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Updated 2019-03-21 19:23
Yalitza Aparicio challenges stereotypes in debut role in 'Roma'
The first-time actress was a preschool teacher before she was cast in Alfonso Cuaron's newest film. Now she's the cover of Vogue Mexico.
After two boys’ murders, migrants and advocates fear new 'remain in Mexico' policy
The killings of two Honduran teenagers this week are a sobering reminder of the dangers asylum-seekers may face while waiting in violent Mexican border regions as the Trump administration rolls out a new plan to keep migrants in Mexico until their asylum claims are decided.
These fourth graders penned climate change poetry inspired by our coverage
A story from The World inspired a Boston 4th grader to write a poem about climate change and the Amazon. Then her whole class got into the act.
The Brazilian Christmas dinner is incomplete without this dish
The Christmas dinner menu in Brazil is just as shaped by history and politics as everything else.
Mattis letter points to 'weakest aspects' of Trump's foreign policy
Ambassador Nick Burns calls Mattis' resignation "a significant blow to the United States" and says that the publicly-released resignation letter was "a resignation in protest against the feckless policies of President Trump."
Schiff: 'Gravely worried' about national security after Mattis' resignation
Rep. Adam Schiff tells The World that the resignation of Gen. Jim Mattis is 'an inestimable loss' for the United States.
Syrian Kurds left behind as Trump pulls out US troops
With US help, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have captured large parts of northern and eastern Syria from ISIS, but warn that the jihadists still pose a threat even if President Donald Trump has declared their defeat.
Guilty Pleasure: The anthropological whiteness of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies
Why a black Muslim prison reform activist became an aficionado of the all-white world of Hallmark Christmas movies.
Forgotten women of the blacklist
Carol Stabile shares the untold history of women in the 1950s Red Scare.
American Icons: ‘The Searchers’
The complicated legacy of John Ford’s problematic masterpiece starring John Wayne.
Thousands stuck as London Gatwick grounds flights after spotting drones
The airport, expected to handle some 115,000 passengers, grounded flights after 'industrial' drones were spotted.
Finally, more than ‘love’ for Serena Williams: Tennis star inspires new rules
The Women’s Tennis Association has announced new rules on dress code and maternity leave for tennis players.
As families are lost to China’s ‘re-education camps,’ US Uighurs are split
Younger Uighurs want to advocate for an independent East Turkestan, the Uighur homeland, but older Uighurs say they’ve already tried that.
How a sanctioned Russian bank wooed Washington
New documents show gala invites, a charismatic CEO and high-powered lobbyists burnished the image of VTB, a state-owned Russian bank.
Is Christmas demon Krampus losing his edge?
Krampus, St. Nicholas' scary sidekick, is as popular as ever. But some say he's been tamed for a modern audience.
Abortion is legal in Italy, but most doctors refuse to perform them
It's estimated that between 70 and 90 percent of doctors in Italy are "conscientious objectors" and refuse to perform abortions, even though it's been legal for 40 years.
Former Trump adviser Flynn to be sentenced for lying to FBI
A judge will decide on Tuesday whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn should be sent to prison for lying to the FBI.
US officials reject blame for migrant girl’s death. Advocates point to Trump’s asylum policies.
US officials say a 7-year-old’s death is an example of risks migrants take when crossing the US border. But the girl died in US custody.
As access to abortion gets harder in the US, women turn to an online service in the Netherlands
Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the US. But legal and accessible — that's not always the same thing. Some states are passing legislation aimed at restricting abortion. The latest is in Ohio, where two bills to limit abortion just landed on the governor's desk. And that has some women in need turning to an unconventional place: the internet.
The world struck a major climate deal in Poland. So, what’s in it?
Negotiators created rules to help the world meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. But the UN climate chief still told the delegation, "Climate change is still running faster than us."
A Google affiliate is planning a ‘smart’ neighborhood in Toronto. Local opposition is growing.
A company wants to build a city from 'the internet up,' but locals are worried about privacy controls over personal data.
An American newspaper asked Brits for petty crime stories. They got classic snark back.
When The New York Times took to Twitter to ask Londoners about petty crime, they responded with a uniquely British level of gusto and sarcasm.
New Chinese policy is forcing people to think: Is there a better way to recycle?
For years, the model for American recycling was pretty simple: throw it in a bin, then let China deal with the mess. But no longer.
Salvadoran women bond serving long sentences for the 'crime' of miscarriage
El Salvador is one of just a handful of countries where abortion is banned in all circumstances. The ban is so draconian that even miscarriage is considered suspicious.
British Parliament wants to shut down extremist content online — at what cost?
British intelligence officials have asked a Washington, DC-based researcher to shut down his site, an archive of extremist material, yet it's still operational. The news has, once again, brought up the debate about online regulation versus freedom of access to information.
US a wild card as climate negotiators race to meet Friday deadline
The deadline for this year’s climate summit is tomorrow, and negotiators still haven’t resolved many of the most important issues.
Rediscovering your favorite kids’ books as an adult
Writer Bruce Handy reminds us why we still love the books we read as kids.
American Icons: The Muppets
The story behind Jim Henson’s beloved creature creations.
Putting the play back in playground
The history — and future — of playgrounds.
US cuts funds to Palestinian refugees, leaving many without essential services
“The abolition [of UNRWA] means erasing the existence of the refugee issue. We say to them that we insist on the existence of the agency as long as the issue of refugees is not resolved," says Taha al-Biss, leader of the al-Amari refugee camp in the West Bank.
Judge halts Keystone XL pipeline, citing ‘complete disregard’ for climate
A federal judge in Montana ruled the Trump administration did not adequately consider the project's impact on climate change.
British Prime Minister Theresa May fights leadership revolt, warns Brexit in peril
British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight for her job in a leadership challenge on Wednesday triggered by Conservative lawmakers, saying a change could jeopardize Brexit from the European Union.
UN compact recognizes climate change as driver of migration for first time
We talk about "climate refugees" all the time. But they don't exist. In fact, those displaced by climate change have no special protections under international law. But that may be changing.
Maria Ressa says journalism is democracy's 'first line of defense' and Rappler won't back down
Time Magazine honored journalists with its Person of the Year award. The list of journalists include Maria Ressa, founder of the investigative Rappler Media in the Philippines. Ressa and Rappler have been covering extrajudicial killings in the country, part of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.
Smothered by smog, activists are urging Poland to reconsider coal
Coal smog can make many poles feel like they're living in the 19th century. Now a growing grassroots movement is pushing local and national governments to cut smog and rethink the country's heavy reliance on coal.
Insects slipping into the US are causing billions of dollars in damage
The US has two trade deficits: money and pests. A Congressional amendment would add some safeguards to clamp down on non-indigenous insects that are killing American trees.
Limits on asylum-seekers leads to agency closures in Los Angeles
Under the Trump administration, America is closing its doors to refugees. US refugee caps have been steadily slashed from 110,000 a year under the Obama administration to 30,000 next year. That would be the lowest number of refugees admitted since 1980.
At 70, is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights doing its job?
Under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone is entitled to a healthy, adequate standard of living. But from the start, there was a tension within US politics about whether America would submit to international justice.
WATCH: Macron addresses 'yellow vest' protesters as Paris cleans up
French President Emmanuel Macron will address the country on Monday as he seeks to placate "yellow vest" anti-government protesters who wreaked havoc in Paris this weekend.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May to withdraw parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal
British Prime Minister Theresa May is pulling a parliamentary vote set for Tuesday on her Brexit deal, the BBC reported, after repeated warnings from lawmakers that the scale of the expected defeat could sink her government.
Some Afghans seek peace with the Taliban, but fear the return of 'male-dominant society'
After nearly two decades of war, prospects for peace talks have been gaining momentum in Afghanistan. This has created a sense of optimism and anxiety among some Afghans.
Former Yemeni war detainee praises UN-brokered prisoner swap
A prisoner swap, agreed to by opposing sides in the Yemen war, may be just a confidence-building measure. But for one former detainee, the UN-brokered measure is a significant step toward eventual peace in Yemen.
Poland is a coal country. But for how long?
This year's climate conference is convening in the heart of Poland's coal country. As the world meets to negotiate a follow-up to the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015, Poland's leaders are promising continued reliance on coal.
'Human Intelligence': a holiday tale
In need of a little holiday cheer this year? Listen to this radio drama of an unusual Christmas story by Kurt Andersen.
Day Jobs: Respiratory therapist
Stacey Rose is a playwright, screenwriter, director, producer and ... a respiratory therapist.
When small was big
There’s a little something to note about male figures in classical art.
This Holocaust survivor convinced a Dutch rail firm to make reparations
During World War II, hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Netherlands paid for their train, operated by the Dutch state-run company NS, that later deported to them death camps. The parents of Holocaust survivor Salo Muller were on one of those trains.
Marinating in plastics
Plastics. You may love them. You may hate them. But you can’t live without them.
Venezuelan American doctors 'come back to our people' on US Navy hospital ship
The USNS Comfort served thousands of desperate Venezuelan refugees in Colombia who’ve fled their country’s life-threatening food and medical scarcities. The ship anchored off Riohacha, Colombia as part of a three-month, four-nation Latin American tour, helping with everything from hernia operations to eye cataract removals.
A top Huawei executive has been arrested on a US request, clouding the China trade truce
The daughter of Huawei's founder, a top executive at the Chinese technology giant, was arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States.