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Pregnant Women Should Consider Not Traveling To Southeast Asia

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:46:00 -0400

U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to parts of Southeast Asia because of the risk of catching Zika. Recent outbreaks have occurred in Singapore and Thailand.

Crisis Mapping Pioneer Focuses On Humanitarian Uses For Drones

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:46:00 -0400

Patrick Meier pioneered the field of crisis mapping during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, compiling information to create a real time map of damage. Now he's focusing on humanitarian uses of drones.

Countries Gather For Wildlife Convention On Animal Trafficking

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ginette Hemley of the World Wildlife Fund about the CITES meeting and the challenges in trying to protect endangered species, particularly elephants.

Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:29:00 -0400

Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution to make the green glow more visible to people in the capital.

Why Is No One Punished For Attacks On Aid Workers?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:49:00 -0400

The attack on the trucks delivering humanitarian aid in Aleppo was potentially a war crime. But it's not likely anyone will go to jail for it. Is this the new normal?

Turkey's President Recommends Extending State Of Emergency

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:43:00 -0400

Thousands of people have been arrested or dismissed under the current state of emergency after a failed coup attempt July 15. The date has been declared a national holiday for "democracy and freedom."

Wedding Party Scrambles To Fix Bride's Broken Zipper

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:07:00 -0400

A bridesmaid dashed to a neighboring home looking for sewing supplies, but got one better — a master tailor. A Syrian refugee had only been in Canada for four days. He was thrilled to save the day.

Intense Unrest Follows Protests Against Zimbabwe's Longtime President

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:09:00 -0400

The southern African nation of Zimbabwe is facing its most intense unrest in years. We examine what's fueling the anger, and the rising opposition against President Robert Mugabe.

U.S.-Saudi Relations Appear To Enter A New Phase

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:09:00 -0400

The vote to override Obama's veto of a Sept. 11 lawsuit bill pits lawmakers from both parties against Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, the Senate has cleared the way for arms sales to the kingdom.

'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:48:00 -0400

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.

For Affirmative Action, Brazil Sets Up Controversial Boards To Determine Race

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:34:00 -0400

A quota system for public universities and government jobs was meant to increase the number of Afro-Brazilians. But it has been abused, and now a committee will decide an applicant's race.

The Day Shimon Peres Returned To His Boyhood Village

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:09:00 -0400

Like many founding fathers of Israel, he was born in Eastern Europe. After the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned in 1992 searching for his old family home.

Coins From The Roman Empire Found In Ruins Of Japanese Castle

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:34:00 -0400

The copper coins were found in 2013; X-ray analysis shows that they bear an image of Constantine the Great.

The U.S. Is Sending 600 More Troops To Iraq

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:28:00 -0400

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the increase, which brings the American total to about 5,000, anticipates a major operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

Can Russia Be Held Accountable For Weapons That Took Down Airliner?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:21 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jim Lewis, senior vice president and program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about holding countries accountable for weapons transfers.