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Not Every Afghan Institution Is Efficient; This One Is

When NPR's Kabul bureau caught fire recently, it came as a pleasant surprise that the fire department in the Afghan capital is good at putting out fires.

Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

A restless formal inventor who draws from science, spirituality and extensive personal travels, Coleman has also mentored many major jazz musicians to develop their own languages and systems.

Mistura Food Fest Gives Peruvian Cuisine A Chance To Shine

Every September, top chefs from around the world gather to celebrate the diversity of Peruvian cuisine. But not everyone is convinced the food boom is the answer to the country's historic challenges.

Bangladesh Court Commutes Islamist Leader's Death Sentence

Delwar Hossain Sayedee will instead spend the rest of his life in prison. He was convicted last year for his role in the violence surrounding the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

A Macon Nightclub Ends A Smoking Ban, 17 Days After They Began It

A popular Macon nightclub - the Hummingbird - said it will allow smoking inside its doors after announcing a ban on smoking starting Sept. 1

Wildfire Threatens More Than 1,500 Homes In Northern California

The largest, spreading through the Sierra Nevada forest east of Sacramento, has engulfed more than 18,000 and is only 5 percent contained.

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

A group called Rolling Jubilee has "abolished" more than $3 million in private student loans from the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. And it's just getting started.

Police Hunt For Armed 'Survivalist' In Pa. Trooper Shooting

Eric Frein, 31, has been identified as a suspect in last week's fatal shooting of one state trooper and the wounding of another.

House Poised To Vote On Arming, Training Syrian Rebels

The expected vote on whether to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.

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