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Other than vodka, the Russian product most familiar to Americans is probably the anti-virus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.

The U.K. government says it is waiving immigration rules for a 12-month period on foreign nationals directly impacted by last month's deadly tower fire in London.

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France paid homage to Holocaust survivor and humanist icon Simone Veil Wednesday in a somber, nationally televised ceremony at Les Invalides, Paris' 17th century military monument.

Dignitaries from across France and Europe stood as Veil's flag-draped casket was carried across the cobblestones and a military band played Chopin's funeral march.

Veil, who fought for the rights of women and defended the weak and vulnerable, is considered a moral force of the 20th century.

They were teenage brothers. They had big dreams to be doctors. But there was no way it could happen. They were living in the middle of the Iran-Iraq war, studying in classrooms set up in tents.

"We thought we were forgotten," says Kamiar Alaei. But that was a long time ago. He's now 42 and an internationally recognized doctor.

A crisis in the Persian Gulf showed no sign of abating Wednesday, after four Arab states announced they will continue — and perhaps escalate — their isolation of neighboring Qatar, which they accuse of supporting terrorism.

Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates met in Cairo on Wednesday after a deadline expired on a list of demands they had imposed on Qatar.

On the Fourth of July, North Korea marked a milestone by firing an intercontinental ballistic missile that soared high into space before turning around and landing in the sea near Japan. The North's state media said the missile, Hwasong-14, flew 580 miles, reaching an altitude of 1,741 miles, and flew for nearly 40 minutes.

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When Yeonmi Park was a young girl in North Korea's Ryanggang Province, near the Chinese border, she went to her uncle's house to watch TV. But this wasn't the usual state-run broadcast praising the "Dear Leader." The movie she watched at her uncle's house was illegal.

She covered the windows with blankets, turned the volume down low and huddled in close around the TV. She watched a pirated copy of Titanic.

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North Korea claims it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, which the U.S. and South Korea are working to confirm. The missile could be powerful enough to reach Alaska.

NPR's Kelly McEvers discusses the latest developments with David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Cholera is spreading rapidly across Yemen, where civil war has decimated the public health services needed to contain the outbreak.

Nearly 1,600 people have died from the disease in the last two months; an estimated 5,000 are infected every day.

Dr. Sherin Varkey of UNICEF speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the humanitarian response to the crisis.


Understanding The Case Of Charlie Gard

Jul 4, 2017

Eleven-month-old Charlie Gard was born with a rare genetic disorder. His parents' legal fight to continue his treatment has sparked a debate about who should decide what medical treatment he gets.

Dr. Claire Fenton-Glynn, a legal scholar at the University of Cambridge who studies children's rights, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the case.

Trump Responds To North Korea Missile Test

Jul 4, 2017

The latest missile test by North Korea is another challenge for the Trump administration. The president responded to the launch on Twitter. North Korea expert Laura Rosenberger says U.S. intentions aren't clear to either adversaries or allies.

Rosenberger, who served in the State Department under Bush and the National Security Council under Obama, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the test and the president's reaction.

A month ago, several countries cut ties with Qatar, saying it funds terrorist groups and has too close a relationship with Iran. Qatari-funded Al-Jazeera is caught up in the middle of the crisis. Giles Trendle, managing director for Al-Jazeera English, speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers.

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President Trump will hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week. Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the issues the leaders are likely to discuss. He says he hopes for a serious tone on both sides — and modest expectations.

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Shyira is a picture-perfect Rwandan village, surrounded by luscious green mountains. No matter where you look, even at the tip of some of the highest mountains and along the precipice of the most dangerous slopes, there are houses.

On July 4, while Americans celebrate their independence, Rwandans are celebrating Liberation Day — commemorating the day in 1994 when rebel troops marched into the capital Kigali and ended a genocide against the country's Tutsi minority.

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