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Updated 2017-03-28 00:21
Trump aide Jared Kushner set up meetings with world leaders. Now, he faces questions about his Russian contacts.
Jared Kushner, 36, was Trump's main intermediary with foreign governments during the 2016 election campaign and now plays that role in the White House.
Green homes in Buffalo are keeping poor people warm. But Trump’s budget could hurt that.
Like many Rust Belt cities, as industry left the area, Buffalo saw a huge decrease in population and a spike in poverty. But community activists are getting creative, finding ways to help poor people save money and get jobs. And some efforts are fighting climate change too.
Drought doesn't cause famine. People do.
These days, hunger is a political issue spurred on by human conflict.
Automakers are pushing to reverse fuel efficiency gains
Under President Barack Obama, the EPA worked closely with industry to reach a fleet fuel economy standard of about 54 mpg, starting in 2025. Now, the auto industry lobby has asked EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to consider rolling back that standard.
Before plate tectonics, the Earth may have been covered by one giant shell
New research confronts the idea that plate tectonics started when the Earth was formed.
Human moderators do the dirty work of keeping disturbing content off the internet
The task of filtering harmful content from social websites and apps falls largely to humans — and those who do the job say it takes a toll.
If Yemen's Houthis weren't Iranian proxies before, they could be soon
Yemen's Ansar Allah, better known as the Houthis, were a homegrown religious-political movement receiving little more than moral support from Iran. But their war with Saudi Arabia is causing Iran to send weapons, risking a real proxy war.
The 20-year-old biopic on Tejana star Selena almost didn't happen
How a teenage fan convinced her dad to make the movie.
'Get Out,' with its genre-bending critique of racism, took cues from thrillers about sexism
"Get Out" is a critique of relations between black and white Americans, wrapped up in a funny and scary horror movie.
An unlikely suspect is arrested in connection to over 100 bomb threats against US Jewish centers
An Israeli teenager is suspected of being behind the bomb threats. The big question is: What were his motives?
How a Muslim lawyer and critic of Showtime’s 'Homeland' became a consultant for the show
The TV show has been criticized for stereotyping Muslims as terrorists. But in season six, the show is striving for a much more nuanced portrayal.
How a massacre of a village's Jews by their neighbors in WWII Poland is remembered — and misremembered
Memory can be slippery, especially when there's incentive to forget, or misremember. In the Polish village of Jedwabne, residents long said Nazis were responsible for the massacre, one hot day in July 1941, of hundreds of Jews in the village. Then evidence emerged that the villagers of Jedwabne had killed their own neighbors.
Lebanese women fight to overturn law that protects rapists
Ali Awada, advocacy and campaign manager for the gender-equality group ABAAD, has been working to convince politicians and the Lebanese people that it's time to abolish the law.
Egypt's Mubarak, a symbol of dashed hopes, goes free
In six years, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has gone from symbolizing the hubris of Middle East dictators swept away by the Arab Spring uprisings to an emblem of dashed hopes.
The World's music features this week: Emily Scott Robinson, Ondatrópica and music from outer space
Here are our latest music highlights.
Did Putin put out a contract on a Russian whistleblower and critic?
Denis Voronenkov was a former Russian lawmaker. He was also a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And he was assassinated in broad daylight on Thursday in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Ukraine's leaders are pointing the finger at Russia.
Post-Fidel Castro Cuba isn't that different from before
Raul Castro has opened up Cuba's economy but not much else has changed.
London comes together to remember its victims
The city held a candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square to remember the victims of Wednesday's attack.
'Police were not an option.' Undocumented women are now more afraid to report crimes.
If you are an immigrant woman, can you still report domestic abuse and sexual assault without fear of deportation?
'Egypt's Jon Stewart' is trying to rebuild his comedy career in the US. It’s hard.
The Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-satirist laughed his way through the Arab Spring ... right into exile. Now he's in the United States relaunching his career and laughing about that, too.
He won a trip to space, but can’t move freely on Earth
A poem about mental health won him a seat on a commercial spacecraft. So British Muslim Hussain Manawer is set to go to space in 2018. But here on Earth, he's regularly stopped and questioned at airports.
How alone are 'lone wolf' jihadi attackers?
The investigation into what happened in London on Wednesday is just getting underway. But early signs point to a "lone wolf" attack by an ISIS supporter. Research suggests these attackers are often carefully groomed and mentored one-on-one by ISIS operatives in Iraq and Syria.
This journalist never worried about health care — until she moved to the US
Few things reveal the differences between the US and Finland as clearly as health care.
The novel ‘Lucky Boy’ and a timely story of immigration and motherhood
Shanthi Sekaran’s novel, a Global Nation Book Club pick, delves into privilege, motherhood and immigration, legal and not.
Bacteria are thriving in the sky — and they influence the weather
Scientists are uncovering new details about the microbiome in the clouds.
What we know so far about the London attack near Parliament
Britain's parliament went into lockdown on Wednesday as a police officer was stabbed and the alleged assailant shot, reportedly after ploughing down pedestrians on one of London's busiest bridges. At least four people are dead, including the officer and the attacker.
Go inside a maternity ward at the world’s largest Syrian refugee camp
The war in Syria takes lives every day. But at a clinic just eight miles south of the Syrian-Jordanian border, new lives are being created.
A Chinese American author explores the East-West culture gap
Gish Jen is well aware of the dangers of stereotyping. That doesn't stop her from unpacking the controversial notion that a deep culture divide separates East and West.
Unearthing photos and memories of life in the Lodz ghetto
In 1944 Henryk Ross buried his negatives. He was the official photographer of the Lodz ghetto in Poland. The ghetto was being liquidated, and Ross was unsure if he would survive to retrieve his work. He did.
Several cities in Peru are underwater, and the 'coastal El Niño' isn't done yet
The highly unusual torrential rains have been caused by a localized version of the hemispherewide condition.
Travel to the Colombian island that inspired Ondatrópica's new album
The music of Colombia has long inspired people from across the world, but it holds a particular fascination for Will Holland, the British music producer better known as Quantic.
Asian American students push to reveal what the 'model minority' myth hides
"I’m more than just Asian American and others’ perception of what an Asian American is,” says Ekk Sisavatdy, who works with students who don't fit the straight-A stereotype of Asian American students.
Russia agrees with Trump. The hacking investigation is a ‘witch hunt.’
“It’s an internal American issue,” the Kremlin spokesman says of congressional hearings over Russian involvement in the US election. “Our relationship to all this hysteria is well known.”
When it comes to North Korea, the era of ‘strategic patience’ is over
On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for an end to Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy.
Laptop, tablet bans on flights: Here's what we know
Britain and the US have banned laptops and tablet computers from the passenger compartment of flights from several Middle East and North African nations. A French civil aviation agency spokesman said France was considering whether to impose similar measures.
Not everyone is mourning Martin McGuinness, the IRA fighter turned peacemaker
The one-time Irish Republican Army commander later helped negotiate an end to the conflict in Northern Ireland.
What happened to the missing men of Saqlawiyah? (VIDEO)
In Saqlawiyah, ISIS isn't the problem. The problem is the militia that drove ISIS out of town.
There's a sweet new test for pee in the pool
Acesulfame potassium can be found in many processed foods and drinks — and now, scientists are looking for it in public swimming pools.
His grandfather helped bomb Hiroshima. Today, he's friends with a nuclear bomb survivor.
For decades, Keiko Ogura didn't talk about the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.
Cuba's transformistas bring their drag performances out in the open
Guerrilla theater meets spontaneous drag show in Havana's Calle Reina.
Boston's public schools have adopted a new, more accurate world map
Boston's public schools are leading the way with the Gall-Peters projection world maps for its classrooms.
Chuck Berry performed in Nottingham because he loved the city’s tikka masala
The musician is rumored to have chosen venues based on their proximity to Indian restaurants.
'Banned' musicians with refugee roots unite in Austin
“Politics demonizes. Culture humanizes.”
In a surprise move, former British politician becomes editor of a major UK newspaper
Osborne, a conservative lawmaker, was the chancellor of the Exchequer in prime minister David Cameron's 2010-26 government, dealing with the aftermath of the global financial crisis.
Another way to grow crops — by laying down the plow
No-till farming is being championed by farmers and environmentalists alike. Here's why.
Watch live: FBI director testifies on Russian hacking, ties to Trump
The directors of the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress Monday on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia.
This new treatment could combat hearing loss by regenerating hair cells in the inner ear
In the future, we could treat some types of hearing loss with a single outpatient visit.
New report gives cautious support for embryonic gene editing in humans
The report suggests gene editing techniques could be warranted in certain cases — and not just in the lab.
The scientific community is still buzzing about discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets
They could have the right conditions for liquid water — and life — but there’s lots we still don’t know.
Moose in New England face grisly deaths from tick infestations
Rising temperatures and a growing tick population are causing problems for moose in New England. So many ticks now live through mild winter temperatures and attack the calves, that few are surviving.
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