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Updated 2019-04-22 11:22
Dalit Americans make a pilgrimage to Ambedkar Avenue, named for civil rights hero
There’s a short stretch of road in the “Little India” section of Jersey City bearing a name unfamiliar to most Americans. But for some Indian Americans, Ambedkar Avenue is almost a pilgrimage spot, for it commemorates their greatest hero — and one with an American connection at that.
Competition for readers among Peru's tabloids leads to more fake news
Since fomer President Alan García's death, there has been a flood of unverified death-bed photos, doctored audio and rumors published on social media and in tabloids.
How to make music out of the Mueller report redactions
We counted the percentage of each page of the report that was redacted. Then we made a song out of it.
How women who’ve left Turkey are helping those left behind
Since the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has jailed thousands of people, including doctors, teachers, lawyers — and mothers. A group of Turkish women in the US has found a way to help imprisoned women share their stories in their own voices.
South African lawyer is first woman with albinism on Vogue cover: ‘The way I look is enough’
Vogue Portugal's most recent cover features a black woman with albinism, Thando Hopa. A lawyer and activist from South Africa, she's the first model with albinism to appear on the cover of the global fashion magazine.
The haunting power of ‘In the Pines’
The long, rich musical and social history of a great old American song — before and after Kurt Cobain and Nirvana took a turn at making it theirs.
Unsung Heroes: Supernumerary
Night after night, Iggy Berlin steps on stage at the Met Opera House hoping to blend seamlessly into the background.
Suzan-Lori Parks and Daveed Diggs on the trippiness of reality
A play about bowling, friendship and an audacious plan to stop police brutality.
Can this duo blaze the first new route up Everest in 10 years?
Two climbers are hoping to chart a new course up Everest with no oxygen, ropes or guides. If they make it, it'll be the first new route to the summer in 10 years.
As hurricane season nears in Puerto Rico, a doctor tries to help pregnant women prepare themselves
Carmen Zorrilla, an obstetrician in San Juan, Puerto Rico's main public hospital and the principal investigator at the Maternal-Infant Studies Center, heard of several unplanned home births after the storm. It worried her.
In Japan, few people eat whale meat anymore, but whaling remains popular
In Japan, people only eat about 30 grams of whale meat a year — about the size of a slice of ham. So, why is whaling still so popular there?
With veto, Trump keeps the US in Yemen. Did he 'greenlight a failed strategy?'
Trump's veto keeps the US backing the Saudi-led coalition as the country hovers on the brink of starvation.
'Secrecy is subjective' when government censors redact documents
With Robert Mueller's report expected on Thursday, many are wondering what will or will not be redacted. Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archives, explains what the redaction process is like and what censors might choose to hide from the public.
Christopher Columbus’ son’s universal library is newly rediscovered in this lost tome
Hernando Colón was the illegitimate son of famed explorer Christopher Columbus. His love of books inspired him to attempt an ambitious dream: store all of the world's books in one place. He summarized much of the information in his "Libro de los Epítomes," which has recently been rediscovered.
Lost for centuries, Christopher Columbus' son's library rediscovered
Hernando Colón was the illegitimate son of famed explorer Christopher Columbus. His love of books inspired him to attempt an ambitious dream: store all of the world's books in one place. He summarized much of the information in his "Libro de los Epítomes," which has recently been rediscovered.
Notre-Dame remembered as a gathering point for The World
The world is mourning the destruction to Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. Some of The World's readers and listeners shared their memories of the medieval church.
A month after Cyclone Idai, governments struggle to secure crucial recovery funds
Last month, Cyclone Idai devastated southeastern African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The World Bank has estimated more than $2 billion will be needed for recovery. Mozambique's $337 million humanitarian response plan, largely made up of an appeal for $281 million after the cyclone hit, was only 23% funded as of April 15, 2019.
State Dept. list of corrupt Central American government officials is a ‘sham,’ rep. says
After asking the US State Department for a list of corrupt government officials in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, some lawmakers are unimpressed with what they were given.
'Outraged' Yemeni American deli owners boycott New York Post over Ilhan Omar cover
The cover could incite further hate crimes against the congresswoman and Muslim Americans at a time when Islamophobia is already on the rise, says community organizer Debbie Almontaser.
This author says that innovative ideas — 'loonshots' — are too often shut down
History is full of examples of loonshots that have been dismissed by those in the mainstream.
How Atlanta plans to get to 100% green energy by 2035
More than 100 cities have pledged to run on 100% renewable energy and signed onto the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign. But turning commitment into action is where the real work begins, and Atlanta might be the ultimate test case.
Is coffee essential? Switzerland says no.
The country this week decided it would no longer require companies to stockpile coffee. For those working in the coffee business, it’s a slight.
Is Airbnb’s no-profit return to the West Bank ‘whitewashing’ human rights violations?
Airbnb announced plans to delist rentals in the occupied West Bank in November, but was quickly engaged in lawsuits that alleged discrimination. The vacation website has reversed their decision, but is again fielding blowback.
Abortion pardons in Rwanda leave rights activists hopeful
Kagame pardoned 367 women who were jailed because they had an abortion. The order was widely praised by women and human rights activists.
Bashir is out in Sudan, but 'protesters are not satisfied' with military rule
Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a military coup on Thursday, but the defense minister announced a two-year period of military rule despite protesters' demands for "true democracy."
Helado Negro teaches us how to smile
How a short story by Jamaica Kincaid inspired Helado Negro’s Roberto Carlos Lange.
The autobiographical anxieties of ‘Cathy’ comics
Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite put more than just her name into the “Cathy” comic strip.
Frederic Tuten’s young life
The modernist writer talks craft, courting Diane Keaton and his biggest regrets
A decade of WikiLeaks' Assange, from allegations to arrest
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested in London Thursday, beginning a new chapter in the nearly decade-long saga of his pursuit by law enforcement.
The Green New Deal doesn't include carbon pricing. Some say that's a big mistake.
The Green New Deal resolution recently introduced by Democrats in Congress calls for the US to quickly decarbonize its economy, but does not mention carbon pricing, a strategy supported by many economists. In a recent editorial, The Washington Post laid out its case for putting a high price on carbon to encourage decarbonization rather than imposing government mandates.
Russia agrees to free whales held in 'whale jail'
Nearly 100 whales are being held in small pens near Nakhodka, Russia. The whales were captured last summer to be sold to marine parks, but after international outrage Russia on Monday agreed to release the 97 remaining in captivity.
As judge halts US ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, returned migrants wonder what's next
It’s unclear what the ruling means for the hundreds of asylum-seekers who were already sent back over the border to Mexico to await their hearings.
Here's the story behind the iconic image of the Sudanese woman in white
Videos and photos of a striking woman leading a group of protesters in Sudan has gone viral on social media. But what is it about this image that makes it so powerful and symbolic?
A family split between the US and Haiti dreads looming loss of legal status
The loss of Temporary Protected Status could be devastating for Haitians in the US and their loved ones back home, who are still struggling to recover almost 10 years after a massive earthquake.
Was this Polish American war hero intersex?
Polish-born American revolutionary hero Casimir Pulaski is the namesake of many sites across America. But questions have always lingered about his burial. When Pulaski's body was exhumed, researchers discovered something surprising — many of his skeletal traits were female.
Brazil's Bolsonaro wants to mine on Indigenous lands — illegally
A constitutional crisis looms in Brazil as its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, seeks to open the Amazon rainforest to more development.
Libyan warlord took a twisted path to Tripoli
Gen. Khalifa Haftar helped put Muammar Gaddafi in power in 1969, spent decades in the US, and then returned for the dictator's overthrow in 2011. Now, at 75, he's challenging the internationally recognized Government of National Accord of Libya in a battle for Tripoli.
Calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a 'terrorist organization' is risky, but nothing new
The Iranian government has responded to the Trump administration’s designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization with a similar, symbolic gesture. Jarrett Blanc, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, talks about what all this means.
For this Turkish filmmaker, wedding dresses are a metaphor to discuss femicide
Dilan Engin's short film, “Prenses Model (Princess Ball Gown),” uses the metaphor of a wedding dress being crafted to discuss violence against women in Turkey.
From fashion to tools, animal behaviors are often surprisingly human
New research has shown that behaviors previously thought to be unique to humans may not really be. Many human behaviors and abilities such as stylistic fashion and the use of fire are starting to be observed in the animal kingdom, leading scientists to question what we thought we knew about animal behavior.
Newark, NJ, has a lead contamination problem in its water
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, brought lead contamination to the nation's attention in 2015. Now, the spotlight is turning to Newark, New Jersey.
Legally, 'climate refugees' don't exist. But in Georgia, they say they're already here.
Climate scientists agree that storms and droughts are becoming more severe, and the trend is only going to continue. As people get displaced, they face a big question: rebuild or relocate? It’s a dilemma that many people across the globe are facing and will inevitably lead to more people on the move to places like Clarkston, Georgia.
In Idai's wake, aid groups worry about 'double tragedy' of cholera
Weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the coast of Mozambique, coastal cities are still struggling to recover. Disease and poverty have created increasingly dangerous circumstances to those who have lost their homes.
Politics in Israel move to the right
The national election campaign in Israel reflects a shift to the right for voters.
'Hold the line': Journalist Maria Ressa says democracies are fragile
Maria Ressa of the social media news site Rappler faces 11 different indictments from the Philippine government. She says she stunned at how things have changed in the Philippines and warns her country is the "canary in the coal mine."
In wake of Brexit, British companies head to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the biggest destinations for businesses looking for a new home amid Brexit.
Brunei’s death by stoning, anti-LGBTQ law sparks outrage, boycotts
Transgender activist Karina Samala is one of many — including George Clooney — who is calling for a boycott of hotels owned by Brunei because of the Southeast Asian nation's plans to impose the death penalty for people having gay sex or committing adultery.
Who’s paying for Trump’s tariffs? China, or American shoppers?
President Donald Trump says an “epic” trade deal with China is near completion. Many say Trump is overselling any agreement. And new research shows that the tariffs are taking a toll with a clear loser: US consumers.
Australia's new rapid-removal law for violent videos may be a 'knee-jerk' reaction
Critics say the law is too vague and could end up causing too much content to be censored or disproportionately affect already-marginalized groups.
For Eritrean Americans, Nipsey Hussle’s death is like losing a family member
The death of rapper Nipsey Hussle has sparked vigils in the Eritrean diaspora across the US and the world. For many, Hussle was more than just an artist, he was known for his investment in the community and bringing Eritrea into the limelight.