Light streams in through the bay window of Mike Nelson's home in London's Chelsea neighborhood as he pitches it like a polished salesman.

"It's a fantastic, six-bedroom house" says Nelson of his row home, which sits on a quiet street, lined with Japanese cherry trees in a section of town between Kensington Palace and the Thames. "It's got 3,100 square feet. It's over five stories and has a very nice, western-facing back garden and a roof terrace at the top."

There's even a gray, marble fireplace in the master bathroom, which served as a reception room in an earlier era.

President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning, his final speech before the international governing body.

As he nears the end of his two terms in office, the president spoke about some of his administration's biggest foreign policy initiatives, including the importance of the Paris climate accord, the nuclear deal with Iran and fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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There’s something about our immigration court system that many people don’t realize: Immigrants have no right to counsel. When someone faces a judge, but does not have or cannot afford an attorney, there are no public defenders to pick up the case.

Why I gave squash, the drink, another chance

Sep 20, 2016
Chhavi Sachdev

If you don’t live in England or a former colony, you probably don’t know squash.

Not the kind you play, or the kind you pick, but the kind you drink: squash, the fruity concentrated beverage. Just add water, ice and stir. It’s like Kool-Aid or Tang but in liquid form, since it’s fruit juice preserved with loads of sugar.

And in India, where I grew up, most households in the '70s and '80s always had a bottle or two in the pantry.

The FBI is investigating a stabbing spree at a mall, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, as a "potential act of terrorism."

Ten people were injured in the attack, while the attacker was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. ISIS claimed responsibility for the violence, but FBI agents have not confirmed any links to terrorist organizations.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You may place a phone call to France, even if you don't know anybody there. France copied a service first launched by Sweden. You pick up the phone, and you're connected with a French volunteer, as promised in this ad.

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For nearly eight years, President Obama has been putting his stamp on U.S. foreign policy both by what he's done and by what he chosen not to do.

His legacy includes achievements like the international climate agreement.

It also includes festering problems like the Syrian civil war.

Obama is summing up that legacy himself Tuesday, as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly for what's likely to be the last time as president.

Covering Trump with the last name Gomez

Sep 19, 2016
REUTERS/Mike Segar

The filters are off this election season. And honestly, a lot of the talk is terrible to hear.

Hate speech feels commonplace at rallies.

And many critics of presidential candidate Donald Trump say his blunt — some would use worse adjectives — talk is to blame. But is his speech actually worse than usual?

It's difficult to quantify, but that's what Cleveland Plain Dealer chief political reporter Henry Gomez set out to do.

Shaina Shealy

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, in an almost completely white neighborhood. The only black people I interacted with as a kid were friends’ nannies and grocery store clerks.

When I was 16, I went to a camp called Anytown Alabama, where high school students from all over Birmingham participate in workshops on race, sexuality, gender, class and religion, all rooted in personal storytelling. At camp I got to talk with people from all over Birmingham. I saw how sharing stories can be used to generate understanding, ease fear and eliminate hatred.

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Police in New Jersey arrested a man on Monday after a shootout, which left the suspect and a police officer with gunshot wounds.

The man — identified as 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami — was wanted by police in connection with four bomb incidents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend.

One of those bombs caused injuries, with 29 people wounded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night. All have been released from the hospital, none with serious injuries.

Rahami is the only suspect in all four incidents.

On the afternoon of September 6, 1966, Prime Minister H.F. Verwoerd, the "Architect of Apartheid" in the country, sat before the all-white parliament of South Africa. With his white hair swept neatly to one side, he held himself with confidence.

Verwoerd, 64, was the proud Afrikaner who set in stone the segregation of South Africa. He listened as bells called his fellow legislators to the chamber.

It was a day South Africans would remember for decades to come.