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Diplomats are trying to arrange a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. But Ukraine's president is under domestic pressure to take decisive military action against pro-Russian separatists.
The event is a must for any true lovers of rhythm and blues music. David Greene talks to Jason King, who hosts NPR's 24/7 R&B and Soul music stream, about the festival which kicked off Thursday night.
China's president is in Seoul to meet his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.
Brazil's World Cup soccer stadiums and hotels are packed. But events like that don't pay for themselves. South Africa hosted the last World Cup and the country wasn't left entirely empty handed.
Composer John Williams on Friday debuts a new arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner". He'll lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the Army Herald Trumpets and two full choirs to update the song.
At an anonymous sidewalk stall, British graffiti artist Banksy put dozens of his signed spray-painted works up for sale for $60. Only 3 people bought something. Two pieces have been sold at auction.