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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.

In Brussels, Belgium, a kitty is under siege

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Brussels, Belgium, has been on lockdown the past few days.

During the lockdown, Belgian police have asked locals to refrain from tweeting about any police activity. No tweeting, fine. But what about meowing?

In response to the police request, the world got a taste of the Belgian sense of humor as Belgians flooded twitter with mocking photos of cats.

Leo Hornak

When the Paris attacks began, Rev. Jean-Christophe Bieselaar was on call as one of the official chaplains for public hospitals in Paris.

"These were war victims; it was war injuries," he says, recalling the shock of that evening.

"There is one lady I remember. And, honestly, I can't tell you why I remember her more than other people. She came into the ER, went straight to the welcome desk. And she said, 'I've heard that my son was brought to this hospital.' And she actually was leaning with both hands on the table — as if she was afraid to collapse if the news was bad."

ISIS brings in millions and the US is all but helpless to stop it.

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In the wake of the attacks in Paris, more and more people are saying that when it comes to ISIS, it's time to follow the money.

But where does ISIS — often described as the richest terrorist organization — get their cash from?

According to Cam Simpson, a reporter for Bloomburg Business, the answer to that question is oil.

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This Thanksgiving, Paul Katcher wanted to reflect not only on what he’s grateful for, but also for all the choices he doesn’t have to make, the kind of bleak decisions faced by Syrian civilians caught in the middle of the country’s brutal civil war.

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Belgium has had a reputation for many things. Chocolate. Beer. French fries with mayonaisse.

But a hotbed for jihadist activity? 

Two of the terrorists involved in the November 13 Paris attacks were identified as French citizens from the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. That district has also been linked to two other major Islamic teror attacks: The rampage at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices and a plot against a train from Paris to Belgium.

What is it about Belgium? How did it get on this particular map?

Jeb Sharp

Imad Karkotli's sweet and pastry shop in downtown Brussels is like something out of a storybook. We stumble upon it on the first day of the security lockdown here after the Paris attacks. Dusk is falling but the display cases gleam with color and plates of heaping candies and sweetmeats beckon us in. 

There are only two customers inside, so Karkotli is only too eager to show us his wares.

Adeline Sire

The Great Mosque in Paris is guarded by soldiers in fatigues, armed with machine guns, though there’s only a sporadic bag check at the front door. Inside, the building looks like a traditional Moroccan mosque, with colorful tiles and a tranquil patio populated with cypress trees. You’d never know that people here are on edge.

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One of the men who blew themselves up near the soccer stadium in Paris on Nov. 13 had a passport near his body.

French and Greek officials later said that the bomber's fingerprints matched those of a man who had arrived on European shores on October 3. He had gone to Turkey, Greece and later on to France.

But the passport turned out to be fake.

His was one of thousands of fake Syrian passports in circulation today. Syrian passports have become valuable with the rise in the number of refugees and the war in Syria.

Daniel Estrin

A day after the Paris attacks, Steve Puget decided to help find people searching for their loved ones who had gone missing.

He opened a Facebook page he called Recherche Paris, or “Search Paris.” His first post went like this: “If you’re looking for someone who was in Paris last night, send a description and the place where that person was.”

When he woke up the next morning, the page had about 400 likes, and people started writing messages asking for help finding their loved ones.

Nearly 500 days in prison: My friend, Jason Rezaian

Nov 22, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Sunday, Iran's official news agency said Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian had been sentenced to prison in Iran. It did not say for how long. He's already served 487 days in jail in a case that press freedom experts worldwide say is bogus. Who is Jason Rezaian? A friend writes.)

Jason Margolis

Helping refugee arrivals find places to live, work, and go to school takes a lot of time and taxpayer money. In Canada, they've developed a unique system: ordinary citizens and residents share the load with the government and resettlement agencies. 

With the latest refugee crisis from Syria, Canadians are again coming out by the thousands volunteering to help. Jennifer Nagel is among them. She’s the associate chair of the philosophy department at the University of Toronto.

Shane McMillan

Photojournalist Shane Thomas McMillan was in Paris last Friday night visiting a friend when he heard what sounded like firecrackers coming from next door.

"It was obviously much more serious than that," says McMillan.

It turns out his friend lived right next door to the Bataclan, the Paris theater where terrorists came in with machine guns and grenades, taking people hostage and killing dozens of concert goers.

Jeb Sharp

Molenbeek is just a quick subway ride away from downtown Brussels. And it’s a community struggling to come to terms with the terrorists in its midst.

Sara Corsius is a concert organizer here. She's reeling from news of the attacks in Paris a week ago but also fiercely protective of her community where some of the perpetrators grew up and lived and worked.

She's also real about the dangers ahead.

"The first reaction is everyone understand we can't react in fear," she said. "The second reaction is be very afraid."

Christian Hartmann/Reuters

One thing to notice about the terrorist incident in Bamako on Friday was the speed with which Malian security forces responded. As soon as word got out that active shooters were in the upscale Radisson Blu hotel, security forces got moving.

Very quickly, they went on the attack, clearing the hotel floor by floor. There were casualties, but dozens of hostages were freed. French and US special forces, on training missions in Mali, were able to assist.

'I feel safe in Israel. I don't feel safe in Paris'

Nov 20, 2015
Daniel Estrin

Bouquets drown the street corner in front of La Belle Eqipe café, where 19 people were gunned down on November 13, part of the violent attacks in Paris that killed more than 125.

The café is shuttered. It’s now a memorial, a moment frozen in time.

Morgane Bloncourt looks at the street corner through the eyes of a person who has lived in the neighborhood all her life. Next door to the café is her favorite neighborhood patisserie. The 24-year-old Parisian has eaten croissants from the patisserie all her life.

Adeline Sire

Journalist Andy Morgan spent a big part of his career managing bands from Mali, most notably the Touareg group Tenariwen.

Last Friday, as news came out about the shooting at the Bataclan in Paris, he couldn't help but remember when Tenariwen played that venue.

“In the landscape of French showbiz, the Bataclan is one of those ‘arrival’ venues. Once you’ve played there, you know your ship has come in,” he wrote in an essay entitled, “The Bataclan and the battle for music.”

Tenariwen played the venue back in 2007. And it was an experience like no other recalls Morgan.

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The Russian doping scandal has led to calls for all or some of Russia’s track and field athletes to be stripped of their recent medals.

Of course, if that happens, then other athletes from other countries might get bumped up the medal table.

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They were just about to eat dinner when a huge explosion ripped through the dining hall.

“I turned around and I saw a fireball coming down the stairwell,” recalls BBC reporter Caroline Hawley.

Not far from where Hawley was about to have her dinner, a young couple, Nadia al-Alami and Ashraf al-Akhras, were celebrating their wedding. Soon Hawley found out that their reception had also been targeted by two suicide bombers.

There were three simultaneous bombings in Amman, the Jordanian capital, on that night.

Daniel Estrin

Hebron is the tensest city in the West Bank. It’s where about 850 Jewish settlers live in guarded enclaves amid 270,000 Palestinian residents. And in recent weeks, there have been shootings and attacks right next to an ancient shrine there that Israelis and Palestinians share, begrudgingly.

Meet Britain's Islamic sex therapist

Nov 10, 2015
Mobeen Azhar

In the front room of his suburban home in Bradford, England, Imam Alyas Karmani is waiting for a scheduled Skype call. On the hour, a woman calls. She speaks softly and there’s nervousness in her tone. She’s calling from Morocco and though she’s in her 20s, she says she’s afraid of her parents hearing the conversation. “I felt so bad about my habit that I used to cut myself. You have really helped me, Imam. Thank you.”