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April 17, 2015 Comment

Video Of Apparent Chemical Attack In Syria Moves U.N. To Tears

The footage is said to show the unsuccessful attempts of doctors to revive three young children after a chlorine gas attack.

April 17, 2015 2 Comments

22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

Sarah Outen, 29, began her self-propelled round-the-world voyage in 2011 in London. The final leg would make history.

April 17, 2015 4 Comments

Republicans Support Obama’s Fast-Track Authority For Asian Trade Deal

The support from Republicans puts the president in an awkward situation. Many Democrats say the deal would hurt American workers.

April 16, 2015 Comment

South Korean Ferry Will Be Salvaged

On the one-year anniversary of the sinking that killed more than 300 people, NPR’s Elise Hu discusses how regulations have changed.

April 15, 2015 Comment

European Union Targets Google Tactics

The EU says Google unfairly promotes its own service over competitors, regardless of whether it’s the most “relevant response.”

April 14, 2015 5 Comments

Russia-Iran Arms Deal Could Complicate Nuclear Talks

The deal, which would send Russian missiles to Iran, could threaten the tenuous agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

April 14, 2015 2 Comments

Gay Russian Couple Seeks Asylum In U.S.

Andrew Nasonov and Igor Bazilevskii are among the dozens of LGBT Russians who have come to the U.S. to escape persecution.

April 14, 2015 Comment

‘We Need More,’ Iraqi PM Tells President Obama

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama today for more help defeating ISIS.

April 14, 2015 3 Comments

One Year On, Nigerians Still Fighting To ‘Bring Back Our Girls’

Nigeria’s president-elect says his government will do everything it can, but he “cannot promise that we can find them.”

April 13, 2015 3 Comments

Cuba Eyes Economic Gain With Thaw In U.S. Relations

President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro made history this weekend when they sat down together in Panama.

April 10, 2015 3 Comments

Deadly Fashion: Norwegian Bloggers Experience Life In A Sweatshop

A reality show brought three Norway fashionistas to Cambodia, to experience the hardships of clothing factory workers.

April 10, 2015 Comment

Keeping Yemen From Decay

Is there anything the United States can do to keep the country from descending into complete chaos?

April 10, 2015 Comment

Obama And Raul Castro Speak By Phone

It’s just the second time in more than 50 years that the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba are known to have spoken.

April 9, 2015 Comment

Police Ask For Charges Against Five Women Activists Detained In China

The women were arrested last month for organizing protests against sexual harassment. Many fear the crackdown could continue.

April 8, 2015 Comment

Shell To Buy Competitor In Blockbuster Oil Deal

The $70 billion purchase of BG Group would make Royal Dutch Shell the biggest producer of liquefied natural gas in the world.

April 8, 2015 4 Comments

President Obama’s Jamaica Visit Puts Focus On U.S.-Caribbean Relations

The visit with Jamaica’s prime minister and other Caribbean leaders comes as the U.S. is normalizing relations with Cuba.

April 7, 2015 Comment

Asia’s Ozone Pollution Travels To California

A new study shows that about 10 percent of air pollution in California’s Central Valley comes from Asia.

April 7, 2015 5 Comments

Inside Foxconn, Home Of The iPhone Factory

Walt Mossberg of the tech news site Re/code was allowed to take a tour of the facility in Taiwan where iPads and Macs are made.

April 7, 2015 4 Comments

Students Can Live For Free At Dutch Nursing Home

In exchange for volunteering, students can live at no cost. It’s an arrangement that’s breathing new life into the retirement home.

April 6, 2015 7 Comments

How Long Would It Take To Fall From One Side Of Earth To The Other?

McGill University graduate student, Alex Klotz, has discovered a new way to solve this old physics question.

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April 16 7 Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

Mike Leeper was Juror No. 5 in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

April 15 Comment

‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.

April 15 Comment

Watson Can Win ‘Jeopardy!’ But Can It Cook?

IBM has created a new cooking app called Chef Watson. Eliza Strickland threw a dinner party to find out if it works.

April 14 122 Comments

Turkish Professor Concludes There Was An Armenian Genocide

While Turkey denies the killings were genocide, a Turkish professor explains how she arrived at the opposite conclusion.