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This photo taken from a U.S. military plane shows Chinese activity at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China is building military facilities on disputed reefs and islands in the South China Sea. Ritchie B. Tongo/AP hide caption

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U.S. Military Advantage Over Russia And China 'Eroding,' Pentagon Says

In the first update of the National Defense Strategy since 2014, the Pentagon is putting more focus on Russia and China, the "primary concern in U.S. national security," as opposed to terrorism.

Of the people in this Oval Office photo from Jan. 28, 2017, only President Trump and Vice President Pence are still part of the administration. Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn have all left. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Turnover In Trump's White House Is 'Record-Setting,' And It Isn't Even Close

In Trump's first year in office, 34 percent of top aides have either resigned, been fired or moved to different positions. That level of turmoil is off the charts compared with recent presidencies.

Turnover In Trump's White House Is 'Record-Setting,' And It Isn't Even Close

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Hurricane-Force Winds In Europe Halt Flights, Rip Roofs And Topple Trees

The storm, packing winds up to 126 mph, hit hardest in Germany and in the Netherlands but also affected France and Belgium.

Hosni Kalaya set fire to himself in the same weeks that Mohamed Bouazizi died from doing so in 2011 in Tunisia. He fears he inspired his brother's self-immolation in 2015. Ruth Sherlock/NPR hide caption

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Self-Immolation Rises As Desperate Tunisians Seek Escape From Poverty

When a fruit seller set himself on fire, it helped spark a revolution in Tunisia seven years ago. Since then, the suicide method has grown more common, especially among young, unemployed men.

Self-Immolation Rises As Desperate Tunisians Seek Escape From Poverty

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Carl Higbie has resigned his post at the Corporation for National and Community Service after racist and anti-Muslim comments were reported by CNN. He's seen here in one of the agency's videos. Corporation for National and Community Service, via YouTube hide caption

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Trump Appointee Resigns After Bigoted Comments Surface

Carl Higbie, appointed by President Trump to serve in the agency that runs AmericCorps, has apologized for remarks that derided black people, Muslims and other groups.

Hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, 2017 for the Women's March. Organizers are rallying in Las Vegas this year. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters hide caption

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Women's Marches Across The Country Will Focus On The Vote

On the anniversary of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., organizers say marches this year are less about outrage and more about political organizing.

Women's Marches Across The Country Will Focus On The Vote

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'It's Not A Fairy Tale, It's Not A Failure': A Mother At 16 Conquers Stigma With Love

Until she put her own feelings before the judgments others made about her, April Gibson says she, as a young mother, "felt like I didn't deserve to feel the way women who do the right things do."

'It's Not A Fairy Tale, It's Not A Failure': A Mother At 16 Conquers Stigma With Love

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Bishop Juan Barros was defended by Pope Francis on Thursday, as the pope said accusations that the bishop covered up sexual abuse were "calumny." He's seen here at a mass in Iquique, Chile, shortly after the pope made his remarks. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters hide caption

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Pope Francis Accuses Bishop's Critics Of Slander, Riling Sex Abuse Victims In Chile

On the last day of his visit to Chile, Pope Francis set the simmering resentment that some hold against the Catholic Church to a full boil.

Louise and David Turpin, seen in photographs provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. District Attorney Michael Hestrin announced Thursday that each parent has been charged with torture and other crimes after their children were discovered emaciated and shackled to furniture. Riverside County Sheriff's Department via AP hide caption

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'This Is Depraved Conduct': Couple Charged With Torture After Kids Found Shackled

Their 13 children, who range from 2 years old to 29, allegedly suffered years of brutal abuse. Now, the Southern California parents could face life in prison. Officials have released new details.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

The gang takes a look at Amy Sherman-Palladino's award-winning comedy, starring Rachel Brosnahan as a '50s housewife-turned-comedian. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

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In 'Munich,' Neville Chamberlain Gets The Best Of Hitler

History hasn't been kind to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who tried to head off war by appeasing Adolf Hitler. But Robert Harris' new novel Munich asks readers to reconsider Chamberlain.

In 'Munich,' Neville Chamberlain Gets The Best Of Hitler

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"With all the compassion in my heart, I just want to say to white people sampling others' music: what you're engaging in is colonialism," Merrill Garbus says. "Name it for what it is." Eliot Lee Hazel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus Pierces Her Own Privilege

"I couldn't not speak about whiteness in my work," Garbus says of her new record as Tune-Yards. She breaks down the themes and self-examinations behind I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life.

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Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin

The website The Awl and its sister site The Hairpin are shutting down. The two sites always valued lively, thoughtful writing — even as the media landscape shifted around them.

Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin

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Accusations Of 'Frat House' Behavior Trail 'LA Times' Publisher's Career

Los Angeles Times CEO and Publisher Ross Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits; female colleagues have challenged his conduct in the workplace at various firms. He has been placed under investigation by the newspaper's parent company in response to NPR's queries about his past behavior.

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Sense Of Place, South Africa: Sannie Fox

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Sannie Fox, part of the psychedelic and garage rock scene that has sprung up in Cape Town, is working on a new album. You'll hear some of the unreleased material in this session at Milestones Studios.

Sense Of Place South Africa: Sannie Fox

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