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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and the Duke of Edinburgh, died Friday at age 99. He was the first male royal consort since Queen Victoria's time in the 1800s — and the longest-serving consort in British history.

The murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin is closing out its second week, as the prosecution calls on more medical experts to point to Chauvin's use of force as the cause of George Floyd's death. On Thursday, one breathing expert told the court that Floyd died because of a lack of oxygen in his body. 

Unrest has erupted in Belfast in the past week amid tensions over post-Brexit trade rules. Since the U.K.'s departure from the European Union at the beginning of the year, Northern Ireland has experienced shortages on grocery shelves. They've been blamed on red tape and delays caused by new checks at ports in Northern Ireland.

Supporters of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny say his medical condition has worsened, as Navalny stages a hunger strike to demand access to his own doctors. Hear the report.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has declared racism a "serious threat" to public health. In a statement released Thursday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky pointed to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color

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Bahareh and Emad Shargi in California in June 2017.
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Iranian authorities first imprisoned Emad Shargi, a U.S. citizen, in 2018. Shargi, a businessman, was released from prison, then rearrested in 2020. Later this month, Bahareh Shargi will mark the end of the third year that her husband has been stuck in Iran. Read or listen to the story. 

NPR's Ari Shapiro talked to historian Jules Gill-Peterson about the history of trans children and health care. Listen to his report on why the current slate of local anti-trans legislation is focused on minors. 

Millions lost their jobs to the pandemic and needed to file for unemployment benefits, but met busy lines and lots of red tape. Musician Justin Sherburn made the best of waiting on the phone to talk to the unemployment office by making an album to counteract the vibe. Hear the story or read the details
 
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For decades the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper has chronicled the stories of the day from the Black perspective in the state. Click to hear a report on how its small team of journalists has been covering the Derek Chauvin trial. You can read the story here.

South Africa banned alcohol to enforce social distancing during the worst of the pandemic, but the ban also had a surprising effect: Exposing the country's long, complicated relationship with alcohol. Hear the report

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  • New Prince album! The late singer's estate says it will put out 12 never-released tunes on July 30. (The New York Times)
  • Poet Amanda Gorman, who is on Vogue's May cover, says she's been offered $17 million in endorsements since President Biden's inauguration in January. She has turned them all down. (The Guardian)
  • Golfer Rory McIlroy hit his father in the leg during his first round at this year's Masters tournament. (ESPN)
  • So, so many people are dealing with Zoom burnout these days. Here's how to find a few moments of relief

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