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Updated 2017-07-28 06:08
Queer service member: Trump’s trans ban ‘is about fear and loathing of transgender Americans’
Just over a year after President Barack Obama introduced a new policy to allow transgender people to serve openly in the US military, President Donald Trump is reinstating a ban on transgender service members.
UK to ban sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040
Britain said Wednesday it will outlaw the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution but environmental groups said the proposals did not go far enough.
Trump says we’re losing badly with trade. But North Dakota suggests otherwise.
North Dakota is a big place with a small population: 750,000. So, farmers send a lot of their harvest overseas, and elected officials know full well: Exports are the state’s lifeblood.
What to do with captured women and children of ISIS?
With ISIS losing territory in Syria and Iraq, what will happen to their wives and children? We spoke to Borzou Daragahi of BuzzFeed News, who recently reported on meeting some of these women in Syria.
This group wants to ‘defend Europe’ from migrants at sea
The far-right identitarian group Defend Europe plans to take a ship close to the coast of North Africa, where humanitarian groups rescue migrants. But it's running into difficulties trying to get there.
A team of women is unearthing the forgotten legacy of Harvard’s women ‘computers’
An archivist found more than 2,000 notebooks left behind in Harvard University storage for 50 years. Now, she’s working to make sure the notebooks from Harvard’s first women astronomers are available to the world.
About McCain's 'beacon of liberty' vision of America
The Economist's David Rennie says European leaders feel orphaned and bereft in the Trump era.
Dick Van Dyke apologizes for his ‘atrocious’ cockney accent in ‘Mary Poppins’
The beloved actor apologizes more than 50 years later for “inflicting the most atrocious cockney accent in history of cinema” in the 1964 Disney classic, “Mary Poppins.”
Trump bans transgender personnel from serving in the military
In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump said no transgender person can serve in the military, although thousands already do.
England's new psychedelic renaissance
Back in the '60s, London was one of the centers for a cultural — and chemical — revolution: psychedelia. But now, a new and very British psychedelic culture is reappearing.
Ahead of his Senate testimony, hedge fund manager Browder dishes about the Russia investigation
Bill Browder prepares to testify about the Russian collusion scandal and the dangers of Putin's agenda for the West.
Many in Melania Trump’s native Slovenia wonder why their country goes unmentioned
Melania Trump is certainly among the most famous Slovenian-Americans. But many of her former countrymen wonder why their native land doesn't get more attention.
Love, quantum physics and 'entanglement'
The curious parallels between love and the bizarre — but potentially very useful — phenomenon called "quantum entanglement."
The underfunded govt program that got drill bits from rural North Dakota to Zimbabwe
The US government has a proven program that's boosting exports and creating rural jobs. North Dakotans want it expanded.
The Indiana Jones of the art world may solve history’s biggest art heist
Arthur Brand is an art detective who has often been called the “Indiana Jones of the art world.” He’s convinced that the paintings are with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Ireland. He says this isn’t just the biggest theft in art history, it’s also one of the biggest mysteries.
Watch live: Trump hosts Lebanese prime minister at White House
US President Donald Trump met Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Washington this afternoon for talks on issues including refugees and combatting terrorism.
Seawater in the pores? It’s what made Roman concrete great.
The concrete in ancient Roman harbors has grown stronger over time — the result, scientists now say, of complex interactions between seawater and volcanic ash in the mortar.
Clearing mines and explosives in Mosul
Mosul has more extensive explosive contamination than the other cities retaken from ISIS in Iraq.
Foreign coverage of the shooting of Justine Damond is giving Americans new perspective
When Justine Damond was shot by a Minneapolis police officers, Australian media descended on the city, and changed the way the shooting was being reported.
This woman says she was trafficked by a diplomat. And it happens all the time.
Fainess Lipenga came to the US to work as a maid for a diplomat from Malawi, but she says she was treated more like a slave. Her boss, covered by diplomatic immunity, never faced the consequences.
Bokanté serves up songs in the key of Creole
The fusion of West African music, Mississippi Delta blues and Caribbean rhythms are what the band Bokanté is all about.
Protests persuade Polish president to veto court reforms
In a surprising move, Polish president Andrzej Duda on Monday vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions.
Ten migrants dead in overheated truck in Texas, driver charged
US authorities on Monday charged the driver of the overheated truck found in Texas packed with migrants with one count of transporting "illegal" immigrants, prosecutors said, as the death toll rose to 10.
A new book examines 'The Book that Changed America'
Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” arrived in the US in 1860, as the slavery debate raged and Civil War loomed. Its ideas were instantly absorbed into those discussions.
The kilogram is getting a new look
For now, the standard kilogram is a shiny little cylinder in Paris. Soon, that will change.
Global warming will increase poverty in the southern US, a new study says
According to a study published in the journal Science, global warming will devastate the economy in parts of the US in years ahead, if temperatures are allowed to rise unabated.
What does a scientist look like? The 'Skype a Scientist' program helps schoolkids find out.
The project shakes up stereotypes by connecting classrooms to real, working scientists.
Does your sunscreen make the grade?
A new study finds that most sunscreen products don’t do as much as you think. Here’s how to stay out of harm’s ray this summer.
Looking back at 'The Summer of Love'
This weekend, The World’s Marco Werman is hosting an hour-long special on the BBC World Service, looking back at that wild revolutionary moment in the cultural and political life of America.
Closing the State Department's war crimes office could send the wrong message
The State Department war crimes office gives advice, provides resources and sometimes financial assistance to nongovernmental organizations and other countries trying to combat crimes against humanity.
'Why are Americans so fat?' And other questions Russians have about us.
An American journalist living in Russia says in the age of Donald Trump, Russian perceptions of America are tinged with mistrust and vice versa.
A super-simple strategy may be key to fighting climate change
A new study shows paying landowners in Uganda not to cut down their trees works and is a cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions.
This Canadian oil pipeline could cause the next great controversy
A new oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia would cross native land and send more than six times as many tankers through crowded waterways between Vancouver and Seattle. That has people on both sides of the border vowing to fight.
Chester Bennington's death is more than a headline for me
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington was found dead at his home in California on Thursday.
Women and girls are a new frontier in the fight against HIV
There's a lot to celebrate right now in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Mortality rates have been slashed, and for the first time ever, more people are getting treatment than not. But for women and young girls, the news is still grim.
Tired of sweating over the stove? Try cooking with science this summer.
Author Jeff Potter shares tips on no-heat dishes, from ceviche to gravlax.
Climate warrior? Champion of 'Big Oil'? Canada's leader wants to be both.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promises to make steep cuts in climate pollution while still increasing the flow of dirty tar sands oil. It's a high-wire act that has him taking fire from both sides.
Poland steps away from democracy and EU in latest judiciary reforms
Poland was once the pinnacle of democracy in central Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But as the country lurches to the right politically, it may find its position in the EU, and as a democratic country, threatened.
The radicalization of a surfer dude
Laleh Khadivi's new novel chronicles the transformation of a lackadaisical, college-bound Californian into a soldier for militant Islam.
Syrian rebels say they feel ‘betrayed’ by the US ending its aid
President Donald Trump made the decision to drop the program supporting rebels fighting Syria's Bashar al-Assad nearly a month ago, according to The Washington Post. The rebels say they were totally blindsided and disappointed.
A small German city finds it's not easy welcoming hundreds of Syrian refugees
The Bavarian city of Traunreut, population 21,000, is working to integrate 600 refugees. Some locals are helping. Others are rallying against the arrivals. One thing is for sure: It's a challenging situation for everyone.
California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing
As the Los Angeles Times journalist Ivan Penn explains, California has actually paid neighboring states to take its surplus renewable energy — dozens of times this year.
What happened when 'The Bachelorette' featured a Sikh convert
Monday's episode of the reality show "The Bachelorette" featured Dean Unglert, who introduced Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay to his father — a Sikh convert.
How Putin learned to stop worrying and love internet espionage
A decade ago, Vladimir Putin appeared to be ignoring the internet. Now he seems to be wildly successful at exploiting it.
For businesses that boom in the summer, Trump’s H-2B visa expansion is too little too late
Summer is high season in places like Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. But this year, many businesses there haven't been able to get the H-2B visas they need for their international workers.
After fleeing Palmyra, this Syrian family is trying to find home in small-town Germany
The Daas family has been without a home since early 2015. After ISIS invaded their hometown of Palmyra, Syria, they escaped to Turkey, then took a boat to Greece and are now trying to rebuild their lives in Bavaria, Germany. It's one thing to find safety, but they're discovering it's much harder to make a home.
Photographer hopes intimate portraits of wildlife will prove they’re worth saving
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph roughly 12,000 species for his "Photo Ark."
The Brits are in the midst of a great big cheddar cheese caper
An unknown group of robbers broke into a British farm and made off with the prized cheddar cheese.
Iran hits back at US sanctions with ‘reciprocal actions with a high cost’
After the US announced its new sanctions, Iran hit back, calling them "worthless" and "illegal" and announcing its own sanctions "against American people and entities that have acted against the Iranian people and other Muslim peoples of the region."
This man spent his life challenging stereotypes of Arabs in film and television
Jack Shaheen, a Lebanese-American, spent decades documenting and criticizing the way the movie and television industry stereotypes Arabs and Middle Easterners. He passed away last week.