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Satellite images show the effects of a prolonged warm spell on Eagle Island, in the far north of the Antarctic Peninsula, NASA says. An inch of snowpack melted in just one day, the agency says. The blue areas in snow on the right are ponds of melted water.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 16:06

Taken just nine days apart, two images illustrate the impact a recent warm period had on the Antarctic Peninsula. NASA says such warmth "has become more common in recent years."

Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg looks on during a Democratic primary debate Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 16:05

The announcement comes two days after Mike Bloomberg faced tough questions about the issue in a Democratic debate.

Desert locusts jump up from the ground and fly away as a cameraman walks past earlier this month in Kenya's Nasuulu conservancy.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 15:08

Clouds of the insects can stretch for miles, devouring vegetation and destroying crops. Locust experts say time is running out to get the swarms under control because they multiply so quickly.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign event, Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:05

His spending on television and radio ads alone surpasses the $338.3 million that President Barack Obama's campaign spent on those ads during his entire 2012 campaign.

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, attend his inauguration in 2017. Both are suspects in the killing of the prime minister's previous wife, Lipolelo, shortly before the inauguration.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:41

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's previous wife was gunned down two days before his inauguration in 2017. His current wife has already been charged in the murder.

An aspiring K-pop group performs in the Hongdae district of Seoul on Jan. 5, 2020.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:28

In the digital era, accusations of surreptitious chart manipulation are common throughout the world — in South Korea, it's called sajaegi.

Protesters near Baghdad's Tahrir Square. The concrete barriers have been erected by security forces who are trying to prevent demonstrations from moving closer to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:20

The powerful protests, which led a prime minister to resign, are reeling since influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr turned on the movement.

The World Health Organization is sharing posts like these to debunk widely circulated rumors about the coronavirus on its social media.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:40

Rumors and untruths are spreading online — from conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus to outlandish treatments.

Roads are empty in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, where a strict lockdown is in effect.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:23

No one can say whether the tough measures will help defeat coronavirus, But they've definitely changed daily life — and raised concerns.

People hand in their ID cards and receive voting papers at the Hoseyniyeh Ershad building in Tehran. Iran is holding important national elections Friday, choosing members of its parliament as well as its Assembly of Experts.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:20

More than 15,000 people had sought to run for one of the 290 seats in Iran's parliament, but the government disqualified thousands — many of them reformist or moderate candidates — last month.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attends the Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, in July.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:44

The quasi cease-fire was hammered out during protracted negotiations in Qatar that began in 2018 and could ultimately lead to a significant reduction in U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 05:03

We checked in with educators to see what tools their students are using to create entries for NPR's Student Podcast Challenge.

What could you possibly have to learn from a houseplant?
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 05:00

It's not as mean as it might sound (though it does involve a little electrocution) and the results can be both beautiful and, well, eye-opening.

Shake Shack shortened managers' workweeks to four days at some stores a year and a half ago. Recently, the burger chain expanded the trial to a third of its U.S. stores.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:52

The notion of a shorter workweek might sound crazy to overworked Americans, but around the world, companies and even governments are starting to embrace it. The key is fewer meetings and distractions.

Stacey Abrams at Fair Fight's headquarters outside Atlanta. She's waging a voting rights campaign aimed at helping Democrats win in 18 battleground states.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

Since losing the Georgia governor's race in 2018, the Democrat has launched the voting rights campaign that's active in 18 battleground states ahead of this year's election.

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