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  • Belarus KGB says Ukrainian journalist set up spy ring in Minsk
    on November 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus's KGB state security service said on Monday it had uncovered a spy ring working for the Ukrainian defense ministry that had been set up by a detained Ukrainian radio correspondent. […]

  • Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF sets Mugabe impeachment ball rolling
    on November 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to end his nearly four decades in power by resigning. […]

  • Merkel fourth term in doubt as German coalition talks fail
    on November 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Efforts to form a three-way coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of fresh elections and casting doubt over her future. […]

  • U.S. envoy to Russia: visa consultations in consulates may resume soon - TASS
    on November 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Visa consultations in U.S. consulates in Russia could be resumed in the near future, TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Monday. […]

  • Iraqi Federal Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional
    on November 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    BAGHDAD/ERBIL (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that the Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void, a court spokesman said. […]

  • North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.
    on November 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a United Nations human rights panel said on Monday. […]

  • Soros says Hungarian government lying in attacks against him
    on November 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - U.S. financier George Soros on Monday denounced a Hungarian government campaign against him as "distortions and lies" designed to create a false external enemy. […]

  • Putin plan to rejuvenate Russian politics makes slow progress
    on November 20, 2017 at 10:34 am

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Poised to run for a fourth term, President Vladimir Putin has started clearing out the old Russian political elite and says he's bringing in young people with "fire in their eyes." […]

  • South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.
    on November 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to polish up its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States, South Korea's spy agency said on Monday, adding that it was monitoring developments closely. […]

  • China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis
    on November 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

    NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday. […]

  • Two Greek immigrant sisters, two takes on American gun culture
    by PRI's The World on November 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Lydia Emmanouilidou's older sister has been begging her to go to the gun range with her for years.  But Lydia has always said no.  “One year, she even asked me to go with her as her birthday present,” says Lydia. “I refused.” Growing up, guns just weren’t part of their lives.    Lydia’s family immigrated from Greece — a country where it's uncommon to own a firearm […]

  • The origins of the Second Amendment
    by PRI's The World on November 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    The Second Amendment to the Constitution states simply: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." That language and that idea were clearly important to the Founding Fathers. But why? The Second Amendment is rooted in multiple sources: English law; America’s revolutionary experience; and contemporary European political thought. In short, […]

  • As Puerto Rico continues to struggle, so do the island's small businesses
    by PRI's The World on November 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    As the 60-day mark since Hurricane Maria destroyed infrastructure and buildings in Puerto Rico approaches, there's a mix of hope and dread about economic recovery for businesses on the island. Business owners have to cope with the loss of revenue, employees, customers and power. The story of recovery after Hurricane Maria is mixed. While the local government touted that power output had reached 50 percent of capacity, distribution […]

  • After a mass shooting, thoughts and prayers. But then what?
    by PRI's The World on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    News about the mass shooting at a Texas church in early November hit Pardeep Kaleka particularly hard. Kaleka is a member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. Back in 2012, a white supremacist went into the temple on a Sunday morning and fatally shot six people, including Kaleka’s father. When he heard about the deadly attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Kaleka says he started reliving that horrible day five […]

  • Lessons for Hollywood's women from tomato pickers in Florida
    by PRI's The World on November 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Her workplace was not a safe place, and despite being a teenager, Katalina knew this for certain. It didn’t feel OK that her bosses touched her, said sexual things and propositioned her constantly. But she saw it happen to other women, too. Even changing jobs didn’t help. New bosses in new work sites did the same awful things, she said. Katalina, who didn't want her full name used due to privacy concerns, has been a tomato […]

  • How other countries can help us understand America's mass shooting crisis
    by PRI's The World on November 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    When Devin Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5 and shot and killed 26 people, it became the 308th mass shooting of 2017 in the United States. It came four weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, when Stephen Paddock killed 59 people from a 32nd-floor hotel room above an open-air country music concert. Since the Sutherland Springs shooting, there have been more than 10 mass shooting events, according to the […]

  • When trying to determine why the US has so many mass shootings, only one statistic matters
    by PRI's The World on November 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Every time there's a mass shooting in the US, the same question comes up. Does the availability of guns lead to such tragedies? Adam Lankford, a criminology professor at the University of Alabama, saw an opportunity to use data to provide an unambiguous answer. His paper, "Public Mass Shooters and Firearms: A Cross-National Study of 171 Countries," has been widely quoted as proof of a link between the frequency of mass shootings and handgun […]

  • The bottled water Trump drank during his press conference came from Fiji. And here's why that matters.
    by PRI's The World on November 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    President Donald Trump's press conference on Wednesday recapping his two-week trip to Asia has been getting a lot of attention — and not only for the reasons the Trump administration intended. During the press conference, Trump picked up and took a sip out of a water bottle with a label familiar to many of us: Fiji Water. A video of his drinking went viral. "When I talk to big audiences about water I always ask: […]

  • The Trump administration lifts ban on elephant trophies. This film shows how complex that can get.
    by PRI's The World on November 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    It’s a reversal of yet another Obama administration policy. The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it will allow the import of heads of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia, saying the trophies "will enhance the survival of the species in the wild." We are getting a lot of inquiries about changes to our policies on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. You can find more […]

  • 'For My Ayeeyo': Two young women learn Somali poetry from a distance
    by PRI's The World on November 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Amal Hussein and Hamdi Mohamed have a lot in common. Both were born in Kenya, where their parents had fled as refugees from Somalia’s civil war, and both came to Boston when they were just a few years old. They’re both in their early 20s now, they’re both poets — and both of their grandmothers are poets. But there’s one crucial difference in the two women's stories. Hamdi grew up with her ayeeyo — her […]