Subscribe: NPR Topics: World
Preview: NPR Topics: World

World : NPR

NPR world news, international art and culture, world business and financial markets, world economy, and global trends in health, science and technology. Subscribe to the World Story of the Day podcast and RSS feed.

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:52:00 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2017 NPR - For Personal Use Only

Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:52:00 -0500

Environmentalists haul illegal fishing nets in the ocean, while poor Haitians collect discarded plastic bottles of the streets of their country. All the waste is then turned into fabric and later into high end shoes and backpacks — a new trend in recycling.

China's Import Policies Are Affecting U.S. Recycling Companies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

China is the biggest importer of U.S. recyclables, but recent policy changes by the country mean it may not be much longer.

Britain Gets OK To Start Negotiating Exit With European Union

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

The European Union has decided to let Britain start negotiating its future relationship with the giant trading block. This comes as there is now an agreement with the United Kingdom on how it will end its membership of the EU, but the tough part still lies ahead.

Caribbean Island Of Anguilla Bounces Back After Intense Hurricane Season

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:43:00 -0500

Nineteen-year-old broadcaster Nisha Dupuis says Anguilla has made great progress towards a full recovery from Hurricane Irma. Eighty-seven percent of the island's power has been restored.

Stop Hating On Ed Sheeran's Fundraising Ad, Say Critics

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:52:00 -0500

A Comic Relief spot starring the pop singer, raising funds for children in Liberia, was voted the worst charity ad of 2017. Some are saying the criticisms aren't warranted.

Long Island Woman Charged With Using Bitcoin To Launder Money To Support ISIS

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:29:00 -0500

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, allegedly bought more than $60,000 in cryptocurrency, got a $22,000 loan and then transferred the money abroad. The Justice Department says she intended to join ISIS in Syria.

Tillerson Travels To U.N. To Discuss Issues Involving North Korea

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:36:00 -0500

The secretary of state goes to the U.N. on Friday, just days after he offered to talk to North Korea with no preconditions. That would represent a change in approach for the Trump administration.

Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:18:00 -0500

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.

Top British Officer: Russia May Be Able To Cut Undersea Cables

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:28:00 -0500

British Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach says the Kremlin's improved naval capabilities pose a risk to communications and Internet cables that would be an economic catastrophe if severed.

Talks On Future Trade Relations Are A Pivotal Moment In Brexit Process

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The tortuous process of Britain leaving the European Union reaches a crucial stage on Friday when EU leaders decide if they are ready to talk about the future relationship of the two sides.

News Brief: Tax Overhaul Progresses, Tillerson On North Korea

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Tax overhaul would be a legislative victory for Republicans, but they can only afford to loose 2 GOP votes in the Senate. Secretary of State Tillerson heads to the U.N. to talk about North Korea.

Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:52:00 -0500

A royal commission recommends that the Australian Catholic Church ask the Vatican to lift its celibacy requirement for clergy and require that evidence of abuse revealed in confession be reported.

Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:38:09 -0500

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas received 18 years in prison.

Four Children Killed In School Bus And Train Collision In France

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:07:19 -0500

The interior minister said he was "overwhelmed by the tragedy." The bus was filled with adolescents. Many were injured.