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Updated 2017-05-27 07:54
Now here's a picture Trump probably wants to go viral
Awkward photos of Donald Trump on his foreign trip have inspired hilarious memes and caption contests. But why doesn't Trump have more control over the visual record of his presidency?
Will Trump continue Obama's program to aid Central American teens fleeing gangs?
In December 2014, the Obama administration rolled the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, which gives young people the option of asking for US asylum while still in their home country.
White House budget slashes program to fight violent extremism at home
Communities keeping an eye out for people at risk of radicalization — that's helpful to counterterrorism efforts around the world. This week, President Trump proposed cutting the US version of the program.
This Mennonite-turned-Yoruba priest makes hypnotic electronic music
Otura Mun grew up in a Mennonite family in Indiana, but a visit to Puerto Rico led him to convert to the Yoruba religion. He's now an Yoruba Ifá priest, and incorporates these religious traditions into music.
Trump is making quite the impression in Europe. And 'Putin will be thrilled.'
Whether shoving aside Montenegro's PM or having handshake wars with France's new leader, Trump created chaos at what was meant to be a diplomatic showpiece.
It took a lifetime for this Queens grandma to open up about her experience being trafficked for sex
Grandma Frances is tiny, and very thin, with a shock of white hair and brown eyes that are always smiling, even when she isn’t. Those eyes, though, have seen a lot.
The incredible story of Italian cyclist Gino Bartali, who risked his life to rescue Jews during the Holocaust
The legendary three-time winner of the Giro d'Italia eluded Nazis by smuggling false documents in the frame of his bike during training runs.
How Bonnie Raitt's pursuit of the blues led her to world music
Bonnie Raitt loves the blues, whether it's from Chicago, the Mississippi Delta or West Africa.
In Mumbai, Uber must compete with vibrant taxi roofs
People rarely look up. If they did, inside a Mumbai taxi at least, they’d notice a canvas that holds the most unusual art.
Did US media spoil the British investigation into the Manchester attack?
The British government has formally frozen all sharing of intelligence with the US relating to the Manchester bomb attack following repeated leaks of sensitive information.
The death of a Navy SEAL reveals US mission creep in Somalia
A longtime Africa correspondent looks behind the headlines in Somalia and talks about his new memoir.
How the Manchester community has responded to terror attacks for decades
Monday’s bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was, sadly, not a new experience for the city, which has been the target of various bombings since the 1970s.
She thought she was going to be a teacher in Kuwait — instead she was trafficked
When this Ugandan teacher got a new job in Kuwait, she was thrilled. But when she arrived, her passport was taken from her — and she was given a mop.
Ahead of meeting with NATO, leaders question Trump's intentions
President Trump is with the organization he called "obsolete" on the campaign trail. Here's what he — and NATO — want from the meeting.
Manchester bomber's travels may signal an 'ISIS trajectory'
Britain has raised its terror threat level to the highest possible rating and deployed troops to guard key landmarks.
Is this remote Siberian language an ancestor to Navajo?
Linguist Edward Vajda went to Siberia with a hunch. He returned with evidence linking a remote Siberian language with Navajo and other Athabaskan languages.
How to talk to your kids about terrorism
Our natural instinct is to shield our children when we hear bad news. Sometimes, however, shielding our children means talking to them about some very messy topics, to equip them to handle the situation best.
The truth about those ISIS-style flags waving in the Philippines
There are two conflicting narratives emerging from Mindanao, neither of which is entirely right.
Sister Rosemary is a one-woman army in the fight against trafficking
For 15 years, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has been picking up the broken pieces of girls' lives and putting them back together. She's helped thousands of girls in Uganda — now she's helping girls fleeing civil war in South Sudan.
Trump's alignment with Israel and Saudi against Iran: Here's the catch
Israeli leaders are thrilled to hear Trump's vitriol against Iran, but also worry his deals will cause their country to lose its edge.
President Trump and Pope Francis are polar opposites, but ...
In style and substance, Donald Trump and Pope Francis are different world leaders. But when the two men meet this week, there might be more common ground than you think.
Manchester suicide bombing was an attack on culture, says one writer
"Culture, music and art are the means by which we engage in this basic human desire to express ourselves and to enjoy ourselves."
Aid groups rescue over 1,600 migrants in the Mediterranean in a single day
The World’s Richard Hall is reporting aboard Save the Children's rescue ship in the Mediterranean. On Tuesday, they saved 631 people — a record for the group's sea rescue operations. Doctors Without Borders rescued another 1,004 people on the same day.
The possible motives behind the Manchester attack
What’s ISIS trying do, with attacks like the one in Manchester, and what should the media be doing in response?
Uganda's abducted kids try to get their lives back to normal
During Uganda's armed conflict, tens of thousands of children were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army. Now they are adults, and many of them have returned. But after spending formative years in the wilderness — can they fully come back?
Survival is what Yemenis think about every day
"There's no more safe place in Yemen to stay in. I mean, the conflict is reaching out to every place in Yemen: every single village, every single place."
Saudi Arabia could invest $20 billion in US infrastructure, but it's not necessarily a 'win' for America
Saudi Arabia plans to invest in Blackstone's fund to update infrastructure in the US — but ultimately, they're both looking for projects that will make them money.
Haitian immigrants get extension of protected status, worry it might not be long enough
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday extended Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Haitians in the United States. The program will continue to benefit Haitians for six months.
Short of gauze and bandages, Venezuelan medical students patch up anti-government protesters
A group of Venezuelan medical students started volunteering to provide first aid at protests in 2014. Now, their help is needed more than ever.
Short of gauze and bandages, Venezuelan medical students patch up anti-government protesters
A group of Venezuelan medical students started volunteering to provide first aid at protests in 2014. Now, their help is needed more than ever.
China is working on the largest infrastructure endeavor in human history
The Asian giant is opening its first overseas military base, in Djibouti. Pay attention to this theme: China’s future foreign military bases will almost certainly begin as appendages to commercial ports.
Ugandan rapper Keko gets real about her music, her sobriety and her sexuality
Meet the Queen of African Rap — Keko. And she has quite the story to tell.
Her family's business was trafficking. But she broke free.
"The sunglasses will hide your fear." That's the advice Halimot was given by her aunt — a boss in the booming sex-trafficking industry between Nigeria and Europe.
Ah, the joys and challenges of translating Trump into Russian
Donald Trump gets a lot of attention for what he says and how he says it. Try putting all those quips and tweets through a Russian language filter and seeing what comes out.
People are still marching to save the climate, but with less hope
In 2017, the level of ambition to tackle the threat of global warming — or even to accept scientific consensus about it — seems to have evaporated in Washington.
Evidence that we are in the Age of Man: Scientists catalog more human-made minerals
The discovery of novel, man-made minerals lends weight to the notion that the Earth has entered a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, or the Age of Man.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is not making anyone happy right now
Even before Scott Pruitt was sworn in as EPA administrator, conservation groups had a litany of complaints. Now, some conservatives are also expressing displeasure with his performance.
‘Fargo’ showrunner Noah Hawley on the creative impact of ‘Twin Peaks’
The cult TV series returns for a limited season on Sunday, decades after it was canceled. But for Hawley, the show never really went away.
Five things to consider if you are reading ‘My Family’s Slave’
The internet is flooded with comments and critiques of Alex Tizon’s explosive essay in The Atlantic. Here’s a primer on the conversation.
President Trump’s reluctant foray into culinary diplomacy
"He hoovers his food. He’s not someone who really enjoys the pleasure of the table," says Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.
Yes, that tree in the forest does make a sound. Have a listen.
Listening to trees can reveal the connections between us and nature, one biologist writes.
How a shortwave radio network is helping to counter Boko Haram
Boko Haram hasn't given up, but it's on the ropes after a push by the Nigerian military last year, and vigilance by regional peacekeepers. Also countering their influence is a regional shortwave radio network, Dandal Kura Radio International, started just over a year ago, as the world's first network to broadcast in Kanuri — the language spoken by 10 million people in the region, and by most members of Boko Haram. Anyone with a cellphone can call in and share information and ideas. This plus news, current affairs, radio dramas and other programming has started to help counter Boko Haram's power to attract, and is helping a bruised and fractured region move toward a less fraught future.
Donald Trump's first foreign trip is a lot like a pilgrimage. And that's the point.
President Trump is using his first trip abroad to touch base with three major religious centers — in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem and Vatican City.
Brazil will not be outdone by Washington’s chaos
Scandal, secret tapes, obstruction of justice, talk of impeachment — not in Washington, this time we’re talking about Brazil. President Michel Temer says he will not resign.
As Iranians vote for president, many care more about jobs than nukes
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, has framed the vote as a choice between greater civil liberties and "extremism."
The World music features this week: Forro in the Dark, Natalia Lafourcade, Tony Allen
We feature a unique selection of music on The World. Here are a few of the artists we've played recently.
How a whisper can help fight labor trafficking in Brazil
She was forced to work in a sweatshop — now she runs her own shop and helps other women avoid being trafficked.
She drops the kids at school then gets behind her computer to count the dead in Syria
Kinda Haddad is one of a group of eight people who work daily to document civilian deaths from airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
Trump tried to ice out the intelligence community from his effort to create a back channel to Russia
It's clear now that Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the US were working on creating a secret back channel between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin specifically designed to bypass the intelligence community.
AWL examines the road out of sex trafficking, from Uganda, India, Brazil and beyond
Trafficking is now the third-largest international criminal activity, with $32 billion annually in profit, and millions of people affected. And it's growing. Across Women's Lives tells this story by giving voice to the women themselves in a 12-part, global multimedia series that starts May 18.
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