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This Man Has Freed Hundreds Of Yazidis Captured By ISIS. Thousands Remain Missing

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:11:51 -0500

His phone rarely stops ringing. Most calls and messages are from other Yazidis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, asking for help to find their relatives. Others are from people threatening to kill him.



China Reports Its Fastest Economic Growth In 7 Years

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:17:39 -0500

China's economy, the second-largest in the world, grew by 6.9 percent in 2017. It's the first time since 2010 that the speed of China's economic growth went up rather than edging down.



Russian Athletes Withdraw From Competition When Drug Testers Arrive

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

More than 30 athletes that were to compete at the Siberian Indoor Championships last weekend suddenly pulled out of the event claiming various illnesses.



Apple Plans To Create 20,000 Jobs And Build New Campus

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:26:00 -0500

Apple says it's bringing billions of dollars back to the U.S. and using it to build a new campus and create 20,000 jobs. Analysts say the announcement is a mix of politics and economics.



Pet Blessing In Spain

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

Catholics are celebrating the Feast of San Anton this week. He's known as the patron saint of animals, and in Spain the fiesta ends with people bringing their pets to be blessed in church.



Tillerson Says U.S. To Stay In Syria Indefinitely

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

Secretary of State Tillerson says the U.S. will keep a military presence in Syria for the foreseeable future. Cleveland State University's Milena Sterio tells David Greene about the legal issues.



Kelly Says Trump Now Believes Border Wall Is Unnecessary

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:52:00 -0500

The chief of staff says that candidate Trump was not "fully informed" on border issues and that he's persuaded the president that the wall is not needed.



U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:16:00 -0500

The British Parliament is considering a 34-cent tax on to-go cups to encourage diners to bring their own reusable containers. The goal is to replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags.



U.K. Now Has A Minister For Loneliness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:56:44 -0500

According to government figures, more than 9 million people "always or often feel lonely," and many "older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month."



A 'Fraught Time' For Press Freedom In The Philippines

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:33:00 -0500

President Duterte "does not like the press," writes Sheila S. Coronel, dean of academic affairs at Columbia University's journalism school. The Rappler news site is the government's latest target.



How An American Rose To The Upper Ranks Of ISIS

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Seamus Hughes, deputy director at George Washington University's Program on Extremism, about their two-year investigation that revealed an American in the upper ranks of ISIS.



Haitians Flow Into Canada From The U.S. Amid Renewed Deportation Fears

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:12:38 -0500

Half of the 14,000 people who crossed into Canada without authorization in the first nine months of 2017 were from Haiti. The end of protected status in the U.S. for Haitians is driving a new surge.



U.N. Head Lists His Top Global Concerns For 2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:02:00 -0500

The new secretary-general hoped to make 2017 a year of peace. But in a speech yesterday, he said that the world had gone in the "reverse" direction.



Days After Oil Tanker Sinks, Large Slicks Observed In East China Sea

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:06:46 -0500

Chinese authorities say they've found the Iranian tanker that sank Sunday after a collision and several explosions. The incident left the crew presumed dead — and released two miles-long oil slicks.



Berlin's New Adidas Sneakers Feature Sewn-In Transit Tickets

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:59:30 -0500

These shoes are made for taking the metro. They may seem pricey, but they're about a quarter of the cost of an annual transportation pass in Berlin.