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Updated 2017-09-21 01:07
Russia puts Kalashnikov on a pedestal
Russia is celebrating the Kalashnikov rifle as "a cultural brand." It has literally put the weapon's inventor, Mikhail Kalashnikov, on a pedestal. A statue was unveiled in Moscow on Tuesday, amid much pomp and ceremony.
Desperate search for survivors after powerful earthquake in Mexico
More than 200 people are dead as buildings collapse in dense sections of Mexico City.
A sense of community as Miami recovers from Hurricane Irma
Some neighborhoods in Miami only got power on Tuesday, 10 days after the Irma hit.
Some refugees suffer culture shock — with their health care
For some women from conservative Muslim families, US health care practices can clash with what they are used to.
Trump's Twitter storms have a parallel in India
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi also uses Twitter to communicate with the people, often generating the same sorts of controversies as President Donald Trump in the US.
Trump wants a big military parade, but the Founding Fathers might not approve
President Donald Trump has again mentioned the idea of having a massive military parade in Washington for the Fourth of July. Historically, the US has never put the military on such a pedestal. The Founding Fathers, in fact, despised the idea of a standing army of any sort.
Instead of fighting global competition, Alaska's salmon industry is (reluctantly) embracing it
Alaska’s salmon fishermen were nearly destroyed by a worldwide glut in farmed salmon. But they went from fighting global competition to embracing it.
Aung San Suu Kyi breaks her silence on Rohingya crisis, but a fellow Nobel laureate isn't impressed
“She is not acting like a beacon of hope for democracy, in my book. Nor is she protecting the human rights of all of the people of Myanmar."
Russian trolls appear to be staying out of Germany's election. Here's why.
Just days before the German general election, a new report by the Oxford Internet Institute finds that the types of bots and fake accounts that played a big role in the US election are largely absent from the online political conversation in Germany.
Mueller 'blocking all the escape routes' for Paul Manafort
Robert Mueller may think Paul Manafort holds the key to many unanswered questions.
Climate change brings melting ice, and cruise passengers, to a small town in Canada's north
A large luxury cruise ship doubled the population of a small Inuit town for a day this summer as it sailed through the once ice-choked Northwest Passage.
Watch: President Trump threatens North Korea in UN address
President Donald Trump had tough words for North Korea, Iran and Venezuela in his first address to the UN General Assembly.
The little-known story of Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh’s admiration for the US
The founding father of modern Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh. He led Vietnam's communist revolution against French colonial rule and then took on the United States. But it seems he long had an admiration for the US and repeatedly sought the country's help in the decades before the Vietnam War.
President Trump attends his first UN General Assembly this week. Here's what to expect.
President Donald Trump makes his debut at the United Nations General Assembly this week. Thousands of world leaders, diplomats and advocates will debate issues ranging from North Korea's nuclear threat to the Paris climate accord.
Angela Merkel is at the top, but progress is slow for German women
Women in Germany are paid 21 percent less than men — a higher pay gap than the European average of 16 percent.
A Jewish folk song is preserved in a Japanese video game
How 'Mayim, Mayim,' an Old World Jewish song, made its way into Japan is a mystery, but how it stayed is a geopolitical mess from the 20th century.
One simple word defines Germans, but Germans don't agree on what it means
Ask Germans to define the word "Volk" and you may get a bunch of different answers, each suggesting different attitudes to German identity and immigration.
Thousands of Atlantic salmon escape into Pacific Northwest waters
Several weeks ago, about 160,000 Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound from a broken net pen, raising concerns about damage to wildlife and the environment.
Thanks to science, we can hear the voices of icebergs. But are we listening?
University of Chicago scientists discovered that if you record iceberg vibrations and speed them up, humans can hear them.
As flooding increases along the Mississippi, how should communities respond?
Residents, environmentalists, engineers and government agencies agree that they need a coordinated strategy to manage flooding.
Consider yourself a 'visual' or 'auditory' learner? Turns out, there’s not much science behind learning styles.
Three psychologists debunk a persistent myth about how we learn.
Bringing science and engineering stories to life for students
All it takes is a little news and some top-notch teachers.
Florida allows any resident to challenge textbooks — and it has some science supporters concerned
Opponents of the law say it could be used to target science in the classroom.
Global collaborations with Kronos Quartet just keep coming
David Harrington of Kronos Quartet shares his thoughts about the term "world music." The term was coined 30 years ago this year.
Farewell, Cassini
After more than 20 years, NASA today said goodbye to the Cassini space probe and sent it plunging into Saturn's atmosphere to burn up. It was the end of a remarkable mission that revealed deep secrets of the ringed planet and its many moons.
Harvard called 'cowardly' for rescinding offer to Chelsea Manning after pressure from veterans
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is at the center of a dispute after Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government invited, then disinvited her to become a visiting fellow.
North Korean hackers are trying to steal bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
North Korea is making a play on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Why North Korean peace talks may hinge on 12 singing waitresses
Seoul calls them “defectors,” but North Korea accuses the South of kidnapping a dozen waitresses and insists on their return.
It's decision time for the Trump administration on North Korea
The nuclear standoff with North Korea goes back decades. But it might be time for Washington to make some tough decisions.
At least 22 injured in London attack labeled 'terrorism'
London officials are investigating an explosion at an Underground station, Parsons Green, that US President Donald Trump was quick to call a terrorist attack.
Eat, pray, admit you're from an empire
Author Suzy Hansen didn't think she was naive about America. Then she moved to Turkey and realized what she'd missed.
A Sikh Canadian politician explains his warm response to an anti-Muslim heckler
Jagmeet Singh is being widely praised for his level-headed response to an Islamophobic woman shouting in his face. But some are asking, when is it OK to get mad?
Two Phoenix Motel 6 locations agree to stop reporting guests to ICE
Motel 6 has responded to a news report that staff at two of its Phoenix locations have been sharing guest information with ICE, leading to the arrests of at least 20 undocumented immigrants.
South Korea's creating a special military unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un
In an unusual move, the plan was announced publicly.
Before Houston flooded, there was Piura, Peru
Can climate change be blamed for a devastating flood in Peru? The local government says yes and is preparing for future extreme weather.
Guilty Pleasure: BJ Novak loves 'Fuller House'
As Netflix gears up for Season 3 of "Fuller House," "The Office" star BJ Novak defends the much-maligned reboot.
Live in studio: Amadou & Mariam (& Kurt)
The Grammy-nominated musical duo Amadou & Mariam performs live in Studio 360.
Fredrik Saker’s beautifully-faked ID
How a painter duped the Swedish government with a lifelike self-portrait.
John McPhee’s rules for writing
The long-time New Yorker writer shares his tips for writing creative non-fiction.
What really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964?
Historians still argue about what exactly happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in August of 1964. What’s not in dispute is the aftermath: A resolution from the Senate passed by a vote of 98 to 2 authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to use whatever force he thought he needed against North Vietnam. The resolution was a major escalation of US involvement in Vietnam and helped Johnson win the presidential election. But it was built on a lie.
This Harvard professor became a US citizen and hours later, was in handcuffs
One of the first public acts of this new US citizen was to get arrested in support of the rights of DACA recipients.
Thousands of people are homeless after Mexico's worst earthquake in a century
The Mexican government is working to coordinate recovery and relief efforts, but some citizens worry it won’t be enough.
How a violent history created the US Virgin Islands as we know them
The US Virgin Islands are in the news because of the appalling devastation from Hurricane Irma. But what's the islands' backstory?
Ireland's youngest prime minister is under tough criticism
Some on the left had hoped the new taoiseach, as a gay man and son of an immigrant, would usher in a progressive agenda for his center-right party, Fine Gael. But Varadkar has held fast to his conservative politics, and that’s proving to be a lesson for the left.
For some Americans, the conflict in Syria is 'the Spanish Civil War of our time'
At least 100 Americans have gone — and some continue to go — to Syria to fight against ISIS. Many have joined a Kurdish militia group called the People's Protection Units or the YPG. What these volunteers are doing isn't illegal, but it raises many questions.
In Myanmar, an artist wades into the sensitive business of noise
The case of a Dutch tourist who was imprisoned in Myanmar for unplugging a loudspeaker has people talking about the ear-splitting level of noise.
Barbuda needs the world's help right now
“We are a small island community — the gross domestic product of Antigua is $1 billion a year,” he says. “We cannot afford to take on this responsibility by ourselves."
How to avoid blackouts in hurricanes? Model power grids after the internet, says one expert.
Florida utility representatives say parts of the state will require a "wholesale rebuild of our electrical grid" after Hurricane Irma left millions without power. How can Florida and other states build electrical grids that are resilient to natural and other disasters?
Kurds have a long list of reasons for seeking independence
On Sept. 25, Iraqi Kurds will be holding a referendum over whether they establish an independent Kurdish state.
Why Australians handed in 26,000 guns to the government
The surrendered firearms have included weapons from the 1800s and World War I and II, part of a three-month amnesty allowing Australians to turn in unregistered guns without penalty.