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Updated 2018-04-25 14:08
Why people are still trying to 'lose' their accents
English is spoken with countless accents by both native and non-native speakers. But a hierarchy of accents persists. So whether you're from Thailand or Tennessee, accent reduction may be a goal.
Norwegian statesman Jan Egeland critiques Trump’s reported vulgar remarks
Reports of vulgar, offensive outbursts by the president of the United States have real-world consequences. One is the impact on America's reputation overseas and its ability to lead and influence world events — its "soft power." That's the argument from Norwegian statesman Jan Egeland.
How countries around the world translated Trump
Countries around the globe struggled to come up with a good translation of Trump's vulgarity.
Eight years after the earthquake, a different taste of Haiti
After the 2010 earthquake devasted Haiti, there was an outpouring of international support. Eight years later, most of those who rushed in to help are long gone. But many of those who remain are people with ties to Haiti, and ome of them started businesses that are getting some traction.
Two Rohingya refugees start a new life in Boston
Two Rohingya men arrived in Boston. This is how they started their life in the US.
Why the UK has an easier time than the US divorcing from coal
The UK will end its use of coal in power plants in less than a decade. It's hard to imagine the same thing happening in the US.
Cartoonists respond to the French open letter critical of the #MeToo movement
A letter signed by French actress Catherine Deneuve has sparked controversy surrounding the #MeToo movement. Here's how cartoonists responded.
An activist lobbying for DACA says this week has been a 'roller coaster of emotions'
Politicians in the nation's capital are debating immigration policy changes. Activists are lobbying for an urgent deal to protect those affected by the Trump administration dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
10-4, Rubber Duck: The story of 'Convoy'
How did a fictional character from a bread commercial score a #1 hit song and spark the '70s CB radio craze?
The history — and the future — of the stage
Theater designer Joshua Dachs on the history of the stage: how it came to be and how it's still evolving.
That’s what she said
June Thomas looks at how sexual harassment is depicted on television.
As oceans suffocate, dead zones grow
A new analysis by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center shows that oceans are suffocating as the number of dead zones is dramatically increasing.
As environmentalists warn about water scarcity, these two companies are saving water and money
Most companies and manufacturing facilities still don't measure water usage. But increasingly, many corporations are. It's paying off for the environment and companies' bottom-lines.
Has the #MeToo movement gone too far or not enough?
Actress Catherine Deneuve and 100-some other French women wrote an open letter to denounce the #MeToo campaign as becoming a witch hunt, saying the movement has created a backlash against men.
Canadian pub fights complaint after it gives pay-gap discount to women
A pub in London, Ontario, is fighting a complaint of gender discrimination, after it gave a food discount to female customers. The pub’s promotion was highlighting the gender gap in pay.
Climate change information disappears from federal websites in 'pervasive, systematic' scrubbing
In one instance, more than 200 pages meant to help state, local and tribal governments prepare for climate change have been removed.
These young women are raising awareness about sexual health in Iran
After learning about sexually transmitted diseases for the first time in college, two young women decided to bring sexual health awareness to their native Iran.
After 17 years of 'legal life' in the US, a family considers its next move
The Trump administration is removing temporary protected status for El Salvador, a program that has permitted the Velasco family to live and work in the US since 2001. That puts them — and 200,000 other like them — at a tough crossroads.
What do the North Koreans want?
Officials from the DPRK – North Korea’s official name — and South Korea are talking again. So, what exactly is North Korea after? If you listen to its own propaganda, the North's leader Kim Jong-un intends to win the Korean War.
Social media companies could face big fines in Germany if they don’t remove hate speech
Social media companies that fail to remove hate speech and fake news from their platforms could face up to €50 million in fines under a new German law. Some free speech advocates say they're worried social media companies will have free reign to censor users, while others say the law is a good first step to establishing regulatory guidelines for tech giants.
Cuba has a lung cancer vaccine. Many US patients can’t get it without breaking thelaw.
Trump’s recent tightening of travel restrictions to Cuba has made it harder for Americans to reach the island. Some US cancer patients say they have no other options.
Three years after being attacked, Charlie Hebdo questions their survival
Charlie Hebdo spends $1.5 million a year on security measures. In their first issue this year, the satirical weekly opens up and asks “How long will Charlie Hebdo be able to sustain such a financial burden?”
DACA recipients at the center of the spending bill debate in Congress
Unless Congress can pass a spending bill by Jan. 19, the federal government will shut down.
Iceland hopes to get rid of the gender pay gap with a revolutionary new law
Companies that refuse to pay men and women equally for equal work will be fined and publicly outed.
Pot may be legal in California but noncitizens still have cause for worry
California is home to more than 10 million immigrants. And for those without citizenship, marijuana possession and use could be a deportable offense.
'Fire and Fury' in Europe: 'Everyone at the school gate was talking about it this morning'
Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury," about life inside Team Trump, is a top story and conversation point outside of the United States. The World gets the view from London.
From Indonesia to Peru, these folk songs weave voice and instruments together
RIYL, or recommended if you like, helps us understand tropes in genres like folk music. It's not perfect in this case, but the slight similarities in Beatriz and Stambul Naturil come out after a deep listen.
Haiti has a chicken-and-egg problem
Haiti’s egg problem is a stark symptom — and a symbol — of the cycle of poverty in which the country has been stuck for decades, if not centuries.
Childhood lead poisoning remains a widespread problem in America
In 2015, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, exposed anew the problem of excess blood lead levels in children. Now a new investigation has identified over 3,800 neighborhoods around the US whose children have blood lead levels twice as high as the levels in Flint.
Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre
The Beaufort Gyre, a key Arctic Ocean current that traps huge amounts of ice and cold freshwater, is behaving strangely. When it eventually discharges its contents, the event could begin a period of sharply lower temperatures in northern Europe.
One of the wealthiest men on Earth is being detained, and no one is talking about it
The Saudi prince who owns 1/3 of Twitter disappeared into the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton on Nov. 8 and has not been seen since. But the apparent incarceration of Prince Alwaleed bin Taleel — the 45th richest man on Earth and friend of billionaires Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates — is not getting a lot of media attention. CNBC's Jake Novak explains why few are now talking about Saudi Arabia's Twitter Prince.
The 'Truce Village' between North and South Korea
Panmunjom has been called "the most tense place on the planet." Here is what it's like to visit.
The US is cutting security assistance to Pakistan over terror groups
The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan for failing to cooperate with the US in the fight against terrorism.
Telenovelas are smash hits, but some actors say they get anything but star treatment
Actor Pablo Azar helped win union representation for fellow performers at Telemundo, a major Florida-based telenovela production house. But the full rights and benefits actors demand have yet to be sealed.
Garry Kasparov and the game of artificial intelligence
In 1997, chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov seemed invincible. But after playing the IBM computer Deep Blue, everything changed.
As the US freezes, Russia's still waiting for winter to start
The northeastern United States has been engulfed in snow and cold. Moscow? Not so much. And that's been a big drag for winter photographer Ivan Boiko.
The World's music features this week: Mosquitos and Cero39
We love music here at The World, and we love to share our latest favorites with you. Here are some of the artists we featured this week.
Weather 'bombs' and the link between severe winters and climate change
The word "bomb" has been used to describe rapidly intensifying winter storms for decades.
Hurricanes blew away Puerto Rico's power grid. Now solar power is rising to fill the void.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought a catastrophic power outage to Puerto Rico. But they also created an unprecedented opportunity for solar power and battery storage on the island.
Here’s how Trump’s crackdown on ‘chain migration’ will affect migrant families
Both Republicans and Democrats have expressed a desire to bring DACA recipients into the fold, but with a president who rode into office using anti-immigrant rhetoric, it’s unclear what kind of concessions might be made.
Stevie Salas on Native American Rockers
Guitarist and movie producer Stevie Salas shares the untold history of Native Americans in rock and roll.
Angie Thomas on how a TLC lyric saved her life
Bestselling Young Adult author Angie Thomas on how the late TLC performer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes spoke to her at a very troubling point in her life.
“Naked Came the Stranger”: An oral history
How “Penelope Ashe” pulled off the biggest literary caper of the century.
Understaffed and overextended: How Venezuela’s oil industry fell apart
Venezuela is flush with oil. But in the past three years its economy has collapsed.
Proposed changes to the H-1B visa program could put many women back into a 'golden cage'
Neha Mahajan won the right to work in the US during the Obama administration, but as the spouse of an H-1B visa holder, her future is uncertain.
Ever think about where your Spanish rice comes from? A good bet it's from Jersey.
Food has become big business in New Jersey, a destination for imports, exports and testing out foreign foods before they enter the US market.
'This guy is insane': An inside look at White House politics
The World speaks with Politico's Susan Glasser who says, "You have no idea what's going on."
Unrest is rippling through Iran's strategic oil heartland
Protesters denounced Iran's regime in the oil-rich Khuzestan province, where 85% of Iran's onshore oil and 60% of its gas resources originate.
Migrants stuck in Serbia play a desperate 'game' to reach the EU
Nearly 8,000 refugees and migrants are currently stranded in Serbia. Iraqis and Syrians have the best chances of being granted asylum. People with money can pay a smuggler to take them across the border. It's only the most desperate that try to cross the border into Croatia — and the European Union — illegally.
Amid protests, Iran is blocking social media apps and other web services
Iranian authorities have temporarily blocked social media platforms Instagram and Telegram in order to "maintain peace," according to Iranian state TV.