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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.

If you ask a Romanian shepherd, the government is out of touch with their traditional culture. And as a result, they say their livelihoods are under attack by hunters and conservationists who are trying to take away their dogs and restrict use of land for herding.

Take away their dogs? You read that right. 

Back in December, as many as 4,000 shepherds and sheep herders wearing shaggy sheepskins, and carrying their wooden staffs, surrounded the Parliament building in Bucharest. They tried to climb over the walls.

Mark Blinch/Reuters

Jian Ghomeshi was a media icon in Canada. 

That was before he was put on trial for sexual assault charges.

Either way, it's no surprise his trial was big news north of the border.

What was unexpected for many was just how the trial played out, leading to a verdict this week that came back "not guilty" on all counts. 

By the numbers: The terror attacks we paid attention to

Mar 26, 2016
Osman Orsal

Not all terrorist attacks are equal.

Since the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people on November 13, there have been literally hundreds of terrorist attacks happening around the world. However, only a handful of the attacks received widespread coverage by international media. Most of the attacks only appeared in local media.

Adeline Sire

There are few people on the cobblestone streets surrounding the ornate and gilded façades of Brussels' magnificent Grand-Place. Yet tourists continue to make their way into the city.

I met a mother and daughter from Hungary munching on waffles, a couple from Holland eager to taste Belgian beer and chocolate, and families from France, Spain and Britain who were going to buy Easter eggs to bring back home.

The hunt for ISIS's European mastermind

Mar 25, 2016

This week's devastating attacks in Brussels, in which more than 30 people died and scores were injured, are the latest phase of the war on Europe declared by the so-called Islamic State.

The attacks cast a dark shadow over last week's triumph, the arrest of Salah Abdeslam.

The hope will be that Abdeslam, one of the leading members of the cell behind the Paris attacks, will provide crucial intelligence on the current state of ISIS' network and its future plans.

Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Saudi Arabia has signed on to a ceasefire and negotiations to end the war in Yemen. But some Yemeni civilians are not holding their breath.

“Nobody believes in ceasefires anymore,” says a Yemeni woman who chose the pseudonym Fatima. “The announcement of ceasefires are not aimed at us,” she texted me from her home in the capital, Sanaa. “They are aimed at the international community and media.” 

A young Yemeni man wants you to know how the war changed his life. His two-minute audio recording is a heart breaker.

On March 26, 2015 a coalition of air forces led by Saudi Arabia began a bombing campaign in Yemen. It was meant to defeat rebel forces that had taken over much of the country and driven out the internationally recognized government. 

Dalia Mortada

Turkey has seen a wave of terror attacks like never before. On Saturday, four people were killed and dozens were injured when a suicide bomber detonated his vest in central Istanbul. Just six days before, a car bomb went off in one of the most trafficked areas of Turkey’s capital, Ankara, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 70.

In February, another attack in Ankara killed at least 30, and in January, a bomber in Istanbul targeted tourists, killing 13 people.

Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters

A striking photo in the news out of Moscow today.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin — shaking hands and smiling at the Kremlin today.

The two men met for talks about Syria and Ukraine.  

That doesn't mean there's a sudden thaw in US-Russia relations, according to Michael McFaul, the American Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014. McFaul is now a senior fellow at the Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

How Johan Cruyff changed soccer into 'Total Football'

Mar 24, 2016

Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff was one of the best ever in the sport, and a pleasure to watch on the field.

He died Thursday at the age of 68, after a battle with cancer.

I was 9 when I first saw Cruyff play. I was in Italy watching the games of the 1974 World Cup on a small black-and-white TV. Color wasn’t yet a thing on Italian television.

But even without color, what I saw on that small screen was soccer being revolutionized. The way that Dutch team played was nothing like the soccer I knew. 

Vincent Kessler/Reuters 

Two ministers in Belgium's government have offered to resign after it was revealed that one of the suspected Brussels bombers was actually arrested in Turkey last summer. He was flagged as a potential terrorist and deported.

And yet he fell through the cracks in Belgium's security system. 

Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Justice Minister Koen Geens offered their resignations on Thursday. But Prime Minister Charles Michel asked them to stay on.

"In time of war,” said Jambon, “you cannot leave the field."

Why Belgium is vulnerable to attacks

Mar 24, 2016
Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Hiding in plain sight.

On the run for months, it took Belgian investigators more than four months to track down a suspected bomber in the deadly terror attacks on Paris in November.

Where did they find Salam Abdeslam? In the Molenbeek district of Brussels, right under their noses.

"It's hard not to describe Keystone Cops sort of bungling," says Ryan Heath, based in Brussels for Politico.

Scenes from Belgium's new normal

Mar 24, 2016
Adeline Sire

Soldiers in military fatigues holding machine guns on train platforms, limited subway access with bag searches at each entrance.

Hooded federal police, frantic citizens trying to get to their destination before dark and the metro shut down.

Posters with faces of loved ones unaccounted for on poles. “Have you seen my wife? Have you seen my sister?” Circles of candles lit with flowers and notes, grief and tears and pain, captured by television crews from around the world. This is Brussels, the day after a major terrorist attack.

Is it the new normal in Europe?

How do you celebrate Holi in the middle of a drought?

Mar 24, 2016
Jitendra Prakash

Today is Holi, the festival that Indian communities around the world celebrate to mark the beginning of spring. Mumbai-based reporter Chhavi Sachdev wrote this essay after celebrating a "dry" Holi this year as authorities asked  residents to spare water during the country's crippling drought. 

I played Holi this year for only the second time in two decades. And the fact that it was declared a “dry” Holi has everything to do with it.


After thousands of crowdsourced submissions and millions of votes, New Zealand voters have selected a single alternative flag — which will face off against the current national flag in a head-to-head, winner-take-all referendum in March.

Editors Note: After 10 months and millions of dollars spent, 57 percent of New Zealanders voted to keep their original flag.

Filip Warwick

Ibrahim Esmael Ibrahim is a 26-year-old nattily dressed guy from Baghdad.  When I met him, he was standing on the platform at the train station in Idomeni, Greece — though there are no trains running now. Ibrahim speaks good English; as a teenager he landed a job with GLS (Global Linguist Solutions), a Virginia-based contractor that provided interpreters to the US military during the Iraq war.

'It's the whole family that is destroyed'

Mar 24, 2016
Jeb Sharp

Hundreds of young Belgians have left their country to join groups like ISIS in recent years. And for every fighter who goes to Syria there’s a family back home affected by that choice. 

Geraldine Henneghien’s son Anis left for Syria in 2014 and was killed there in 2015. She’s now part of a support group numbering 48 people.

“It’s not easy for a parent when we lose a child,” she says. “I have no body, nothing. Only that my son will never come back.”

There’s also a great sense of shame and stigma.

Nataly Amaya and Monica Cisneros are stepsisters, but growing up in El Salvador, they never knew each other.

Nataly’s mom married Monica’s dad while living in Vallejo, California, near San Francisco. The girls were raised by different grandparents in different parts of El Salvador. When they met, at 15 and 16 years old, they weren’t sure they’d ever get along. They seemed too different.

“She’s more feminine than I am,” says Nataly, who has a piercing in one eyebrow and likes to wear all black.

She saw Monica as a girly-girl.

"Guantanamera" may be Cuba's most successful export since sugar. Inside the country, it's an unofficial anthem, while abroad it's one of the most recognizable symbols of the Communist island nation.

The song's refrain, “guajira Guantanamera,” means “country girl from Guantanamo.” More than 80 years old, the song has traveled from its roots in rural Cuba to airwaves and recordings around the world. It first became famous via a Havana singer named Joseito Fernandez, who performed it on his radio show starting in the 1930s.

Rapper Phife Dawg was the key to the band A Tribe Called Quest’s unique sound. His lyrics regularly referenced Caribbean dancehall music and he frequently rapped in patois.

Phife died Tuesday at the age of 45.

He started the band in 1985 with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi White.