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Updated 2018-06-19 17:24
Four things to know about Trump’s latest immigration proposal
What you need to know ahead of a tumultuous immigration debate in Congress.
This Lebanese filmmaker is getting global acclaim, but back home he got arrested
Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri was very happy when his new movie "The Insult" won a prize in Venice. But when he returned to Lebanon, he was promptly detained by authorities.
How human remains from a forgotten genocide were stolen and collected in New York City
Anthropologists gathered human remains during the genocide of the Herero people. Some of those remains are in a New York's Museum of Natural History and the descendants of the murdered want them back.
What a camel beauty contest can tell us about the future of Saudi Arabia
The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is a monthlong extravaganza honoring the “ships of the desert” and their place in Saudi Arabia’s history. But this year, it's about more than just camels — it's about a closed-off kingdom showing signs it wants to open up.
'There's something missing in African American music today.'
Cedric Watson is known for playing Cajun, Creole and zydeco music on his violin. He's from Lafayette, Louisiana. Watson appears on the new album by Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré. And through that collaboration, Cedric Watson has been able to find where the music from Louisiana and Mali meet.
Gold medalist Dominique Moceanu warned us 10 years ago about abuse in USA Gymnastics
When she accused her coaches and father of verbal and physical abuse, nobody listened.
Across the US, many illicit massage parlors avoid police detection
Prosecutors from Massachusetts to Minnesota detail cases where mostly foreign-born women work seven days a week, 12-24 hours a day, sleeping in parlors or nearby flophouses, and are managed by a network of interstate traffickers and business people.
Blockchain seems to be all the hype these days. But what, exactly, is it?
In recent years there's been a lot of hype surrounding blockchain and the system's applications — particularly as it applies to cryptocurrencies. But what, exactly, is blockchain? And how does it work?
Leonardo da Vinci: Theater impresario
Why The Last Supper was clearly painted by a theater nerd.
Aha Moment: ‘Practical Magic’
How a cheesy movie helped a listener through some serious grief.
Every picture tells a story
Bestselling authors write short stories based on this painter’s haunting pictures.
The fantastic woman who plays ‘A Fantastic Woman’
In the face of bigotry, Chilean actress Daniela Vega looks toward a more hopeful future.
Madeleine Albright: 'Many of the best diplomats are women'
Does gender play a role in the art of diplomacy? A discussion with Madeleine Albright and Wendy Sherman on gender, diplomacy and the Trump administration.
When health care comes with harassment: Photographing abortion clinic protests
Wendi Kent photographs protesters outside of family planning clinics. She says she tries hard to stay away from creating any kind of spin around the photos.
Saudi Arabia promises $1.5 billion in aid to Yemen — but it's still bombing the country
Saudi Arabia announced $1.5 billion in new aid for Yemen this week, a move it says is aimed at alleviating the country’s humanitarian crisis nearly three years into a Saudi-led military campaign there. But critics, among them a number of Yemenis, have questioned the motives behind the donation, given the Saudis’ own role in prolonging the crisis.
He argues for rolling back abortion rights in the US
Clarke Forsythe has worked with Americans United for Life in the courts and state legislatures to restrict abortion, always with an eye on overturning Roe v. Wade.
How South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela inspired band members
Former bass player, Bakithi Kumalo, remembers late legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela.
From the archives: An interview with the late Hugh Masekela
The legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela died Jan. 23 in Johannesburg. He was 78.
Is the US suffering from incoherent policies in the Middle East?
Vice President Mike Pence is on a tour of the Middle East. The US role in the region has changed under President Trump. Critics say US policies are disruptive, contradictory and incoherent.
Millions say #MeToo. But not everyone is heard equally.
How the media covers #MeToo.
With kids’ health suffering, one Guatemalan town is trying to adapt to climate change.
When the weather changed and kids became malnourished, one Guatemalan indigenous community made big changes. And they seem to be working.
These children suffered for months after extreme weather wrecked their town in Peru
A cough that has lasted months, fevers and diarrhea that keeps coming back. Small children are still suffering months after extreme weather lead to flooding in a small Peruvian town. Is climate change to blame?
Trump slaps steep US tariffs on imported washers, solar panels
President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry in the first of several potential trade restrictions.
Indigenous rights activists come out for the Women’s March in Phoenix
"Seeing all these people from different tribes, and different nations, it personally made me feel very empowered."
The abortion debate in Poland heats up again with newly proposed bill
If passed, the bill would ban abortions relating to irreversible damage to the fetus.
For some Christians, being 'pro-life' isn’t just about being against abortion
Activists from the anti-abortion movement in the US are feeling energized. President Donald Trump says his administration stands with them. But some Christians are frustrated with the president's words and actions because they see a connection between being “pro-life” and “pro-immigrant.”
In the 45 years since Roe v. Wade, states have passed 1,193 abortion restrictions
"Back then, you just took your chance," said Barbara, about abortion in the mid-1950s in Oklahoma.
In Africa, dams and loss of wetlands are helping to fuel the migrant crisis
Large dams often draw scrutiny for their impacts on the local habitat, from fish stocks to plant life, but they can also disrupt society, rendering traditional livelihoods obsolete in the name of economic development.
Temperature affects human migration, new research shows
Rising temperatures in agricultural regions in developing countries correspond with an increase in the number of refugees seeking asylum in Europe, according to research published in the journal Science.
Mining threatens Minnesota's pristine Boundary Waters
The Obama administration had put a temporary stop to copper-nickel mining on the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, pending environmental review. The Trump Interior Department reversed this policy, raising concerns about pollution in this hugely popular area that has been part of the National Wilderness Preservation System since 1964.
Trump and the environment, one year into the presidency
Environmental and energy policy are an area where President Donald Trump has been effective in pushing his agenda.
Hundreds of Israeli rabbis say they will personally hide African asylum-seekers in their homes
Rabbi Susan Silverman, the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman, is behind a movement to stop the deportation or imprisonment of some 40,000 African migrants living in Israel.
To control rat populations, birth control may be more effective than poison
Rats and humans have lived together forever. So why do we keep trying to kill them? We take a look at a few places that are rethinking pest extermination.
Global billionaires eye virtual currencies at the Crypto Finance Conference
The meeting came amid one of the most volatile weeks for flagship virtual currency bitcoin, which at one stage had halved in value from its record high of $20,000 set on the Luxembourg Bitstamp exchange a month ago, amid investor fears of a regulatory crackdown to curb speculators.
Fewer international students coming to US for grad school in science and engineering
In 2017, the US saw its first dip in international enrollment in science and engineering in years.
Cape Town could be the first major city in the world to run out of water
April 21 is the expected deadline.
Why yes, I do speak Klingon
Who creates fictional languages and who bothers to learn them?
Aha Moment: Ronald D. Moore on ‘Star Trek’
Killing your heroes.
Kirk to Enterprise: The piece of 'Star Trek' in your pocket
How “Star Trek” has inspired generations of astrophysicists, engineers, and inventors.
Canonical hoo-hah
What’s the deal with this new "Star Trek"?
Boldly going where no TV prop has gone before
The Starship Enterprise takes its rightful place — right up there with the Apollo capsule and the Wright brothers’ plane — at the National Air and Space Museum.
Women veterans want their voices heard in the #MeToo movement
The accusations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein and other entertainment figures have inspired other victims of sexual crimes to speak out against their alleged perpetrators in politics and the news media. And the numbers keep growing. But, women veterans say the #MeToo awareness is largely invisible in the military.
English and French rivalry highlighted by loan of historic Bayeux Tapestry
The president of France wants the Bayeux Tapestry to be shown in England for perhaps the first time in 950 years. The ancient work of art depicts the conquest of England by Frenchmen in 1066. For some in England, that conquest still rankles.
On his commute to campus he could soon risk a ticket — and deportation
His DACA protection and driver’s license are expiring in May, so Jasiel López worries that his drive to school could put him in the path of law enforcement.
Deneuve sends a dated message of empowerment
The legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve is denouncing the #MeToo movement and defending sexual freedom. The World's Sarah Birnbaum says she's stuck in a feminism of the 1960s.
Some French men are lamenting 'the end of love as we know it'
One French journalist sees his countrymen clinging to a "retro," sexist notion of seduction that includes pursuing women on city streets.
British Columbia has a flourishing grizzly bear tourism industry
After a long fight, First Nations groups in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest have won a ban on hunting grizzlies in the area. Now, instead of grizzly hunts, they're trying to build an ecotourism industry based on bear viewing and local native culture.
Whatever happened to the giant US embassy in Baghdad?
Questions over the cost of the new US embassy in London got us to thinking: what ever happened to the giant US embassy in Baghdad? The complex of buildings in the heart of the Iraqi capital once employed 16,000 people.
China races to tackle expanding oil spill after tanker sinks
An 11-mile oil slick is creeping across the East China Sea as officials begin a cleanup efforts
As the pope arrives in Chile, Chileans question their allegiance to the church
Just 36 percent of Chileans have confidence in the Catholic Church — the lowest in all of Latin America — according to Chilean newspaper La Tercera.
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