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5:38pm

Fri April 10, 2015
World

'Great Wall Of Sand': China Builds Islands In Contested Waters

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 8:13 pm

A March 16 satellite image from the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative shows one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.
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It's called Mischief Reef, appropriately enough, and China is hard at work there, building islands, dredging sand and piling it on top of partly-submerged coral reefs.

The idea is for China to stake an even bigger claim to hotly-contested territory in the South China Sea, which is an area also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam.

President Obama expressed concern Thursday about China "using its sheer size and muscle to force countries into subordinate positions."

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5:38pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Politics

Hillary Clinton To Announce Candidacy For 2016 Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:30 pm

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10:57am

Fri April 10, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton Expected To Go Small With Big Announcement

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 4:16 pm

Don't expect a big rally with thousands of cheering supporters to launch Hillary Clinton's campaign. For her second run at the presidency, she's out to prove she is taking nothing for granted.
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The long will-she-or-won't-she charade is nearly over. A source with knowledge of Hillary Clinton's campaign plans tells NPR's Mara Liasson she will announce on Sunday that she's running for president.

But don't expect a big rally with thousands of cheering supporters. For her second run at the presidency, the former secretary of state and first lady is going small. Think Starbucks doing small batch coffee roasts.

One of the biggest names in American politics is out to prove she's taking nothing for granted.

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9:46am

Fri April 10, 2015
The Two-Way

Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Bid On Sunday

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 3:48 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House on Sunday.
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Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will officially announce her intention to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president on Sunday afternoon, ending years of speculation over her plans to pursue the Oval Office, NPR has learned.

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7:06am

Fri April 10, 2015
Politics

GOP Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Clashes With Media

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 3:04 pm

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5:58pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Politics

U.S. Intervention In The Caribbean Comes On China's Heels

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Margaret Myers, director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue, about China's involvement in the Caribbean. Over the past few years, the Chinese have financed infrastructure projects like new roads and cricket stadiums.

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4:32pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Politics

Cuban Dissidents, Castro Supporters Throw Fists At Americas Summit

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

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4:32pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Politics

In Jamaica, Obama Announces Plan To Diversify Caribbean Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

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4:03pm

Thu April 9, 2015
It's All Politics

3 Times Rand Paul Got 'Testy' This Week

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 11:57 am

Rand Paul, seen here in New Hampshire on Wednesday, told CNN he needs to "get better at holding my tongue and holding my temper."
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5:10am

Thu April 9, 2015
Around the Nation

Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:58 pm

People who oppose repealing the personal belief exemption gathered outside California's Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday.
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A California bill that would allow students to opt out of mandatory school vaccinations only if they have a medical condition that justifies an exemption is one step closer to becoming law, though it still has a long way to go. The bill was introduced in the California Senate in response to a measles outbreak at Disneyland in late December that's now linked to almost 150 infections.

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