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In central Damascus, it's clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. People close to the regime and government officials say the mood in the city is "better" as regime forces make gains in rebel-held areas. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

After more than five years of fighting, President Bashar Assad's military is making significant advances against rebels in Aleppo and is subduing the restive suburbs of Damascus.

As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

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The walls at Eneida Hartner Elementary are now covered in art, including murals by Dutch artist duo Pipsqueak was here!!! and Holland-based David Junelouf. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Arts & Life

Art That Transformed A Miami Neighborhood Now Making Its Schools Cool

The principal of a Miami middle school that artists adorned with murals two years ago says the art has led to better attendance and enrollment. This year, it's an elementary school's turn for murals.

Art That Transformed A Miami Neighborhood Now Making Its Schools Cool

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Radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18. Brooks Kraft/Getty Images hide caption

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Media

Radio Conspiracy Theorist Claims Ear Of Trump, Pushes 'Pizzagate' Fictions

Alex Jones, whose radio show is carried by more than 160 stations, has also said the Sept. 11 attacks were an inside job and the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school never happened.

Radio Conspiracy Theorist Claims Ear Of Trump, Pushes 'Pizzagate' Fictions

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Ennio Morricone's new recording with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Morricone 60, is out now. Jelmer de Haas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

'Morricone 60': An Orchestra-Infused Look At A 60-Year Career

Film composer Ennio Morricone, known for his use of harmonica and whistling on Western scores, has re-imagined his most popular sounds with help from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

'Morricone 60': An Orchestra-Infused Look At A 60-Year Career

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Chris Stewart, the attorney for Walter Scott's family, answers questions Sept. 10 during a news conference after a bail hearing for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager in Charleston, S.C. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Law

Walter Scott Family's Lawyer Says People Shouldn't Lose Hope After Mistrial

Stewart tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that he worried African-American communities might fall into "despair and pandemonium" despite ongoing legal proceedings in the North Charleston, S.C., police shooting.

Walter Scott Family's Lawyer Says People Shouldn't Lose Hope After Mistrial

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Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves a Catholic hospice in Cesano Boscone on May 9, 2014, after serving his first day of community service for tax fraud. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

When It Comes To Wealthy Leaders, World Abounds In Cautionary Tales

Other countries have elected wealthy businessmen for the same reason Donald Trump won: People think they're so rich, they must be incorruptible. But in many cases, corruption and cronyism followed.

When It Comes To Wealthy Leaders, World Abounds With Cautionary Tales

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby at Trump Tower on Tuesday after transition officials announced Trump has sold all of his stock holdings. Albin Lohr-Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Trump Sold Stocks In June, Lifting Some But Not All Conflicts Of Interest

But stocks represented a tiny fraction of Trump's personal fortune, most of which is tied up in real estate and brand licensing deals.