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Updated 2017-11-24 07:05
Confronting the new geopolitics of ‘net-states’
What role should tech titans like Facebook have in global politics?
This piece of jewelry is actually an alarm
Yasmine Mustafa has designed a small pendant that can be worn as a necklace. But it's also armed so wearers can alert someone if they're in danger.
How Chef Yia Vang is putting his own twist on Hmong cuisine
Yia Vang, who moved to the US from a Thai refugee camp as a kid, explains his family's rites of passage, and why beets can be controversial.
Bangladesh and Myanmar sign deal to start repatriating Rohingya refugees
The United Nations says 620,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August to form the world's largest refugee camp after a military crackdown in Myanmar that Washington has said clearly constitutes "ethnic cleansing."
What does justice in the former Yugoslavia look like 25 years later?
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) — created by the UN in 1993 to address war crimes during the Bosnian war — has issued its last conviction.
Young Bosnians react to Mladić conviction
The conviction of former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladić divided people in his former home country.
American Icons: The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel about forbidden love among the Puritans captured our admiration for independence—and our craving for scandal.
Trump administration decision forces Haitian families to confront an uncertain future in the US
President Donald Trump's decision to end temporary protections for Haitian immigrants shocked recipients, many of whom are now faced with returning to a country they haven't seen in years.
A mom-and-pop shop in Omaha becomes an exporter of parade floats and walking pizza slices
Hundreds of floats and balloons will be hovering over the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving. Building floats and balloons — it's big business, literally and figuratively.
American Icons: Untitled Film Stills
Cindy Sherman launched her career by placing herself in photos that look like movie stills for imaginary movies. These are snapshots of America's collective unconscious.
American Icons: Anything Goes
Cole Porter was out of the musical theater scene during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of freedom from social constraints.
Can virtual reality change how people respond to war reporting? One photojournalist is trying to find out.
Photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa put together a virtual reality exhibition from the front lines of international conflicts for a museum at MIT.
'Butcher of Bosnia' found guilty of genocide
UN judges Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago.
Exiled Zimbabwean musician wonders if it's safe to go home
Musician Thomas Mapfumo made no secret of his disdain for Zimbabwe's deposed leader.
Can a spreadsheet help crack the climate challenge? These Harvard students hope so.
A professor's spreadsheet has been showing students what it would take to wean our economy off carbon for 10 years. “It’s not about pessimism, it’s about realism,” he says.
London has a unique vigil for its forgotten dead
On a small London backstreet, a few minutes walk from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a unique ceremony takes place every month. The Crossbones Vigil is unlike any other ritual for the dead in this city: It follows no particular religion, and it commemorates no powerful or famous people. It is for the people the city prefers to forget: the outcasts.
In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege rather than a right
A reporter from Texas shares what he's learned about Israeli gun culture while living in Tel Aviv.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule
Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal strongman.
The world’s largest candy maker is betting a billion dollars on the planet
With the lack of leadership in Washington, the private sector is seen as more and more important for combating climate change. And many companies are stepping up.
A quick spin around the globe via 1950s LP covers
This week is one of the most heavily traveled weeks of the year. Authors of a new book about midcentury album covers take us on a trip around the globe (Europe, Cuba and Egypt) by way of music and albums from the 1950s.
This family is already being hurt by climate change. They might also be hurt by a solution.
Sámi reindeer-herding families in northern Scandinavia are being hit hard by the impacts of climate change. But some may also suffer from an effort to help address climate change — a big wind farm, being built right through their herding grounds.
UN climate talks wrap with 'modest' progress and a subdued American presence
“This was one of the first really big testing points for how the US is going to be engaging with other countries on climate issues,” Politico reporter Emily Holden said.
New book brings 'explosive' allegations against South African President Jacob Zuma
South African President Jacob Zuma has been accused of corruption before, but "The President's Keepers" is generating a different level of buzz.
The fight to belong in Hollywood
Hollywood’s gotten a lot of flack for its practice of white-washing. Now, the voice acting world, is also facing questions.
Hip-hop met Rio de Janeiro and never stepped back
America’s 1990s hip-hop scene is reincarnated every Saturday night in what may seem like an unlikely location — beneath a highway overpass in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Germany faces paralysis as coalition talks fail
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she was ready to lead her party into snap elections after the collapse of high-stakes coalition talks plunged the EU's top economy into a political crisis.
In a first, scientists spotted an ‘interstellar visitor’ in our solar system
The quarter-mile-wide hunk of space rock is affectionately being called "A/2017 U1."
The deadline for a defiant Mugabe passes as Zimbabwe's crisis deepens
President Robert Mugabe faced the prospect of impeachment on Monday after going on Zimbabwe TV to assert his control despite the military takeover and his party's vow to force him out.
Not just gut bugs: Our microbiomes can even affect cancer treatments
Scientists are figuring out that our microbiomes — those multitudes of bacteria, viruses and fungi in our guts — affect far more than just digestion.
What’s the best way to test for partisan gerrymandering?
The topic was hot in the Supreme Court last month as justices heard oral arguments in the Wisconsin gerrymandering case.
A scientist who finds pharmaceutical promise in the venom of cone snails
Mandë Holford collects the snails with salad tongs and scuba gloves. Back in her lab, she studies their venom for compounds that could treat everything from cancer to chronic pain.
Melting polar ice poses a serious global risk
The fast retreat of glaciers and polar ice is sobering, if not terrifying, in what it implies for the future of life here on Earth.
Two Greek immigrant sisters, two takes on American gun culture
They went to a shooting range together to better understand each other's point of view.
The origins of the Second Amendment
The Founding Fathers clearly thought the Second Amendment protected a critical freedom. But why?
If Europe can't do business with the US, it may turn to China
The US and European economies are so interconnected that if trade relationships falter, the effects could be catastrophic.
After a mass shooting, thoughts and prayers. But then what?
No place in America feels safe from gun violence these days — not even the pews in a small-town Texas church. So, how are people of faith thinking about the problem?
Lessons for Hollywood's women from tomato pickers in Florida
Sexual assault in the tomato fields in Florida was rampant. Now, it's not. And farmworkers believe other women can learn from them about how to stop the abusive behavior in the workplace.
CAPTCHAs are supposed to separate humans from robots online, but now AI can crack them
Artificial intelligence can now crack CAPTCHAs, and the implications go far beyond our Internet surfing.
How other countries can help us understand America's mass shooting crisis
Researchers say America's gun culture doesn't compare to anywhere else in the world. We went to Yemen, El Salvador and Norway for answers.
When trying to determine why the US has so many mass shootings, only one statistic matters
Why does the US have so many mass shootings. A criminologist turned to data science for an answer, comparing the US with 170 other countries.
Taika Waititi: from “Eagle vs. Shark” to Thor vs. Hulk
How campy 80s sci-fi and a surrealist Mexican film inspired “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Eve Ewing, creative queen of Chicago
Poet/Sociologist/Educator/Tweeter Eve Ewing talks about poetry, Afrofuturism, hip hop, and social media.
The Trump administration lifts ban on elephant trophies. This film shows how complex that can get.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service says the trophy imports "will enhance the survival of the species in the wild."
The bottled water Trump drank during his press conference came from Fiji. And here's why that matters.
A clip of President Donald Trump sipping bottled Fiji Water went viral this week. Just as it’s branding suggests, the water actually comes from Fiji, and that has some economic and environmental implications.
How gun laws let domestic violence offenders slip through the cracks
Research shows that domestic abuse is a clear risk factor for patterns of escalating violence. So, how can domestic abusers get firearms?
'For My Ayeeyo': Two young women learn Somali poetry from a distance
Somalia is known as a land of poets. But what happens when Somalis are forced to flee their homeland, and settle here in the US — can the poetry live on in their new homes?
An American scientist stands up for the Pacific Islands at UN climate talks
Elisabeth Holland says countries like Fiji are facing a "truly existential crisis."
How Robert Mugabe became Zimbabwe’s leader and clung on till now
Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, after 37 years as leader of Zimbabwe. We take a quick look back at how he got to power and how he stayed there, until now.
Germany talks a good game on climate, but it's still stuck on coal
Even as it makes a big push into green energy and hosts big climate conferences, Germany has remained stubbornly reliant on coal for a big share of its energy. That might finally be starting to change.
Donald Trump says his Asia trip was a win for US global influence. This journalist says it's the opposite.
President Donald Trump just returned from a 12-day, five-country tour of Asia. He's calling it a "highly successful trip." But the Economist's David Rennie has a different interpretation.