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Allister Sparks, South African Journalist Who Challenged Apartheid, Dies

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to former NPR South African correspondent John Matisonn about Allister Sparks, a prominent South African journalist who challenged apartheid and exposed a covert propaganda campaign by his government, leading to the president's downfall. Sparks died Monday at 83.

U.N. Holds Special Meeting On Syria After Collapse Of U.S.-Russia Deal

As the UN Security Council holds a special meeting on the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry says it's a moment of truth but there's little progress.

China's 'Heavenly Palace' Space Lab Will Crash Back To Earth

Last week, China's space program announced that the Tiangong-1 will be falling through the atmosphere in late 2017. Observers have speculated for months that China had lost control of the lab.

China And Canada Agree To Discuss Potential Extradition Treaty

Such a treaty would be the first between China and Canada. The U.S. has refused to discuss such an agreement with the Chinese, citing human rights concerns.

Once Opposed To Maternal Health, Islamic Scholars Become Champions

One Nigerian man saw a big problem in his community: too many women were dying in childbirth. So he turned to the region's Islamic leaders for help.

5 Medical Workers Reportedly Killed In Airstrikes After Syria Truce Collapses

A French aid organization said its emergency medical staffers were killed near Aleppo on Tuesday, a day after the cease-fire collapsed.
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What We Should Do About The Rise Of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Antibiotic resistance kills 700,000 people a year worldwide. For the first time, the U.N. General Assembly is considering taking action.


Refugee Summit Held On Sidelines Of U.N. General Assembly Meeting

In his farewell appearance at the U.N., Obama made an impassioned plea for rich countries to do more to aid refugees. Leading companies have come forward with ways they can help employ refugees.

3,000-Year-Old Cooking Fail Found At A Danish Dig Site

Archaeologists have found the glassy remains of burnt cheese in an ancient pot. It seems trial and error is a timeless method to the madness of creating good food.

NATO's Evolving Issues Now Focus On Syria's War And Refugee Crisis

The alliance's most recent challenges involve the war in Syria and containing the refugee crisis. David Greene talks to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about Syria and the future of the NATO.