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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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.  

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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
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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!” 

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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.

Meet Noel Petro — guitarist and bullfighter.

This larger-than-life character is considered something of a Colombian Chuck Berry for his innovation on the electric guitar.

Since the 1950s, Petro has had hit after hit. Among his most famous tunes are: “Cabeza de Hacha,” “Azucena,” “El ñato,” “El Burro Mocho” and “Loco Rock.”

He's from Cereté, a small town in the province of Córdoba, Colombia.

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In March, Brock Turner was convicted on three felony sexual assault counts and faced a maximum of 14 years in prison for raping an unconscious 23-year-old woman behind a dumpster outside of a Stanford fraternity party.

But Turner, a 20-year-old from Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced last week to six months in jail — a sentence many consider outrageous in its leniency.  

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As Hillary Clinton moves to become the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major US political party, she may find herself drawing on a previous position as she appeals to voters.

As Clinton contrasts herself with presumptive Republican opponent Donald Trump, she's often done so in the context of foreign policy — something she's well-versed in thanks to her experience as secretary of state during the first part of the Obama administration.

Three of the United Kingdom's so-called home nations have qualified for the 2016 European soccer championship: England, Wales and, for the first time in its history, Northern Ireland.

This will be Northern Ireland's first major tournament in decades, and it's spurring a ton of enthusiasm around the national team.

“You’ve got people putting out flags outside their houses. You’ve got people putting stickers up on their cars. It’s the talk of the town in all the bars,” said BBC journalist Chris Page.

However, not everyone in Northern Ireland backs the national squad.

How Swedes view Clinton's presumptive nomination

Jun 8, 2016
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

For the first time in US history, a woman is a major party's presumptive nominee for president.

After primary wins in New Jersey and California on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton and her supporters at home and abroad are celebrating the historic milestone.

Ian Higham is a Clinton supporter from Pennsylvania living abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. Back in March he told The World most Americans he meets in Sweden are Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrats.

Like many people with roots in the rural parts of Montana, Drew Taylor didn’t like the idea of Muslim Syrian refugees settling in Missoula. And so, when a pro-refugee group held a demonstration downtown, Taylor joined the counter-demonstration and held up a sign that said “Americans first.”

“I personally thought they wanted to bring radical jihad Muslims to Missoula. That’s the original impression I got from things I was reading. That upsets me,” she says.

For Chris Pedley, it all started with a black-and-white photograph hanging on his wife’s wall.

In the picture, an Mbuti Pygmy tribe in northern Congo is crowded around a loudspeaker, listening back for the first time to a recording of their own singing.

It was 1952 and the music had just been captured by the legendary ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey.

“That picture just intrigued me,” said Pedley, a musician and producer based in London. “It caused me to look deeper into the story of where it came from.”  

This startup turns Syrian refugees into Arabic teachers

Jun 8, 2016
Christopher Livesay

I’ve come to a cafe in Beirut to meet a young Syrian refugee named Ghaith. His name is easier to write than to say. In Arabic, “gh” makes something like an “r” sound, but from the depths of your throat.

“I know there is no way to say it in English,” Ghaith says to comfort me in my distress. We try it together several times before I finally get it.

Vehicle-Clogged Rome Turning to Bikes

Jun 8, 2016

Vespas, Fiats, and the occasional Ferrari all play a role in the traffic chaos that is modern Rome. But if you listen carefully, there's a small, yet persistent, voice starting to be heard. Ding! Ding! According to Italy's transportation ministry, Italians bought 1.65 million bicycles last year. That's more than the number of new cars sold in the same period. Not since the 1960s have Italians been so keen on cycling. Rafaella De Felice thinks bicycling is perfect. She bought her bike about four months ago, for practical and personal reasons.