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German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a call for European unity in a speech at a joint campaigning event of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union in Munich, southern Germany, on Sunday. Mattias Balk/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

After G7 Summit, Merkel Says Europe Can No Longer Completely Rely On U.S. And UK

In a call for European unity, the German chancellor urged a crowd of supporters to "take our fate into our own hands," because, she says, the two nations are no longer reliable allies.

Students try out a Samsung Electronics Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone at a shop in Seoul, South Korea, on April 27. Many post-college grads in South Korea spend years studying for tests in the hopes of winning a job at a company like Samsung. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

South Korean Youth Struggle To Find Jobs After Years Of Studying For Tests

For many Korean youth, the possibility of a job-for-life with a big conglomerate is the only option. As the economy slows, there aren't enough jobs for all the college graduates.

South Korean Youth Struggle To Find Jobs After Years Of Studying For Tests

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The good old reflex hammer (like this Taylor model) might seem like an outdated medical device, but its role in diagnosing disease is still as important as ever. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

Nearly 130 years since its inception, a modest knob of rubber with a metal handle is still invaluable in diagnosing disease and avoiding expensive testing. But its history is anything but simple.

Gregg Allman performs at The Fox Theatre in January 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Music News

The Ramblin' Blues Of Gregg Allman

One of the most recognizable voices of his generation, Allman was one of the namesakes of a band that pioneered Southern rock — yet his music was always haunted by a sense of mortality and loss.

The Ramblin' Blues Of Gregg Allman

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From left, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart participate in the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on worldwide threats last year. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Analysis

Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care

Questions to three respected military, law enforcement and intelligence officials revealed why it's important to get answers to Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

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Politics

Finding The Middle In The Incivility War

An assault of a reporter by Montana's Republican congressman-elect appears to have hurled the public into a new realm of political incivility, raising the question: Have we crossed an invisible line?

Finding The Middle In The Incivility War

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Pop artist Peter Blake poses beside a copy of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, which he co-designed in 1967. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Music Interviews

Why The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Art Matters As Much As The Music

As the album turns 50, critic Colin Fleming argues that the cultural impact of Peter Blake's iconic record sleeve equaled that of the music.

Why The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Art Matters As Much As The Music

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Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically boosts self-control. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

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Sports

Total Failure: How George Foreman's Losses Showed Him The Light

In the second part of our series, we talk to the boxer about his 1974 loss to Muhammad Ali and how it changed him forever.

Total Failure: How George Foreman's Losses Showed Him The Light

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From left to right: Aria Mason (Rosalia), Ebonee Davis (Piquita) and Kenya Lawrence Jackson (La Flamenca) star in OperaCréole's production of La Flamenca. Cedric A. Ellsworth/Courtesy of OperaCréole hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

A New Orleans Company Shines A Light On Opera's Diverse History

Givonna Joseph, founder of OperaCréole, explains why it's so important to perform the works of composers of color, which she says were historically "hidden on purpose."

A New Orleans Company Shines A Light On Opera's Diverse History

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Music Interviews

Why The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Art Matters As Much As The Music

As the album turns 50, critic Colin Fleming argues that the cultural impact of Peter Blake's iconic record sleeve equaled that of the music.

Why The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Art Matters As Much As The Music

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Lee So-yeon, a North Korean defector, used to be a signal corpsman in North Korea's army. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

'I Was Shocked By Freedom': Defectors Reflect On Life In North Korea

Now in Seoul, North Korean defectors recall life inside one of the world's most secretive regimes, talking of brainwashing, required military service — and the jolt of seeing the outside world.

'I Was Shocked By Freedom': Defectors Reflect On Life In North Korea

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Art & Design

Art You Can Wear On Your Arm? For Judith Leiber, It's In The Bag

In her 40 years in the business, Leiber designed 3,500 handbags, some of which were carried by First Ladies and movie stars. Now 96, Leiber says she loves her bags, whether "classic" or "crazy."

Art You Can Wear On Your Arm? For Judith Leiber, It's In The Bag

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A tractor pulls a planter while distributing corn seed on a field in Malden, Ill. Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers.