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Along with sperm, the in vitro procedure adds fresh mitochondria extracted from less mature cells in the same woman's ovaries. The hope is to revitalize older eggs with these extra "batteries." But the FDA still wants proof that the technique works and is safe.

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Fertility clinic courts controversy with treatment that recharges eggs

The technique aims to rejuvenate a woman's eggs using mitochondria from cells extracted from her ovaries. A Toronto clinic's first births are due soon.

Shoppers walk through a market in downtown Jerusalem last November, shortly before Israel's coalition government collapsed. As Israel prepares for elections on March 17, the diverse population has very different notions of what the country should look like.

In Israel, a vote to choose a leader and an identity

Israel is a small country with an extremely diverse population. NPR's Emily Harris spoke to five very different Israelis about their hopes for the election and the kind of country they want to see.

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72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

Passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco in 2013 have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said.

Peace Corps teams up with First Lady to 'let girls learn'

The Peace Corp will recruit about 650 additional volunteers to focus on girls' education around the world. The expansion is part of Michelle Obama's larger plan.

Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

Birth tourism has been reported from a range of countries, but authorities say the most recent cases in California have catered to wealthy Chinese.

Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks; Obama says 'nothing new' in speech

"The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons," the Israeli prime minister said in remarks before a packed House chamber.

House votes to fund DHS until Sept. 30 — without immigration curbs

The vote is a victory for President Obama as Republicans had wanted to strip funding for the president's executive actions on immigration from the bill.

US: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information

The plea agreement — which carries a possible sentence of up to a year in prison — represents a stunning fall for the retired four-star Army general.

Kerry tries to calm tensions over Netanyahu visit

The Secretary of State said the Israeli prime minister is welcome to speak in the U.S. and that the White House does not want to see his address to Congress become "a political football."

Avalanches kill nearly 250 in Afghanistan

The latest avalanches, in the Panjshir Valley north of the capital, Kabul, have cut off villages in the area for almost a week.

Fracking opponents feel police pressure in some hotspots

Anti-fracking activists say they're being targeted by law enforcement agencies that work with the oil and gas industries to monitor threats to infrastructure.

Iraq's national museum to open for first time since 2003 invasion

The planned reopening was moved up following the release of a video showing self-declared Islamic State extremists destroying priceless ancient artifacts in the Mosul museum.

The past of 'Jihadi John': Early run-ins and radicalization

There are two narratives about Mohammed Emwazi's past that attempt to explain how he went from a well-to-do background to being internationally notorious.

Obama to ambitious teen: 'You have this strength inside yourself'

The president interviews 18-year-old, Noah McQueen, who's participating in a White House mentoring program for young men of color. "It's hard to always make the right decision," McQueen tells Obama.

TV covers 2 llamas running loose in Phoenix area, Twitter explodes

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. The spectacle exploded on social media.

Please don't let an earthquake hit when I'm in the shower

Kathmandu is ranked number one for the risk a major earthquake poses to its residents. The "Earthquake Lady" tries to ensure that everyone is prepared.