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Death Toll for German Serial Killer Nurse Goes Up, Another 97 Victims Suspected

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:12:27 -0500

Niels Högel said he injected patients with a deadly drug cocktail "out of boredom" and to be lauded as a hero by his colleagues, when he revived the dying victims. Which didn't happen often.



Pence Draws Applause, Some Heckles, For U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:56:00 -0500

Israeli politicians gave standing ovations as Vice President Pence promised a faster timetable for a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. A Palestinian official called Pence's words "a gift to extremists."



Gus Kenworthy Will Be The Second Openly Gay Man To Compete For U.S. In Winter Games

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:44:00 -0500

The skier, who came out in 2015, secured a spot on the U.S. team on Sunday. A vocal advocate of LGBTQ visibility in sports, Kenworthy took silver at the 2014 Sochi Games.



VP Pence Says U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem Will Open By End Of 2019

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:00 -0500

Vice President Pence announced the U.S. will open its embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019. That's faster than previously thought and comes despite Arab opposition to the move.



Bangladesh Postpones Controversial Plan To Send Rohingya Refugees Back Home

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:00 -0500

Bangladesh is postponing its attempt to send hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar. Neither country is ready to start the process and the refugees say their demands for citizenship and return of property must be met before they agree to return to Myanmar.



What The U.S. Presence Is Doing In Raqqa Despite Wishes Of Syrian Government

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:00 -0500

The Trump administration has made clear in recent weeks that it intends to maintain a U.S. presence in Syria even though the government of Syria doesn't want that. From Raqqa, a look at how people in the city are putting their lives back together and what the U.S. is doing.



Turkey Has Attacked A Syrian City Controlled By Kurdish Forces

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:00 -0500

Over the weekend, Turkish troops crossed the border into Syria, to attack the Kurdish city of Afrin. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Omer Taspinar of the Brookings Institution about what this latest development means for the ongoing Syrian civil war.



WATCH: Starlings Perform Acrobatic Life-Or-Death Dance With A Hungry Falcon

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:16:00 -0500

In a video posted by Birdwatch Ireland, a murmuration of starlings dips and dodges a predator with grace. The scene was just one of many such spectacles filling the skies of southern Ireland lately.



Pope Francis Apologizes To Sexual Abuse Victims, But Still Backs Bishop

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:08:00 -0500

The pope said it was only after he accused sexual abuse victims of slander and demanded proof of an alleged coverup that he realized his words were like "a slap in the face" to those who had suffered.



Unsettled By Russia, Sweden Revives Pamphlets On What To Do 'If War Comes'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:42:00 -0500

For decades, beginning in World War II, Swedish households received pamphlets advising how to handle a crisis. They were discontinued with the Cold War's end — but now, they're getting an update.



In South Korea, A Backlash Against Olympics Cooperation With The North

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:16:00 -0500

"We oppose, we oppose, we oppose," shouted protesters as North Korea's advance team arrived. Thousands signed petitions against a joint women's hockey team. The president's approval rating has fallen.



Pence: U.S. Embassy Will Open In Jerusalem Before End Of 2019

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:16:00 -0500

Vice President Mike Pence spoke Monday at the Israeli Knesset about the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and about Israel working toward peace with Palestine.



Nursing Home Recreates Communist East Germany For Dementia Patients

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:05:00 -0500

Trips down memory lane — to a highly regimented place that no longer exists — are the hallmark of this Dresden home for the elderly.



U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem Will Open By End Of 2019, Pence Says In Israel

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:01:00 -0500

Vice President Pence announces a faster timeline for opening the embassy than had been previously reported and calls Jerusalem "Israel's capital" in a speech to the Knesset.



Catalonia's Puigdemont Is Put Forth For President, Despite New Calls For Arrest

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:16:00 -0500

Spain had rescinded its European arrest warrant when it became clear Belgian authorities would not cooperate. As a court considered a new warrant, Carles Puigdemont was proposed as Catalonia's leader.