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Forensic personnel load the corpse of a man into a van, after he was executed at a shopping mall in Acapulco, Mexico, on April 24, 2018. A new report recorded more than 33,000 homicides in 2018, making it the country's deadliest on record. Francisco Robles/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico Reports Highest Ever Homicide Rate In 2018, Tops 33,000 Investigations

The grim news was expected as the number of open homicide cases continued to climb month after month, making the last 12 months the deadliest on record — an average of 91 deaths per day.

The group Handicap International (now known as Humanity & Inclusion) has provided aid in Burundi for 26 years. Above: Thierry, age 9, was born without his left leg and received a prosthesis from the group, which is now pulling out of the country. Evrard Niyomwungere/Humanity & Inclusion hide caption

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Why Burundi Is Kicking Out Aid Groups

The African nation is one of the poorest in the world. But it's driving out some aid groups that are offering help.

China has arrested Yang Hengjun, an author and former Chinese diplomat who is now an Australian citizen. He's seen here in a photo from 2014, taken during a visit to Tibet. Social Media/Reuters hide caption

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China Arrests Reform Advocate Yang Hengjun; Writer Had Just Flown In From New York

The Chinese-Australian writer's friends say they're worried for the safety of the man whose push for political reforms earned him the nickname of "the democracy peddler."

An image of a boy is painted on the bars of the border wall, in front of coils of razor wire, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. President Trump's proposal to end the partial government shutdown includes funding for more border wall, but also provisions that further restrict asylum seekers. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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The Border Wall Isn't The Only Reason Democrats Oppose Plan To End The Shutdown

Democrats and immigrant rights advocates say the president's proposal to end the shutdown contains big changes to asylum law that they're calling a "poison pill."

Seen in 2017, a girl studies for school while a man chops wood in the Muslim enclave of Islamberg in Tompkins, N.Y. Four people have been arrested in an alleged plot to attack the community. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Planned Attack On Muslim Community In Upstate New York Disrupted, Police Say

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Three men and a 16-year-old youth have been arrested and authorities say 20 weapons and three improvised explosive devices were seized. The alleged target was Islamberg, near the Pennsylvania border.

A family member of Kelvin Tinashe Choto reacts, during his funeral in Chitungwiza, about 30 kilometres south east of the capital, Harare, Zimbabwe on Saturday. The 22-year-old was shot in the head, one of at least a dozen people killed in a violent crackdown by security after protests over high fuel prices. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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Zimbabwe Forces Accused Of 'Systematic Torture' After Protests Over Fuel Prices

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission says the Zimbabwe army severely beat protesters who were upset about a spike in fuel prices. President Emmerson Mnangagwa condemned what he called violence on both sides.

Mayan indigenous people protest against the government of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on the day he gives an address to Congress in Guatemala City, Monday. Santiago Billy/AP hide caption

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Killings Of Guatemala's Indigenous Activists Raise Specter Of Human Rights Crisis

Indigenous groups and human rights activists worry that the violence that raged through their communities in the 1970s and 1980s is making a comeback.

Killings Of Guatemala's Indigenous Activists Raise Specter Of Human Rights Crisis

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The Trump administration is planning to ask the Supreme Court to take up a sped-up review of a lower court's ruling that blocks the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration To Ask Supreme Court To Decide Citizenship Question's Fate

In a court filing, the Justice Department says it plans to ask for a speedy review by the Supreme Court of a lower court's ruling blocking plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Paul Whelan, the American who has been detained by Russia on suspicion of espionage, stands in a glass cage for a hearing in Moscow on Tuesday. Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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American Held In Russia Unwittingly Got Thumb Drive With State Secrets, Lawyer Says

When a Russian citizen handed him a memory stick, Paul Whelan thought it contained travel snapshots, his lawyer told reporters. Whelan was denied bail at his first court appearance.

A Star Is Born has received eight nominations at the upcoming Academy Awards, including in the category of best original song for "Shallow." Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Beyond 'Shallow': A Look At The Oscar Nominees For Best Original Song

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson breaks down the 2019 Oscar nominees for best original song.

Beyond 'Shallow': A Look At The Oscar's Picks For Best Original Song

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'Field Guide To The North American Teenager' Taps Into The Raw Anxiety Of Adolescence

Ben Philippe's debut novel follows a black French Canadian teenager grappling with his parents' divorce and the upheaval that comes with moving from Canada to Texas in the middle of the school year.

'Field Guide To The North American Teenager' Taps Into The Raw Anxiety Of Adolescence

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Coal miner Nick Stiltner reviews an x-ray of his lungs showing black lung disease at the Stone Mountain Clinic in Grundy, Va. Courtesy of Elaine McMillion Sheldon/PBS Frontline hide caption

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Calls For Change Follow NPR/Frontline Black Lung Investigation

Federal regulations for silica dust in coal mines haven't changed in decades. But since an NPR/Frontline report into black lung, some are calling for a new response.

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