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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Prompts Street Closures, Delays

More than 40 heads of state from Africa are in town this week for a summit, so expect delays in the areas around the World Bank, White House and the Mandarin Hotel.


Ebola Outbreak Worsens In West Africa

As the African leaders gather in Washington, D.C., one of the topics they'll be discussing is the Ebola outbreak that is raging throughout West Africa. The outbreak is the largest on record.

The American President And A Little Town Called Obama, Japan

A small town in Japan is celebrating the American president — with lots and lots of kitsch. But Obama Onsen has a rich history in its own right.

Is There Any Empathy Left In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

A generation ago, Israelis and Palestinians routinely rubbed shoulders. But they have become increasingly segregated and the current fighting has only added to the friction between Arabs and Jews.

Africa's Leaders Aim To Change Perception Of The Continent

Scores of African leaders gather in Washington this week at an unprecedented summit organized by President Obama. The goal: Get the U.S. invested in Africa, and shape a new narrative along the way.

Israel Expects More Withdrawals; Gaza Residents See Little Change

An Israeli strike Sunday near a school where people were taking shelter from the fighting killed at least 10 people, U.N. officials say. Some parts of Gaza are quiet; the conflict continues in others.

Former Israeli Ambassador: 'Hamas Started This War'

NPR's Eric Westervelt interviews Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Islamic State Seizes Towns Near Kurdish Area; Dam Seen At Risk

The militants are hoping to cement control of the border area between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. At least 14 Kurdish soldiers were reportedly killed in the fighting this weekend.

Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly-rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.

Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?

Google recently announced a font family, Noto, that aims to include all the world's written languages. But it may prove to be an even more ambitious effort than self-driving cars.