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A burnt car is seen on the road between Myla and Mriia on Saturday in the Kyiv region. After weeks of war, Russian forces around the capital have been pushed back by Ukrainian counterattacks. Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The war in Ukraine

Zelenskyy calls the Kramatorsk train station attack a war crime

Ukrainian officials have said at least 52 people — including five children — were killed in Friday's attack at a train station in eastern Ukraine. The country's leader, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, says it's the latest war crime committed by Russia.

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Is Vladimir Putin a war criminal?

This week, President Biden said Vladimir Putin has committed war crimes in Ukraine, but will the Russian president ever stand trial for such crimes? NPR's Scott Simon discusses in this week's essay.

Opinion: Is Vladimir Putin a war criminal?

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Here's why Mexico's president is launching a vote to recall himself

While recalls are a common political tool, normally it's the opponents of an unpopular leader who favor a recall. But Sunday's referendum is the president's own idea. And he's expected to win.

Jestine Carter's husband, Naeschylus Carter-Vinzant, was shot and killed by an Aurora, Colo., police officer in 2015. The city paid $2.6 million to settle the case. Michael de Yoanna hide caption

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Northern Colorado cities pay cash to end allegations against police

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In the past decade, Northern Colorado's largest cities settled 205 allegations against police. The cost of those settlements was $50 million, roughly enough to fund a police department the size of Boulder's for a year. That's according to a KUNC investigation that found a recurring pattern where victims and their families dropped their allegations in exchange for a cash payout.

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Join us on a quest to find the most boring person in the world

Comedian Peter Grosz joins host Emma Choi on a search for the most boring person in the world and Emma interviews astronaut Victor Glover about the boring parts of his exciting job.

Join us on a quest to find the most boring person in the world

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WBEZ reporter Anna Savchenko, wearing a "vyshyvanka" or a traditional Ukrainian blouse, is in constant contact with relatives in Ukraine and Europe as she covers the response in Chicago to the war. Justine Tobiasz/WBEZ hide caption

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A Ukrainian reporter shares how fear has shaped her family's lives for generations

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As the war in her home country continues, WBEZ reporter Anna Savchenko shares how she's navigated feelings of helplessness and fear from far away.

A detainee talks on a pay phone in a residential pod during a media tour of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center on Dec. 16, 2019, in Tacoma, Wash. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Immigrant rights groups say ICE's no-visitation policy is a taking toll on detainees' mental health

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Because of the pandemic, it's been more than two years since families and friends have been able to visit loved ones in person at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Tacoma, Wash. Now, immigrant rights groups have started to push back, demanding that ICE open up detention facilities to visitors.

Proud Boys members Zachary Rehl, left, and Ethan Nordean, left, walk toward the U.S. Capitol in support of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021. They are two of six Proud Boys leaders charged with with conspiring to obstruct Congress' certification of Joe Biden's election victory. One of those leaders, Charles Donohoe, has pled guilty. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A Proud Boys leader pleads guilty to Jan. 6 conspiracy, and agrees to cooperate with the DOJ

Charles Donohoe, the leader of a North Carolina Proud Boys chapter, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with the federal investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

James Howard Jackson was in custody on charges of attempted murder in connection with the shooting of Lady Gaga's dog walker and the theft of two of her French Bulldogs in February 2021. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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LA sheriffs inadvertently free the man suspected of shooting Lady Gaga's dog walker

After attending court proceedings on Tuesday, James Howard Jackson was released from custody the next day "due to a clerical error." Authorities are working to rearrest him.

Travelers move through Salt Lake City International Airport on Aug. 17, 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it's seeking record civil fines against two passengers who assaulted other people on flights last summer. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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FAA proposes $159,222 in combined fines against 2 unruly passengers

One of the passengers struck a flight attendant on the head and tried to open a cabin door. In a separate incident, a passenger tried to open a cabin door during a flight and bit another passenger.

The Idaho Supreme Court building in Boise. A regional Planned Parenthood organization is suing Idaho over a new law that bans nearly all abortions by allowing potential family members of the embryo to sue abortion providers. Rebecca Boone/AP hide caption

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Idaho's top court blocks the state's new Texas-style abortion ban for now

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The law, which was set to take effect April 22, would ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Family members of an aborted fetus could sue doctors who perform the procedure beyond that limit for a minimum of $20,000.

Former Goldman Sachs executive Roger Ng (center) leaves Brooklyn federal court with attorney Marc Agnifilo on May 6, 2019, in New York. On Friday, Ng was convicted of bribery and other corruption charges accusing him of participating in a $4.5 billion scheme to ransack the Malaysian state investment fund. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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A former Goldman Sachs banker is found guilty in a plot to loot Malaysia's 1MDB fund

Roger Ng was convicted in a New York federal court of bribery and other corruption charges accusing him of participating in a $4.5 billion scheme to ransack the Malaysian state investment fund.

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After a week of political chaos in Pakistan, more turmoil lies ahead

The country's Supreme Court said a move by Prime Minister Imran Khan to dissolve parliament rather than face a no-confidence vote was unconstitutional. What happens next isn't entirely clear.

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