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Updated 2018-04-25 14:08
Is taekwondo the key to peace between North and South Korea?
After months of giving South Korea the cold shoulder, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the 2018 Olympics in the south.
10 risks facing the world in 2018
In 2017, Ian Bremmer was most concerned about "America First" policies. Here, he reviews his predictions from last year and tell us what he is most concerned about for 2018.
South Korea proposes high-level talks with North
South Korea on Tuesday offered talks with North Korea amid a standoff over its weapons programs, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to negotiations but that his country would push ahead with "mass producing" nuclear warheads.
Scientists warn we may be creating a 'digital dark age'
We live today in the age of digital data. Your photos, your documents and more are stored in the cloud, thumb drives, laptops and tablets. But, surprisingly, we might be in more danger of one day losing our data than we were in the past.
Mountains of US recycling pile up as China restricts imports
Much of the world's recycling gets shipped to China for processing. But starting Jan. 1, China is enacting much tougher standards for the purity of recycling imports, standards most American, and European, recyclers simply can't meet. And that has recycling piling up throughout the United States.
Ten dead in Iran unrest as Rouhani strikes defiant note
Ten people were killed overnight in the violence during protests in Iran, local media reported on Monday, while President Hassan Rouhani said the Iranian people would respond to "rioters and lawbreakers."
A California public health report suggests that cellphone exposure is bad for us — but the scientific community isn't so sure
The potentially harmful effects of cellphones have been analyzed for years, with no conclusive evidence one way or the other thus far.
Big money is backing out of fossil fuel industry, moving into greener alternatives
“The fossil fuel industry, which has been an awful good business for the last 200 years, isn't a good business going forward. And the smart money is heading for the exits now,” says environmentalist Bill McKibben.
Lower-priced electric cars give more people options for greener modes of transportation
High cost and a limited range have been discouraging factors for people interested in purchasing an electric vehicle. But that's changing quickly.
Getting outside is a prescription for better health
Going for a jog or even a long walk outdoors has well-known benefits to our health. But research suggests that, even without much physical activity, just stepping into the natural world can enhance well-being. Now some doctors are starting to prescribe time outdoors for their patients.
The risks of war with North Korea in 2018
North Korea has nuclear weapons, and missile systems to deliver them to the continental United States. North Korea says these are defensive. But the Trump administration sees them as a threat, and is reviewing "all options." What are the risks of war in northeast Asia in 2018?
Yes, it's freezing. But climate change is still real.
Frigid temperatures across North America don’t mean that the globe isn’t warming.
Football celebrates Weah's win in Liberian presidential election
Despite numerous examples of the game's former stars entering politics, Weah is the first former player to succeed in being elected head of his country.
How my grandparents celebrated the New Year in Russia
My grandparents moved to the United States from Russia in 2013. This year, I sat down with them to ask about how they celebrated the New Year back home.
Is one selfie app company changing beauty standards in China?
More than half of selfies uploaded on Chinese social media are believed to have been edited using apps created by Meitu. The Chinese company has been around for just about a decade, but some say its products are changing beauty standards in China.
What do we really know about Russia and the 2016 election?
The end of the year seems like a good time to review what we really know about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The inspiration behind 'The Handmaid’s Tale'
Who was Mary Webster and why did Margaret Atwood dedicate "The Handmaid’s Tale" to her?
Guilty pleasure: 'The Godfather: Part III'
One brave critic not only defends, but praises, “The Godfather: Part III.”
Thelma Schoonmaker: From 'Raging Bull' to 'Silence'
Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker on how she cut Martin Scorsese’s passion project, “Silence.”
Yewande Omotoso’s 'The Woman Next Door'
Yewande Omotoso on apartheid, architecture and her novel, "The Woman Next Door."
More than 40 killed in a suicide blast in Kabul
More than 40 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide blast targeting Shiites in Kabul Thursday. The Sunni Islamic State group (IS) claimed responsibility for the gruesome assault on the pro-Iranian Tabayan cultural center, the third deadly attack it has claimed in the Afghan capital this month.
Residents fled gun violence at a Pittsburgh public housing project. But refugees are still moving in.
Former residents of Northview Heights in Pittsburgh remember marching bands and days at the recreation center. But that was before shootings and drugs became commonplace for some 1,600 residents of the public housing project.
The US has been expanding the role, number and power of its border agents abroad
Homeland Security has long been looking to expand its operations beyond US borders. Some countries have pushed back, stating concerns about possible civil rights violations; others are still debating.
Children with cancer among patients evacuated from besieged Syrian district
Syria has allowed a group of about 30 people to be evacuated from the besieged district of Ghouta, near the Syrian capital of Damascus. The group included children with curable forms of cancer and spurred talk of possible future evacuations.
Finland’s street harassment law imposes immediate fines for harassers caught in the act
Finland has a law on the books that allows street harassers to be fined on the spot. But it's not as comprehensive as you might think.
Citing women's rights, chess champ skips title defense in Saudi Arabia
Two-time world chess champion Anna Muzychuk says she is boycotting the next world championship tournament because it's being held in Saudi Arabia, where women's rights are severely restricted. The Ukrainian is giving up her chance to win record prize money and the chance to defend her title because she doesn't want to feel like a "secondary creature."
This small French city wants to be a good home for refugees
Saint-Nazaire is famous for its shipyards. But the small city on the coast of Brittany in western France is also becoming known for something else — the welcome it gives to refugees.
The 'Trump of Oaxaca' cracks down on Central American migrants
President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall has outraged and stuck fear across Mexico. Now the anti-immigrant rhetoric of one municipal president in the Mexican state of Oaxaca has drawn comparisons to the US president. They call him El Trump Oaxaqueño — the Oaxacan Trump.
Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The theories behind the murder
Ten years after former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim nation, was killed in Rawalpindi the unanswered questions about her assassination still fuel conspiracy theories.
Even when it's not the holiday season, outdoor lighting is on the rise
'Tis the season for garish holiday displays. But outdoor lighting is a year-long phenomenon, and it might be having unintended consequences.
Russia has a record of disinformation campaigns. So, why wasn’t the US prepared during the 2016 election?
The Russian disinformation threat dates back decades. But according to a new report by The Washington Post, US officials have failed to effectively respond to it.
The US military's Yongsan Garrison leaves a mixed legacy in Seoul
The US military is closing its Yongsan military base in the South Korean capital. For people who grew up around the base, it was where they learned about American music, culture and food. But it's also leaving behind environmental problems.
Our 14 favorite albums of 2017
There was a lot of great music released in 2017. The World host Marco Werman, director April Peavey and FutureFolk producer Brandi Fullwood all picked some of their favorite albums.
Russia rejects concern over election ban on opposition leader
Russia on Tuesday rejected concerns that the decision to bar opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running against President Vladimir Putin in a March election could undermine the vote's legitimacy.
This Yazidi family escaped genocide in Iraq. Their next challenge is building a life in France.
The Noh family fled Iraq when ISIS invaded in 2014. After crossing the Mediterranean in a rubber dinghy, they reached the Greek island of Lesbos, and then mainland Europe. After receiving asylum in France, they are building a new life in a unfamiliar place.
A fading Missouri monastery finds new life — in Vietnam
As Assumption Abbey’s monks grew old and few, they found few young Americans willing to take up the cloth. So they looked abroad.
Family ties and a presidential pardon — it's a 'Greek tragedy' playing out in Peru
On Sunday, the president of Peru pardoned the former leader Alberto Fujimori. Critics are calling it a quid pro quo.
Finland's change in alcohol policy puts it out of step with other Nordic countries
Have you ever heard the Finnish word for “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear with no intention of going out”?
Is that Manischewitz? The Kosher wine is a hit in some Caribbean communities.
The reason why some people of Caribbean descent enjoy a Jewish staple over the holidays.
The best science books of 2017
Brain Pickings founder Maria Popova and Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum join Ira Flatow to run down the year’s best science books.
In a hungry little insect, a big threat to Louisiana’s coast
A tiny invasive bug loves the cane that grows along the mouth of the Mississippi River. Can it be stopped?
The year's best science books for kids have something for everyone
Science Friday’s Xochitl Garcia rounded up the coolest books for young scientists ages 0 to 11.
The Justice Department moves to dismiss youth climate lawsuit
The Trump administration's Justice Department is trying to halt a lawsuit brought by a group of young people alleging the US government violates their constitutional rights by not acting on climate change.
Flying abroad? You may have to go through a facial scan at the airport.
If you're traveling abroad from a US airport this holiday season, you may have to go through a new type of security check: a facial scan.
How Eaten Fish survived four years in refugee detention with his cartoons, social media, and a network of activist friends
It took pressure, and lots of it, to get Iranian cartoonist known as "Eaten Fish" out of the Australian-run detention camp and it was social media that started the domino of pressure and activism that finally freed him.
Are Christmas trees religious? Well, yes … and no.
Many people look at a Christmas tree and don’t see much religious meaning. But the history of the Tannenbaum, as they call it in Germany, says otherwise.
What I learned by getting my very first Christmas tree
For the past 13 years, every Christmas I have looked in confusion as my non-Christian friends head to Christmas tree lots in search of a Christmas tree to bring home. This year, for the first time, I wanted to find out what it was like.
Scholar Calestous Juma leaves behind a legacy of 'leapfrog' technology
The Kenya-born Harvard scholar Calestous Juma saw innovations and opportunities bubbling up in African economies where others saw only poverty and despair.
In Florence, they're bringing the works of women artists out of the basement
The Old Masters in Italian museums pull in the crowds. And those waiting in long lines to see them rattle off their names: Michelangelo, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Titian. But if you ask them to name women artists from the Renaissance, most have trouble even coming up with one name.
What Chicago is learning from Cuba when it comes to fighting infant mortality
Cuba leans on cheaper home visits and health surveys to catch health problems early on. Could this approach help parts of Chicago, where nearly 15 babies per 1,000 do not reach their first birthday?
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