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When American Erik Bidenkap arrived in London from the U.S. six weeks ago, he thought he was leaving behind the toxic politics of the U.S. presidential race.

Bidenkap said he was hoping for a more intellectual, perhaps even philosophical, discussion of the question U.K. citizens will decide Thursday: whether to leave the European Union.

"I expected there would be more civility, politeness, I guess," Bidenkap said over pints at a pub near his apartment in London's Notting Hill section. "I expected the conversation to be of a higher level."

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A small plane on a daring winter evacuation mission from the South Pole landed safely Wednesday night at Punta Arenas, Chile.

The moment my boyfriend — now husband — and I got serious about our future together, my father-in-law got serious about teaching me to cook Indian cuisine. My boyfriend was already skilled in the kitchen. But Dr. Jashwant Sharma wanted extra assurance that the dishes from his native country would always have a place in our home. Plus, as he told me recently, he thought I'd like it.

"We mix four, five, six different spices in a single dish. These create a taste and aroma that you don't get in any other food. People exposed to it usually like it," he said.

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“No, I don’t feel he insulted the Mexicans. He said ‘illegal immigrants.’ He didn’t talk about everybody. He talked about illegal immigrants ... Yes [I am an immigrant]. I follow the law. I follow the law the way it’s supposed to be. I never thought to stay here without papers ... I went by the law, and you should do that. You should not just say, ‘OK, let me just stay here and whatever happens, happens.’” 

Melania Trump, in an interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Feb. 2014

Thursday could prove a fateful day, and not just for the British within the UK.

Voters across Britain will head to the polls to decide whether the country should leave the European Union, or stay in it. Brits who live abroad are also more than a little on edge.

Take Melanie and Paul Ryan. They’re British citizens who live in the French countryside. They teach English classes out of their home in the small village of Égriselles, nestled in green fields of Burgundy.

The latest polls on the United Kingdom's vote to stay in or leave the European Union show a slight rise for the Remain camp. Most, however, agree that Thursday's referendum is still too close to call. Such uncertainty has surrounded the entire Brexit debate – with one exception.

Britain's bookies say the smart money is on Remain.

"At the moment, Remain is the odds-on favorite at 1 to 4, so that equates to about a 76 percent chance of the U.K. voting to remain in the EU," says Jessica Bridge, spokeswoman for Ladbrokes, one of the U.K.'s larger betting firms.

At first it seems like a typical music video.

A big, calm-looking bearded man sits in a posh armchair and sings in an emotion-choked baritone, "I'm running, I'm running, I'm running."

He's Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter.

A little bit into the song, a rapper joins in: "I fight through the night just to find a stronger day."

Is it possible to take a sad song and make it better? 

And by better I mean, just a little less melancholy; a little less gloomy? 


There's a new album out that captures various versions of the often-recorded 1933 tune "Gloomy Sunday." The collection is called Hungarian Noir: A Tribute to the Gloomy Sunday.

It was compiled by Yusuf Sahilli of Piranha Records, a record label in Berlin. 

Rio de Janeiro is gearing up to host the world's elite athletes in an Olympics that promises transcendent moments in sports — and potential controversies outside of the competition. Compelling stories are already emerging, and that means that it's time to relight The Torch, NPR's Olympics blog.

The Summer Games begin Aug. 5, and more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries will participate in the first Olympics ever held in South America.

If you're on the economic development team for your state, you are happy – dancing-in-the-street happy – when you can attract foreign investments.

You see a globalized world, bursting with opportunities, and you want your state to win a slice of that big pie.

The Brazilian army says it shot dead an escaped jaguar shortly after the animal was displayed at a ceremony celebrating the Olympic torch in the Amazonian city of Manaus.

The jaguar named Juma had escaped his leash at a zoo affiliated with a local military training center, after appearing earlier at the Olympic event, the military said in a statement.

The Dutch have been the world's experts at building dikes and keeping back water for centuries. Building dikes to hold back high water is pretty much how the country was formed hundreds of years ago.

But the Dutch relationship with dikes is changing. And there’s no better way to see that change than from … atop a dike.

Series: Living with Rising Seas

The oceans are rising. Untold millions in coastal cities around the world are threatened. But the Dutch are proving we may not all have to run for higher ground. And their message is catching on in the US.