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Japan's Little League Teams Train To Be Winners

Japan's team clinched a spot in Saturday's championship games at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Their training involves strict discipline, drilling and group responsibility.

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Has A Long-Lost Nazi Train Packed With Gold Been Found In Poland?

Officials in Poland are investigating claims that two men have discovered a Nazi-era train full of gold. Two men, who want a finder's fee, say they found it in an abandoned coal mine.

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White House Explores Regulatory Ways To Create Opportunities In Cuba

It will take an act of Congress to lift the trade embargo against Cuba. President Obama, however, does have ways to make it easier for Americans to go to Havana or to sell goods there.

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Migrants Risk It All To Get To Richer E.U. Countries

Hundreds of thousands of migrants risk their lives to reach Europe. But when they get to the continent their journey isn't over. Most go on at more risk and greater cost to reach Germany and Sweden.

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Who Are The Smugglers Transporting Migrants And Refugees?

The migrants and refugees streaming into Europe aren't traveling on their own. Leonard Doyle, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, explains who the smugglers are and how their networks get migrants into Europe.

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A Grisly Discovery In Austria: Bodies Of Dozens Of Migrants In A Truck

The bodies of at least 20 people, thought to be migrants, were recently found in an abandoned truck in Austria. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with reporter Kerry Skyring about the tragic discovery.

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Mass Rally Protesting Indian Quota System Leads To Unrest

Protests turned deadly in Gujarat, India, this week. Thousands of people, galvanized by a charismatic young member of the Patel community, took to the streets to demand access to jobs and education.

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In Thailand, Young People Push The Boundaries On Public Dissent

Last week's bombing in Thailand came after a remarkably peaceful 15 months. The military seized power in May 2014, and since, hasn't tolerated public resistance. But opposition is still there.

Tropical Storm Erika Causes Massive Flooding, Landslides In Caribbean

There were scenes of fast-moving water in the streets on the island of Dominica after the storm dumped 9 inches of rain in a few hours. It could hit Florida as a Category 1 hurricane next week.

His Drum Talked And Everyone Listened: Remembering A 'Human Treasure'

Senegalese percussionist Doudou N'Diaye Rose has died at age 85. He mastered his local drum language and brought it to the world, creating rhythms for the likes of Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones.

The World’s Disappearing Natural Sound

August 28, 2015
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

Week In The News: On Air Shooting, Wall Street Roller Coaster, Joe Biden’s Rationale

August 28, 2015
WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street’s roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

Global Turmoil Spurs Decline In Commodities

August 27, 2015
The large copper mining operation covers several hillside digs at the Phelps Dodge copper mining facility Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007 in Morenci, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Key commodities like oil and copper continue to slide, and could have big implications on domestic and world markets.

The Power Of Doors, Gates, Locks And Keys

August 26, 2015
One of the many gates of Harvard Yard (Ik T/Flickr).

Gates, doors, locks and keys are all powerful metaphors for security, according to Daniel Jutte, historian of early modern — and modern — Europe.

Mount Everest Reopened To Climbers

August 26, 2015
Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft from airline company Drukair in Bhutan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Seven-time Mount Everest summiter Peter Athans says Nepal needs tourists now more than ever.

How Insulated Is U.S. Economy From Volatility In China?

August 26, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

China’s main index closed down again today, in what has been a very turbulent week for markets in that country and around the world.

Stephen Hawking’s New Theory On Black Holes

August 26, 2015
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is pictured on July 20, 2015 in London, England. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Breakthrough Initiatives)

The famed physicist has presented a new idea on on one of the most complicated things in the universe: black holes.

Has The Arab Spring Arrived In Lebanon?

August 25, 2015
A Lebanese activist chants slogans during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters poured into central Beirut Sunday demanding government resignation hours after Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he might step down following violent protests against government corruption and political dysfunction triggered by a month long trash crisis in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein/AP Photo)

Columnist Rami Khouri says protests over trash in Beirut are a mirror reflection of uprisings in other Arab countries.

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

August 25, 2015
Ajak Kuol Nyamchiek, 7, watches while John Lotiki, a nurse with the Carter Center, bandages the blister on her leg from where a guinea worm is slowly emerging in Abuyong, Sudan, Nov. 4, 2010. Nyamchiek is a patient at Center’s guinea worm case containment center. Nurses at this center in Abuyong, a village in Awerial County in Southern Sudan’s Lakes state, bandage the worms twice daily, after gently pulling the worms out several inches each time. If they break while they are being pulled out of the swollen blisters, the wounds become infected and the worms withdraw back into the body, prolonging the pain for the victims. (Maggie Fick/AP)

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.

Even If U.S. Economy Weathers Chinese Downturn, Emerging Markets May Get Hit

August 25, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil are a few of the countries that depend on Chinese demand for cheap goods and commodities.

Shaky Stocks And A Global Correction

August 25, 2015
A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Stocks tumbled across Asia on Monday as investors shaken by the sell-off last week on Wall Street unloaded shares in practically every sector.  (AP)

The message in global stock markets – about China, the US and the whole world economy. We’ll dive in.

U.S. Immigration By The Numbers

August 24, 2015
A Colombian immigrant studies ahead of her citizenship exam at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Queens office on May 30, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

In the first part of our series this week on immigration, we look at how immigrant demographics and numbers have changed.

How You Should Respond To The Stock Market Plunge

August 24, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 24, 2015 in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Business analyst Jill Schlesinger looks at what’s happening with the markets, and how individuals with investments should respond.

China’s ‘Black Monday’ Sends Global Stock Markets Tumbling

August 24, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, discusses the stock market plunge and whether there’s an end in sight.

Nabokov, 'Lolita' And The American Effect

August 24, 2015
Vladimir Nabokov poses in a Buick somewhere outside of Ithaca, New York in 1958. (Carly Maydans - Life / Getty Images)

He brought us “Lolita” and “Pale Fire.” We’ll look at Russian-born author Vladimir Nabokov and how his most famous work was shaped by his time in America.

Direct Flights To Logan Credited With Boosting International Travel To Boston

August 22, 2015
The view ofaA view of Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR) Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

More than 1.4 million overseas visitors came to explore Boston in 2014, a 10.1 percent boost over the previous year, according to the GBCVB.

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