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Updated 2018-02-25 05:36
Listen to this harrowing account of Yemen’s post-assassination lockdown
Forget about Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp if you're in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Houthi authorities there have blocked social media while increasing security across the city. A resident tells what it's like to live under lockdown conditions.
An overcrowded refugee camp on Lesbos is making children sick
Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was designed to hold 2,000, but it is currently home to more than 6,000 refugees and migrants. Doctors working at the camp have seen a growing number of children suffer upper respiratory tract infections, colds, coughs, diarrhea and other illnesses associated with cramped and unsanitary conditions.
On 'The Crown,' music that tells the tale of an evolving age
In this series that paints intimate portraits of royalty and chronicles major events of the 20th century, the music is as stirring as the story.
Despite challenges, this Cuban rapper's American show goes on
Telmary Díaz is a rapper from Havana. She's doing a few gigs here in the US at the moment, but her story of getting here was not pretty. Sonic mysteries at the US embassy meant the consular officers weren't there to offer visas. She almost didn't make it
Russia wants to build a 'parallel internet' in 2018
The key is creating its own internet directory, or Domain Name System (DNS).
Women in Germany's east earn close to what men do. Can we thank socialism for that?
Even though Angela Merkel is its political leader, Germany has one of the worst gender wage gaps in Europe. But the picture is different in the East.
Working in a garment factory may not bring this mother and daughter long-term economic stability
Rongmala Begum, like many of Bangladesh’s garment workers, doesn’t know how old she is. She doesn’t have a birth certificate, which is common for the rural poor here. She thinks she’s in her 40s. She has an identification card, but she can’t read it. Begum is illiterate.
Barry Blitt may call himself 'old-timey,' but his political artwork is up-to-the-minute
Illustrator and political cartoonist Barry Blitt, best known for his New Yorker covers, is out with a new, retrospective coffee-table book of his “greatest hits.”
This new green building may be just the thing to help a Florida town stand up to climate change. Or not.
A small Florida community wants to build the greenest, most climate change-resilient hotel around. But some say the only way to built in a climate-friendly way there is not to build at all.
'Fun Home:' Breaking boundaries on Broadway
The all-star team behind Broadway’s hit “Fun Home” — artist Alison Bechdel, playwright Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori.
Gay theater: Past, present and future
Playwright Paul Rudnick and theater critic Jesse Green weigh in on the evolution of gay characters and themes in 20th-century theater.
Immigration wasn’t part of the San Francisco trial for the death of Kathryn Steinle — but here’s why it became part of the story
For immigration hardliners, the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle was an example of failed immigration enforcement and sanctuary policies. For those who study both immigration and the criminal justice system, it’s a distraction from a real conversation about immigration reform.
40 years of documenting Earth's beauty
Photographer Art Wolfe has spent 40 years documents the natural world and some of the world's oldest cultures.
Are factories better in Bangladesh after Rana Plaza? That depends on who you ask.
The Rana Plaza collapse made companies and consumers more aware of working conditions in the clothing factories. In some places, reforms have made workers safer, but the changes are far from universal.
Tax reform would let big companies bring profits home, but would it send jobs abroad?
The “repatriation provision” proposed by Republicans would change give American companies a tax break – allowing them to pay a minimum of 10 percent tax on overseas earnings (in the Senate version of the bill) and a 20 percent tax on domestic profits.
In hurricane aftermath, Puerto Ricans get impatient with shortages
Puerto Ricans' tolerance for the post-hurricane lifestyle is running thin — and you can even see it in people's driving habits.
How do consumers make good choices about clothes? Spider silk and brand transparency.
We know that fast fashion is polluting the Earth, clogging landfills and underpaying workers. What can consumers do to make better choices?
World leaders react to Trump's Jerusalem announcement
Among those applauding the move by President Trump was Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. But other leaders were critical of Trump’s decision to dispense with nearly 70 years of US foreign policy tradition.
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Then it caused a ripple effect in mainland hospitals.
There was already a problem with the supply of IV fluid bags at US hospitals. But the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico made it much worse.
Johnny Hallyday, 'The Elvis of France,' dies at 74
While his musical output never won major international acclaim, Hallyday sold more than 110 million albums and his death left fans devastated and a country in mourning.
How a sweatshop raid in an LA suburb changed the American garment industry
In the early hours of Aug. 2, 1995, authorities raided an apartment complex in El Monte and found 72 Thai workers, including Rotchana Sussman, living in virtual slavery while making clothing.
Why moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is so controversial
President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there.
Supreme Court lets Trump's latest travel ban go into full effect
The US Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to lift two injunctions imposed by lower courts that had partially blocked the ban.
As the US moves to dismantle net neutrality rules, India is moving in the opposite direction
As the US moves to dismantle net neutrality rules, India is taking steps to create what some say could be the strongest net neutrality framework in the world.
A-side B-side: Björk, Lullabies and in-between feelings
Björk’s latest album "Utopia" melds the sounds of a mythical world with familiar sentiments of longing and patience, just like a lullaby.
In a Kentucky lake, fish tell the story of long-term coal ash pollution
About 1 in 10 fish in the lake show serious physical deformities — the result, one biologist says, of selenium poisoning.
Venezuela looks to cyber currency to circumvent US financial sanctions
The leftist leader offered few specifics about the currency launch or how the struggling OPEC member would pull off such a feat, but he declared to cheers that "the 21st century has arrived!"
Yemen's former president assassinated after his last 'dance on the heads of snakes'
The assassination of Yemen's former president was unexpected. An investigator who studied — and met — Ali Abdullah Saleh fills in some of the history of Yemen's most powerful man.
Trump cuts federal protection for two national monuments
Trump shrunk the size of Bears Ears National Monument by more than 80 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by roughly 45 percent by signing two presidential proclamations.
Her job at the mill bought her a new, better life
Acree Bell Lassiter was just 17 when she started working in a textile mill in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Now that mill, like all the mills in her town, is gone.
The Takeaway discusses allegations of harassment and bullying against ex-host John Hockenberry
We take a deeper look into the allegations facing former Takeaway host John Hockenberry.
Levittown and the rise of the American suburb
After World War II, many American GIs wanted to settle down and start families. Businessman Bill Levitt saw a huge business opportunity and helped create a new vision of suburbia.
New research finds that heading the soccer ball may be riskier for women than men
They "found that women tended to have damage to a greater part of their brain and to more discrete areas of the brain than the men who headed the ball the same amount."
Why did passenger pigeons go extinct?
New research into pigeon genetics may provide some clues.
Explore the mysteries of the vascular system in Science Friday's newest 'Macroscope' video
“It's literally like going on a discovery mission every day,” M. Scott Echols says.
Environmental lawyers seek legal rights for the natural world
Instead of treating nature as property under the law, the rights-of-nature movement seeks legal recognition that "nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles."
Bio shows how Josephine Baker 'shattered notions' of black artistry
Josephine Baker was a superstar on the French stage. But she was also a member of the French resistance in World War II and an American civil rights activist. A new graphic biography chronicles her many identities.
Bad News Bears For Yeti Hunters
No Bones About It: Neolithic Women Were Very, Very Strong
Trapping A Proton, The Speed of A Muscle, And Switching Attention
Super Strong Robot ‘Muscles’ Inspired By Origami
Alan Alda Wants To Know: ‘What Is Climate?’
In The South, Examining An HIV Epidemic
The World's music features this week: Boubacar Traore, Jyotsna Srikanth, and Elkin Robinson
We feature a unique selection of music on The World. And we put together the highlights for you here.
One small Florida city tries to adapt to climate change, mostly alone
In a state facing facing big challenges from climate change, but where few are facing up to the problem, the small city of Satellite Beach stands out for its aggressive moves to stay ahead of rising seas. But the efforts highlight the limits of what one town can do.
Political unrest erupts as Hondurans await results of disputed election
Election officials are expected to announce the presidential election winner on Friday night, six days after the election.
What's it like inside Riyadh's five-star 'prison?'
Some of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest and most prominent figures are being held inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, as part of what's being dubbed an anti-corruption crackdown by Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The BBC's Lyse Doucet is the first journalist allowed inside the hotel.
NYC lawyers protest after ICE agents arrest immigrant at Brooklyn courthouse
On Tuesday, ICE agents apprehended 30-year-old Genaro Rojas-Hernandez from inside a courthouse. There have been 40 courthouse arrests across New York City so far this year.
For one immigrant in Florida, a DACA fix would mean 'peace of mind'
Magali Torres, who lives in Florida and is originally from Mexico, is closely watching whether Congress and the White House can agree on a path that will allow her to continue to work legally in the US and worry less about deportation.
What it's like to be an undocumented Hollywood star
Bambadjan Bamba worked hard for years to become a star in Hollywood. Now he's putting it all at risk, because he says he can no longer afford to be silent.