The World

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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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When loyal supporters of unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say they will not vote for Hillary Clinton, it's usually for one of two reasons: Either they believe in Sanders' political revolution and want to use their vote as a statement, or they do not fear the possibility of a President Donald Trump.

Some voters with relatives who are undocumented say they can't afford to make either of those choices, no matter how much they're feeling the Bern.

Rapper Phife Dawg was the key to the band A Tribe Called Quest’s unique sound. His lyrics regularly referenced Caribbean dancehall music and he frequently rapped in patois.

Phife died Tuesday at the age of 45.

He started the band in 1985 with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi White.

The amphitheater is humming: teachers hover, students murmur over spelling sheets and proud parents deliver the last gasps of pep talks. After final embraces and a tear or two, the spelling competitors are swept backstage.

It is sixth grader Jybr Reynoso Hidrogos’ second time competing. He made the top five last year, but fell short of a trophy. Every day since, he’s spent two hours or more practicing spelling. That’s what helped him beat out his classmates and win a preliminary contest to wind up here today.

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Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for the US presidency.

If elected in November, Clinton would join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May at the helm of some of the world's largest economies.

Would that mark a turning point for women wielding power around the world?

Newcastle's biggest university says no to more coal

Jul 26, 2016
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A city built on coal wealth is turning away from the fossil fuel. Or at least, its biggest university is.

Newcastle University has become the most recent UK university pledging to divest from fossil fuels. The university joins a growing number of UK schools that have moved toward investments in alternative energy solutions.

Newcastle’s decision comes on the heels of similar announcements last year by 10 other UK schools.

U.S. First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PennsylvaScott Audette/Reutersnia, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Nigerians seem to be parsing each twist and turn of the US presidential race. 

And Chude Jideonwo, a Lagos-based media entrepreneur and lawyer, says his Nigerian friends on Twitter are trading thoughts today on just one topic. 

"Everyone is unanimous, it's Michelle Obama for POTUS," Jideonwo says, adding that his Twitter feed was stocked with videos, photos and tweets from the first lady's speech at the DNC Monday night. "She was undoubtedly the standout." 

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It was an election in which many felt uninspired by the two candidates on offer. They represented a center-left party with flagging popularity, and a right-wing alternative that many feared would lead to social division and injustice.

This isn't the United States in 2016, but the UK six years ago, on the eve of its 2010 general election. And in Britain, those conditions led to an unexpected outcome: the sudden rise of an alternative third party.

What is the TPP and why are both parties so angry about it?

Jul 26, 2016

When Bernie Sanders spoke at the Democratic National Convention Monday, he ticked off some economic provisions he championed for the Democratic Party platform: breaking up big banks on Wall Street and opposing "job killing trade agreements like the TPP." 

Many in the audience crowd chanted “No TPP!” and held signs with the letters TPP crossed out.

For those who were a little confused about why the crowd got so riled up, let’s start with the basics: TPP is shorthand for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Misha Friedman

On February 23, 2014, stunned Ukrainians came en masse to the former nature preserve north of Kiev to see what their just-departed president had built with their tax dollars.

Michelle Obama's unifying moment: The DNC in photos

Jul 26, 2016
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Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday, becoming the first female to be nominated for president by a major US political party.

In a symbolic move, former rival Bernie Sanders, sitting with the Vermont delgation, made the motion to nominate Clinton. And while Sanders' supporters remain vocal protesting in the streets outside the convention, Bernie himself continues to advocate on Clinton's behalf.

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Move over, Elsa. There's a new Disney princess in town.

Her name is Elena, and she hails from Avalor — a fictional place that draws from several real-world cultures.

Elena is Latina. Which makes her the animation giant's first-ever Latina princess.

That's a big deal for Latino kids, who are for the first time, with "Elena of Avalor," seeing a Disney leading lady who resembles them. But for writer Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Elena isn't a complete success.

Emma Jacobs

Protests are growing in France over the death of a young black man in police custody. The family of Adama Traoré has repeatedly challenged the official explanations of his death in a town outside Paris. Authorities first said he died from a heart attack; later, that he had a severe infection.

“My brother was killed,” his sister, Assa Traoré, said last week. She noted that her brother died on his 24th birthday.  

“He died in atrocious conditions, alone, without us,” she said. “I was overseas. I couldn’t even give him a hug to wish him a happy birthday.”

Has the world forgotten about Afghanistan?

Jul 25, 2016
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Kabul was hit by twin suicide bombings over the weekend, killing at least 80 and injuring hundreds.

The blast targeted a demonstration that took place in the west of Kabul. The protesters were demanding electricity in a mostly ethnic Hazara province.

“This was a peaceful demonstration, this was a democratic move, this is the story of new Afghanistan, people marching on the streets demanding their rights, not with tanks and bullets, but through democratic means,” says Bilal Sarwary of The Independent, who was in Kabul at the time of the attack.

A Canadian city is putting warning labels on gas pumps

Jul 25, 2016
Andrea Crossan

Imagine going to fill up your tank and seeing a label on the pump that says what you are doing was causing climate change.

The city of North Vancouver in Canada is launching a new program to encourage drivers to think about being more energy-efficient when they drive — and that fossil fuels contribute to climate change.

The city council heard about the plan during a presentation last summer by teenage climate change activist Emily Kelsall.

One of the groups Donald Trump has been most vocal about is Muslims. Back in December, he called for a complete shutdown of Muslim immigration to America. So as he spoke at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Muslims were watching closely.

In one house in New Jersey, Omar Awad and his wife, Marwah Maasarani, settled down to watch.

A "hoax." A "con job." "Bull----." These are among the phrases Donald Trump has used in recent years to express his contempt for the science of climate ch

Witness: 'I could see people lying on the ground'

Jul 22, 2016
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The mass shooting at a Munich shopping mall thrust a whole city into chaos, say those trapped there after the attack on Friday.

Sarah Heinrich, a reporter with M94.5 in Munich, told PRI's The World she could see the helicopters and police — and also got a text from a friend who was at the scene. "I'm super super shocked,'' her friend texted. "I could see people lying on the ground. And there was blood."

US resisters to the Iraq War are now living undocumented in Canada

Jul 22, 2016

In the 1960s and '70s, during the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of Americans fled north to Canada as conscientious objectors and deserters. It was "the largest political exodus from the United States since the American Revolution," according to author and professor John Hagan. And many of them stayed permanently.

Something similar happened on a smaller scale during the Iraq War — except, the staying part is a little more complicated.

Singapore gets the world's first Michelin star for a food stall

Jul 22, 2016
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Where can you find the most delicious pork noodles and soy sauce chicken-rice? Some of the best is in Singapore, but not in a posh restaurant.

For the first time ever, the esteemed Michelin Guide has singled out a couple of food stalls for their coveted star. Two hawker stalls — Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle — were each awarded a Michelin star Thursday. Michelin also released its first-ever guide to dining in the city-state.

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I first saw the band Night Lights in late 2014. I had taken my daughter to a concert at a small venue in Boston. Night Lights were the opening act, playing songs like "Hit the Water" off their first EP.


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Ole Martin Juul Slyngstadli was 18 and attending a summer camp on Utoya Island when Norwegian nationalist Anders Behring Breivik carried out his deadly massacre there on July 22, 2011.

Dressed in a police uniform, Breivik opened fire, indiscriminately, on staff and campers on the island; 69 of them died, most teenagers. Hours earlier, Breivik had killed eight people after setting off an explosive in Oslo.  

How a President Trump would change US foreign policy

Jul 22, 2016

When it comes to foreign policy, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took quite a turn Thursday night in his acceptance speech.

He tore into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her “failed policy of nation building and regime change ... in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria.” This, from the party which for years has supported intervention and promoting democracy abroad.

'Lock her up!': A guide to some of the RNC's most popular chants

Jul 22, 2016

Riled-up crowds are an integral element of political conventions, but watching online or on TV doesn’t quite capture what it’s like to hear them from the convention floor.

This week we’ve been hearing and watching the crowd cheer, jeer and boo their lungs out at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Next week, we’ll be looking at the same thing in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, and hopefully drawing some comparisons.

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There's been a lot to take in at the Republican National Convention this week. And that's even if you ignore everything that happened inside the Quicken Loans Arena.

On Cleveland's streets, there have been dueling performances for and against Donald Trump and the Republican Party — like the "Trump Hut," or Hillary Clinton as Cersei Lannister.

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What started off as a seasonal protest in southern Mexico against an educational change is turning into a movement.

On June 19, about 800 state and federal police were deployed to break up a highway blockade in Nochixtlán, a commercial and transportation hub in the indigenous Mixteca region.

Eight people — protesters and townspeople — were killed in the police operation. One month later, no one has been held accountable.

Trump’s trade policies are worrying economists

Jul 21, 2016

“Our country is getting ripped off.” That’s the sub-headline on Donald Trump’s campaign web site for his position on trade. A vote for Trump is a vote for standing up to trade manipulators.

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Recent statements by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have led some European leaders to worry about the future of NATO — the military alliance that has linked Europe and North America for more than half a century.

For months, Trump has questioned the value of NATO, saying that member states need to increase their defense spending if they want American support. And this week, in an interview with The New York Times, Trump suggested that his administration would consider reneging on its treaty obligation to defend alliance members if they were attacked. 

My parents coached me through my first coup

Jul 21, 2016
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When I heard the jets overhead, I knew it was real.

Growing up as a Turkish American, I’m familiar with Turkey’s national narrative of fractionalized politics and military coups. Last Friday was a bizarre plot twist. On the unseasonably warm night in Burgaz, a quiet Istanbul island in the Marmara Sea, my parents went to bed early as I lazily scrolled through Twitter in the dark for fear of attack by mosquito.

'Detained because my name was Gonzalez'

Jul 21, 2016

When Jacinta Gonzalez arrived at a protest on Shea Boulevard in Fountain Hills, Arizona, the morning of March 19, it wasn't just for a Trump rally. It was because of a kind of Trump ideology.

"We decided to take action and shut down Trump because we understand that he's more than just a candidate," she says.

Gonzalez talks about the "Trump effect" almost as much Donald Trump himself. She worries he is "riling up" politics of racism, Islamophobia and homophobia.

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Britain's new prime minister went to Germany Wednesday for her first official visit abroad — but her country's dramatic breakup with Europe barely even came up.

Negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union, known as Brexit, will not begin until "our objectives are clear," Prime Minister Theresa May said. And she doesn't plan for that to happen this year.