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March 2, 2015 Comment

Iraq Launches Offensive Against ISIS

Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces today began a large-scale military operation to recapture Tikrit.

March 2, 2015 Comment

Week In Politics: Israeli Prime Minister And The Fight Over DHS Funding

NPR’s Ron Elving discusses Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S., as well as the battle over Department of Homeland Security funding.

March 2, 2015 5 Comments

Russian Opposition MP Reacts To Nemtsov Killing

The sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea discusses the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

February 27, 2015 Comment

In Ukraine, Russian Military Threat Remains

Despite a ceasefire agreement, fighting continues in the Ukraine city of Mariupol, just 37 miles from the Russian border.

February 27, 2015 14 Comments

U.S. And Israeli Politics At Play In Netanyahu Speech To Congress

President Obama does not plan to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in town to speak to Congress.

February 27, 2015 13 Comments

Why Can’t We Beat ISIS?

For all of the destruction, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is relatively small, but a military strategist says “we allowed ISIS to build up.”

February 27, 2015 Comment

How Did 3 London Schoolgirls Make It To Syria?

The girls successfully crossed the border, authorities say, likely to join the group that calls itself the Islamic State. But how did they do it?

February 27, 2015 2 Comments

Putin’s Opposition: Russian Parliament Member Speaks Out

Ilya Ponomarev was the sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea. He joins us.

February 26, 2015 3 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.

February 26, 2015 Comment

Pakistanis Must Get Fingerprinted To Use Cellphones

Cellphone users across Pakistan are lining up to get fingerprinted. The government says it will cut off service to unregistered phones.

February 26, 2015 Comment

Fearful Of ISIS, Saudis Continue To Fortify Border With Iraq

As more of its young men join ISIS, Saudi special forces have begun large-scale exercises to protect its northern border with Iraq.

February 26, 2015 6 Comments

‘Jihadi John’ Revealed To Be Middle-Class Brit

Intelligence agents say the man in ISIS videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born, college-educated Londoner in his mid-20s.

February 25, 2015 60 Comments

CNN Analyst’s MH370 Theory: Plane Was Hijacked And Landed In Kazakhstan

It’s been almost a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared without a trace. Jeff Wise explains his own theory.

February 25, 2015 Comment

Instead Of Snow Days, Time Off For Sandstorms, Volcanoes And More

What do children in other countries get days off for? Kavitha Cardoza brings stories from Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Ecuador and India.

February 25, 2015 3 Comments

Heirs Seek Return Of Medieval Art From Germany

The descendants of Jewish art dealers are seeking the return of an art collection they say was sold under pressure to Nazi officials.

February 24, 2015 4 Comments

Exhibit Pays Tribute To Art Destroyed In Syria

Many ancient works of religious art have been destroyed in Syria’s civil war. It was that loss that inspired Syrian artist Essa Neima.

February 23, 2015 Comment

Israeli Doctors Give Wounded Syrian A 3-D Printed Jaw

The young farmer with a new titanium jaw is among 1,500 or so Syrian refugees who have received treatment at Israeli hospitals.

February 23, 2015 Comment

‘Rock Star Nurse’ Fights Ebola

Yanti Turang is an indie rock singer-turned-nurse who founded the global health nonprofit LearnToLive.

February 23, 2015 2 Comments

A Look At The Biggest Arms Exporter: The U.S.

Arms exports are a U.S. forte. We take a look at America’s role in the world as the largest exporter of small arms.

February 23, 2015 5 Comments

The View Of Ukraine From Moscow

Over the weekend, Ukraine marked one year since its Maidan revolution, which led to the current conflict.


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February 27 5 Comments

After Red Carpet Controversy, A Look At The History Of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks go back "thousands and thousands of years," according to professor Bert Ashe, who also shares his own dreadlocks stories.

February 27 12 Comments

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to "opt out" of assessment tests.

February 26 35 Comments

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

February 26 3 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.