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Updated 2018-06-20 22:22
In Yemen, the battle for Hodeidah moves closer to city center
Inside the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemenis hear explosions — large ones from Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and smaller booms from local fighters' rocket-propelled grenades. As the battle moves closer to the city, we hear from residents, humanitarian organizations and the UAE ambassador to the US.
Family separation under ‘zero-tolerance’ policy could leave lasting trauma in children, pediatric doctor says
It has become a hot-button topic in American politics. But beyond the numbers of children being separated from their parents at the border are very real, long-term effects from toxic stress, one expert says.
Inside one of the busiest immigration courts in the country
If you are an immigrant in the US fighting deportation, what happens inside this building is all-important.
Two South Dakota cattle ranchers, two opinions on NAFTA
US beef exports to Canada and Mexico are way up since NAFTA came into effect in 1994. But so are imports to the US.
How soccer became multilingual
Professional soccer used to export its English-language terminology, giving other languages words like "penalty" and "goal." But now, the roles are reversed. English-speakers use expressions loaned from other languages to describe skill moves: "rabona," "panenka," "gegenpress."
Study shows hair care products targeted to black community contain harmful chemicals
The quest for straighter and smoother hair may be causing significant health issues, according to a new study.
Can an algorithm keep kids safe?
There are four million referrals to child welfare services in America every year. How should cities and states decide which ones to respond to?
Britain built an empire out of coal. Now it’s giving it up. Why can’t the US?
The UK will stop burning coal for electricity by 2025. The US, meanwhile, is trying to end the “war on coal.”
A Dutch brothel where women work for themselves
My Red Light in Amsterdam is almost entirely run by former or current sex workers. And it's designed to ensure that those who rent rooms there aren't being trafficked or exploited. But some maintain that the work itself is inherently exploitative.
Chinese music is the antidote to my homesickness
Living far from home for the past few years gave this student a new appreciation for her country's traditional music.
Between Sochi and the World Cup, Putin built up a resistance to Western criticism over human rights
As Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup, it's being condemned for many of the same human rights abuses it was criticized for in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Now, President Vladimir Putin seems much more resistant to Western criticism.
In a remote corner of Florida, an apocalypse blooms
The Florida ecosphere that inspired Jeff VanderMeer’s apocalyptic novel, “Annihilation.”
Are you there, Florida? It’s me, Margaret.
Take a tour through Judy Blume’s childhood stomping grounds in Miami Beach.
Carl Hiaasen’s sunshine noir
Carl Hiaasen has called Florida “the poster child of nationwide dysfunction,” but his campaign to tarnish the sunshine-state mystique has never quite worked.
Unexpected gains in Gainesville
“When I first came down here, I was astonished by how nature wanted to kill you at every turn.” Author Lauren Groff on writing and surviving in Florida.
The town that Disney built
Plenty of people move to the small town of Celebration, Florida, to live the Disney dream 24/7. But it’s not all fantasy.
Survivors mark anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire
Grenfell Tower, a social housing block that was home to a close-knit, ethnically diverse community, was engulfed by flames in the middle of the night of June 14, 2017, in the country's deadliest domestic fire since World War II.
From the US, Mexican expats root for a 'change' candidate in presidential elections
From a booth at a Latino market in Phoenix, fans of the left-leaning candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, promote their pick. But the politician has critics on both sides of the border.
Ireland is asking what role the Catholic Church should play in public education
Ireland is not as Catholic as it used to be. One area where the Church still has a great deal of influence, though, is in the public schools. But some Irish parents want to re-examine the role of religion in educations.
Unprecedented wave of political violence rocks Mexico
As Mexico prepares for elections, 113 political candidates and eight journalists have been murdered since the election process began last September. According to a recent report on political violence, 72 percent of the violence targeted opposition candidates.
US stands by as Saudi coalition begins assault on Yemeni port city
Residents of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah have been anticipating a Saudi-led invasion for weeks. It may have just begun.
The tie between rationality and intelligence isn't that strong
You might be the smartest person in the room. But at the end of the day, are you the most rational?
US, Mexico and Canada win joint bid to host World Cup in 2026
The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One congress member voted for "neither bid."
Immigration judges say Sessions’ decision makes it harder for people facing ‘life and death’ to win asylum in US
“We have a political boss," says immigration judge Dana Leigh Marks. And his decision on domestic violence as a case for asylum is why immigration courts should be independent, she and other judges say.
After Trump-Kim summit, South Koreans hope peace will prevail
For many South Koreans, the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un has brought their divided peninsula one step closer to peace.
Michael Brun delivers a message from Haiti — one summer block party at a time
Michael Brun’s Bayo Block Party takes a celebration of Haiti’s spirit on the road, and he is bringing his friends with him too.
Trump, Kim make pledge on denuclearization
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.
Antarctica needs humans to protect it. It also needs humans to stay away. What's a potential visitor to do?
Every trip to Antarctica inspires awe and concern for the fragile frozen continent. But every trip also contributes to the global warming that's eating away at the place. So is it better to visit Antarctica, or stay away?
This Ramadan tradition is under threat in Jerusalem
Musahar, a holiday ritual practiced around the Islamic world, harkens back to days before alarm clocks and smartphones. This year in Jerusalem, it has become entangled in the city’s often contentious religious and political divides.
Puerto Rico's public university system is in disarray. But it's not just because of Hurricane Maria.
When college students from Puerto Rico return to the island months after the disaster, they’ll face budget cutbacks and higher tuition.
A new book chronicles efforts to desegregate Connecticut's beaches in the 1960s
The US civil rights movement to end racial segregation may have been most intense in the South, but there were also battles in the North, including in affluent beach communities in the state of Connecticut.
Can Alaska rely on oil and address climate change? State officials are about to find out.
In Alaska, climate change is melting permafrost and bringing stronger storms and rising seas that are eroding coastlines. But Alaska faces a dilemma: 90 percent of state revenues come from fossil fuel, but burning oil and gas add to global warming. What’s to be done?
The most toxic town in America
In 2017, the EPA listed Kotzebue, Alaska, the most industrially polluted community in the United States — a result of millions of pounds of poisonous dust laden with heavy metals released annually from zinc and lead mining at nearby Red Dog Mine.
No refuge for wildlife in some US wildlife refuges
The Center for Biological Diversity reports that roughly half a million pounds of chemical pesticides are sprayed yearly inside some of the nation's wildlife refuges to support commercial agriculture — a practice that seems to defeat the purpose of a wildlife refuge.
The 'menstrual awakening': Shattering the period stigma
For millions of women around the world, monthly periods are something that comes with real hazards, such as missing school and work or being subjected to potentially harmful sanitary conditions. But there's a global menstrual movement taking place.
Chef, traveler and storyteller Anthony Bourdain found dead
Anthony Bourdain, who dined with world leaders, wrote books, ran restaurants and inspired a generation, killed himself in a French hotel room.
For some in Singapore, the Trump-Kim summit isn't a big deal
The city-state of Singapore is preparing to host a much-hyped summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in just a few days. If you imagined there’d be a buzz in the air leading up to the on-again, off-again meeting that’s dominated global headlines for weeks, some people aren't feeling it.
G7 leaders set to clash with combative Trump over tariffs, trade
Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations are set to clash with a combative US President Donald Trump on Friday when they pressure him to lift sanctions on steel and aluminum they fear could lead to a trade war.
Sexism and the #MeToo movement inspired this 'sassy' singer
Canadian-born, New Zealand-based musician Tami Neilson spoke to us recently about her latest album, "Sassafrass!" and the three key moments that inspired it.
Will the US deny asylum to domestic violence survivors?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to try and limit who qualifies for asylum in the US.
‘American Animals’: Bart Layton’s new breed of true crime
Making an audacious movie about an audacious art heist.
Ch-ch-changes: making the Bowie mashup
How Tony Visconti, David Bowie's longtime producer, captured the artist's career in a 15-minute remix.
American Icons: ‘Fahrenheit 451’
The classic work of science fiction that responded to McCarthyism in the 1950s — still smolders.
For this mother and daughter, separated a year ago at the southern border, Trump's ‘zero-tolerance’ policy isn’t new
The Trump administration has recently implemented a policy of separating migrant children from their parents if they cross the southern border other than at a checkpoint. But they began testing a similar policy a year ago.
Oregon senator is denied access to a migrant children's center in Texas
Over the weekend, Senator Jeff Merkley paid a visit to the Southwest Key Casa Padre migrant children's shelter in Brownsville, Texas. He was refused entry.
What's Ramadan like for those who have to cook and serve food all day?
What's it like to be a Muslim food truck owner during the month of Ramadan?
Residents of Yemeni port city prepare for an invasion
A battle for the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeidah could be a humanitarian disaster. It could also bring a speedy end to the Yemen war. We hear what residents are thinking as the front lines draw closer to their city.
A bill to allow divorce in the Philippines could mean freedom for some women in New York
The Philippines is the last country in the world that does not allow divorce.
A Korean American singer is defying stereotypes to make it in K-pop
Marshall Bang was born in the US, which was only the first barrier he faced if he was going to make a living as a K-pop singer.
Could lava one day be used to store excess CO2?
Lava that has cooled into black, bubbly basalt might one day jump into action to help fight one of humanity’s biggest challenges: rising levels of carbon dioxide.
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