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Coronavirus Cases Triple In South Korea; WHO Keeps Eye On Africa, Iran

The tally of new cases is declining in China, the heart of the outbreak. But rising numbers beyond its borders have officials worried, including for regions that have scarcely seen the virus so far.

Riek Machar (left) shares a smile with South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, after a swearing-in ceremony Saturday in the capital, Juba. Observers hope their newly forged coalition spells an end to civil war. Stringer/AP hide caption

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South Sudan Forges Unity Government, Renewing Fragile Hope For Peace

President Salva Kiir swore in his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, as vice president on Saturday. The landmark deal could spell an end to years of violence, but it's not their first attempt.

Abdullah, 13, lost his left leg when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. He takes a break from walking practice at the International Committee of the Red Cross physical rehabilitation center in Kabul on Dec. 1, 2019. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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More Than 10,000 Civilians Injured Or Killed In Afghanistan Last Year, U.N. Says

For the sixth year in a row, more than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in armed conflict in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. Total casualties in the past decade topped 100,000.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Iowa last month. She has announced a new PAC to back progressive congressional candidates. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Launches Political Group To Boost Progressive Candidates

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., rolled out a political action committee to help raise money for outsider candidates — some running against her own House colleagues.

Eric Tucker painted the everyday people in his hometown of Warrington, England — like this smoker in a pub. Tony Longmore hide caption

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'Unseen Artist' Eric Tucker Spent Decades Painting — But Nobody Knew

Boxer and laborer Eric Tucker created hundreds of paintings of his home town — and kept them secret, stashed around his house. Now, almost two years after his death, he has a museum exhibition.

'Unseen Artist' Eric Tucker Spent Decades Painting — But Nobody Knew

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Syrian refugees head northwest through the town of Hazano in Idlib province as the flee renewed fighting Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed) Ghaith Alsayed/AP hide caption

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Democratic Debate Ignores The Question of Syria

NPR's Scott Simon notes a topic that didn't make the debate stage on Wednesday: the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Opinion: Democratic Debate Ignores The Question of Syria

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Shake Shack shortened managers' workweeks to four days at some stores a year and a half ago. Recently, the burger chain expanded the trial to a third of its U.S. stores. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group via Getty Images hide caption

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4-Day Workweek's Appeal Goes Global As Bosses Seek Boosted Profits, Morale

The notion of a shorter workweek might sound crazy to overworked Americans, but around the world, companies and even governments are starting to embrace it. The key is fewer meetings and distractions.

Satellite images show the effects of a prolonged warm spell on Eagle Island, in the far north of the Antarctic Peninsula, NASA says. An inch of snowpack melted in just one day, the agency says. The blue areas in snow on the right are ponds of melted water. NASA hide caption

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'Antarctica Melts,' NASA Says, Showing Effects Of A Record Warm Spell

Taken just nine days apart, two images illustrate the impact a recent warm period had on the Antarctic Peninsula. NASA says such warmth "has become more common in recent years."

The 'Friends' cast will take part in an unscripted reunion special on HBO Max in May, with all six stars of the show. The cast of the show from left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc pose after the show won outstanding comedy series at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, in Los Angeles in Sept. 2002. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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All 6 Original 'Friends' Cast Members Will Reunite For Special In May

WarnerMedia announced the six principal cast members will reunite for an unscripted special in May — 16 years after the iconic sitcom went off the air.

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