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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When loyal supporters of unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say they will not vote for Hillary Clinton, it's usually for one of two reasons: Either they believe in Sanders' political revolution and want to use their vote as a statement, or they do not fear the possibility of a President Donald Trump.

Some voters with relatives who are undocumented say they can't afford to make either of those choices, no matter how much they're feeling the Bern.

Hillary Clinton makes history: The DNC in photos

Jul 27, 2016
Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Hillary Clinton delivered one of the most important speeches of her political career on Thursday at the closing night of the Democratic National Convention in Philidelphia.

Saul Loeb/Reuters

Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for the US presidency.

If elected in November, Clinton would join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May at the helm of some of the world's largest economies.

Would that mark a turning point for women wielding power around the world?

The amphitheater is humming: teachers hover, students murmur over spelling sheets and proud parents deliver the last gasps of pep talks. After final embraces and a tear or two, the spelling competitors are swept backstage.

It is sixth grader Jybr Reynoso Hidrogos’ second time competing. He made the top five last year, but fell short of a trophy. Every day since, he’s spent two hours or more practicing spelling. That’s what helped him beat out his classmates and win a preliminary contest to wind up here today.

What is the TPP and why are both parties so angry about it?

Jul 26, 2016

When Bernie Sanders spoke at the Democratic National Convention Monday, he ticked off some economic provisions he championed for the Democratic Party platform: breaking up big banks on Wall Street and opposing "job killing trade agreements like the TPP." 

Many in the audience crowd chanted “No TPP!” and held signs with the letters TPP crossed out.

For those who were a little confused about why the crowd got so riled up, let’s start with the basics: TPP is shorthand for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Newcastle's biggest university says no to more coal

Jul 26, 2016
Public Domain

Once it was synonymous with the coal industry. Now Newcastle upon Tyne, England, is home to one of the latest universities to shun investments in the coal industry and other fossil fuel-oriented businesses.

“The portfolio that is being divested by Newcastle University is relatively small on a global scale," says Phil Taylor, director of Newcastle University’s Institute of Sustainability, "but it’s a big statement.”

U.S. First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PennsylvaScott Audette/Reutersnia, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Nigerians seem to be parsing each twist and turn of the US presidential race. 

And Chude Jideonwo, a Lagos-based media entrepreneur and lawyer, says his Nigerian friends on Twitter are trading thoughts today on just one topic. 

"Everyone is unanimous, it's Michelle Obama for POTUS," Jideonwo says, adding that his Twitter feed was stocked with videos, photos and tweets from the first lady's speech at the DNC Monday night. "She was undoubtedly the standout." 

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It was an election in which many felt uninspired by the two candidates on offer. They represented a center-left party with flagging popularity, and a right-wing alternative that many feared would lead to social division and injustice.

This isn't the United States in 2016, but the UK six years ago, on the eve of its 2010 general election. And in Britain, those conditions led to an unexpected outcome: the sudden rise of an alternative third party.

Misha Friedman

On February 23, 2014, stunned Ukrainians came en masse to the former nature preserve north of Kiev to see what their just-departed president had built with their tax dollars.

Loay Abu Haykel/Reuters

The ancient city of Petra, Jordan, is well known as the backdrop for dozens of Hollywood movies, from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" to "The Mummy Returns."

Well, fiction aside, it looks like there really is a secret temple buried here.

Archaeologists have found a huge monument beneath the sand, just a few hundred yards from the city center. And they say the millions of visitors and thousands of archaeologists who’ve been to the city over the last 200 years have missed some amazing remains.  

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Nothing says springtime in Paris like the smell of garbage.

Well, this week anyway. The city’s waste collection service has been on strike for over a week, and in many neighborhoods that rely exclusively on that service, it's become a real problem.

If you haven't heard of Icelandic indie-rock band Kaleo, now's a good time to get to know them. The band is barnstorming across the US, playing sold out shows. 

For a band that formed just four years ago, the road to fame has been swift. In 2013, their first year together, Kaleo was already well-known and extremley popular group in their island nation. 

Lead singer JJ Julius Son says, like many of the greats, the four-man band started out as a hobby between childhood friends.

A Venezuelan reporter comes home to cover conflict

Jun 10, 2016
Carlos Garcia Rawlins/REUTERS

Venezuela is on the brink.

Food is difficult to find. Some citizens are even picking through the trash to find dinner. Looting is rampant. Gangs rule. The murder rate grows.

It's not the best time to move home, to put it mildly. But that's just what Mariana Zuñiga did.

The Venezuelan journalist wanted to cover conflict; Caracas was the natural choice. It's where her family and friends live. But while she had the desire to return, her friends wanted to flee.

“I felt a little attacked personally,” says Michael Buergera, standing outside a restaurant in Marseille.

He’s talking about the new Netflix series that is set in, and takes its name from, the city where he lives on France’s southern coast.

The online video-streaming service’s first European production has met with mixed feelings in the city it portrays.

What if the Syrian civil war happened in your country?

Jun 10, 2016
Rami Jarrah

The Syrian civil war started five years ago, on March 15, 2011, when hundreds of Syrian protesters took to the streets of Damascus calling for the removal of president Bashar al-Assad.

It all started in the city of Daraa, when 15 boys between 10 and 15 years old, were arrested and tortured by the secret police after they painted grafitti that read: “The people want to topple the regime!” 

Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

Lebanon isn’t without its share of problems. No elected government. Over a million Syrian refugees. ISIS tickling the border. And a massive trash crisis.

Shadia Khater may not be able to do much about the first three of these, but she’s doing her best to help solve the fourth, and change the way people in Lebanon think of their trash.

I met her inside what used to be an indoor basketball court, stacked now with 10-foot-high mounds of trash — metal, glass, paper and various types of plastic — surrounded by trucks dumping, workers sorting, compacters compacting.

Ashley Cleek

Isaac Twishime and his sister were born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One day when they were little, their father was kidnapped by rebels, so their mother fled into the jungle with her two kids. For about 15 months, they lived in the forest. Isaac remembers drinking rainwater from trees and being afraid of wild animals, because they'd seen human remains in the forest.

“Sometimes we could run into skulls and skeletons of people who were eaten badly,” Isaac says. “It was a really tough life. I don’t know how we got lucky.”

Mike Blake

It all started with comments made by filmmakers David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown.

Speaking with the Guardian, the duo announced that they were working on a biopic about Rumi, the iconic 13th-century Persian poet, Sufi mystic and Islamic scholar. 

Over the last two decades, about 400,000 migrants have arrived on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.

Many of these have come over the last few years by boat from North Africa, desperate to find better lives in Europe.

If you are looking for a place that is pretty much the opposite of Syria, you might pick Nelson, a small city in British Columbia, Canada, about an hour’s drive from the Washington state border. Population — 10,230.