protest against the government's planned pension reforms. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

The 19 countries that use the Euro showed modest growth in the first quarter, according to new data out Friday.

American Students Take Advantage Of Free College In Germany

April 28, 2016
Claire Becker sits in her German class at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado on Monday, April 4, 2016. (Nathaniel Minor/CPR News)

In Colorado this year, 100 students are taking the German language college entrance test – the first step toward attending college there.

Doctors, Patients Reportedly Killed In Airstrike On Syrian Hospital

April 28, 2016
Syrian men carry an injured youth in the government-controlled side of the northern city of Aleppo following fighting between regime forces and rebels on April 28, 2016. The Syrian army was preparing an offensive to retake the whole of Aleppo, as fighting in the divided second city killed 38 civilians in a new blow for a tattered truce. Nearly 200 people have been killed in Aleppo in the past week as rebels have pounded government-held neighborhoods with rocket and artillery fire and the regime has hit rebel areas with air raids. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura warned the hard-won February 27 ceasefire was now "barely alive" and pleaded for urgent action by its cosponsors Russia and the United States to rescue it. But pro-government newspaper Al-Watan said the army was now poised for a "decisive battle" for Aleppo and the surrounding province which would begin in the coming days. (George Ourealian/AFP/Getty Images)

The hospital destroyed in Aleppo was backed by Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Economist: NAFTA Benefits Economy Despite Job Losses

April 27, 2016
Back row, left to right: Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, at the initialing of the draft North American Free Trade Agreement in October 1992. In front are Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development Jaime Serra Puche, United States Trade Representative Carla Hills, and Canadian Minister of International Trade Michael Wilson. (Wikimedia Commons)

Gordon Hanson explains his research on the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and why he still supports it.

How Greece Is Managing The Migrant Crisis

April 27, 2016
A woman watches over her daughters as they go up a ladder into a cargo train at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 27, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

With the route through the Balkans to northern Europe blocked, more than 50,000 migrants are stuck in Greece.

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Inside The Exclusion Zone

April 26, 2016
The cooling tower for an unfinished reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. (Rory Carnegie)

On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, we revisit the firsthand account of a writer who was able to visit the site.

Why Is The U.S. Sending Special Forces Into Syria And Iraq?

April 26, 2016
This image released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the scene after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle at a military checkpoint at the entrance to the Sayyida Zeinab suburb, Damascus, Monday, April 25, 2016. A bomb blast in a Damascus suburb that is home to one of the holiest Shiite shrines in Syria killed several people on Monday, according to a pro-government TV station and an activist-run monitoring group. (SANA via AP)

The President calls for more U.S. special forces into Syria. Last week, more troops and gunships into Iraq. What is this push and its strategy for ISIS?

What’s In A Name: Horsey McHorseface Becomes A Star

April 23, 2016
Horsey McHorseface. (Courtesy of Bjorn Baker Racing)

Trainer Bjorn Baker was having trouble selling shares in his new horse … until he named him Horsey McHorseface.

Watch: President Obama, Prime Minister Cameron Hold Joint Press Conference

April 22, 2016

During his trip to London, President Barack Obama joined Prime Minister David Cameron in a joint press conference.

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