The tea gardens of Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalayas, produced significantly less than 1 percent of India's 2.6 billion pound output last year. Yet Darjeelings are considered the "Champagne of teas," the finest in the country and some of the most exquisite and sought-after in the world.

The harvesting season in Darjeeling runs from mid-March through November, as the tea bushes gradually progress through a quartet of distinct seasons known as "flushes." The tea is often sold not only by single estate (like wine) but also by flush.

On a gray and rainy day, they poured onto the streets of Polish cities by the thousands. The women wore black, waved black flags and raised black umbrellas overhead — gathering on "Black Monday" to protest a proposed ban on abortion.

In Poland, abortion is already illegal except in cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother's life or irreparable damage to a fetus. The legislature is now proposing an absolute ban, carrying jail time of up to five years for both women and their doctors no matter the circumstances of the abortion, The Associated Press reports.

The international Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced tennis star Maria Sharapova's two-year doping ban to 15 months.

The U.S. and the Philippines began their annual joint exercises on Tuesday, highlighting the alliance between the two countries even as the Philippine president calls for an end to the practice.

President Rodrigo Duterte's suggestion that combat exercises will end is part of a string of comments, including inflammatory and offensive ones, which have indicated his willingness to distance himself from the United States. He's also suggested he might align his country more closely with China and Russia.

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A federal appeals court panel Monday blocked Indiana Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's attempt to keep Syrian refugees out of Indiana.

The court upheld a lower court judge in barring Pence from interfering with the distribution of federal funds to resettle Syrian refugees in his state. The appeals court panel said that federal law bars discrimination based on nationality.

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A border patrol officer was parked on the gravel side-road to the Ashurst ranch, about 20 miles north of the Mexican border in Arizona, when we arrived. He was just watching the rare car go by and looking for anything suspicious.

There’s been a sharp increase in funding for the US Border Patrol since 2005 — the number of agents has doubled in that time — and about 4,000 of the 20,000 agents are in Arizona.

Ed Ashurst calls himself a “65-year-old cowboy.” He manages this ranch and wants people to know what’s going on in this corner of the country.

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Colombian American reporter Luis Gallo voted in favor of the peace deal that was narrowly rejected in a Sunday referendum.

Speaking to PRI’s The World from Bogota, he didn't mince words. “I am a bit devastated to be honest with you,” he said of the decision. The peace agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government took four years to negotiate, and would have officially ended 52 years of conflict.

One year after the U.S. military attacked a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the security situation in the city is deteriorating once again.

Witnesses and police told Reuters Taliban insurgents entered Kunduz early Monday morning and attacked the governor's compound and police headquarters.

The United States announced it is suspending efforts to revive a cease-fire in Syria, blaming Russia's support for a new round of airstrikes in the city of Aleppo.

As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports,

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Daniel Brewer arrived in London on Sunday morning wearing a Jacksonville Jaguars onesie and face paint, complete with black whiskers, brown spots and a blue nose. He had come with fellow fans from the English city of Reading to cheer on the Jags as they took on the Indianapolis Colts beneath sunny skies at Wembley Stadium.

"None of us naturally are Jags fans," Brewer confided. "We all have our own roots, but because they signed a contract, they've got our hearts."