The World

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PRI’s The World pioneered the new global journalism in America. Its unique editorial voice combines coverage of the day’s news, worldwide, with interviews and sound-rich features that examine the lives of people around the globe, and their connections to life in the U.S., giving listeners a global context for understanding America’s day.

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The opening credits to Fauda are thrilling on their own: high energy music with a Middle Eastern twist, scenes of guys with big guns, beautiful women, sex and death. It’s no wonder people are hooked.

Morning, noon and night.

It seems that President-elect Donald Trump is always on Twitter.

Always ready to give his opinion, or, his advice.

But it turns out that more than a few people have no idea what Trump's been saying on Twitter — because they've been blocked from even seeing his tweets.

People like 16-year-old Antonio Del Otero. He's a junior at Huron High School in Detroit, Michigan, and a couple months ago, he tweeted something kind of mean at Trump.

“Basically I called him a 'reject Cheeto,'” says Del Otero.

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There’s been another upset at the polls. In terms of size and population, The Gambia doesn't come close to the United States. But like in the States, few thought there was any chance of an upset in presidential elections that were held Thursday across The Gambia.

So much for experts, again.

“I hereby declare Adama Barrow duly elected president of the Republic of Gambia for the next five years,'' Alieu Momarr Njai, the head of the election commission, announced Friday.

"Gabriel Garcia Marquez is our inspiration."

That's what Juancho Valencia of the Colombian band Puerto Candelaria says. And when you hear their music, I gotta say, their sound does appear to leap off the pages of Gabo's writing.

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It’s nearly impossible to find Fred Bronson’s house at night. It’s right outside of Raleigh in a suburban neighborhood dotted with bodegas and small restaurants. The road is bumpy and it’s pitch dark.

After yelling a couple of hellos into the night, Fred steps out of the house. He’s a large man dressed in an old T-shirt, head wrapped in a Confederate flag bandana. He invites me in.

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There are a lot of great opening lines in literature. But this one by the late Gabriel Garcia-Marquez is among the best: "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

That's the way he starts the book "One Hundred Years of Solitude." The novel is a masterpiece of magical realism, a world where magical elements blend into reality.

It's what Garcia-Marquez is known for.

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Fifty-three years ago, the United States came closer to nuclear war than ever before, or since.

For 13 days in October 1962 — during the Cuban Missile Crisis — America's nuclear arsenal was kept on high alert. There were nuclear missiles just 90 miles from US soil, in Fidel Castro's Cuba. President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev could have launched a nuclear strike within minutes.

Each week on The World, we feature a unique selection of musicians, and every week we put it together for you here.

Here's the latest, curated by host Marco Werman and director April Peavey. (If you're looking for all the music you heard on the show, go here.)

The Cuban band Los Van Van inspires politics and passion

The world breathed a sigh of relief when West Africa’s Ebola outbreak came to an end earlier this year, closing the books on the largest and most deadly epidemic in history.

More than 28,500 people were infected and more than 11,000 died in just two years.

But while the outbreak might already feel like a distant memory, Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are still a fact of life across communities in Africa.

Courtesy of the artist.

Some stories shouldn’t be told.

That's a lesson Zully learned in third grade. They were studying airplanes and she told her teacher she’d never flown in one — and how her mom carried her from Mexico to North Carolina.

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From the front steps of Rio de Janeiro's Municipal Theater, the ballet company danced, and opera singers belted out the strident "Carmina Burana."

It was last month, and the show was an artistic public protest. The performers, all state employees, haven’t been paid for weeks and won’t be getting paychecks until Dec. 5.

The same day, outside a state-run hospital in Rio’s Tijuca neighborhood, a doctor shrugged when asked about the long lines of people waiting to be treated. “It’s total chaos in there,” he says.

After pushing a revised peace deal with the FARC rebels through Congress, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos got down to a far bigger challenge Thursday: implementing it.

The lower house's unanimous vote in favor of the deal Wednesday night set off a countdown to end a conflict that has burned for over half a century and killed more than 260,000 people.

"What comes now is the implementation of this accord ... We face an enormous challenge," Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo told a news conference.

Sergio Clavijo, courtesy of the artist Doris Salcedo and Alexander and Bonin, New York, and White Cube, London

The first thing that strikes me when I walk into the Harvard Art Museums' exhibit, “Doris Salcedo: Materiality of Mourning,” is the hush. The lights are dim. I wince whenever I walk because the walls throw back the echoes of my footsteps. 

Mike Segar/Reuters 

It was supposed to be a simple courtesy call, from one world leader to another (almost) world leader. But when Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif got President-elect Donald Trump on the line Wednesday, Sharif heard things he rarely hears from the international community: praise.

I used to play kabaddi in gym class, and I have to say, we all hated it. The boys preferred soccer or cricket while the girls wanted volleyball or dodgeball — anything but this low-class street sport.

Alejandro Saavedra/photo courtesy of Mike Wilkins

Almost 60 years ago, newly minted Cuban leader Fidel Castro visited the United Nations in New York, right after successfully overthrowing Cuba's authoritarian government.

Castro's visit included an event with the Council on Foreign Affairs and a private talk with then-Vice President Richard Nixon.

Photographer Alejandro Saavedra captured the 1959 trip, and his photos were lost for years, ending up in an online auction and eventually in the hands of The World's audio engineer Mike Wilkins.

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Venezuela's economy is, to put it mildly, struggling. OK, it's a mess.

The socialist government led by President Nicolás Maduro has had to contend with the collapse of oil prices, corruption and high inflation. For ordinary Venezuelans, that means their currency, the bolivar, has become mostly worthless — mostly, but not entirely. And right now, any value the bolivar does have depends largely on one guy who works at a Home Depot in Hoover, Alabama.

UPDATE: The City of Gälve has placed a smaller, replica of the Gävle goat in the city center as a replacement yule goat for the holiday season. No one has lit it on fire (yet).

In 1966, a Swedish man named Stig Gavlen had an idea that would, in the future, go down in flames — and yet become the one reason people around the world know his hometown.

Any number of Syrian refugees may be too many for Trump

Dec 1, 2016

In early 2015, Gasem al-Hamad and his wife, Wajed al-Khlifa, along with their four young children, arrived in Turlock, a small rural city about two hours from San Francisco. It marked the end of a three-year journey, after fleeing war in Syria, seeking safety in Jordan and waiting to find out where they would next call home.

Jason Margolis

Let’s say you’re a factory worker in Michigan, Ohio or Indiana. You’ve worked for the same company your whole life. You’re 40, maybe 50. Then, the factory closes and moves to Mexico or China or wherever. What do you do?

The 2016 US presidential election was partly about that question. Donald Trump said he’d bring the jobs back. Hillary Clinton argued for tens of billions of dollars to retrain laid-off workers.