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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Mexico vowed not to let the United States impose migration reforms on it Thursday as its leaders hosted US officials who are cracking down on undocumented immigrants.

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray sharpened the tone as he prepared for talks following a diplomatic row over President Donald Trump's hard line on trade and immigration.

Trump has outraged Mexico by vowing to build a wall along the border to keep out migrants from Latin America, whom he branded rapists and criminals during his presidential campaign.

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Courtesy of Habib Zahori

Habib Zahori was deep in the forest, his face and fingers going numb. He was lost, freezing and growing desperate by the hour.

Like hundreds of refugees, Zahori was risking his life to sneak into Canada.

But Zahori was not fleeing some war-torn country. He was running away from the US.

Ahead of the Oscars this Sunday, we've been interviewing the directors behind the nominees for best foreign film.

The five finalists range from dark to darkly funny, and you can watch trailers for all of them below. Click through the links to hear our interviews with the directors.

"Land of Mine" (Denmark)

Every country wants to show the world its good side. But there's always a dark side it doesn't want to let out. That's the motivation behind the Danish film "Land of Mine," one of five nominees for best foreign language film.

When Father Khalil Jaar first arrived at St. Mary’s church in 2014, he had a lot of free time on his hands. He didn't feel as useful as he did back in his last parish.

"I was asking myself and my Lord, 'Why [did] you send me here? Because there is nothing to do,'" he recalls, sitting at his office in the city of Marka, 15 minutes outside of Amman, Jordan.

But his boredom didn't last long. Shortly after he joined the church, a wave of Iraqi refugees came to Amman. They were mainly from Mosul, the Iraqi city that had fallen to ISIS.

Immigration lawyers: Trump crackdown tactics will see fierce legal challenges

Feb 22, 2017
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Keith Bedford/Reuters File Photo

Crackdowns on immigration from the Trump administration have caused fear and elicited public backlash in recent weeks. But is the administration simply implementing existing law in a more aggressive way?

The answer is "unfortunately complicated," says César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, an assistant professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made deportations and illegal immigration and centerpiece of his election.

This week, we got an idea of what that would look like as policy: lists of crimes created by immigrants, deputizing police officers as immigration enforces and speeding up deportations across the board.

No group is more affected by Trump’s immigration ban than Iranians. Over 35,000 Iranians come to the US each year with temporary visas — more than any other nationality on the seven-country list.

Meanwhile, in Europe, many are struggling for recognition alongside unprecedented numbers of refugees.

Most of the asylum-seekers in Europe now are fleeing violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but in 2015 more than 25,000 Iranians also sought asylum in Europe.

If you're poor and British, best not to marry a foreigner

Feb 22, 2017
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Toby Melville

Controversial rules preventing thousands of British citizens from living in the UK with their non-European spouses have been upheld in a legal ruling today.

Under the rules, mixed-nationality married couples are forbidden to live in the UK if the British spouse receives an annual salary less than 18,600 pounds ($23,140). Other forms of income, or money earned by the foreign partner, are not considered.

The rules do not apply to couples in which the foreign partner is a citizen of a European Union country, or the foreign partner has a visa for other reasons.

I knew the real Jane Roe

Feb 22, 2017

I sat in the car for three hours while Norma McCorvey, the face of the abortion-rights movement, was in the process of becoming Norma McCorvey, the face of the anti-abortion movement. 

Little did I know that while she had me wait in the car, she was washing away her past. McCorvey died this past weekend. She was 69. 

Her recent passing brought me back to that pivotal moment in the car with McCorvey.

She called me a few days earlier, wanting me to meet her in the parking lot of a women's clinic where she once worked. 

Thaer al-Tahli has spent three years trying to make it to the United States. He's finally giving up the dream.

Al-Tahli is a familiar face in Amman, Jordan. He's a television news anchor and a Syrian in exile. The 29-year-old supported the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. As an activist, he organized demonstrations and set up a student union at his university in Homs.

That didn't please the Syrian regime.

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Joshua Roberts/Reuters 

Scott Pruitt, in his first address to staff since he took over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, urged civility and said he would “listen, learn and lead.” 

“We ought to be able to get together and wrestle through some very difficult issues and do so in a civil manner,” Pruitt told staffers Tuesday at the EPA headquarters in Washington, DC.

Signaling a shift in the agency’s priorities, Pruitt focused his remarks on creating a pro-business, regulatory environment rather than cleaning up air or water.

With 200 museums in greater Paris, newcomers face tough competition.

The privately run Phono Museum, which opened in 2014, guides visitors through the history of recorded sound. But it has struggled to overcome financial problems, despite a collection full of old and sometimes bizarre artifacts of audio history.

Denmark's dark past is up for an Oscar

Feb 21, 2017

Every country wants to show the world its good side. But there's always a dark side it doesn't want to let out. That's the motivation behind the Danish film "Land of Mine," one of five nominees for best foreign language film at the Oscars this Sunday. 

"I wanted to show Denmark's true face," says the movie's director Martin Zandvliet. He knew there were a lot of hidden stories in Danish history, but when he stumbled across the stories involving German boys, he knew he had the makings of a film.

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Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster has been picked to serve as President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser. The active duty 3-star Army general is expected to have a relatively easy confirmation process, as he is widely respected in Congress.

“H.R. is the most bull-headed, nicest, smartest, most ego-free person I think I have ever met,” says retired Army Col. John Nagl, who has known and worked with McMaster for more than 20 years.

Asked — again — about anti-Semitism, Trump condemns it as ‘horrible’

Feb 21, 2017
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Tom Gannam/Reuters 

Monday was a banner day for anti-Semitic hate.

Bomb threats were phoned into at least 11 Jewish community centers around the United States. Then, in a Jewish cemetery outside of St. Louis, dozens of gravestones were vandalized.

Given these recent examples of what observers describe as a rising tide of anti-Jewish bigotry in the US, would President Donald Trump condemn anti-Semitism, “once and for all?”

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Youssef Boudlal

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate sits on a dusty, red-earth plateau where the Atlas Mountains begin to descend into the Sahara Desert. Its dramatic landscape has made it a popular setting for movies and TV shows, from Middle Eastern epics like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Mummy” to HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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Adeline Sire

At the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris, passengers line up at security gates and climb aboard the sleek, high-speed train known as Thalys. It connects Paris to Amsterdam with a stop in Brussels in between.

Aboard this transnational train, you are free to snooze the entire trip because the two borders it crosses are mostly ignored. Passengers like me only receive a slight hint they’ve passed into a foreign country: a chime and a text message welcome me to Belgium, with detailed roaming rates. And then an hour later, my phone buzzes again, this time for the Netherlands.

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Andrea Crossan

Three months ago, Ahmed thought he'd probably soon die. 

Then, things changed so fast, that sometimes the thought of it still stuns him. Especially when he looks at Jim Estill.

"I can't look to him, this guy," Ahmed says, sitting next to Estill, weeping. "I respect him so much. Before I come here, I thought 'Im dead. I'm dead.'"

We're not using Ahmed's last name, or that of his wife, Roluh, because they still have a son in Syria and are afraid that by speaking out they'll put him at risk. 

Ted Soqui/Reuters

President Donald Trump ended a busy week with an executive order on Friday that halted the entry of all refugees to the United States. The order also blocked from entry citizens of seven specific countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The order, which took effect at midnight on Friday, led to headaches around the world as travelers were stranded overseas or detained upon arrival to the US. The travel restrictions bar all refugees for 120 days and bar citizens of the seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days.

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Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Donald Trump has named H.R. McMaster, an active duty Army general, as the new national security adviser.

McMaster was tapped to replace Mike Flynn, who resigned after about three weeks on the job.

Trump reportedly interviewed four candidates for the national security post. They were all white men.

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