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Daniel Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He's toned down the rhetoric and his wife runs day-to-day operations. Critics say it's not unlike the regime he toppled 30 years ago.
Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar
The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.
The Ebola Survivor Who Works In An Ebola Ward
When the 23-year-old Sierra Leonean tells patients to follow their doctors' orders and to keep fighting, they really listen.
Islamic State Defector: 'If You Turn Against ISIS, They Will Kill You'
A Syrian defector from the self-proclaimed Islamic State says he had happy moments when he first joined the militants. But he began to see brutality and cruelty that was impossible for him to support.
The Outspoken Spanish Nun Who's Made Herself A Political Force
From her convent on a sacred mountain, Benedictine nun Teresa Forcades — a feminist medical doctor with a Ph.D. in public health — is a prominent leftist and leading advocate of Catalan independence.
Even When Abortion Is Illegal, The Market May Sell Pills For Abortion
An ulcer drug is dramatically changing the face of back-alley abortions in developing countries and cutting the rate of maternal deaths. Misoprostol is widely available even where abortion is banned.
Why A Teenage Mom Was Jailed In El Salvador After A Stillbirth
Christina Quintanilla faced up to 50 years in prison after an anonymous hospital worker accused her of having an abortion.
Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys
In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.
Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?
Videotaped murders by Islamic State have sparked outrage around the world. But while some European countries have paid ransom to retrieve victims taken by ISIS, Britain and the U.S. have not.
A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?
Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.
For Scotland's 16-Year-Olds, The First Vote Will Be On Independence
Scotland has lowered the voting age from 18 to 16 for Thursday's referendum on independence. But it looks like the youngest voters won't be casting ballots in the way that many had initially expected.
Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts
Nutella, launched 50 years ago, has turned into a global phenomenon, boosting demand for hazelnuts. Now producers are looking beyond Turkey's north coast, where most of these nuts are grown.
Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?
Currently, Ebola is known to spread only through contact with body fluids. Some people have worried that Ebola could start spreading through the air. But scientists say that's not likely.
Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History
Today 27 countries are marking the European Day of Jewish Culture. The Tuscan town of Pitigliano is one of the sites involved: it's home to few Jews today, but once housed a thriving Jewish community.
Israeli, Palestinian Parents Share Their Painful Stories Of Loss
The Parents Circle is a group of Israeli and Palestinian mothers and fathers who have lost children in the conflict. Two of them visited NPR and said this summer's war has only made conditions worse.
In Strange Twist, Kenyans March For Police Officer Accused Of Murder
In a land where police have a reputation for corruption and violence, Titus Musila is a rare officer who is popular. Now that he's accused of a vigilante killing, residents have rallied around him.
In Liberia's Hard-Hit Lofa County, Ebola Continues To Take A Toll
The farming town of Barkedu accounts for a fifth of Liberia's Ebola deaths. Residents have revved up anti-Ebola efforts. But the virus has swept away entire families, and there's no end in sight.
From A Chinese Apartment To Wall Street Darling: The Rise Of Alibaba
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's initial public stock offering in New York is expected to be one of the biggest ever. It's come a long way since a former English teacher founded it in 1999.
China Gets Its First Taste Of Fine Art Photography
China's largest fair devoted to fine art photography opened in Shanghai this weekend. The first-time event includes more than 500 works from photographers around the world.
Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad
As Iraqi and American forces battle militants in the north, there are fears the turmoil could fuel new killings in the capital.
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