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Earlier this year, a six-year-old girl was shot and badly wounded during a firefight between U.S. and Afghan forces and the Taliban. Her father, a Taliban fighter, her mother and some siblings were all killed in the gun battle.

Dr. Chance Henderson, a Texas-born orthopedic surgeon, was there when the girl, who NPR is calling Ameera, was brought to the hospital at the Bagram Airfield outside Kabul.

"I remember her quite vividly there on that stretcher, and how tiny she looked," he says.

The trial against Guantánamo Bay detainees continues, despite President Barack Obama's stated desires to close down the prison. Now, the attorneys for the five accused terrorists want to bring an international observer into the process.

When it comes to trade talk, it’s a potential minefield for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Let’s start with NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement — which set up a free trade zone between Canada, Mexico and the US. That was negotiated by President George H.W. Bush and signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

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Immigration is an intricate part of the history of the United States. But in 2012, a new trend appeared: juveniles traveling alone showed up at the border in huge numbers.

President Obama became alarmed, and two years later visited Central America and the border to send a message of deterrence to parents and minors who were planning to make the journey north.

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A bone from a human ancestor that died between 1.8 million and 1.6 million years ago shows evidence of cancer, a newly published study finds. It is the oldest known example of a malignant tumor in a human ancestor.

Russian and Syria have said they are opening humanitarian corridors out of besieged, rebel-held areas in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. But NPR has reached civilians in the embattled city who turned back for fear of the ongoing shelling.

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How many people in the US think Puerto Rico is another country?

Maria Quiñones-Sanchez, Philadelphia's first Latina councilwoman and a boricua (Puerto Rican) herself, says she's encountered even some congressional representatives who (wrongly) believe this.

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For decades, Japanese fishermen have told stories about the existence of a dark, rare beaked whale that they called karasu — the "raven."

But now, scientists say they have genetic proof to back up these tales. Long mistaken for its relative, the Baird's beaked whale, scientists say it represents an entirely new species.

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In Bill Clinton's primetime valentine to the 2016 Democratic candidate for president, he said this of Hillary Clinton:

"You could drop her into any trouble spot, pick one, come back in a month and somehow, some way, she will have made it better. That is just who she is."

Really? How about Syria?

Joshua Landis, director of Middle East studies at the University of Oklahoma, has studied Syria for years and lived there before the civil war.

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