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Updated 2018-08-16 21:22
At least 9 dead in Nicaragua as civil unrest continues
Protests began last week after the government of President Daniel Ortega, a former leftist guerrilla leader whom critics accuse of trying to build a family dictatorship, launched a plan to overhaul the Central American country's welfare system.
Can music improve your health?
It pumps us up when we’re at the gym, we dance to it at weddings and we sing along with it at concerts. But can music surround us with positive memories in our old age?
Tyler Environmental Prize winner James J. McCarthy has hope for the future
Distinguished oceanographer and leading climate scientist James J. McCarthy of Harvard University is a co-recipient of this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Scott Pruitt's plan would double allowable auto emissions by 2025
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to roll back fuel efficiency standards developed under President Obama. The decision would increase carbon emissions and pollution nationwide and also sets the stage for a possible legal battle with California, which wants to keep its more stringent standards.
Biodiversity loss has an enormous impact on humans, according to a UN report
A three-year study finds that land degradation and rapidly declining biological diversity has profound implications for humanity, putting billions of people at risk of living without adequate food, water and energy.
Coal plant emissions damage infant DNA, a new study shows
Pollution from coal plants has been linked to adverse health effects, including increased risk of cardiovascular problems and shortened lifespans. Now a new study suggests a reason why: coal plant emissions can effect telomeres — protective tips at the end of each string of DNA that are linked to aging.
The rivalry between two Mexican towns could be responsible for the loss of a language
The last people in Mexico who speak a language called Huave live on a remote stretch of the Pacific coast. But an ongoing conflict over clean energy has pitted the Huave against each other. Now some of the last Huave speakers no longer talk to each other.
This artist wants to make you smile
Bren Bataclan is a Filipino American artist who first came to the US when he was 12 years old. Now, he's a professional artist who shares his immigrant experience through his paintings. He's also gives his paintings away to make people smile.
American Icons: ‘Amazing Grace’
While the song has a universal message, its origins are much more complex.
American Icons: ‘Spoon River Anthology’
This is the book of poetry that cast a shadow on America’s white picket fence.
American Icons: ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’
This is the novel that gave slavery a bad name.
Castro steps down as Díaz-Canel assumes Cuban presidency
Raul Castro stepped down from office and Miguel Díaz-Canel assumed the presidency as the first Cuban president not to bear the Castro name in close to 60 years.
Escaped Icelandic computer thief boards flight with Icelandic PM
An Icelandic man arrested on suspicion of stealing about 600 computers used to mine the cryptocurrency Bitcoin escaped prison and fled the country on a commercial flight to Sweden.
In Japan, there's a newspaper by people who couldn't leave their homes
The government of Japan estimates that there are a half million people there who are "hikikomori" — shut-ins who've barely left their homes for six months. But the number could be much higher.
Amsterdam is tackling loneliness one dance party at a time
Public health experts now say loneliness is a growing health threat. Amsterdam is taking the subject seriously.
Russian authorities want to ban Telegram in the country. But it's not going as well as they had hoped.
The Russian government is moving to block the messaging app after the company refused to comply with a court order demanding access to user data. But so far, the ban hasn’t gone as smoothly as Russian authorities had hoped.
Visit a slice of Mexico City increasingly known as 'Little LA'
A small corner of the city is becoming a gathering spot for Mexicans who lived in the United States for years and now find themselves back in Mexico, by force or choice.
Asia Argento on relearning how to live her life after sexual assault
Italian actress and activist Asia Argento, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, came under a lot of backlash in her native Italy. Still, Argento says she doesn’t regret her action and hopes she can change some of Italy’s misogynist culture.
Pompeo nomination consolidates climate skepticism in Trump administration
The CIA Director's views on climate change would be more in line with President Trump’s than those of his predecessor.
When the US bows out of nation-building, China steps in
Unlike Western nations, China doesn't demand democratic reform or human rights standards when engaging with states with weak or failing governments. Syria is a case in point.
A life of statelessness derailed this Eritrean runner's hopes to compete in the Olympics
Teklit Michael dreamed of competing in the Olympics. But the Eritrean runner had to flee his country. He's now among the estimated 20,000 African migrants living without papers in Israel. And Israel has announced plans to deport them.
Trump, Japan's Abe seek consensus on North Korea amid strains
Abe is due to arrive Tuesday at Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, for two days of talks dominated by North Korea but also expected to cover trade, relations with China and other issues. Both leaders could use a successful summit to give themselves a political boost at home.
In one Oklahoma county, the number of women in prison is falling. This treatment program might be why.
In 2015, 40-year-old Ronna Stone was looking at another prison sentence until she was offered a way out and a new life.
Conditions in crowded camps worsening for Rohingya ahead of heavy rains
Conditions in crowded camps in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh have deteriorated for nearly 700,000 Rohingya as aid workers race to strengthen shelters ahead of monsoon season, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.
Ireland's strict ban on abortion could soon be a thing of the past
The right to life of the unborn is protected by Ireland's constitution. The Eighth Amendment was passed by national referendum in 1983. In May, Irish voters will take part in another referendum. This time, they're being asked whether they want to repeal the abortion ban.
Rare fossils could face trouble outside new Bears Ears National Monument boundaries
The Trump administration recently slashed the size of Bears Ears National Monument, leaving paleontologists worried about the fate of the area's rare fossils.
Coastal Republicans oppose the new 'Drill, baby, drill'
In January, the Trump administration announced plans to open nearly all US coastal waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. Since then, governors and legislators of both parties have strongly opposed drilling near their coasts.
In the Caribbean, queen conches are living on the edge
Conches are ubiquitous across the Caribbean. The decorative shells are exported and made into jewelry, and the huge gastropod inside is a staple food. But new research suggests that the conch is possibly being loved to death.
Circuit court declines to halt climate case brought by youth plaintiffs
A federal appeals court recently rejected a bid by the Trump Administration to block a youth climate lawsuit filed in Oregon from moving to trial.
The rise and fall of The Noid
How a whimsical advertising mascot became part of a really dark story.
No shame in sisig: Filipino chefs and scholars say they are overcoming a century of stereotypes
Some foodies have cited "hiya," literally shame, as one reason balut and sisig aren't more common in US restaurants. But in Philippine culture, "hiya" has a much deeper meaning.
Two views of the Gaza protests, from each side of the border fence
Palestinians are protesting in the Gaza Strip, with demonstrations planned for several more weeks. One Palestinian man says people just want a better future. An Israeli who lives on the other side of the border fence says he just wants to live in peace with his neighbors.
Activists in Myanmar welcome Zuckerberg’s pledge to clamp down on hate speech. But is it enough?
During Congressional hearings this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to dedicate more resources to moderate hate speech and other content. But some digital rights activists in Myanmar, where the platform has been used to incite ethnic violence, say Facebook is not doing enough.
Why a trailer filled with 23 greyhounds is crossing the US-Mexico border
A couple in California crosses the border on a regular basis to give greyhounds a second chance at life.
Mount Eerie sings about death without the euphemisms
In devastatingly raw songs, Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie chronicles his grief after his wife’s death.
A room of Nell Scovell’s own
The writer for “The Simpsons,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Newhart” on being the only woman in the writers’ room.
Many women come out of prison with almost nothing. This woman helps them through the first 72 hours.
Around 85 percent of women in a British Columbia prison come out homeless. "There are very few places for women to go when they get released," says one advocate.
Finding forms of devotion in Tuyo's Conselho do Bom Senso
Rituals and spring go hand-in-hand.
The journey of two sisters into the Syrian jihad, and a father's efforts to rescue them
Somali-Norwegian teenagers Ayan and her younger sister Leila leave their affluent neighborhood outside of Oslo to travel to Syria and marry ISIS fighters. Author Asne Seierstad's latest book, "Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad", shares the family's story including the father's efforts to bring his daughters home.
'I don't want to miss any more': One woman tries to stay clean and out of jail
Oklahoma has had the highest female incarceration rate in the nation. It's been that way for the last 25 years. The state imprisons 151 out of every 100,000 women, according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics — more than double the national rate. Cherise Greer is out of the system but is now faced with the challenges of life on the outside.
Jimmy Carter on faith, Trump, and his undying optimism
The more time elapses from his presidency, Carter says, the more he's interested in exploring the spiritual side of life.
Can First Nations Court stop Indigenous women from ending up in prison?
"People really had compassion, affection, understanding and patience — something that you don't get in regular court." That's how one Indigenous woman describes her day in First Nations Court.
Is Alabama's football glory helping the university's international brand?
Alabama’s run of success has brought a lot of national attention to the university. Has it been able to leverage the team’s winning ways into success overseas?
For one British couple, there's an unexpected upside to living near a crumbling coast
The Canes were able to move back to their home after a stint in Australia because no one would buy it.
Chemical attack in Syria grabs Trump's attention, but he has few options available
Rescue workers and doctors said more than 42 people were killed in the chemical attack, but that there were likely many more victims yet to be found.
Pro-opposition Syrians in Turkey grapple with losing the war
For many of the Syrians in Turkey who fought in, or rooted for the opposition, the bloodshed is ending in death and destruction with no freedom.
FEMA maps lack up-to-date information on flood risk
With all the extreme weather the US has experienced lately, it seems important to know if one's area will flood when hard rains fall and rivers rise. But Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps contain inaccurate information.
Harassment, rape and retaliation: What one woman endured within the US Forest Service
Abby Bolt loves her job as a Battalion Chief for the US Forest Service, leading forest fire prevention efforts and commanding teams of hundreds of people in a disaster. But Bolt has also been a victim of the “good ol’ boy” culture in an agency that for years has cast a blind eye over hazing, harassment and sexual misconduct.
This migrant is done with the US. Instead, he's choosing to live undocumented in Mexico.
After years of a migrant's life, Daniel Vega, from Guatemala, is ready to put down roots in Mexico. But being "undocumented anywhere is never easy."
As a British village crumbles into the sea, a family holds onto a home that can't be saved
The government says it can’t protect every home from the sea. One family says they’ll hold tight to their memories when it’s time to leave their house.