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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.

Here are some of the faces behind the siege of Aleppo

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Telling the story of Syrians inside many of the country's key cities is close to impossible these days. Few journalists dare to venture into beseiged towns like the northern city of Aleppo. 

But Syrian-British journalist and activist Rami Jarrah, who works with the citizen media project ANA Press, recently spent several weeks in Aleppo. He describes two Aleppo residents he met. The first is a part-time fighter and parent who gave her name as 'Um Abdo' or 'mother of Abdo' — the name of her oldest son. 

Russian punk activisit band Pussy Riot is back on the scene with a music video that mocks Russian General Prosecutor Yuri Chaika with lyrics referencing corruption accusations made against him last year by opposition leader Alexei Navalny. 

The video, which is filmed at multiple locations in Moscow, stars Nadya Tolokonnikova as Chaika, with the women dressed in blue prosecutor uniforms dancing around while they abuse and torture restrianed prisoners. The satrical video also comments on the Kremlin, Russia's justice system and President Vladmir Putin.

For more than six years, South African President Jacob Zuma has been under pressure to reimburse the government for the $23 million in state funds that were used to make "improvements" to his private home near Nkandla, in KwaZulu-natal. Those supposed security upgrades include a swimming pool, an amphitheater and visitors' center.

On Wednesday, Zuma finally relented and agreed to pay some of it back.

But not everyone is impressed by Zuma's change of heart — Jonathan Shapiro among them. Better known as Zapiro, he is one of South Africa's best known political cartoonist.

Luxembourg hopes to spur the next 'gold rush' in space

Feb 3, 2016

The government of Luxembourg says it will work with space entrepreneurs to open up access to a wealth of rare minerals and resources in space.

To do this, it plans to partner with and invest in futuristic research projects to develop both new space mining technology and to build on existing technology such as autonomous robots and auto navigation systems.  

"In the long-term, space resources could lead to a thriving new space economy and human expansion into the solar system," Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg's economy minister, told a press conference.

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The PEN open book award nominees were released today. And on the shortlist is a book by Marie Mutsuki Mockett.

It's called, "Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese say Goodbye."

4 things you wanted to know about gene editing

Feb 3, 2016
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Regulators in the UK today approved research on human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9, a controversial form of gene editing that has been exciting scientists and alarming bioethicists around the world.

3 essential facts about how the Zika virus spreads

Feb 3, 2016
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The alarm over Zika is spreading, with thousands of cases in central and South America, and a few in the US, mostly people who have recently been to a counttry where Zika is currently endemic.

But there seems to be at least one more way the virus is transmitted. We asked Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at Nottingham University how Zika infections are transmitted. This is what he told us. 

Zika doesn't appear to be evolving into a virus that is primarily sexually transmitted. 

Courtesy:  Maria Alcivar

Ames, Iowa is not a hotbed of Latino activism. 

But if Ecuadorean-born graduate student Maria Alcivar has her way, more of the state's Latin immigrants will be voting this year, and rallying on behalf of their preferred presidential candidates. 

"We have at least 50,000 Latino registered voters here in Iowa.  And we are just not politically engaged," Alcivar says. "This is the time we need to wake the sleepy giant."  

Courtesy of Leo Goldberger

In recent months, Denmark has earned a reputation for some of the strictest refugee policies in Europe.

Last week, Danish legislators passed a new law that slows down the resettlement process for refugee families. It also requires refugees to give up property to cover the costs of asylum.

Backlash against the new measure has been fierce — and some critics have even compared it to the Nazi seizure of Jewish assets before World War II.

Courtesy of Yashica Dutt

When I moved to New York in the fall of 2014, I left a few things in India: my family, my job with a leading English-language newspaper and my caste.

One Moore Bookstore, a small shopfront on a busy street in downtown Monrovia, represents many firsts. Though there are stores here that sell text books, this is the first selling books purely for reading pleasure. And its owners publish some of the only books aimed at Liberian children. The bookstore is a rare place where kids might hear a story read to them just for fun.

Al Jazeera will switch off its American channel

Jan 14, 2016
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When Al Jazeera America launched back in 2013, a lot of media critics said it was a game changer for this country. It hoped to establish itself as a new voice in international television news and to report domestic and international news for American audiences.

But now Qatar-based Al Jazeera is pulling the plug on its American channel, on April 30.

The crash and burn is stunning for a news channel that hired some 850 staff and opened 12 US news bureaus, as well as a state-of-the art studio in New York. The operation cost upwards of $2 billion.

Witness tells her story from the Indonesias terror attack

Jan 14, 2016

Several places in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, were attacked Thursday morning. But a massive security response quickly killed the five assailants. One policeman died in the altercation, as did a civilian, a Canadian citizen.

ISIS has claimed responsibility.

Sandra Siagian was close to the attacks. She's an Australian who works for the UN in Jakarta.

"I was in the office. I'm on the 7th floor. Just before 11 a.m. my colleagues and I heard what sounded like a loud bang. My colleague actually thought it was thunder, but I said no, this doesn’t sound like thunder.”

Warm ocean temps could be starving Alaskan seabirds

Jan 14, 2016
Nigel Roddis/Reuters 

An estimated 8,000 black and white seabirds, called murres, were found dead on a beach in Alaska earlier this month.

Their bodies were found floating in the surf and washed ashore in the Prince William Sound community of Whittier. Wildlife ecologist Dan Grear said this is the biggest die off of the common murre in Alaska this season, but not the first.  

"Carcasses started to be noticed this fall in Alaska, and as the winter has progressed into December and early January, observers ... have started to find thousands of dead murres on specific beaches,” Grear said.

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One and a half tons of carbon dioxide. That’s roughly how much global warming pollution The World's environment team produced last month flying from the east coast of the US to the UN’s COP21 climate summit in Paris.

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What do a drug kingpin and a famous actress text each other about?

Thanks to a Mexican newspaper, we now have text exchanges between drug king and prison escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, known to American audiences from "Weeds" and "Jane The Virgin."

Guzman, also known as "El Chapo," was captured by Mexican authorities last week and on Wednesday, the newspaper published the flurry of text messages

West Africa is Ebola-free. Or is it?

Jan 14, 2016

The World Health Organization's declaration that Liberia is Ebola-free means that the two-year epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and infected 28,000 others is over, right?

Well, not quite. But that isn't stopping Liberians from celebrating — even if it may not look like it.

Want to install solar panels but can't? No problem.

Jan 14, 2016
Jason Margolis

Coming up with a climate agreement in Paris last month, getting nearly 200 countries to commit to lowering their greenhouse gases, well, that was the easy part. Now nations have to actually achieve their targets to transition to a lower-carbon future, which includes investments in more renewable energy.

Follow all of our coverage of the Paris talks and the global climate crisis

Courtesy of Kim Gee-yang

In the United States, Kim Gee-yang would be considered curvy, but in South Korea, she says people just see her as a “fat woman.”

The 29-year old is 5-foot-5 and weighs 154 pounds. She says Korean women like her have a hard time finding clothes that fit — anything above the equivalent of an American size 6 is considered plus size here.

“I’m kind of an alien in Korea,” Kim says with a laugh. She says people who are plus size in Korea don’t socialize much; they stay away from shopping malls and other public places.

Seven of Alan Rickman's most memorable roles

Jan 14, 2016
Mark Blinch/Reuters

Alan Rickman — one of the best-known British actors and directors of the past 30 years — died of cancer on Thursday at the age of 69.

According to the statement from his family, the actor died surrounded by family and friends. Rickman is definitely well-loved. Here are a few of the roles we'll remember him by:

Alexander Dane aka Dr. Lazarus, "Galaxy Quest" (1999)

"By Grabthar's hammer, by the Sons of Warvan, you shall be avenged!"