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U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.

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Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.

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U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse

An Egyptian-American and her husband have been held in Cairo prisons for more than a year. They're accused of abusing street children in the shelter they ran, but the government has shown little evidence and may be after them because of suspected political activity.

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As Cemetery Building Booms, Veterans Hope To Be Buried Close To Home

Veterans Affairs is funding a major expansion in burial places all across the country. Vets who live close to a new cemetery in Goldsboro, N.C., see it as the place they want to be buried, with honor.

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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Either China or Kazakhstan will be chosen on Friday as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. European nations have been scared off by the cost of hosting the event, but China has the ambition and the money to match.

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Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.

#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

Forty years ago today, Hoffa pulled into a restaurant parking lot and was never heard from again. His story is one of union devotion, fraud and fierce political battles.

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Megan Brabec, 24, works three part time jobs with no benefits. "It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else," she said.

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Huckabee Remarks Further Complicate Evangelicals Relationship With Jews

GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was criticized for evoking the Holocaust in comments on Iran's nuclear deal. It's the latest chapter in relations between Jewish and evangelical communities.

Week In The News: Cincinnati Police Indictment, Bye-Bye Boston 2024, RIP Cecil The Lion

July 31, 2015
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP)

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

OB-GYN Residents Explain Complexity Of Training To Provide Abortions

July 30, 2015
Pro-life and anti-abortion demonstrators converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Jan. 22, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

If there’s one thing pro-life and pro-choice camps can agree on, it’s that the decision to have an abortion can be a difficult one. But the decision to perform abortions can be difficult for medical providers, too.

The Latest From The Political Front Lines Of New Hampshire

July 30, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a South Carolina campaign rally on July 21, 2015.  (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

It might be hard to believe, but we’re just six months away from the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Congress Heads Toward Recess With Export-Import Bank In Limbo

July 30, 2015
A man walks past the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The bank has become a hot-button political issue for conservatives who see the bank as corporate welfare.

Haiti Observes 100th Anniversary Of 19-Year U.S. Occupation

July 30, 2015
Haitian sugar cane workers march to the National Palace in Santo Domingo to protest about the deadline to enter the National Plan of Regularization of Foreigners in Dominican Republic, on June 17, 2015. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)

The Dominican Republic’s treatment of Haitians has drawn criticism from American politicians, but the U.S.’ role in the problem is rarely discussed.

Medicare, Medicaid Turn 50 Years Old

July 30, 2015
President Lyndon B. Johnson uses the last of many pens to complete the signing of the Medicare Bill into law at ceremonies at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, on July 30, 1965, with former President Harry S. Truman at his side. (AP)

Former President Harry Truman was the first to enroll in Medicare.

WWII ‘Good Luck Flags’ Head Back To Japan

July 30, 2015
Dallas Britt of Auburn, Washington is one of seven Pacific Northwest veterans journeying to Tokyo with a special cargo of World War II flags. (Courtesy Tom Banse)

Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo today carrying 70 Japanese flags for the 70th anniversary of war’s end.

NAACP To Begin 860-Mile ‘Journey For Justice’ March

July 30, 2015
National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, left, talks with Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), following a news conference announcing NAACP's Journey for Justice, Monday, June 15, 2015, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Journey for Justice is a 860-mile march from Selma, Ala., to Washington to highlight vulnerable communities subject to regressive voting rights tactics. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The march, which will travel from Selma, Ala. to Washington, seeks to highlight vulnerable communities subject to regressive voting rights.

Iran Deal Sparks Potential Arms Race In Region

July 30, 2015
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Al-Salam Palace in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Carter flew to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to consult with Saudi leaders, who are also unsettled by an Iran accord they see as likely to increase Iranian power and influence in the Persian Gulf and beyond. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

In the wake of the historic deal over Iran’s nuclear program, several nations in the region are seeking to boost their missile defense systems.

For Young N.H. Voters, You Can’t Talk About Economy Without Talking About Student Loans

July 30, 2015
Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, prepare homemade lunches for the workday. Both are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under high levels of student debt. And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Activists Block Icebreaker Ship Bound For Alaska Drilling Operation

July 30, 2015
Activists unfurl colored banners while hanging from the St. Johns bridge in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to protest the departure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica, which is in Portland for repairs. The icebreaker is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast. Greenpeace officials say the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The Greenpeace activists say they are prepared to stay suspended from the bridge for days.

Mass. Lawmakers Plan To Put $97 Million In Vetoed Funds Back Into State Budget

July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts House began by restoring nearly $17.6 million in grants for expansion of kindergarten programs.

Boston Mayor Wishes LA Luck In Possible Olympic Bid

July 29, 2015
Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Mayor Marty Walsh reflects on how Boston’s Olympic bid fell apart and suggests changes at the International Olympic Committee.

House And Senate Debate Separate Highway Bills

July 29, 2015
L to R, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) take questions during a news conference after a meeting with Senate Republicans, on Capitol Hill, July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday, the Senate is continuing to work toward passing a long-term extension of a federal highway bill that is set to expire on Friday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The House votes today on a patch to keep federal highway and transit aid going to states, while the Senate is debating a long-term bill.

Do Background Checks For Gun Sales Really Work?

July 29, 2015
Federal investigators respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (AP)

Guns, background checks, and mass shootings. A new outcry over the system that decide who gets a gun and who doesn’t.

Dean of New England Congressional Delegation Responds To Olympic Failure

July 28, 2015
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., asks a question during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Congressman Richard Neal has a certain point of view of Boston’s Olympic meltdown. He’s dean of the Massachusetts and New England Congressional delegations and he represents western Massachusetts.

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