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Most of the time, you can find Alfred Gavanala on the side of the road selling strange fare to passersby: roasted mice on a stick.

It’s one of a few options he has to make money in his village in Malawi, usually bringing in the equivalent of 50 cents to a dollar a day. But on one day in 2011, thanks to a guitar fashioned out of scrap metal, that all changed.

Women in India agitate for their right to pee

Nov 25, 2014
Chhavi Sachdev

When you spot images of gods or deities on store shutters or the walls of people’s houses in India, it’s usually not because the owners are pious. The pictures are probably there to dissuade men from peeing.

But, apparently, many men don't mind peeing in front of the divine. You’ll see the backs of men lining roads, walls or shrubs at any time of day. There’s no shame — when a man's gotta go, a man's gotta go.

A map shows where the Navy war training area could be located.
USDA Forest Service

The public has until the end of the week to weigh in on the Navy’s plan to create an electromagnetic warfare range.

The Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range requires permits from the National Forest Service and the State Department of Natural Resources.

A protester in Seattle holds a sign depicting Michael Brown, who was shot by St. Louis police officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury declined to indict the officer for Brown’s death on Monday, November 24, 2014.
Flickr Photo/Tiffany Von Arnim (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Chanting "Black lives matter," hundreds of people marched through Seattle last night to protest a Missouri grand jury's decision to not indict a white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson earlier this year.

Among them was 23-year-old Marissa Johnson. Johnson is black and she said the news from Ferguson has some personal meaning for her and her family.

The most expensive initiative in Oregon history appears headed for a recount.

Coal export terminals are in the permitting process in both Washington and Oregon, but they face heavy opposition.

Northwest cranberry farmers are struggling from a North American oversupply of the fruit.

SEATTLE -- Macklemore rolls up in his signature old black Cadillac, sporting black Ray-Bans and big boots.

He’s late. “Google took us on a bit of a joy ride this morning,” explains the rapper (real name: Ben Haggerty).

But fortunately, Seattle’s beloved star hasn't left concert-goers in a lurch. He's not here to perform. He’s come to this heavily industrial and polluted part of South Seattle to go for a paddle on the river he’s made his cause celebre: the Duwamish.

Krister Göransson/Peak Performance

It all started with just a meatball.

Mikael Lindnord was chowing down with three other Swedish athletes, trying to fuel up for the next morning's ordeal: a muddy 20-mile trek through the Amazon rainforest. The hike was one of the final two stages of the 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador.

Talks failed to produce a deal on Iranian nukes, but negotiations will go on

Nov 24, 2014
Ronald Zak/Reuters

Monday's deadline for nuclear talks between Iran and the West nearly passed without a deal, so the two sides did the next best thing: moved back the deadline.

"There was definitely something of a letdown earlier today when word emerged that they were going to go for an extension," says Laura Rozen, a journalist with Al Monitor who's covering the talks in Vienna. Those negotiations will now extend until March.

Lost Art Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg

Cornelius Gurlitt's art collection had it all: Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Gauguin, Degas — more than 1,200 paintings, sculptures and drawings.

But it also comes with the label of "Nazi art." Gurlitt was the son of Hitler's art dealer, and hid the works in his apartment for decades. Now an art museum in Bern, Switzerland, has decided to accept the collection of priceless works despite its contentious legacy and inclusion of works looted from Jewish families.

Music heard on the air for November 24, 2014

Nov 24, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for November 24, 2014 include:

    SONG: Snake Pit
    ARTIST: Jungle Fire
    CD TITLE: Tropicoso
    LABEL: Nacional Records

 

Adrees Latif/Reuters

American jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron wrote his proto-rap song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" in 1970. But the title phrase has became so widely used since that it's practically a protester cliche — but that doesn't take away from its enduring power.  

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Did he jump or was he pushed? That’s a question you could ask right now of Chuck Hagel — whose resignation as secretary of defense was announced Monday.

Hagel and President Barack Obama appeared together at the White House Monday morning to announce Hagel's departure from his post. They were nice and polite, full of mutual gratitude.

But reports of tensions behind the scenes have been mounting for weeks.

Dalia Mortada

In her family’s bare, one-story concrete home in a poor neighborhood, 14-year-old Fatma gets ready for her first day of high school. Wearing her school uniform — a gray polo and black slacks — she shuffles across the tile floor to wet her comb in a hallway sink, and braid her thick dark hair.

Around the corner, her mom heats bread on the kitchen stove. Fatma's younger brother and dad are still asleep.

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