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To Help The Poorest Of The Poor, First You Have To Find Them

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:40:00 -0500

A new project uses computers to analyze daytime satellite pictures for signs of extreme poverty. Does it work?



Legal Win For Marine Who Used Classified Information In An Email Warning

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:36:00 -0500

A federal judge has overturned a military panel's decision to force Maj. Jason Brezler out of the Corps for including classified information in an email to his fellow Marines.



When It Comes To Wealthy Leaders, World Abounds With Cautionary Tales

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:24:00 -0500

Other countries have elected wealthy businessmen for the same reason Donald Trump won: People think they're so rich, they must be incorruptible. But in many cases, corruption and cronyism followed.



Civilians Face Heightened Danger As Iraqi Forces Fight To Retake Mosul

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

As the number of injuries and deaths increase for civilians in Mosul and Iraqi troops trying to liberate them from ISIS, it raises questions about guidance that civilians should stay in place.



Gambia Poised For Peaceful Transition After 22 Years Under Authoritarian Ruler

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

The tiny West African nation of Gambia is poised for an unprecedented handover of power. In a surprise election upset, the opposition candidate bested the 22-year ruler, whose government is known for forced disappearances, torture and other human rights violations.



Canada Prepares To Announce First Woman Featured On Bank Note

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

Canada will announce Thursday the woman who will appear on the first bank note of the next series. A total of 461 iconic Canadian women met the qualifying criteria and a short list was set.



WATCH: A Slow-Mo, Many-Car Pileup In Snowy Montreal

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:06:00 -0500

Nobody was injured in the accident, which took a long time to unfold. Vehicle after vehicle — including a police car with its lights on, and one surprising addition we won't spoil for you — slid in.



In India, Trump's Business Interests Raise Anticipation And Questions

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:45:00 -0500

The Trump Organization maintains more real estate interests in India than anywhere outside North America. But property development in India is prone to political entanglement.



Former Child Soldier Denies War Crimes In Trial At International Criminal Court

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:37:00 -0500

Dominic Ongwen, who was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army when he was a boy, pleaded not guilty to 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda. He was nicknamed the White Ant.



Will Trump Reinstate Reagan's Abortion Rule For International Charities?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:41:00 -0500

The "Mexico City policy" blocked federal funds for international family-planning charities if they were to "promote" abortion.



Taiwan's President: Phone Call With Trump 'Doesn't Mean A Policy Shift'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:24:00 -0500

In her first comments since her talk with Donald Trump, President Tsai Ing-wen says she does not foresee "major policy shifts." She spoke with Western journalists, including NPR's William Dobson.



A Stabbing, A Possible Ebola Outbreak, And A 'Time Bomb'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:17 -0500

In Liberia, a team of epidemiologists have to delay a criminal investigation, look the other way on illegal drug use and build trust to stop an outbreak of Ebola.



Researchers Confident Mysterious Pair Of Mummified Knees Belonged To Queen Nefertari

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:00 -0500

Italian archaeologists found a pair of mummified knees in Nefertari's tomb in 1904. For the first time, tests indicate that the knees belonged to the great queen herself.



Trump's Phone Call To Taiwan's Leader Risks China Tensions

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump's telephone conversation with Taiwan's president broke four decades of diplomatic protocol. There's concern it could also spark a crisis with China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province.



Once Booming, Mongolia's Economy Veers From Riches To Rags

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:09:00 -0500

The sparsely populated nation of nomadic herders rode China's booming economy by supplying it with coal. But as China's economy slows and commodity prices drop, Mongolia's economy is crashing.