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Updated 2018-08-16 21:22
Yemen's war hasn't yet reached this remote island paradise. But conflict is brewing.
Arab governments are fighting over an island paradise in the Indian Ocean that few people have seen. Socotra, the size and shape of Long Island, New York, is home to 60,000 people and some of the strangest-looking plants on Earth.
One doctor's experience on a 'medical mission' to treat Rohingya refugees
Dr. Baseer Qazi talks about trying to diagnose and treat refugees who have been through traumatic experiences.
The arrest of an Egyptian satirist shines a light on the government's system of intimidation
Vlogger Shadi Abu Zeid was neither taken to a local police department nor charged in a civilian court. His whereabouts remained unknown for more than a day, until Monday evening, when his sister posted online that he had appeared at a state security prosecutor’s hearing in Cairo.
Want to see where immigration policy changes put workers at risk? Go to Harvard.
The end of Temporary Protected Status for many immigrants threatens the university’s support staff — and many of the campus’s more active union members.
Russian-speaking New Yorker would rather her daughter learn Chinese
Alina Simone was born in the Soviet Union to Russian-speaking parents. She has given up on passing the language on to her daughter.
The Mexican government says it will help people who are deported, but they often are left to make it on their own
The president of Mexico told people deported from the US, “You’re not alone.” But Omar Blas Olvera felt alone trying to restart his life and put his family back together in Mexico.
'A soldier cut off her breast:' Rohingya survivors recount atrocities
Since 2012, a small network of citizen activists have been risking their lives to secretly film the impact of Myanmar's military campaign against the Rohingyas. Their harrowing footage, and the first-ever on-camera interview with a member of the network, are featured in the new FRONTLINE documentary, "Myanmar’s Killing Fields."
Trump expected to leave Iran nuclear deal; Tehran defiant
US President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in and work with European allies.
Putin's fourth inauguration was a Russia-first extravaganza
Russian President Vladimir Putin was sworn in to a fourth term in office on Monday, extending his 18-year rule amid promises of continuity in foreign policy and renewed efforts toward building prosperity at home.
Kerala’s making an ambitious pledge to go organic
With cancer rates increasing more than 10 percent faster in Keralta, India, than in the rest of the country, the urgency to become agriculturally self-sufficient and chemical-free has started to grow.
Bhutan, known for its Gross National Happiness Index, comes to terms with mental health crisis
The country’s tourism council paints an image of a real-life Shangri-La. But Bhutanese identity has been undergoing a seismic shift as it is thrust into a modern age, prompting a mental health crisis in a country that is struggling to keep up.
The man who taught the Kremlin how to win the internet
Konstantin Rykov started his career creating sites like idiot.ru and spreading sexualized photos of women on the internet. He ended up teaching the Kremlin how to move the internet in its favor.
The radical populist party that shook Italy's establishment
The Italian establishment has failed from the start to understand the appeal of Five Star. First, it ignored the movement’s mass rallies, then dismissed its electoral aspirations, branding it by turns fascist and communist. Instead of trying to understand Five Star’s growing popularity, the main parties labeled its candidates dilettantes lacking the experience and competence to govern.
Lawsuits took down Big Tobacco. Can they make oil companies accountable for climate change?
Large cities like San Francisco and New York, along with smaller cities and counties in California, want the big oil companies to pay for the harm their products have caused in the form of rising seas, floods and drought. Better science and clear evidence of deception give these lawsuits far more traction than in the past.
A message for dog owners enjoying the great outdoors: Leave no poop behind
Most dog owners don’t think to pick up after their pets when out hiking in the backcountry, assuming it’s no big deal. But all that dog poop adds up to potential harm by introducing foreign bacteria and nutrients to forests, fields and streams.
Groups sue EPA over regulatory rollback, saying clean air is 'at risk'
Once a major polluter becomes subject to the most-stringent regulations, it is always subject to the most stringent regulations, in perpetuity. Now, however, the EPA is rolling back the "once in always in" policy, and environmental activists are alarmed.
Khalida Popal defied the Taliban and risked her life to play soccer
Khalida Popal did not let the harassment by the Taliban stop her from playing soccer. But daily death threats left her no choice — she fled her homeland and ended up in Denmark. Today she prepares a team of Mexican teenagers who will compete in the upcoming Street Child World Cup.
Trump freezes funding for 'White Helmet' volunteers as part of larger cut to Syrian aid
Search and rescue workers in Syria say civilian lives are at risk after being hit by a freeze in US funding for their organization. The Trump administration says it's part of a broader cut in aid to Syria and is calling on partners and allies to assume a larger role in stabilizing the country.
Nobel Literature prize award postponed amid turmoil over sex scandal
The Swedish Academy which decides the Nobel Prize for Literature said on Friday it would not make the award this year because of a sexual misconduct scandal that has caused turmoil in its ranks and led to a string of board members stepping down.
We asked you to tell us about your random acts of kindness. These were our favorite stories.
Boston artist Bren Bataclan often gives away his paintings with a note asking people to "smile at random people more often."
Black cosplay
The role of race in role playing.
The sound of one claw slashing (SNIKT!)
How Brendan Baker and Chloe Prasinos created a sound-rich world for Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night.”
Gene Luen Yang, ambassador from the land of comics
It might seem like a historical footnote, but China's Boxer Rebellion is as strange and tragic as anything in fiction.
A small North Carolina city stakes its claim as the global capital of furniture buying
High Point, North Carolina: The home to the world's largest home furnishings show is drawing a lot of international visitors.
Ronan Farrow: Foreign policy mistakes show US diplomacy needs reform, not reversal
Journalist Ronan Farrow takes a hard look at the decline of American diplomacy in his new book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.”
North Carolina’s fight to keep its foothold on furniture
For more than a century, North Carolina and southern Virginia were the furniture-making centers of America. Foreign competition from Asia has taken most of that work away over — 60 percent of the jobs have disappeared since 1990. But North Carolina isn’t going down without a fight.
How does seeking asylum work at the US border?
After weeks of travel across Mexico by bus, freight train and foot, more than 150 migrants from Central America — part of a caravan that has gained international attention — await their turn to apply for asylum at the Southern US border. Just how does the process work?
This British company is turning food waste into beer
Toast Ale has been making beer out of surplus bread for two years. Now the British beer-maker is trying to get other breweries in on the game.
Just how unstable is the massive Thwaites glacier? Scientists are about to find out.
A new five-year US and British research project hopes to give policy makers a better sense of how much west Antarctica will drive rising seas.
If you get a robocall in Mandarin, just hang up
More than 30 Chinese immigrants in New York say they have been the victims of a Chinese robocall scam. A local councilor suspects the number is much higher. The NYPD estimates $3 million has been stolen since December.
A determined UMass undergrad is gathering important data on the Nantucket Harbor crab population
Counting crabs in Nantucket Harbor isn't glamorous work, but somebody's got to do it.
Congress boosted spending on science and the environment, even as Trump administration tried to cut
Billions of dollars in additional funds for scientific research, including renewable energy research, earth systems observations and sea level monitoring were tucked inside the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending measure that passed on March 23, but the Trump Administration is still working to gut environmental regulations.
The mysterious aurora known as 'Steve,' explained
Astronomers have an update on the mysterious, heavenly, purple-and-green ribbon of light dubbed “Steve.”
For years, activists in Southeast Asia warned Facebook that content on the platform could lead to real-life violence. Then it did.
"We didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm," Mark Zuckerberg said during a company earnings call
A Trump-Kim summit would be historic too, but can it succeed?
The leaders of the two Koreas just made history. Now, it’s Donald Trump’s turn. The American president, who once dismissed the idea of negotiating with North Korea, is expected to do just that.
This historian’s new book on Mexican migration is perfectly timed
Stanford historian Ana Raquel Minan’s “Undocumented Lives” focuses on how policy shifts in both Mexico and the United States have changed the daily lives of Mexican migrants for decades.
Laurie Metcalf on reviving “Roseanne” and “Three Tall Women”
The Tony Award winner makes the case for why middle age is the best.
A play’s shoebox-sized stage
Somewhere between theater and installation art, “Flight” tells a story of child migrants entirely through miniature models.
What made Wes Montgomery a legend
How the jazz great ditched guitar picks and created a masterpiece.
What poet Yesika Salgado knows
Salvadoran American poet Yesika Salgado breaks down her love letter to Los Angeles.
The global reach of 'Our Bodies, Ourselves'
Since its publication by Simon & Schuster in 1973, "Our Bodies, Ourselves" has changed the way women view their bodies and how health care professionals view women's health. Here's a look at the impact the book has had globally.
Five takeaways from the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on Trump’s travel ban
Justices on Wednesday raised a series of questions that led many to suggest they did not see a coalition of enough judges to overturn President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Madeleine Albright thinks it's time to sound the alarm on fascism
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says we might not recognize the resurgence of fascism worldwide until it's too late.
President Obama created DACA. Why won't courts let President Trump end it?
A federal court ruling gives the government 90 days to explain why it changed the immigration policy — or to begin accepting new DACA applicants.
The great catfish war rages on
We’ve been hearing a lot about tariffs and trade wars. To look at how trade disputes can escalate, look at a 17-year-old skirmish between the US and Vietnam, and their fight over catfish.
If you could talk to the animals
What's the meaning of all those howls and growls? Is it language? This week on the podcast, NOVA's Ari Daniel explores how three species communicate.
Some senators still have lingering questions about Mike Pompeo as secretary of state
Sen. Bob Menendez says he will support Mike Pompeo if the CIA director wins Senate approval and becomes America's next top diplomat. But the Democratic senator from New Jersey says there are good reasons for him to vote "no" on Pompeo's nomination.
This Puerto Rican writer depicts the trauma Hurricane Maria left behind
Writer Edmaris Carazo writes about life after Hurricane Maria. "In less than a month and a half, hurricane season — the season that shall not be named — starts yet again."
Take a tour of the City of London’s tiny, protected green spaces
Open spaces in greater London’s historic core have been protected since Victorian times.
The French may soon have to accept 'le doggy bag'
In France, a restaurant meal is considered something to be experienced under the watchful eye of the chef. So there's no tradition of taking home leftovers. But the French government would like to change that to reduce food waste.