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Lee So-yeon, a North Korean defector, used to be a signal corpsman in North Korea's army. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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'I Was Shocked By Freedom': Defectors Reflect On Life In North Korea

Now in Seoul, North Korean defectors recall life inside one of the world's most secretive regimes, talking of brainwashing, required military service — and the jolt of seeing the outside world.

'I Was Shocked By Freedom': Defectors Reflect On Life In North Korea

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Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically boosts self-control. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

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The Air Force says it is investigating allegations that an employee at the military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base offered to show the remains of John Glenn to Defense Department inspectors. Above, a photo of the former astronaut and U.S. senator as he lay in state at the Ohio Statehouse in December 2016. Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Military Mortuary Employee Allegedly Offered Peek At John Glenn's Remains

Inspectors with the Defense Department declined the offer to see Glenn's remains during a review of the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base. The Air Force says it will investigate the incident.

Suad Thabet sits with her granddaughter Sandy at home in Abu Qarqas. Thabet was attacked by a mob last year after one of her sons was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For Justice

A deadly attack in Egypt on Friday was the latest against the Coptic Christian minority there. A 70-year-old woman who was stripped and dragged through the streets last year is pursuing justice in court.

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Beaches, Bathing Suits, And Finally On The Big Screen, 'Baywatch'

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a movie that could only come out in the summer — Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

Beaches, Bathing Suits, And Finally On The Big Screen, 'Baywatch'

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold discussions during the G-7 summit in Taormina, Italy, on Friday. Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images hide caption

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In Europe, World Leaders Try To Change Trump's Mind On Climate Change

It was eight against one at a table in Italy on Friday: Six heads of state and two EU representatives, arguing with the U.S. president about the urgency of committing to the Paris climate accord.

In Beirut, an audience listens to testimonies about encounters with the police over homosexuality. The event was part of Beirut Pride week – the city's first. Alison Meuse/NPR hide caption

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At Beirut's First Pride Week, A Chance To Celebrate — And Take Stock Of Challenges

In Lebanon, the LGBT community has made important strides in recent years. But activists say there's still much to be done to achieve equal rights. The first Beirut Pride week was earlier this month.

At Beirut's First Pride Week, A Chance To Celebrate — And Take Stock Of Challenges

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Vincent Galvan first went to a nursing home in 2012 after his right leg was amputated. He was evicted after complaining about his care. Mariah Woelfel/WVIK hide caption

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As Nursing Homes Evict Patients, States Question Motives

According to the federal government, the top complaint about nursing homes is wrongful eviction. Advocates say nursing homes want residents who pay more but require less care.

As Nursing Homes Evict Patients, States Question Motives

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Republican Greg Gianforte celebrates with supporters after being declared the winner at a election night party for Montana's special House election against Democrat Rob Quist at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday in Bozeman, Montana. Janie Osborne/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican Gianforte Wins Montana House Race Despite Assault Charge

Republican Greg Gianforte claimed victory in a special election for Congress Thursday despite an election eve assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.