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PHOTOS: In Sri Lanka’s Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Tamil and Sinhalese workers pick tea on Amba Estate in the early morning.

The island nation is one of the world’s biggest exporters of tea, an industry that employs a sizable part of the population. We visit one organic tea farm that shares revenues with its workers.

(Image credit: Victoria Milko for NPR)

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SpaceX Announces Plans To Send Two Customers To The Moon

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

SpaceX says its Falcon Heavy rocket, shown here in an artist

It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous customers.

(Image credit: SpaceX)

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Minus The U.S., Asian Economic Powers Meet To Form Trade Deal

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Vietnam

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, seen as China’s response to the rival TPP, has benefited from a shift in American politics.

(Image credit: Linh Pham/Getty Images)

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Indonesia Wakes And Up And Smells Its Own Coffee — Then Drinks It

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Mirza Luqman Effendy of Brewphobia in South Jakarta prepares coffee for a cupping session.

Indonesia is the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer, exporting more than it consumes. But that’s changing, as demand from a rising middle class fuels entrepreneurship and connoisseurship.

(Image credit: Yosef Riadi for NPR)

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Ethics Watchdog Has Big Impact On Federal Workers, But Not On Trump

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Federal conflict-of-interest laws require officials like commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross (right) to divest holdings, but President Trump is not covered by those requirements.

The Office of Government Ethics has been in the spotlight since President Trump ignored its call to divest his businesses. It has no enforcement power, but still has a big impact on federal workers.

(Image credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

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