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Karzai Says Afghanistan In Talks With Taliban

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The Taliban has strongly denied it has begun peace talks with the Afghan government and the US. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said talks among the Taliban, US and Afghan officials have already begun in the Gulf state of Qatar, but it hasn't been confirmed. Taliban media spokesmen have long maintained there will be no peace talks with what they call the "puppet" government in Kabul. Karzai is holding talks Thursday in Islamabad with leaders of Pakistan and Iran, discussing prospects for negotiations with the Taliban. NPR's Kabul bureau chief, Quil Lawrence, talks with Robert Siegel about the news.
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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, the fourth-largest poultry company in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Obama To Set New Clean Energy Goal: 50 Percent Carbon-Free Power By 2025

Aides acknowledge that's it's a "stretch goal" for North America, requiring commitments over and above what the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to as part of the Paris climate agreement.
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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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