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Prison life is tough for Maritza, Diane Guerrero's inmate character on the Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black." But real life has dealt Guerrero some serious problems, too.

She's the daughter of Colombian immigrants who were living in the United States illegally. When Guerrero was just 14, she returned from school one day to find her family had vanished.

An Army sergeant who faced two counts of premeditated murder announced via Twitter he will plead guilty to a lesser charge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thursday.

Sergeant 1st class Michael Barbera says he will plead guilty to communicating a threat.

Lunar Mission One

There's a new mission to the moon that's just getting off the ground in Britain, but it has a twist: You pay for it.

The British scientists behind the venture, called Lunar Mission One,  want to raise a million dollars to send a robotic probe to the lunar South Pole, and they're relying on crowdfunding to get there.

Kieran Doherty/Reuters

In December last year, Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay prison, received a message from aid workers in Syria. They told him a British colleague named Alan Henning had been kidnapped by ISIS — and they wanted Begg to help negotiate his release.

Begg is British-Pakistani, but has lived in Syria and says he has strong connections there. He also speaks fluent Arabic. "I spoke to former hostage negotiators here [UK], I got messages to prominent scholars ... and I wrote a letter to the Caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," Begg says.

Music heard on the air for November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for November 19, 2014 include:

    SONG: Long Road
    ARTIST: Christos DC
    CD TITLE: Long Road
    LABEL: Honest Music

 

Steven Davy

Three years ago, smartphones and social media fueled the revolutions of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya. Now, nine Libyan activists and former combatants are learning to use smartphone videos to heal the emotional and psychological fallout from their own revolution.

Mark Blinch/Reuters

Temporary foreign workers are the backbone of many resort towns, from spots like Cape Cod — to Banff in Alberta, Canada.

There you're likely to hear accents from places like eastern Europe and the Caribbean, since many of the seasonal workers come from abroad. But a recent federal clampdown on Canada's temporary foreign worker program has the town nervous and upset.

The program itself allows both skilled and unskilled workers into the country, but the clampdown is targeted especially at unskilled jobs, the ones that comprise the bulk of seasonal work.

The news that a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, had arrived in Dallas carrying the Ebola virus hasn't been good for African communities in the US. This week has seen an uptick in anti-African sentiment, not just in Dallas but across the country.

Bamboo, one of two elephants at Woodland Park Zoo, will be leaving with Chai.
Flickr Photo/Cara_VSAngel (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s elephants are leaving town to join another herd.

The Woodland Park Zoo announced on Wednesday that it will close its elephant exhibit and send its only two elephants, Chai and Bamboo, to another zoo.

Refugee camps are surprising hot spots of innovation

Nov 19, 2014
Shirin Jaafari

Think of a refugee camp and you're probably thinking of messy temporary lodging and throngs of displaced people. But Ken Banks, founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, says that refugee camps are surprising hotbeds of innovation.

Rhitu Chatterjee

Shambhu, the young man who sells vegetables from a cart near my home, is probably my neighborhood’s most popular person. Most residents, especially older ones, have his cell phone number and often order their produce by phone. For the rest, mornings usually begin with a stop at Shambhu’s cart.

That's the way it is in most neighborhoods in Delhi. Each area has at least one vegetable vendor; the same goes for fruit vendors, too, although there are usually a few more of them walking through neighborhoods with their carts.

Thomas Walden Levy

In the neighborhood that surrounds the corner of 11th Avenue and East 19th Street in Oakland, California, deep potholes and trash mark the roads. But right at the intersection, there's an unxpected sight: a perfectly manicured shrine of Buddha. 

It’s an elaborate structure, decked out with flags, flowers and wall hangings. And this is where Vietnamese immigrants in the community pray every day.  

Robert Pratta/Reuters

It’s no secret that the kitchens of five-star restaurants can be stressful, volatile places — just look at anything featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay.

But when it comes to verbal abuse — and sometimes even physical violence — against lower-level cooks, French chefs seem to be the worst perpetrators. Now the victims of French kitchen culture are fighting back by signing a manifesto demanding an end to the hazing.

Christopher Livesay

Following several cases of Austrian teens joining ISIS, middle schools and high schools have become the front lines in Vienna’s battle against terrorism.

At the start of the school day, hundreds of students file into the capital’s higher commercial vocational school. Most wear sneakers and hoodies. Some wear headscarves, which isn’t unusual for a student body with a large Muslim minority.

Tyrone Siu/Reuters

After two months of protests and sit-ins on the streets of Hong Kong, the city's police moved in to dismantle part of one of the "Occupy Central" movement's protest camps on Tuesday.

The move was ordered by a Hong Kong court, which issued an injunction last week against blocking roads around a building called the Citic Tower. But while the move was a setback for protesters, New York Times correspondent Chris Buckley says, "it's important to remember this is only a small sliver of one of the protest sites."

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