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Updated 2018-02-25 05:36
Russia reacts to the 'oligarch list'
On Tuesday afternoon, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers that the Trump administration intends to levy new sanctions based on the list published late Monday.
Soul captured James Hunter's heart at a young age
James Hunter loves soul and he's been a fan of the genre for a long time. He admits a lot of musicians in the UK try to emulate it, but the "results are mixed at best, I suppose." Hunter tells us who his favorite soul artists and picks a couple of tracks from his new album.
Why you'll find people named Lenin, Stalin and Krushchev on the roads of Kerala, India
Do names determine destiny? Many parents in the Indian state of Kerala hope so, even if the names they chose for their children are going out of fashion.
Will Russia get involved in the 2018 elections?
Russian meddling didn't end after Trump was inaugurated. Peter Singer takes us inside Russia's plans for 2018.
Fishermen in Greenland are doing better than ever. That might be thanks to climate change.
As the waters warm, the fishermen are catching more fish, and more varieties of fish, than before.
The Rohingya crisis lead to a falling out between Bill Richardson and Aung San Suu Kyi
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson resigned last week from a panel looking into solutions to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. And on his way out he blasted Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for lacking "moral leadership" on the issue.
A Republican congressman walks the tricky middle ground on immigration reform
Colorado Republican Congressman Mike Coffman represents one of the most diverse districts in the US. He's become a leading moderate voice on immigration. But is he doing enough for his constituents?
2017 was the costliest US natural disaster year on record
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that America suffered a record amount of damage in 2017 from natural disasters, with a tab of more than $306 billion.
Lula’s limbo between prison and presidency looms over 2018 Brazil race
South America’s largest country is electing its next president later this year — and it’s in the thick of a legal battle about whether the top-polling candidate will be in jail by that time.
LA's Little Tokyo is gentrifying and pushing out some of the city's most prominent artists
A tight community of artists in LA are pushing back against rising rents. But they worry they may lose the battle.
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"?