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Brazilian members of the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Haiti stand by a shelter in Les Cayes ahead of a visit by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on October 15, 2016.

U.N. To Pull Controversial Peacekeepers From Haiti

To say that the U.N.'s peacekeeping mission in Haiti has been controversial is an understatement.

The peacekeepers are blamed for bringing cholera to the island nation for the first time.

They were accused of sexually abusing locals. Haitians have accused them of being an occupying army.

But the peacekeepers also have been credited with bringing a measure of stability to one of the most impoverished, unstable nations in the hemisphere.

And now, after 13 years, the end of the mission is in sight.

Jose Cedillo, a 41-year-old former restaurant worker from Honduras, struggles to get health care for his diabetes. He often finds himself without a job and homeless on the streets of Baltimore.

Hispanic Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

Peter Uribe left Chile at 21 with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, landing in Baltimore and finding steady work in construction. His social life revolved around futbol, playing "six or seven nights a week in soccer tournaments," he says.

A couple of years after his arrival, he broke his foot during a game and afraid of the cost, didn't seek medical care.

Federal agents deported 23-year-old Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez. He is the first known immigrant protected under DACA to be deported.

DeVos Meets With A Key Union Leader; The Supreme Court Hears A Voucher-Related Case

Greetings and welcome to NPR Ed's weekly roundup of education news from Washington and around the country.

Supreme Court hears a voucher-related case

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, center, poses with Chad Moffat, left, and Var Reeve, right, who run Boise Mobile Equipment, an Idaho company that makes fire rescue vehicles.

When Rep. Raul Labrador Votes 'No,' Many Idahoans Say 'Yes!'

It's prom season at Eagle High School in suburban Boise, where seniors are plotting for their futures and grown ups are dispensing life advice. Today's lesson in Jeff Clifford's American government class is courtesy of their congressman, Republican Raul Labrador.

"The relationships that really matter in life — whether you're a teacher, whether you're a professional, whether you're a politician — are those people that are with you before you become somebody," he says.

Protestors demonstrating April 15 against President Trump's purported ties to foreign governments walk by the Trump hotel during in Washington, D.C.

House Oversight Panel Has Questions About Trump Businesses And Foreign Emoluments

The Republican chairman and the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are taking a look into the slowly brewing controversy of foreign cash flowing into President Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C.

Conditions are expected to be ideal for viewing the Lyrid meteor shower on Friday night and Saturday morning.This long-exposure photograph taken on April 23, 2015, shows the Lyrid meteors passing near the Milky Way in the clear night sky near Yangon, Myanmar.

Lights Off, Blankets Out: Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Not all of April's showers are soggy and flower-inducing. Late April is also the season of the Lyrids, the second of the year's established meteor showers. So get thee to the rooftops and wide open fields: The shower peaks tonight.

Britain expects to go 24 hours without using coal to generate electricity Friday.  It would be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution.

U.K. May Have 24 Hours Without Coal Power

The United Kingdom may be in its first full day without coal power in more than a century, its National Grid announced Friday.

"It looks likely that today will be the first ever working day in Britain without #coal since the industrial revolution!" the agency tweeted.

The black-legged tick, <em>ixodes scapularis,</em> can spread Lyme disease.

#CuriousGoat: Will Climate Change Help Ticks And Mosquitoes Spread Disease?

Most creepy, crawly bugs are pretty much harmless when it comes to infectious diseases.

But there are two classes of little critters that cause big — and we're talking big — problems: ticks and mosquitoes.

To learn how climate change could alter the course of tick- and mosquito-borne diseases, we talked to two scientists who have devoted a major chunk of their careers to answering that question.

Let's start with the bloodsuckers that can stay on your skin for days.

Somali children walk to a food distribution on the outskirts of Mogadishu on April 9.

#CuriousGoat: Submit A Question About World Hunger And Famine

What do you want to know about world hunger?

One thing we do know is that more than 20 million people are now at risk of starvation and famine. The United Nations is calling it the biggest humanitarian crisis since the U.N. was founded in 1945. Conflict and drought are blamed for the looming crisis in four countries in Africa and the Middle East: Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria.

Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, answers journalists' questions at Ri-Kwamba, in southern Sudan, in 2006.

U.S., Uganda Call Off Search For Infamous Warlord Joseph Kony

Both the U.S and Uganda have called off the search for notorious warlord Joseph Kony and his followers, the Lord's Resistance Army, saying that Kony's power has dwindled to the point that he's no longer a threat.

The group carried out brutal murders, rapes and mutilations, and was known for kidnapping children and forcing them to become soldiers. Uganda has been battling Kony and his followers for decades, and U.S. Special Operations forces joined the search for the warlord in 2011.

A viral video in 2012 brought Kony international infamy.

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