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Updated 2018-02-25 05:36
At the epicenter of the Russian election manipulation story, reporters can't report
The continuing investigation into Russian manipulation of the US election has helped fuel a media spat between the two countries.
Since the 2016 campaign, there’s been at least one other person behind the @realDonaldTrump handle
President Donald Trump has tweeted controversial, inflammatory and false information for years. Since 2016, someone else has helped him do it.
Singing in Choctaw, Samantha Crain aims to create new traditions
By singing and writing a song in Choctaw, singer-songwriter Samantha Crain is trying to push the culture past its colonial influence.
To combat the spread of Zika, a nonprofit is using drones and sterile mosquitoes
In partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Insect Pest Control Lab in Vienna, Austria, WeRobotics is testing out the technology and hopes to put it to use in Zika hotspots in Latin America.
'The Palestinian Table' is as much a memoir as a cookbook
Reem Kassis left her Palestinian family behind in Jerusalem, but she's captured their culture and cuisine in her new cookbook.
Britain plays down row with Trump over anti-Muslim tweets
US President Donald Trump after he castigated Prime Minister Theresa May for rebuking him over anti-Muslim tweets, even as individual politicians expressed outrage.
3 key questions about North Korea's new missile capability
Laicie Heeley, host of new PRI podcast Things That Go Boom, answers big questions looming after North Korea successfully launched an ICBM with range to strike the United States.
A lack of clean and safe toilets leaves women vulnerable to rape and attacks
Access to basic sanitation is something we take for granted here in the United States. We usually have access clean and safe facilities when we need it. But in other parts of the world, access to clean and safe toilets is more difficult. And for some women and girls, not having access to private toilets exposes them to attacks and harassment.
Could a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Kim cool tensions between the US and North Korea?
President Nixon's unexpected visit to communist China in 1971 changed its relationship with the US.
Howard Dean says it’s time for his generation of the Democratic Party to move over
Howard Dean believes that the future of the Democratic Party lies in turning out more millennial voters.
Who gets to decide what 'assimilation' means?
Where does Mexican-ness or Haitian-ness end, and American-ness begin?
A year after South Korea passed an anti-corruption law, some businesses say it goes too far
South Korea’s sweeping anti-graft law is meant to eliminate corruption, but some Koreans say it's cutting into the country's gift-giving tradition.
Convicted war criminal drinks 'poison' in court, dies
A Bosnian Croat wartime commander has died after ingesting 'poison' after a verdict was upheld at The Hague.
Trump retweets bigoted, anti-Muslim videos from far-right UK group
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said the far-right group,"Britain First is a vile, hate-fueled organization whose views should be condemned."
An Israeli woman traveled to the West Bank so she could be sure she’d have a boy
An Arab Israeli woman with three daughters decided to make sure her next pregnancy would be a boy. So she traveled to the West Bank for a sex selection procedure that is highly regulated in Israel.
Don’t take being American for granted
There is a reason why Western Europe’s loud acceptance of equality hasn't yet made a significant difference in much of the world: because of the US. Like civil rights and the women’s suffrage movement, it is only when America declares the debate closed that it will finally be closed in much of the world. If not legally, then at least culturally.
Trump's first international hotel wants to ditch his name
Owners of the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City are trying to get rid of the Trump name on their property, according to a report by the Associated Press.
So, what is the problem with Apu?
Comedian Hari Kondabolu explains that his new documentary "The Problem with Apu" is not just about a cartoon.
Jamaica wants in on the booming marijuana market. But will farmers be able to cash in?
Jamaica legalized medical marijuana and created a new licensing system to allow farmers to legally grow cannabis for medical, scientific or therapeutic purposes. But the fees are expensive and small farmers say they’re being left by the wayside.
Trump pushes natural gas deal between China and Alaska, but obstacles remain
Alaska has the largest oil field in North America, with an 800-mile pipeline that moves the oil from the far North Slope to Valdez. A proposed deal with China would build a new pipeline to transport natural gas.
The pope may not use the term ‘Rohingya’ during his trip to Myanmar. Here's why.
Pope Francis arrived in Yangon, Myanmar on Monday. The UN and the US have accused the country of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, and the question on many peoples' minds is whether the pope will use the term "Rohingya" to describe the group.
Migrants desperate to flee Libya's detention camps are being turned back at sea
Refugees crammed onto rickety boats for the trip from Libya to Italy are increasingly being intercepted and sent back to Libya.
Understanding Sufi Islam in the wake of the Egypt mosque massacre
The target of the massacre in Egypt on Friday was a Sufi mosque. But just what is a Sufi? And why are they being targeted by apparent ISIS sympathizers?
How a NAFTA repeal would affect Mexican business depends on who you ask
If the US leaves NAFTA, “we might have to go straight to Canada for our supplies,” says a Tijuana brewer.
The US Department of the Interior’s new four-year strategic plan calls for maximizing fossil fuel extraction from public lands
Remember "Drill, baby, drill"? Well, it's back — and this time it's likely to become a reality.
Most bees are solitary animals, and 4 other surprising bee facts
Bee researcher Shalene Jha dishes on the secret life of bees.
Carbon released from warming soil will accelerate climate disruption, according to a long-term study
Scientists are concerned that carbon released from the Earth’s soil as a result of climate change will stimulate more warming. A yearslong study attempts to quantify the risk.
Keeping tabs on the elusive Florida panther
A longtime program to collar the endangered cats may be coming to an end. What happens next?
The US Coast Guard is operating floating prisons in the Pacific Ocean, outside US legal protections
There's a secret US detention system in the War on Drugs, too — and this one is aboard US Coast Guard cutters sailing in the Pacific Ocean.
What does a sexy vampire have to do with climate change?
The new comic series Dark Fang pits a sexy vampire against polluters. The sexy part is readily apparent. But the plot promises to break some new ground for the Adult Comics genre.
The new House GOP tax bill kills the electric vehicle tax credit
Big automakers have begun planning for a future built around the electric car, but House Republicans have a different idea: They want to end the tax credit that helped make EVs more desirable for consumers.
Confronting the new geopolitics of ‘net-states’
What role should tech titans like Facebook have in global politics?
This piece of jewelry is actually an alarm
Yasmine Mustafa has designed a small pendant that can be worn as a necklace. But it's also armed so wearers can alert someone if they're in danger.
How Chef Yia Vang is putting his own twist on Hmong cuisine
Yia Vang, who moved to the US from a Thai refugee camp as a kid, explains his family's rites of passage, and why beets can be controversial.
Bangladesh and Myanmar sign deal to start repatriating Rohingya refugees
The United Nations says 620,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August to form the world's largest refugee camp after a military crackdown in Myanmar that Washington has said clearly constitutes "ethnic cleansing."
What does justice in the former Yugoslavia look like 25 years later?
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) — created by the UN in 1993 to address war crimes during the Bosnian war — has issued its last conviction.
Young Bosnians react to Mladić conviction
The conviction of former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladić divided people in his former home country.
American Icons: The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel about forbidden love among the Puritans captured our admiration for independence—and our craving for scandal.
Trump administration decision forces Haitian families to confront an uncertain future in the US
President Donald Trump's decision to end temporary protections for Haitian immigrants shocked recipients, many of whom are now faced with returning to a country they haven't seen in years.
A mom-and-pop shop in Omaha becomes an exporter of parade floats and walking pizza slices
Hundreds of floats and balloons will be hovering over the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving. Building floats and balloons — it's big business, literally and figuratively.
American Icons: Untitled Film Stills
Cindy Sherman launched her career by placing herself in photos that look like movie stills for imaginary movies. These are snapshots of America's collective unconscious.
American Icons: Anything Goes
Cole Porter was out of the musical theater scene during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of freedom from social constraints.
Can virtual reality change how people respond to war reporting? One photojournalist is trying to find out.
Photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa put together a virtual reality exhibition from the front lines of international conflicts for a museum at MIT.
'Butcher of Bosnia' found guilty of genocide
UN judges Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago.
Exiled Zimbabwean musician wonders if it's safe to go home
Musician Thomas Mapfumo made no secret of his disdain for Zimbabwe's deposed leader.
Can a spreadsheet help crack the climate challenge? These Harvard students hope so.
A professor's spreadsheet has been showing students what it would take to wean our economy off carbon for 10 years. “It’s not about pessimism, it’s about realism,” he says.
London has a unique vigil for its forgotten dead
On a small London backstreet, a few minutes walk from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a unique ceremony takes place every month. The Crossbones Vigil is unlike any other ritual for the dead in this city: It follows no particular religion, and it commemorates no powerful or famous people. It is for the people the city prefers to forget: the outcasts.
In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege rather than a right
A reporter from Texas shares what he's learned about Israeli gun culture while living in Tel Aviv.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule
Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal strongman.
The world’s largest candy maker is betting a billion dollars on the planet
With the lack of leadership in Washington, the private sector is seen as more and more important for combating climate change. And many companies are stepping up.