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Kansas, South Carolina Take NIMBY Stance On...08/26/15
President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo lacks a crucial element: a U.S. prison to hold captives too dangerous to release. The Pentagon is considering military prisons in Kansas and South Carolina.
China's Financial Capital Tries To Become A Cultural...
Private museums are sprouting up along Shanghai's riverfront. The city that lures people seeking their fortune is also attempting to become a destination for art.
Lebanon's Shrinking Public Beaches
In a country with a stunning coastline, a lack of governance has allowed private developers to gobble up prime seaside real estate and shunt aside ordinary Lebanese who depend on public beaches.
Tianjin Tragedy Is A Painful Reflection Of How China...
A massive explosion in Tianjin, China killed more than 100 people earlier this month. Correspondent Frank Langfitt says the country's corruption and a lack of accountability have endangered lives.
Russia's War On Western Food: Detaining Cheese, Crushing...
Russian authorities have smashed, burned and buried more than 900 tons of allegedly contraband food. In a country that once suffered famine, many are deeply distressed to see food destroyed.
Ultra-Orthodox In Israel: Keeping Cool While Keeping...
Even in this month's 90-degree heat, ultra-Orthodox Jews stay loyal to their traditional attire: heavy, long skirts for women and dark suits and fedoras for men. Air conditioning helps.
Iran Lobbying Battle Heats Up On The Airwaves
Lawmakers have left Washington, D.C., for August recess, but intense lobbying over the Iran nuclear deal followed them home.
Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes...
The Jaffna library once held irreplaceable, ancient manuscripts, lost when it was torched in 1981. Fully restored, the beloved landmark today is filled with readers.
For Syrian Refugees Hoping To Reach Europe, Turkey Is The...
The southwestern coast of Turkey has become the departure point for thousands of migrants seeking the short boat trip to a nearby Greek island, which is the first step into Western Europe.
The Former Monk Who Is A Father Figure To 85 Children
In the foothills of the Himalayas, Lobsang Phuntsok built the Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community for kids from troubled backgrounds. It's the subject of a documentary, Tashi and the Monk.
Hirohito's Speech: The Surrender Of Japan's 'Living God'
On this day 70 years ago, Emperor Hirohito announced to his people that Japan would surrender to the Allies in World War II. George Koo of the Asia Times remembers the historic speech.
A Paris 'Beach Party' Turns Into A Middle East Protest
Parisians create an urban beach on the banks of the Seine every summer to conjure seashores around the world. This year's fantasy beach, Tel Aviv, sparked protests and a rival "Gaza" beach.
New Piñata Trumps Usual Party Props For Mexican...
A shop owner in Reynosa, Mexico, found a hit product with his Donald Trump piñatas. Now, he's swinging for the other side of the aisle.
Rebuilding A Life Shattered By An Earthquake In China
NPR's Melissa Block was in China when a major earthquake hit in 2008. As she wraps up her time as host of All Things Considered, she reconnects with a Chinese girl who has overcome great challenges.
Dark-Skinned Or Black? How Afro-Brazilians Are Forging A...
In Brazil, people have tended to describe themselves by skin color rather than race. But that's all changing, as the country's black pride movement gains traction.
A Picasso, A Yacht And A Dollop Of International Intrigue
A Spanish billionaire had the painting on his yacht, but wanted to sell it in Europe. Spanish authorities intervened, calling the Picasso a "national treasure" that can't be sold abroad.
As Migrants Wash Ashore, Greek Island Residents Come To...
Greek relatives from the extended family of NPR's Melissa Block have become first responders, caring for migrants from Syria and Afghanistan who've arrived on the island of Chios.
Remembering The Fall Of One Of The World's Great Ebola...
Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Sierra Leone's foremost expert on Ebola, died of the disease one year ago. Dr. Ian Crozier was the next health care worker infected at the same hospital — but he survived.
South Korea's Quirky Notions About Electric Fans
Most every country has its myths. In South Korea, there's an enduring belief that if you fall asleep with an electric fan on, you're risking your life.
Living In 'The Jungle,' Migrants In France Seek A...
Some 3,000 migrants from the Middle East and North Africa are now camping out in the port city of Calais. Celine Schmitt of the United Nations refugee agency discusses their plight.
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