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PRI's "The World" brings one-of-a-kind international stories home to America. Each weekday, host Lisa Mullins guides listeners through major issues and stories, linking global events directly to the American agenda.

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President Donald Trump has named H.R. McMaster, an active duty Army general, as the new national security adviser.

McMaster was tapped to replace Mike Flynn, who resigned after about three weeks on the job.

Trump reportedly interviewed four candidates for the national security post. They were all white men.

On Saturday morning in a hotel ballroom in Boston, women and minority scientists schmoozed over scrambled eggs and fresh fruit at an awards breakfast from a foundation aiming to diversify the sciences.

As the crowd tucked into their breakfasts and turned their attention toward the stage, four female engineers accepted awards for their research given out by the Elsevier Foundation and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World.

But one of the winners was missing.

The word 'refugee' has a surprising origin

6 hours ago
William Hogarth 

As long as there has been war, there have also been people fleeing conflict and attempting to find shelter outside their homeland.

But in English, the word "refugee" is suprisingly recent in origin. It has its roots in 17th-century France, when a huge influx of French migrants known as "Huguenots" left their country to escape religious persecution. The French "refugie" became the English "refugee."

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Leftist Lenin Moreno crossed his fingers Monday for outright victory in Ecuador's presidential vote as impatience grew over a delay in publishing full results that could force a runoff.

Sunday's election was a test of the legacy of outgoing President Rafael Correa, Moreno's more hardline ally and an outspoken critic of the United States.

Moreno, 63, hoped to top 40 percent of the vote with a 10-point lead. That would spare him a runoff that polls indicate he may well lose.

Mr. President, how will you continue to increase the presence of women in national security efforts? 

We know that when women are included in policing, given a seat at peace negotiations, and allowed to make and influence policy, the world is a safer place. Will the Trump administration take these facts into account when planning and enacting its national security efforts?

Gen Fujitani

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration last month banning people from seven countries from entering the United States, some of the loudest opponents were Japanese Americans. They have long memories of another executive order, No. 9066, that forced all Japanese Americans on the West Coast from their homes and businesses during World War II.

Refugees are freezing to flee the US for Canada

Feb 17, 2017

Winters in Canada get cold. Really, really cold.

So people would have to be pretty desperate to walk across the wide expanses of deep snow separating Canada from the US.

But that’s what’s happening.

Donald Trump isn’t the only news event on Earth

Feb 17, 2017
Carlos Barria/Reuters

Love it or hate it, President Donald Trump's White House commands a lot of media attention.

It seems like newspapers, talk shows and social media all have been filled with an avalanche of executive orders, chaotic White House press briefings, dubious White House-Kremlin connections and a barrage of Trump’s accusations of "fake news."

We love music here at The World, and we love to share our latest favorites with you. From a DJ in Barcelona to Latin rockers in Miami, give a listen to some of what we loved in February.

Dogs are picky when it comes to music

Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel began his confirmation process in the Senate on Thursday. And the first thing David Friedman did was express regret for what he called his "inflammatory" language during the election campaign.

He didn't specify what that language was, but it probably included the word “kapo,” a German word with connotations that are highly insulting to Jews.

Born Star Training Center, which opened two years ago, is New York’s first K-Pop cram school. It’s actually a branch of a chain founded in South Korea back in 2008 by a "real" Korean pop star, Tae-Won Kim, a famous guitarist/producer in a band called Boohwal.

Sophie Choi, the director of Born Star, was a student at the cram school only a year ago. "Times passed, things happened, and now I'm here taking care of the kids," she says.

The frigid deep sea is considered Earth’s final frontier.  

We know little about life in the deepest parts of the ocean, but new evidence shows we’re already having an impact on it.

Recent tests on shrimp-like crustaceans that live more than six miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in the Mariana Trench show high levels of long-banned, cancer-causing pollutants in their bodies.

Courtesy of the Krump family 

Since Kristina Krump and her husband, Nicholas, started dating, they’ve dreamed about leaving Phoenix to live abroad, maybe after sending their last child to college, or in retirement. In the meantime, they and their three boys spend a month every summer in Latin America.

Last year, the family went to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It was a welcome break, Kristina Krump said, from US politics and bad news.

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China has the second largest movie box office in the world. So it’s no wonder that Hollywood panders to Chinese audiences and censors.

Marvel Studio cast Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing in “Iron Man 3” — even though they cut her scenes from the international version of film. The Chinese government saves humanity in “2012” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” and the heroes of “The Avengers,” in an act of flagrant Chinese product placement, use Vivo V3 phones.

These Cuban Americans are spending their own money to send others to Cuba

Feb 17, 2017
Maria Murriel/PRI

For decades, some Cuban exiles have felt disdain at the thought of visiting their home island. That's meant some Cuban Americans have only stories, or maybe a few photos or keepsakes, from their families' native land. But now, four children of exiles are trying to help young Cuban Americans form their own memories of Cuba.

Russian state media ordered to scale back positive coverage of Donald Trump

Feb 17, 2017

The Kremlin ordered Russian state media on Thursday to stop praising Donald Trump. It was a big change, and an indication that the Putin-Trump "bromance" could be on the rocks.

Courtesy of Tsuya Hohri Yee

Tsuya Hohri Yee’s family was once imprisoned by the US government. They were deemed a national security threat because of their ancestry. That’s why President Donald Trump’s executive order that targets refugees and certain immigrants hit hard.

“The news landed like a ton of bricks and my heart sunk realizing that other communities were to face what we faced 75 years ago,” Yee says in an email.

Courtesy of SAY Sí

Josue Romero, a 19-year-old student and an undocumented immigrant brought to the US as a child, was arrested on Wednesday and transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody Thursday morning. His advocates were worried that he would be deported to Honduras.

About 24 hours later, though, ICE released him.

Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in America. And the recent surge of anti-Jewish hate incidents appears to coincide with the political rise of President Donald Trump.

Trump doesn't seem interested in talking about it.

During his first solo news conference on Thursday afternoon, Trump was asked about the rising number of anti-Semitic crimes around the country. It was the second day in row that he got a question on this subject. 

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America's immigrant workforce flexed some political muscle on Thursday. 

It's hard to determine how many individuals participated in the one-day walkout called the "Day Without Immigrants," but the boycott was visible in major urban centers on both US coasts and in cities from Detroit to Dallas. Foreign-born workers stayed away from restaurant jobs and encouraged employers to close businesses. Some shops and eateries stayed open, but offered reduced services or set aside a portion of the day's profits for immigrant organizations. 

Weighing the risks of a 'sanctuary' campus

Feb 16, 2017

Earlier this month, around 200 students and faculty gathered at Emory University, meeting in the quad to demand one thing: sanctuary.

It's a call now heard at more than 100 universities across the United States. And it can mean different things at different campuses, from providing legal help for undocumented students to vowing to not allow immigration agents onto campus without a warrant

Charles Reed/US Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Reuters

When news that Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained in Washington state became public this week, a shiver went up the spines of hundreds of thousands of people.

In Iran, soccer stadiums are a male-only affair: Women are banned from attending games. Not all female sports fans are so easily dissuaded, however. On Sunday, eight women found their own way to try to watch a match at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. 

All eight are reported to have dressed as men, with closely cropped hair and caps to hide their faces. Not well enough, apparently — according to the Tasnim News Agency, security guards spotted them as they entered and blocked them from the stadium. 

In the wake of Sunday’s ballistic missile launch by North Korea, President Donald Trump has called North Korea “a big, big problem” but offered no further comment or insight into his new administration’s policy toward North Korea.

But if the administration is looking for leverage, it should look no further than China, the destination of more than 90 percent of North Korean trade. China's trade with North Korea has grown more than tenfold over the past 15 years, while trade with other countries has dwindled to virtually nil.

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The news these days reads like satire: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns over his pre-inauguration contact with the Russian ambassador. The New York Times reports that the Trump presidential campaign had frequent contact with Russian officials. And the President takes to Twitter.

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Organizing is not work for the weak.

In Detroit, “activists are in overdrive,” says Adonis Flores. “Even before I shower, my mailbox is almost full. And soon as I wake up my phone starts ringing from members of the community who feel afraid and have lots of questions about the executive orders.”

He’s a Mexican immigrant-turned-activist who started working in support of the DREAM act to protect undocumented people brought to the US as children, then later the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in 2010.

Is the US a 'safe' country for refugees?

Feb 14, 2017
Mark Blinch/Reuters

President Donald Trump’s executive order barring US entry by immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations dominated the global conversation. But it’s just one of several important executive orders the Trump administration has made to change the processes and rights available to undocumented people, including refugees, a new report says.

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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's brief tenure in the White House may be ending abruptly, but the story is nowhere near over.

Questions linger over Flynn's contact with Russia's ambassador to the US during the US presidential transition period; and Democratic senators want answers about Flynn's misrepresentations to Vice President Mike Pence regarding his telephone conversations (that were recorded) with the ambassador, which may have focused on US sanctions against Russia.

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President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has resigned after admitting he gave "incomplete information" to Vice President Mike Pence about conversations with Russia. His departure has left America's national security establishment in a state of confusion. 

For an entire year, 60-year-old Kumiko Onaga slept in a tent across the street from a US military base on Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island. In the middle of the night, when trucks carrying construction material approached the entrance gate of the base, she jumped out of her sleeping bag and tried to block the vehicles.

Then, each morning, she drove home, showered and went to work as one of her town’s few women city council members.