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Updated 2019-03-21 19:23
An unexpected challenge on Antarctica: Measuring snowfall
The amount of snowfall is an important parameter used in modeling how the Antarctic continent’s mass of ice will change in the coming decades. As the planet warms, the margins of the continent are melting three times faster than just one decade ago.
This Venezuelan historian worries further US involvement could bring more violence
Juan Guaidó, 35, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela last week, has been quickly supported by outside countries. But, Venezuelan historian Miguel Tinker Salas says foreign powers meddling in his home country are only deepening the crisis.
How the US influenced the creation of the EU
Immigration, borders, economic inequality and nationalism are some of the challenges facing modern-day Europe. Europe’s problems often echo those in the US.
Brazil's new president targets Amazon rainforest, Indigenous peoples
On his first day in office, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gave the Ministry of Agriculture provisional power over territories belonging to Indigenous peoples and the descendants of runaway slaves — much of which is located in the Amazon rainforest.
Brazil dam collapse death toll rises to 60, hundreds still missing
Firefighters in the state of Minas Gerais have confirmed 60 people dead in Friday's disaster, in which a tailings dam broke sending a torrent of sludge into the miner's offices and the town of Brumadinho. Nearly 300 other people are unaccounted for, and officials said it was unlikely that any would be found alive.
Bipartisan effort seeks Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans
Florida is home to more than 200,000 Venezuelan immigrants. Lawmakers have introduced legislation in Congress to give Venezuelans temporary status in the United States.
All but 'nonessential' US diplomats in Venezuela stay put despite Maduro's order to leave
Former US Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy spoke with The World's Marco Werman about why this moment of internationally recognized transition in Venezuela is dangerous, but integral.
The must-read pieces of the Roger Stone indictment
Stone was arrested early Friday morning on charges of lying to Congress about stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 campaign. Here's an annotated version of the indictment.
Class-action suit says US government is weaponizing information against migrant families
The Southern Poverty Law Center is leading a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of 10,000 migrant children that accuses the US Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of sharing information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement about family members in the US who come forward to sponsor detained children.
Rust Belt jobs are still going overseas. The impact could be felt for generations.
President Donald Trump talks a lot about bringing jobs back home. But American companies have continued to send jobs abroad, often with devastating impacts on American communities, more devastating than many of us might think.
Elizabeth Streb: Extreme action hero
Choreographer Elizabeth Streb takes dance to gravity-defying extremes.
Why Donald Byrd doesn’t dance around race
As he turns 70, the Seattle-based choreographer continues to provoke conversations through his art.
A dance piece that takes you inside the heart
Jody Oberfelder’s “4Chambers” is part dance — and part science project.
Celia & Johnny: They invented salsa
As Latin music was fading from popular culture, a blend of Caribbean rhythms going by the name salsa got a new generation dancing.
This Australian politician says pill testing could prevent deaths at music festivals
Pill testing would allow people at festivals, who plan to take MDMA or ecstasy, to test the pills for things like harmful chemicals, or dosage, first.
In Hong Kong, insulting China’s national anthem could soon be illegal
Pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong introduced a bill to criminalize “disrespect” of China’s national anthem. Pro-democracy activists say it’s all about stifling dissent.
Zimbabwe's Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi's career spanned four decades and 67 albums
Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe's most successful musician, largely steered clear of politics in his songs and told stories about people's everyday life struggles.
In El Paso, a border city grows uneasy over shutdown
The federal government is a major employer in El Paso, one of the largest cities along the US-Mexico border. The shutdown has affected thousands of customs, Border Patrol and drug enforcement agents who are reporting to work without pay.
What Thwaites Glacier can tell us about the future of West Antarctica
An international group of researchers launched a five-year, roughly $50 million project to study Thwaites Glacier, a remote, and notoriously foul-weathered, glacier in the middle of West Antarctica.
Take a dip in the woods: Scientists say ‘forest bathing’ is good for you
"Forest bathing" may sound like the latest health fad, but science says it produces real benefits for the people who practice it.
A spoken word poet in Myanmar speaks out against hate and injustice
Than Toe Aung faced years of discrimination and harassment as a Muslim in Myanmar. When he discovered the power of slam poetry, he decided to use it as a tool to speak out, unite and fight for justice.
Does Duterte’s wrath against the Catholic Church have no limit?
Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-Catholic scorn does not appear to be seriously damaging his appeal. The first polls of 2019 show the president’s approval rating is up to 80 percent, despite 8 in 10 Filipinos being Catholic.
National parks and public lands suffer during US government shutdown
Trump's partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22, 2018. In the ensuing weeks, concerns have grown about impacts on the nation’s public lands and national monuments.
'Vaccine hesitancy' is on the WHO's list of 10 threats to global health in 2019
The list of biggest health threats ranges from Ebola outbreaks to weak primary health care.
A tale of two sanctuary churches: Congregants in Ohio and the Netherlands find ‘instant connection’
When a Columbus, Ohio, church heard The World’s story on the Netherlands congregation's efforts to shelter an Armenian family facing deportation, it sounded familiar. After all, the Columbus church was sheltering an undocumented Mexican immigrant, too. So, the pastor from Ohio flew to The Hague to help.
Mexico's gas crisis, explained
At least 89 people died on Friday when a cracked fuel pipeline ignited and exploded. The explosion comes as Mexico has shut down six pipelines to fight fuel theft, which has caused shortages that some say added to Friday's death toll.
A US transgender activist is stuck in Sweden. The UN wants to investigate.
The UN has been able to investigate human rights complaints within the US, but the Trump administration has rejected international oversight.
Kurdish protesters attacked by Erdoğan's bodyguards at DC demonstration sue Turkish government
A group of protesters who were attacked by Turkish security officials back in May 2017 are suing the Turkish government. Murat Yasa, a Kurdish activist who is among those suing, says the attack has left with him long-term physical and psychological issues.
A little yellow book full of Xi Jinping quotes is the new version of Mao's 'Little Red Book'
Mao Zedong's 'Little Red Book' is an icon. Curators Julie O'Yang and Fernando Eloy have created a similar book — a yellow one — of quotes from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Here's why the US census citizenship question stokes mistrust
The question would have required respondents to answer whether they and everyone in their household is a US citizen. The ruling has been appealed. There’s a small chance it could still end up on the census if the Trump administration can convince the Supreme Court to step in on its behalf. That would all need to happen by the June deadline for finalizing questions so the questionnaires can go to print.
An Olympic hopeful from Senegal hopes to inspire more black women to surf
Black female surfers say they often have to battle aggression and isolation while out in the water. One group from Northern California hopes to change that by helping more black female surfers compete professionally.
Aha Moment: An odd path to Plath
Where a troubled teen discovered Sylvia Plath: in a Charlie Sheen TV movie.
Can you ever forgive Lee Israel?
The literary con artist talks about her criminal past — now adapted into the film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” starring Melissa McCarthy.
Rediscovering Hilma af Klint
The mystery behind the mother of modern abstraction.
Global Women’s Marches persevere despite divisions among US activists
This year's Women's March in the US is experiencing some tension at the top, but that hasn't slowed down other women across the globe who are also marching for their rights.
Amid 1619 anniversary, Virginia grapples with history of slavery in America
As Virginia marks 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies, it confronts the problem of silenced voices in history.
This busy LA immigration court is now a ‘ghost town’ in wake of government shutdown
Nearly 43,000 cases are estimated to have been canceled nationwide. California has seen the most cancellations — about 9,000 — followed by New York with more than 5,100. And immigrants who've waited years for their court date will now have to wait even longer.
Mexicans support president’s fight against fuel theft despite long lines for gas
What began as an inconvenience — longer lines at the gas station — is dragging into its second week after Mexico's president shut down fuel pipelines to prevent theft.
You can take selfies with once-secret KGB spycraft at this NY museum
A new museum of KGB objects has opened its doors in New York. Of the 3,500 pieces on display, only two are reproductions.
Pirates brought enslaved Africans to Virginia’s shores. Where, exactly, is debatable.
This year marks 400 years since the first Africans were taken from Africa and sold as slaves in the English colonies. It was the largest migration in history: 12 million or more Africans forcibly moved to places across the Atlantic Ocean to be slaves. Today, all of those places are still dealing with the fallout.
Forgotten and crumbling, a PA steel town turned to Trump. Two years later, it's a mixed bag.
When presidential candidate Trump visited Rust Belt cities like Monessen, Pennsylvania, he made some bold promises to bring back jobs from overseas. Many voters, including lifelong Democrats, loved his message. How are they feeling now?
British lawmakers reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal
British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political upheaval that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.
'Congo Tales' book dramatizes myths from Mbomo people
A new photo book tells legends from the Mbomo people from the Republic of the Congo.
The 'Green New Deal' started with six college grads. Now, they're recruiting an army of young people.
The Green New Deal is often linked to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman congresswoman who is the idea’s most visible champion. But in its current form, it’s the brainchild of a bunch of 20-somethings sick of older generations’ inaction on climate change.
When the US pulls out of Syria, what happens to ISIS?
President Donald Trump closed out 2018 with the announcement that ISIS has been defeated. Analysts say otherwise.
No, the president can't destroy records. Here's why.
In 1978, Congress created the Presidential Records Act, which makes the records of a president public, not private. Here's what that means amid some of the latest revelations that US President Donald Trump has withheld records of his conversations with Vladimir Putin.
This Nicaraguan journalist is still reporting in exile
After being arrested in his home country of Nicaragua, well-known political commentator Jaime Arellano refuses to give up, even after being exiled to Miami, Florida.
Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon d'Or winner: 'A huge step forward'
Women's soccer player Ada Hegerberg is the first Ballon d'Or Féminin winner. For her, it's a symbol that the women's sport is getting more attention, even though she says all women and girls are still fighting sexism, both in the sport and in the world.
Nutrition science is changing: low-fat is out, whole foods are in
Years of nutrition advice has urged consumers to cut fat. Well, now cutting edge science says healthy high-fat products could lower the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The US is currently in 31 other national emergencies. Here's what that means.
US President Donald Trump has suggested he could declare a national emergency to get a border wall. This hasn't happened yet, but the US is still technically in crisis. There are 31 national emergencies currently active, ranging from last year to 1979.