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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.

Mosul after ISIS will be a test for all of Iraq

Oct 17, 2016
Azad Lashkari/Reuters

A long-awaited offensive to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State began early Monday morning, with US forces involved in their largest operation since withdrawing from the country in 2011.

Some 30,000 soldiers are taking part in the battle for the extremist group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. Among them are Kurdish fighters, the Iraqi army, Shiite militias and Sunni tribal groups — a patchwork alliance of unlikely allies backed by US airpower and support.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Recently, for the first time in its 126-year history, the Arizona Republic endorsed a democratic candidate for president. The backlash has been intense.

Mi-Ai Parrish, the head of the paper, published an editorial today about the threats she and her staff have been receiving.

Threats like:

What a 'rigged' election actually looks like

Oct 17, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated unequivocally on Sunday that the US election is rigged.

"The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary," Trump tweeted.

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Many Nigerians feared the family reunions would never happen.

But 21 school girls held for more than two years by the extremists of Boko Haram were reunited with their anguished families Sunday.

"As you can imagine, the parents were ecstatic. They were in tears," says Nigerian author and journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. "A mother carried her [released] daughter on her back and held her wrapped around her back for most of the ceremony."

If you Google images of Port Salut, Haiti, you’ll see a Caribbean paradise — white sand beaches, coconut trees and inviting turquoise sea. The Hotel Reposoir du Village had a bar on the beach and tables under thatch umbrellas. When I stayed there two years ago, the only problem was an almond tree noisily dropping its fruit on my room’s tin roof.

Today, it’s silent. There’s no more roof, and the almond tree has lost it branches. The bar and restaurant are now just a mess of downed trees and rubble.

Razan Alzayani

Images of falcons are prevalent the moment you step into the United Arab Emirates. They're everywhere — on walls, in TV ads, even on bank notes.

The falcon is UAE's national bird. And the Emiratis take falcons and falconry very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that back in 1999 the city of Abu Dhabi decided that it needed a hospital dedicated to the birds. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital was born.

Regis Duvignau

A team of wine-tasters from China has scored an unprecedented victory at one of France's most prestigious wine tasting events. It's the first time the prize has been won by tasters from China. 

Organizers from wine magazine La Revue du vin de France described the result as a "thunderbolt in the wine world." The French team came in second, with the US trailing third. 

The Chinese team correctly identified 12 red and white wines from across France, and were the only one of 21 teams with a perfect score. 

Russia chooses myth over history in new WWII movie

Oct 15, 2016
Panfilov's 28 Men 

A massive blockbuster looks set to take Russia by storm. It’s the story of one of the best-known and most iconic episodes of World War II (for the Soviets): The sacrifice made by “Panfilov’s 28 Men" to save Moscow from the Germans.

There is just one small problem.

It’s not true.

Bryan Woolston/Reuters

Chhavi Sachdev, a reporter based in Mumbai, says many Indians in the city have been horrified by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's lewd comments about kissing and groping women.

The response on social media, Sachdev says, has been "shock and horror unanimously, across the board. There have been lots of people just aghast that he can get away with normalizing this sort of 'locker room talk.'"

Here's where 'gaslighting' got its name

Oct 14, 2016

We've been exposed to a lot of nastiness during this US presidential campaign. As well as some choice vocabulary.

Some of the words we’d rather not repeat, if we can avoid it. Some just seem made up (bigly?). And then there are the real terms that you may not have encountered before. Take the verb "gaslight."

Harold López-Nussa is 33 and when he was a kid, he really wanted to be a major league baseball player.

But his family steered him in another direction: toward jazz.

"I came from a musical family," he says. "My mother was a piano teacher, my father he's a drummer. My uncle, he's a jazz piano player in Cuba. So, I grew up into the music when I was born, until today."

US involvement in the Yemen war just got deeper

Oct 14, 2016
Reuters/File Photo

The US fired cruise missiles to defend its ships in the Red Sea. And got drawn deeper into the civil war in Yemen.

A US Navy warship, the USS Mason, was fired at — twice — in international waters off the coast of Yemen. The missiles didn't hit the ship, and no one was hurt. Then Thursday, the Navy responded, firing cruise missiles at radar installations on Yemen's western coast, where the original fire came from.

Karim Kadim/AP

Cars enter the parking garage at an upscale shopping center in central Beirut. The city has been hit with a number of bombings in recent years and security guards go over the vehicles here with hand-held bomb detectors.

“You do it like this,” says Sami, a guard who doesn’t want to give his last name. He points a long antenna at the wheel well of a black SUV.

Edgar Su/Reuters

Almost nothing can mute the vivid clamor of Bangkok. But in the wake of Thailand’s most-dreaded event — the death of the kingdom’s monarch — this raucous city feels remarkably hushed.

There is little wailing or sobbing in the streets. This is Thailand, after all, where a Buddhist-driven culture values letting go over hysteria.

But the city feels blanketed in grief. The subways are strangely quiet. Shopkeepers can be seen dabbing Kleenex at their eyes.

Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Vehicles on the streets of rebel-held eastern Aleppo do their best to avoid detection at night. These days that often means switching off car lights and traveling slowly through rubble in the dark.  

That's according to Dr. Farida, the only female obstetrician in this part of Aleppo. 

Reached via Skype in the besieged city, Dr. Farida says she usually walks to work because gasoline is in short supply. But Thursday evening the hospital sent a car for her.  

US rock poet Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize

Oct 13, 2016

US music legend Bob Dylan, whose poetic lyrics have influenced generations of fans, won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the first songwriter to win the award in a decision that stunned prize watchers.

The 75-year-old was honored "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," the Swedish Academy said.

The path of the Thai royal family in Massachusetts

Oct 13, 2016
Courtesy King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation

I must have seen the plaque on the apartment building at 63 Longwood Avenue hundreds of times before I bothered to read it. Who knew? A king was born here.

There will be plenty of discussion this week about King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died Thursday as the longest reigning monarch in modern history. But I'm thinking about that plaque. And the Thai American woman who put it there.

Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

The death of the world’s longest-reigning monarch should come as no surprise.

After all, at 88, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was clinging to life. His public appearances had grown extremely rare and, when he did speak, his voice was woefully faint. His death, apparently from organ failure, was hardly unexpected.

Yet Thais are nevertheless reeling, not only with grief but with angst.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

US Justice Department lawyers are pursuing criminal contempt of court charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his violation of a federal judge’s order in a racial profiling case.

Arpaio is known nationally for pioneering local strategies for taking on illegal immigration. The criminal charge relates directly to his continued efforts to arrest suspected unauthorized immigrants even after a federal judge told him to stop.

How ISIS adapts and innovates on the battlefield

Oct 12, 2016
SANA/Handout via Reuters

Innovation has always been a hallmark of the tactics used by the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.

In the most recent example, ISIS appears to have weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

Two Kurdish fighters were killed and two French special forces commandos were wounded in Iraq in early October when a downed ISIS drone exploded. It’s not yet clear if it was booby-trapped, or whether the drone was exploded deliberately by a timer or remote control.