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Updated 2018-12-18 14:22
Refugees asking for asylum in Canada argue the US is no longer safe
Is the US safe for refugees? Canadians who say no think Canada may be breaking the law by ignoring the question
One year later, a family affected by Harvey is still trying to put pieces back together
I asked Silvia how surviving these disasters has changed her life. “A lot,” she said. “What we have today could be gone tomorrow. “
Mel Brooks and ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’
How a 1961 comedy routine still holds up today.
Aha Moment: Whoopi Goldberg
How the hilariously profane comedian inspired a young girl from the Bronx.
Marvin Hamlisch’s Hollywood
How Marvin Hamlisch came up with the score for “The Sting.”
The First Lady of the American Theatre
How Helen Hayes promoted a style of performance that still defines American acting today.
Robert Lopez, hit machine
How do you write a hit musical number? And then do it again? And again?
Online, gamblers bet on who they think wrote the anonymous Trump op-ed
Dan Coats, Mike Pence and Kirstjen Nielsen were among the favorites on Thursday among political gamblers taking an online stab at predicting which senior Trump administration official authored a scathing anonymous column in the New York Times.
Trump’s NAFTA revisions — designed to help the US auto industry — could have the opposite impact
The Trump administration argues NAFTA changes will create jobs. But the plan has many in the auto industry quite nervous.
This poetry detective tracks down word thieves. But are they all plagiarists?
Ira Lightman is a hero to some in the literary world, a villain to others.
Her cousin was killed in a school shooting, but this exchange student decided to stay in the US
Sabika Sheikh was killed along with seven other classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School in Texas last May. Her cousin, Shaheera Jalil Albasit, wants to keep building peace.
Myanmar sentences Reuters journalists to seven years in prison
The two reporters, who were investigating the killing by the security forces of Rohingya villagers at the time of their arrest, had pleaded not guilty.
UN agency chief says Palestinian refugees can't 'simply be wished away'
Washington's move against UNRWA was the latest in a series of US and Israeli policy decisions that have angered Palestinians and raised international concern.
Massive fire devastates historic National Museum of Brazil
The destruction of the building, once a palace for emperors that had fallen into disrepair, was an "incalculable loss for Brazil."
In Puerto Rico's coffee country, 'We have to motivate the farmers to come to the soil again'
More than 260 schools in Puerto Rico closed this summer due to low enrollment after Maria. A group of women want to transform one in western Puerto Rico into an educational center to revive the region’s coffee industry.
Siberian war games send a signal to the West
The 1984 Operation Lionheart involved 131,565 British and allied troops. The Russians claim almost 300,000 personnel will be participating in Vostok-18 beginning on Sept. 11.
The remarkable bounce of ‘Blindspotting’
Everybody listens when you make it sound pretty.
Richard Pryor’s ‘Wanted: Live in Concert’
How therapy revealed some of Richard Pryor’s best material.
Build it and they will come to the movies
What are the movies that Liz Diller likes best, from an architect’s point of view?
When reporting sexual assault, Rohingya women are being lost in translation
The humanitarian group Translators Without Borders has created a new app to help clear up the miscommunication.
Cross-border meals connect people from countries in conflict
Ragini Kashyap hosts pop-up dinners around the world in an effort to showcase the underlying similarities between cultures that are separated by conflict.
More visitors are coming to the DMZ amid thawing relations with North Korea
The Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea is both a potential conflict zone and a tourist destination. An official South Korean tourism site notes more than a million people visit the DMZ every year.
Scotland tries to combat poverty by providing free menstrual products
Victoria Heaney started the #FreePeriodScotland campaign that caught the attention of the Scottish government and, ultimately, helped spur a conversation across Scotland about the fight against period poverty.
The UN says some Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen may amount to war crimes
Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war have caused heavy civilian casualties at marketplaces, weddings and on fishing boats, some of which may amount to war crimes, United Nations human rights experts said on Tuesday.
Despite the risks, holdouts refuse to abandon Ukraine's radiation hotspots
Outside of Chernobyl's "exclusion zone," things have never returned to normal. But life goes on.
US and Mexico strike deal to update NAFTA
Negotiations will continue to reach a deal with Canada, but President Donald Trump said he was prepared to terminate NAFTA and move forward with an individual bilateral accord with Mexico.
Some of the last Puerto Ricans without power got it today. Now, work to build a stronger grid must begin.
After 11 months, power is virtually fully restored in Puerto Rico. But the grid is still fragile, and there’s no estimate of when an overhaul to make it stronger will begin.
In Japan, working mothers battle overwork culture
Japan's business culture expects workers to stay late. But working mothers who also have to shoulder more childcare responsibilities often find themselves trapped between both roles.
French demand for Syrian soap keeps an ancient art alive
When Samir Constantini got the idea to import Aleppo soap to France, it took years to sell his first batch. Now, he's operating a factory and warehouse outside of Paris, helping keep the soap-making tradition alive.
The poetic heart of Iranian culture
The poetry that flies in the face of oppression.
The past is present for Tylonn Sawyer
Using paint to empower.
What does a conservative protest painter do with Trump?
There’s still plenty of people to agitate.
American Icons: ‘Dixie’
This is the tune the nation brought to war.
For Irish Catholics, there’s both enthusiasm and anxiety about Pope Francis’s visit
Pope Francis visits Ireland this weekend for the first time as head of the Catholic Church. In a country where 4 out of 5 people identify as Catholic, the trip will not be easy.
Is medical marijuana the antidote to Lebanon's trade deficit?
The Lebanese government is milling a controversial idea: Taking over the illicit cannabis trade and developing a medicinal marijuana industry to help the country’s struggling economy.
US deports accused former Nazi guard to Germany
The White House said Jakiw Palij served as a guard at the Trawniki Labor Camp, where about 6,000 Jewish men, women and children were shot dead on Nov. 3, 1943, in one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust.
Dozens missing in India's flood-hit Kerala as death toll approaches 400
Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace.
In South Korea’s war panic economy, sales thrive on nuclear angst
In South Korea, when tensions flare in the north, business picks up for those who supply preppers.
Russian hackers targeted US conservative think-tanks, says Microsoft
Software giant Microsoft said Tuesday that hackers linked to Russia's government tried to target the websites of two right-wing US think-tanks.
How Cheburashka taught me about my mother's Soviet upbringing
Cheburashka’s creator died last week. I asked my mom about her thoughts on being a Young Pioneer and how the Soviet cartoon influenced her life.
Greece exits bailout, but 'shackles and the asphyxiation continue'
After eight years of emergency loans, Greece on Monday exited the international bailout program that prevented it from going bankrupt. Far from celebrating, Greeks are still reeling from heavy pension cuts, tax hikes and troubling levels of unemployment.
In New York, a Sisyphean task on the Hudson comes to an end
A year ago, some mysterious stone figures appeared on the banks of the Hudson in Manhattan. They're the work of Uliks Gryka.
Joint US-Mexico effort to focus on drug kingpins’ financial infrastructure
This new joint effort between the US and Mexico also doubles down on the controversial kingpin strategy — the idea that you break up cartels by targeting their leaders.
Riot on Brazil-Venezuela border sends immigrants fleeing ahead of monetary reforms
Economists say the plan announced on Friday is likely to escalate the crisis facing the once-prosperous country that is now suffering from Soviet-style product shortages and a mass exodus of citizens fleeing for nearby South American countries.
Here comes the sun: How Hampshire College moved to 100 percent solar energy
Colleges and universities across the US are looking for ways to go green and save money at the same time. Hampshire College has done it.
Fracking is on the rise in Pennsylvania. So are radon levels. Are the two connected?
Pennsylvania homes have high levels of radon, a substantial risk factor for lung cancer. Is the fracking boom makings matters worse? Scientists aren't quite sure.
'There is real suffering': How the travel ban is tearing some families apart
Families in the Yemeni American community are in limbo as the travel ban limits who gets to enter the US.
Steve Bannon's 'The Movement' is an umbrella group of anti-establishment, populist parties in Europe
Bannon is in the process of setting up an umbrella group with a headquarters in Brussels to help support and coordinate these different nationalist parties. One of the people helping him is his friend, Benjamin Harnwell.
‘Sorry, Wrong Number’
The groundbreaking radio drama about crossed signals, and a phone call you weren’t supposed to hear.
Readymade soundtracks for imaginary films
How library music composers anonymously churned out some of the strangest, funkiest music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.