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More Mexicans are crossing the border — to leave the US. Here’s one family’s story.

In December 2015, a family arrived at Memphis' Greyhound bus terminal, a modern, spacious new building near the airport. The parents, Mexican immigrants, were about to say goodbye to their three Mexican American sons.<p>The parents planned to board a bus that would carry them from Tennessee to Dallas, …

Mexico

How this torture survivor from Chad made good on 'a pact with God'

Souleymane Guengueng tells me his story in the Bronx, where he lives on the 16th floor of a 21-story housing project with his wife and three kids. He’s stylish, wearing a green collared shirt and his signature fedora.<p>“I am a survivor of torture,” he says, sitting on his couch. “I have fought for …

Human Rights

Saying goodbye to the most diverse White House ever

For the past eight years, diversity in the White House has been "normal" — and for kids of immigrants like Gabriela Chojkier, that felt "unbelievable."<p>Chojkier is senior director of Hispanic media at the White House until noon on Friday. She's one of many people of color, immigrants and children of …

The White House

Obama gives his final presidential press conference

US President Barack Obama is giving his final presidential press conference Wednesday, a traditionally mild-mannered ritual given fresh political weight by the rocky handover to Donald Trump.<p>Obama has given over 150 news conferences since becoming head of state eight years ago. His last takes place …

Barack Obama

2016, an 'extreme year for climate,' is the hottest on record so far

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.<p>Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice …

World News

Has a new civil rights movement already begun?

This Martin Luther King Day, many people are remembering how many setbacks King faced — and how many setbacks African Americans faced — as he struggled for civil rights. King was constantly trying to tell people, though, that the struggle was worth it. That we have to trust in the promise of a …

Black History

Obama commutes sentence of Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years behind bars for giving classified US documents to WikiLeaks.<p>In one of his final acts as president, Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others, including the imprisoned …

Government

Think antibiotic-resistant 'super-bugs' are only a distant threat? Think again.

If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on.<p>Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had …

Health

China's Xi Jinping goes to Davos to deliver a defense of globalization

China's President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday against scapegoating globalization for the world's ills or retreating behind protectionist walls, staking out an alternative vision for the international economy days before Donald Trump takes office.<p>The global economic order has been led for decades by …

China

How Britain tried to influence the US election in 1940

Plenty of Americans are concerned, to put it mildly, about the alleged Russian attempt to influence the presidential election here last year. But it might surprise many Americans to learn that this is not the first time a foreign power has tried to sway a US election. Apparently, the Brits and the …

Franklin D. Roosevelt

With the search for MH370 stopped, families still have many questions

The massive underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off Tuesday, leaving unsolved one of the most enduring mysteries of the aviation age.<p>Nearly three years after the airliner vanished, distraught relatives refused to accept the idea that the 239 passengers and crew …

Malaysia Airlines

A women's health center for Syrian refugees is helping Jordanian women, too

Children chase each other through corridors as their mothers catch up on the latest news. Around them, nurses and counselors lead patients into beige-walled rooms adorned with posters about domestic abuse, breastfeeding and children's rights.<p>This is one of a handful of dedicated women's centers in …

World News

From Mauritania: A song for breast cancer awareness

Women's health is an important issue for singer Noura Mint Seymali. Breast cancer awareness, specifically.<p>Noura Mint Seymali is from Mauritania, in West Africa. And she wants to make sure women, especially women in Africa, get their annual screenings.<p>I had the opportunity to meet Seymali last fall …

Cancer

Staunchly Catholic Peru sees a surge in gender activism and progressive policies

Seeing a rise in the visibility of LGBT and women's rights movements in their country, Peruvian conservatives responded with a "March for Heterosexual Pride."<p>To counter a ministry of education curriculum promoting sex education and gender equality, some people launched a NIMBY-ish movement, <i>Con Mis</i> …

Women's News

To one Jewish professor, Martin Luther King Jr. was a mensch

Susannah Heschel was just a child in the spring of 1965, when her father left for Selma, Alabama, to march with those demanding that everyone be allowed to vote regardless of their skin color.<p>“He kissed me goodbye,” says Heschel. “And I remember thinking ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever see him …

Black Culture

Iranian filmmaker’s latest work combines 'Death of a Salesman' and modern Tehran

Asghar Farhadi, the renowned Iranian filmmaker, didn't take home a Golden Globe this year, but he has been putting Iranian cinema in the global spotlight for years.<p>Back in 2012, his movie "A Separation" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Since then, he's taken home many other …

Entertainment

Europe is concerned by Trump’s renewed criticism of NATO and the EU

On Friday, Donald Trump will become president and commander in chief. And top officials in Europe say they are "deeply concerned" by his latest remarks on NATO, Russia and the European Union.<p>Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said after meeting in Brussels on Monday with …

NATO

Alec Baldwin says he's having the time of his life — impersonating President-elect Donald Trump

Actor Alec Baldwin has had a number of roles throughout his long career, but lately, he's been making a splash with a now-iconic character: President-elect Donald Trump.<p>Baldwin is quickly becoming the go-to voice for satire on the Trump presidency, with his impersonations of Trump on "Saturday …

Donald Trump

How empathy leads us astray

It’s one of those questions every kid who’s ever smacked another kid gets asked by a stern adult: "How would you feel if you got hit?" The correct answer is, “Bad,” of course. But the point isn’t for you to answer. The question is meant to force you to feel that other kid’s pain, to feel …

Empathy

In a small Texas town, a new private detention center for transgender migrants brings jobs — and concerns

When Leah Aguilera was held in a special section of the Santa Ana City Jail in California for transgender people, who were being detained by immigration officials, she experienced a delay and pushback for her request for hormones and disparaging remarks for being transgender.<p>“The only thing I was …

Transgender

French and US astronauts spacewalk for space station repairs

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station.<p>Wearing a white spacesuit with the French flag emblazoned on one shoulder, …

Space

Obama's end to 'wet foot, dry foot' is an 'important step,' says Cuba

The Cuban government on Thursday welcomed a US decision to end a decades-old policy allowing Cuban migrants who arrived illegally on US soil to stay, calling it "an important step forward in bilateral relations."<p>US President Barack Obama announced earlier Thursday that he would scrap rules that …

Latin America

The World music features this week: Teitur, Faada Freddy and Hannah Williams & the Affirmations

Each week on The World, we feature a unique selection of music, and every week, we put together the highlights for you here.<p><b>YouTube-inspired music confessionals</b><p>Songwriter Teitur Lassen is from the Faroe Islands. His latest collection of songs is a collaboration with American pianist and composer …

Music

Barbie typewriter toys had a secret ability to encrypt messages — but they didn't think girls would care

In 1998, Slovenian toy company Mehano designed a line of children’s electronic typewriter toys with the ability to write secret messages.<p>Eventually, the company licensed the typewriter to another company that had something altogether different in mind for the toys. Slathered in pink, it was soon …

Barbie

The reconciliation of Mark Wahlberg

The list of actor Mark Wahlberg’s offenses is not inconsequential. At 16, during an attempted robbery, he pummeled a Vietnamese man with a wooden stick and knocked him unconscious. Later the same day in 1988, he punched another immigrant from Vietnam and allegedly peppered him with a racially …

Racism

Way more migrants are now sneaking across the US-Canada border

Canadian border officials are spotting a noteworthy trend: The number of people sneaking in from the United States and asking for asylum has gone way up.<p>One popular route leads into Quebec. Families lug suitcases “over a little ditch,” as one resident described it, to avoid passport …

Canada

Welcome to San Escobar, a dreamy nation accidentally founded by Poland

There is no country in the world called San Escobar.<p>But in the age of "fake news" let's just imagine for a moment a "fake country" called San Escobar.<p>Think of it as "a small country located between Mexico and Guatemala with 200,000 citizens, with several main cities, including Esperal Bay, Santo …

United Nations

The day Princess Diana stepped into an active minefield

On Jan. 15, 1997, one of the world's most famous women walked through an active minefield in Angola, and detonated a mine in front of an audience of international reporters, with the help of a land mine removal expert.<p>"I did not want to be on the front page of the news the next day," that mine …

Royal Family

Tillerson hedges on climate science, but supports Paris agreement

Rex Tillerson told the Senate panel considering his nomination for secretary of state that he supported the United States remaining in the Paris climate agreement and that he has made his views known to Donald Trump.<p>The position, repeated several times during a day-long hearing of the Senate …

Climate Change

A Swiss town is divided over whether to take in refugees

Across Europe, countries are grappling with how to best accommodate the surge of migrants. That includes Switzerland, population 8.5 million. The country grants asylum to a few thousand refugees each year and tries to resettle them evenly across the country. But not every community welcomes those …

World News