NPR - Breaking News, Analysis, Music, Arts & Podcasts Top stories in the U.S. and world news, politics, health, science, business, music, arts and culture. Nonprofit journalism with a mission. This is NPR.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shows a "My Body My Decision" shirt at the 14th District Democratic Headquarters in Detroit on November 8. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

What we know (and don't know) about how abortion affected the midterms

What can polls tell us? (Not a lot.) Why did ballot measures favor abortion rights while abortion rights opponents won handily? (It's complicated.) And more lessons from the midterms.

What we know (and don't know) about how abortion affected the midterms

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1139040227/1139190290" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ukrainians walk through the unlit streets of the capital Kyiv on Thursday, a day after Russian airstrikes knocked out electricity, heating and water to much of the country. With Russian troops faring poorly on the battlefield, Russia has launched a widespread bombing campaign directed at civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Russia destroys and Ukraine repairs in a battle to survive the winter

Ukraine is still recovering from the latest Russian airstrikes. Ukraine's air defenses have proved more resilient than expected. But can it cope this winter with an onslaught on the electricity grid?

Russia strikes, Ukraine repairs, in a battle to survive the winter

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1138044434/1139190284" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A resident carries her groceries at a supermarket in Beijing, on Friday. Residents of China's capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps as the city government ordered accelerated construction of COVID-19 quarantine centers and field hospitals. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Ng Han Guan/AP

Beijing adds new COVID quarantine centers, sparking panic buying

Residents in the capital have been emptying store shelves in supermarkets and overwhelming delivery apps as Beijing's government steps up construction of COVID quarantine centers.

Tim Weah of the United States celebrates after scoring the team's goal during a World Cup match against Wales on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Wales and the U-S finished 1-1. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

For Tim Weah, a World Cup goal capped a family journey. Now he's ready for England

The U.S. will play England at 2 p.m. ET on Friday in Qatar, with Weah's parents in the stands. His father, George Weah, was a star player in the '90s but never made it to the World Cup himself.

For Tim Weah, a World Cup goal capped a family journey. Now he's ready for England

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1139179876/1139186155" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Lilia Kristenko, 38, cries Friday as city responders collect the dead body of her mother Natalia Kristenko in Kherson, southern Ukraine. Natalia Kristenko's dead body lay covered in a blanket in the doorway of her apartment building for hours overnight. The 62-year-old woman had walked outside her home with her husband Thursday evening after drinking tea when the building was struck. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Bernat Armangue/AP

Russia sends a barrage of missiles into the recaptured Ukrainian city of Kherson

For the second day, the city of Kherson is facing missile and artillery attacks from Russia. Kherson's governor said that shelling attacks on Thursday killed 10 civilians and injured 54 injured.

Iranian soccer player Voria Ghafouri (right), then a member of the national soccer team, fights for the ball with Iraqi midfielder Hussein Ali during the AFC Asian Cup soccer match in Dubai in 2019. The semiofficial Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on Thursday that Iran arrested Ghafouri for insulting the national soccer team and criticizing the government. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Kamran Jebreili/AP

Iran arrests a soccer player for criticizing government and insulting the soccer team

Voria Ghafouri, a prominent player who wasn't chosen to go to the World Cup, is an outspoken critic of Iran's authorities. Reports of his arrest came ahead of Friday's Iran-Wales World Cup match.

Fans arrive to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile at Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 28, 2014. Pedro Vilela/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Why some Brazilians won't be wearing their national soccer colors for the World Cup

Brazilians who voted against President Jair Bolsonaro are torn about sporting the yellow soccer jersey after the far-right leader and his supporters adopted the shirt.

Why some Brazilians won't be wearing their national soccer colors for the World Cup

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.janepoynter.com/player/embed/1138956878/1139147103" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Italy in May. Next year's contest will be the first ever in which viewers from non-participating countries can cast their vote. Giorgio Perottino/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Giorgio Perottino/Getty Images

Eurovision will now let fans in non-participating countries (like the U.S.) vote

Eurovision organizers announced a set of new changes that give more power to voters and let more viewers vote.

more from