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Updated 2018-02-24 23:36
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.
This Haitian American artist's image of MLK hushing Trump goes viral again
"My Brother's Keeper," an image that went viral during the women's march following President Trump's inauguration, has become popular again one year later.
Painted turtles face an unusual danger from climate change
Climate change is impacting various animal species around the world, but painted turtles may face a particularly strange and formidable challenge.
Ahed Tamimi: A new symbol of Palestinian resistance?
A video of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl slapping and yelling at an Israeli soldier has proved polarizing.
Trump's latest controversy should spark a real conversation about immigration policy
The world is reacting to Trump’s vulgarity. But there’s a more serious conversation about immigration we should be having.
Why people are still trying to 'lose' their accents
English is spoken with countless accents by both native and non-native speakers. But a hierarchy of accents persists. So whether you're from Thailand or Tennessee, accent reduction may be a goal.
Norwegian statesman Jan Egeland critiques Trump’s reported vulgar remarks
Reports of vulgar, offensive outbursts by the president of the United States have real-world consequences. One is the impact on America's reputation overseas and its ability to lead and influence world events — its "soft power." That's the argument from Norwegian statesman Jan Egeland.
How countries around the world translated Trump
Countries around the globe struggled to come up with a good translation of Trump's vulgarity.
Eight years after the earthquake, a different taste of Haiti
After the 2010 earthquake devasted Haiti, there was an outpouring of international support. Eight years later, most of those who rushed in to help are long gone. But many of those who remain are people with ties to Haiti, and ome of them started businesses that are getting some traction.
Two Rohingya refugees start a new life in Boston
Two Rohingya men arrived in Boston. This is how they started their life in the US.
Why the UK has an easier time than the US divorcing from coal
The UK will end its use of coal in power plants in less than a decade. It's hard to imagine the same thing happening in the US.
Cartoonists respond to the French open letter critical of the #MeToo movement
A letter signed by French actress Catherine Deneuve has sparked controversy surrounding the #MeToo movement. Here's how cartoonists responded.
An activist lobbying for DACA says this week has been a 'roller coaster of emotions'
Politicians in the nation's capital are debating immigration policy changes. Activists are lobbying for an urgent deal to protect those affected by the Trump administration dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
10-4, Rubber Duck: The story of 'Convoy'
How did a fictional character from a bread commercial score a #1 hit song and spark the '70s CB radio craze?
The history — and the future — of the stage
Theater designer Joshua Dachs on the history of the stage: how it came to be and how it's still evolving.
That’s what she said
June Thomas looks at how sexual harassment is depicted on television.
As oceans suffocate, dead zones grow
A new analysis by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center shows that oceans are suffocating as the number of dead zones is dramatically increasing.
As environmentalists warn about water scarcity, these two companies are saving water and money
Most companies and manufacturing facilities still don't measure water usage. But increasingly, many corporations are. It's paying off for the environment and companies' bottom-lines.
Has the #MeToo movement gone too far or not enough?
Actress Catherine Deneuve and 100-some other French women wrote an open letter to denounce the #MeToo campaign as becoming a witch hunt, saying the movement has created a backlash against men.
Canadian pub fights complaint after it gives pay-gap discount to women
A pub in London, Ontario, is fighting a complaint of gender discrimination, after it gave a food discount to female customers. The pub’s promotion was highlighting the gender gap in pay.
Climate change information disappears from federal websites in 'pervasive, systematic' scrubbing
In one instance, more than 200 pages meant to help state, local and tribal governments prepare for climate change have been removed.
These young women are raising awareness about sexual health in Iran
After learning about sexually transmitted diseases for the first time in college, two young women decided to bring sexual health awareness to their native Iran.
After 17 years of 'legal life' in the US, a family considers its next move
The Trump administration is removing temporary protected status for El Salvador, a program that has permitted the Velasco family to live and work in the US since 2001. That puts them — and 200,000 other like them — at a tough crossroads.
What do the North Koreans want?
Officials from the DPRK – North Korea’s official name — and South Korea are talking again. So, what exactly is North Korea after? If you listen to its own propaganda, the North's leader Kim Jong-un intends to win the Korean War.
Social media companies could face big fines in Germany if they don’t remove hate speech
Social media companies that fail to remove hate speech and fake news from their platforms could face up to €50 million in fines under a new German law. Some free speech advocates say they're worried social media companies will have free reign to censor users, while others say the law is a good first step to establishing regulatory guidelines for tech giants.
Cuba has a lung cancer vaccine. Many US patients can’t get it without breaking thelaw.
Trump’s recent tightening of travel restrictions to Cuba has made it harder for Americans to reach the island. Some US cancer patients say they have no other options.
Three years after being attacked, Charlie Hebdo questions their survival
Charlie Hebdo spends $1.5 million a year on security measures. In their first issue this year, the satirical weekly opens up and asks “How long will Charlie Hebdo be able to sustain such a financial burden?”
DACA recipients at the center of the spending bill debate in Congress
Unless Congress can pass a spending bill by Jan. 19, the federal government will shut down.
Iceland hopes to get rid of the gender pay gap with a revolutionary new law
Companies that refuse to pay men and women equally for equal work will be fined and publicly outed.
Pot may be legal in California but noncitizens still have cause for worry
California is home to more than 10 million immigrants. And for those without citizenship, marijuana possession and use could be a deportable offense.
'Fire and Fury' in Europe: 'Everyone at the school gate was talking about it this morning'
Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury," about life inside Team Trump, is a top story and conversation point outside of the United States. The World gets the view from London.
From Indonesia to Peru, these folk songs weave voice and instruments together
RIYL, or recommended if you like, helps us understand tropes in genres like folk music. It's not perfect in this case, but the slight similarities in Beatriz and Stambul Naturil come out after a deep listen.
Haiti has a chicken-and-egg problem
Haiti’s egg problem is a stark symptom — and a symbol — of the cycle of poverty in which the country has been stuck for decades, if not centuries.
Childhood lead poisoning remains a widespread problem in America
In 2015, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, exposed anew the problem of excess blood lead levels in children. Now a new investigation has identified over 3,800 neighborhoods around the US whose children have blood lead levels twice as high as the levels in Flint.
Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre
The Beaufort Gyre, a key Arctic Ocean current that traps huge amounts of ice and cold freshwater, is behaving strangely. When it eventually discharges its contents, the event could begin a period of sharply lower temperatures in northern Europe.
One of the wealthiest men on Earth is being detained, and no one is talking about it
The Saudi prince who owns 1/3 of Twitter disappeared into the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton on Nov. 8 and has not been seen since. But the apparent incarceration of Prince Alwaleed bin Taleel — the 45th richest man on Earth and friend of billionaires Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates — is not getting a lot of media attention. CNBC's Jake Novak explains why few are now talking about Saudi Arabia's Twitter Prince.
The 'Truce Village' between North and South Korea
Panmunjom has been called "the most tense place on the planet." Here is what it's like to visit.
The US is cutting security assistance to Pakistan over terror groups
The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan for failing to cooperate with the US in the fight against terrorism.
Telenovelas are smash hits, but some actors say they get anything but star treatment
Actor Pablo Azar helped win union representation for fellow performers at Telemundo, a major Florida-based telenovela production house. But the full rights and benefits actors demand have yet to be sealed.
Garry Kasparov and the game of artificial intelligence
In 1997, chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov seemed invincible. But after playing the IBM computer Deep Blue, everything changed.
As the US freezes, Russia's still waiting for winter to start
The northeastern United States has been engulfed in snow and cold. Moscow? Not so much. And that's been a big drag for winter photographer Ivan Boiko.