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Japan Has Half Of Asia's Golf Courses, But The Game's Popularity There Is Flagging

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 05:10

In the 1980s, Japan built thousands of golf courses and the game became baked into its business culture. Those days are over. Golf participation in Japan has dropped by 40 percent since 1996.

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With 20 Million Yemenis In Need, Aid Groups Say 'Clock Is Ticking' To End Blockade

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 04:41

Between a massive cholera outbreak, a desperate food shortage and deadly airstrikes, 11 million children need aid — aid that can't get through due to the Saudi-led blockade, three major agencies say.

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EPA Moves To Shield Older Semi Truck Engines In 'Gliders' From Emissions Rules

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 04:37

A new rule would cover "glider vehicles" — made by combining a new truck body with a salvaged diesel engine. The EPA says it sees them differently now than it did under the Obama administration.

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Italian minister OKs family visits for ailing top Mafia boss

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:58
Italy’s justice minister has given special permission to the family of a Mafia boss who is in a coma to visit his bedside.
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Iraqi Kurds to end parliament boycott, concession to Baghdad

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:58
Iraq’s Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad this week in an apparent end to their boycott of the national parliament, a senior Kurdish official said Thursday.
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El Salvador Jesuits seek reopening of case in 1989 massacre

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:58
The Roman Catholic Jesuit community in El Salvador will ask authorities to reopen the case against a group of military officials suspected in the 1989 massacre of six priests and two female employees, a lawyer said Thursday.
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Save the Children says 130 children die every day in Yemen

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:58
An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.
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UCLA players head home from China after arrest on shoplifting charges

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:58
The detention of the three players was raised by President Trump during talks with China’s leader.
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Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? The Answer Might Lie In Their Toes

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:36

Billions of these birds once flew over North America, but the last known passenger pigeon died in 1914. To try to figure out what happened, scientists analyzed DNA from the toes of birds in museums.

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How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 03:28

Internet freedom declined again in the past year and "manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role" in 18 countries' elections — including the U.S., according to an annual report.

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House Approves GOP Tax Overhaul, With Senate Outlook Uncertain

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 02:49

The GOP measure would sharply reduce corporate tax rates and double the standard deduction many individuals take. Senate Republicans have their own bill, which could pass a committee vote on Friday.

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Judge Declares A Mistrial In Sen. Robert Menendez Corruption Trial

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 02:18

The Democratic senator from New Jersey had been accused of offering government favors in exchange for extravagant gifts.

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Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 01:29
Pope Francis on Thursday urged lawmakers to ensure that health care laws protect the “common good,” decrying the fact that in many places only the privileged can afford sophisticated medical treatments.
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Pakistani court asks Islamists to end rally near Islamabad

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 01:29
A Pakistani court on Thursday asked the organizers of an Islamist rally near the capital to end their days-long protest that has disrupted life in Islamabad. There was no immediately sign the protesters would comply with the request.
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UN committee urges Myanmar to give citizenship to Rohingyas

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 01:29
A key U.N. committee has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Myanmar’s authorities to end military operations against Rohingya Muslims, ensure their voluntary return from Bangladesh and grant them “full citizenship rights.”
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Lebanese PM Hariri accepts invitation to France

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 01:29
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to visit France after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks ago that rattled the region, the French president’s office said Thursday.
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Mugabe meets with army commander as crisis solution sought

Washington Post Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 01:29
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was shown meeting Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest, as negotiations with a South African delegation and a Catholic priest at the state house sought a resolution to the political turmoil and the likely end to Mugabe’s decades-long rule.
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When Will Power Come Back To Puerto Rico? Depends Who You Ask

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 01:02

These days, Puerto Rico's monumental power restoration effort involves helicopters dropping 100-foot towers into the mountains and a "big dance" of crews, equipment and expertise.

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Sen. Al Franken Accused Of Sexual Assault By LA Model And Radio Host

NPR Headlines - Fri, 2017-11-17 00:44

The Minnesota Democrat put out a statement apologizing for the 2006 incident, in which he is accused of forcibly kissing a woman while on a USO tour and later groping her while she was sleeping.

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Syria activists: 22 civilians die in fighting near Damascus

Washington Post Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-16 23:00
Syrian activists and a monitoring group say almost two dozen civilians have been killed in the last three days of fighting in the suburb of the capital, Damascus, along with dozens of government forces and rebels.
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