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Updated 2018-12-16 07:22
Salvadoran women bond serving long sentences for the 'crime' of miscarriage
El Salvador is one of just a handful of countries where abortion is banned in all circumstances. The ban is so draconian that even miscarriage is considered suspicious.
US a wild card as climate negotiators race to meet Friday deadline
The deadline for this year’s climate summit is tomorrow, and negotiators still haven’t resolved many of the most important issues.
Rediscovering your favorite kids’ books as an adult
Writer Bruce Handy reminds us why we still love the books we read as kids.
American Icons: The Muppets
The story behind Jim Henson’s beloved creature creations.
Putting the play back in playground
The history — and future — of playgrounds.
Judge halts Keystone XL pipeline, citing ‘complete disregard’ for climate
A federal judge in Montana ruled the Trump administration did not adequately consider the project's impact on climate change.
British Prime Minister Theresa May fights leadership revolt, warns Brexit in peril
British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight for her job in a leadership challenge on Wednesday triggered by Conservative lawmakers, saying a change could jeopardize Brexit from the European Union.
UN compact recognizes climate change as driver of migration for first time
We talk about "climate refugees" all the time. But they don't exist. In fact, those displaced by climate change have no special protections under international law. But that may be changing.
Maria Ressa says journalism is democracy's 'first line of defense' and Rappler won't back down
Time Magazine honored journalists with its Person of the Year award. The list of journalists include Maria Ressa, founder of the investigative Rappler Media in the Philippines. Ressa and Rappler have been covering extrajudicial killings in the country, part of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.
Smothered by smog, activists are urging Poland to reconsider coal
Coal smog can make many poles feel like they're living in the 19th century. Now a growing grassroots movement is pushing local and national governments to cut smog and rethink the country's heavy reliance on coal.
Insects slipping into the US are causing billions of dollars in damage
The US has two trade deficits: money and pests. A Congressional amendment would add some safeguards to clamp down on non-indigenous insects that are killing American trees.
Limits on asylum-seekers leads to agency closures in Los Angeles
Under the Trump administration, America is closing its doors to refugees. US refugee caps have been steadily slashed from 110,000 a year under the Obama administration to 30,000 next year. That would be the lowest number of refugees admitted since 1980.
At 70, is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights doing its job?
Under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone is entitled to a healthy, adequate standard of living. But from the start, there was a tension within US politics about whether America would submit to international justice.
WATCH: Macron addresses 'yellow vest' protesters as Paris cleans up
French President Emmanuel Macron will address the country on Monday as he seeks to placate "yellow vest" anti-government protesters who wreaked havoc in Paris this weekend.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May to withdraw parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal
British Prime Minister Theresa May is pulling a parliamentary vote set for Tuesday on her Brexit deal, the BBC reported, after repeated warnings from lawmakers that the scale of the expected defeat could sink her government.
Some Afghans seek peace with the Taliban, but fear the return of 'male-dominant society'
After nearly two decades of war, prospects for peace talks have been gaining momentum in Afghanistan. This has created a sense of optimism and anxiety among some Afghans.
Former Yemeni war detainee praises UN-brokered prisoner swap
A prisoner swap, agreed to by opposing sides in the Yemen war, may be just a confidence-building measure. But for one former detainee, the UN-brokered measure is a significant step toward eventual peace in Yemen.
Poland is a coal country. But for how long?
This year's climate conference is convening in the heart of Poland's coal country. As the world meets to negotiate a follow-up to the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015, Poland's leaders are promising continued reliance on coal.
'Human Intelligence': a holiday tale
In need of a little holiday cheer this year? Listen to this radio drama of an unusual Christmas story by Kurt Andersen.
Day Jobs: Respiratory therapist
Stacey Rose is a playwright, screenwriter, director, producer and ... a respiratory therapist.
When small was big
There’s a little something to note about male figures in classical art.
This Holocaust survivor convinced a Dutch rail firm to make reparations
During World War II, hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Netherlands paid for their train, operated by the Dutch state-run company NS, that later deported to them death camps. The parents of Holocaust survivor Salo Muller were on one of those trains.
Marinating in plastics
Plastics. You may love them. You may hate them. But you can’t live without them.
Venezuelan American doctors 'come back to our people' on US Navy hospital ship
The USNS Comfort served thousands of desperate Venezuelan refugees in Colombia who’ve fled their country’s life-threatening food and medical scarcities. The ship anchored off Riohacha, Colombia as part of a three-month, four-nation Latin American tour, helping with everything from hernia operations to eye cataract removals.
A top Huawei executive has been arrested on a US request, clouding the China trade truce
The daughter of Huawei's founder, a top executive at the Chinese technology giant, was arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States.
Before he was president, H.W. Bush championed family planning
The 41st president was known for reaching across the aisle and supporting a range of issues, including birth control. His support even earned him the nickname "Rubbers" by other members of Congress.
Rohingya survivors face a new indignity: Banishment to a half-sunken island
The Rohingya may be pushed even farther from home: banished to a remote island off the coast of Bangladesh. There are nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Officials there are planning to relocate many of them to this tiny island as soon as next year.
Putin says Russia will make banned missiles if US exits arms treaty
The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of an arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe prompting, a rebuke from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
'Farming While Black': Cultivating food- and racial-justice in upstate New York
In her new book, "Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land," Leah Penniman describes her journey as a woman of color reclaiming space in the agricultural world while providing a comprehensive guide for others who want to follow her path.
This founding father's legacy is darker than some Canadians care to remember
Sir John A. Macdonald is as close to a founding father as Canada has and monuments in his memory are sprinkled across the country. But now Macdonald is being remembered for a crueler aspect of his legacy: the infamous residential school system.
For France's yellow vest protesters, 'gas tax is the tip of the iceberg'
Protests in France that initially targeted an increase in the gas tax have turned into a broader anti-Macron demonstration. Over the weekend, protesters torched cars and smashed windows in the worst disturbances Paris has seen since 1968.
Exclusive 360-degree video: Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider perform 'Balderrama'
The collaboration between Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider just released a 360-degree video of the song "Balderrama" shot in studio.
As Greenland’s ice sheet melts, scientists push to learn ‘how fast’
The Greenland ice sheet has long helped cool the world and keep sea levels stable. But now it's melting, and scientists are trying to learn as much as they can, as fast as they can.
Qatar is leaving OPEC. Other countries could follow.
Qatar's decision to leave the oil cartel comes after Saudi Arabia created a blockade in 2017 and issued a proposal this year to dig a ditch separating the two countries.
A pioneering ‘rewilding’ project in England transforms a 200-year-old family farm
When a multigenerational agricultural estate in West Sussex, England, was no longer a fruitful venture — the owners decided to let nature take its course.
Rep. Adam Schiff: We may see Mueller report 'by the end of the year'
The top-ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, says special counsel Robert Mueller may be close to delivering his report on Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and possible links to the Trump campaign.
‘Justice is not complete’: Honduras convicts 7 in the murder of Indigenous activist
Berta Cáceres led opposition to the hydroelectric dam construction on ancestral lands belonging to the Lenca people before she was shot and killed in March 2016. The seven convicted men face up to 30 years in jail.
No honeymoon period for Mexico's incoming president
After five months, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is finally taking office. But he'll immediately face the country's crisis on the US-Mexico border.
Yemenis don't believe the US Senate can end their civil war
The Senate voted to consider a halt to military support for Saudi Arabia. Here in the US, peace activists are celebrating. But in Yemen, folks are more circumspect.
Trump’s tariffs cause headaches for his own industry: hotels
President Donald Trump's tariffs are impacting a wide range of American industries, including one close to home for the president— hotels.
Home, ‘Sweat’ home
How “Sweat,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning labor drama by Lynn Nottage, made the jump from Broadway glitz to blue-collar communities.
How to build the perfect musical
Jack Viertel gives a master class in American musical theater.
Songtennial: Alan Jay Lerner at 100
What do the musicals “My Fair Lady,” “Gigi” and “Camelot” have in common? They were all written by the talented, complicated Alan Jay Lerner.
The global tear gas business is booming. It's complicated.
Use of tear gas has steadily risen around the world. But odds are, a lot of those silver canisters come from a factory in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, home to just over 600 people, and the uptick in sales has helped the community.
Free after five decades on death row, a Japanese man may be forced to return
Iwao Hakamada, 82, spent nearly five decades on death row — thought to be the world record — for a quadruple murder that evidence suggests he did not commit. A prosecutor appealed the ruling that freed him in 2014 and Hakamada could return to death row if he loses his appeal before the Japanese Supreme Court.
Former FARC fighters turn a camp into a tourist attraction
Fighters get $200 a month as a stipend as they reintegrate into Colombian society but those payments won't last forever, so some are turning to tourism and creating FARC museums to earn a living.
Proposed ‘public charge’ rule change stirs confusion over green card eligibility
Immigrant parents are pulling their children from health and nutrition programs because they're afraid that participating in them could prevent them from getting their green cards.
Megafires are becoming increasingly common in California and climate change is a leading factor
California’s 2018 wildfire season is one of the most destructive on record. More than 7,500 fires burned nearly 2 million acres of land so far this year — the most land burned in a single year since records have been kept.
Senate could vote to pull US out of the Yemen war
Senators are poised to vote on a resolution that would cause President Donald Trump to seek Congressional approval before continuing US involvement in the Yemen civil war.
The first genome edited babies are here. What happens next?
Commentary: The world’s first genome edited babies were inevitable and even predictable, despite an apparent disregard for all global scientific and ethical norms.