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Crucifixions, executions, food shortages, forced prayer: These are features of life in the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, Libya, according to a new Human Rights Watch report.

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For the first time, one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram has been found and reunited with her family, according to news reports.

More than 270 girls were abducted in Nigeria in April 2014, sparking worldwide outrage. During and immediately after the abduction, some girls escaped — including one who spoke to NPR's All Things Considered last month about her journey from captive to U.S. college student.

The most tangible sign of a growing American military presence in Eastern Europe, behind the former Iron Curtain, is tucked inside a former military base in rural Romania.

Hidden from view is a U.S. naval facility, where sailors use high-tech radar day and night to watch for incoming ballistic missiles fired at NATO countries. If any are spotted, the Americans would fire back with SM-3 Block IIA missiles.

Breaking stereotypes with their own take on K-Pop

May 18, 2016

Ask most music fans what they know about K-pop and they'll probably mention Psy and his massive global hit, "Gangnam Style." 

But there are tons of other artists making Korean pop music — and they're not all Korean. 

Check out CoCo Avenue, a duo based in Los Angeles. You may think they hail from LA's Koreatown, but Jenny Lyric is originally from St. Louis and Jenna Rose was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. And they're both African American. 

He's sitting up, staring straight at the camera, gripping the bars that hold him in.

On the ground before him, recent newspapers are visible.

The message needs no translation: This panda's not dead.

The "proof-of-life" photo was posted by the Taipei Zoo, following Chinese media reports that 11-year-old Tuan Tuan had died of distemper.

More than 200 families in central Sri Lanka were missing Wednesday after massive landslides triggered by torrential rains crushed three villages the night before, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society said.

The slides hit the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya in the Aranayake area of Kegalle District.

Citing military spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera, The Associated Press reports that "16 bodies have already been recovered and about 180 people have been rescued from the enormous piles of mud unleashed at around 5 p.m. [local time] Tuesday."

As a kid growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Leonard Tshitenge loved to eat bitekuteku — a Congolese dish based on vegetables and spinach. But now he lives in Brockton, Massachusetts, where his two kids are all about chicken nuggets and fries. Especially his son, who’s a picky eater.

So Leonard got an idea.

He and his wife Felicia, who’s from Nigeria, volunteered to teach African American communities, and anyone else who might be interested, about how to eat like they did back home.

In a dimly lit hut made of mud and straw, a shaft of sunlight slices through a hole in the ceiling and lands on a bag of rice. Debendra Tarek, 80, pulls out a handful of the rough brown grains and holds them up to the beam of light.

His bare chest is sunken, and his eyes glow deep in their sockets. "This resists the saltwater," the village elder explains through an interpreter. This variety of rice, he says, allows his family to remain here on Ghoramara, the island where they were born.

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