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Michael Hearst can't stand flying. 

After all, how can anyone enjoy it? There are travel restrictions, the TSA and delayed flights — and that's before thinking about plane crashes or hijackings or even just catching a cold from the guy next to you who can't stop sneezing.

Those are the things that go through Hearst's head every time he boards an airliner that "seems like it shouldn't be able to fly 30,000 feet above the ground."

Bruce Wallace

The office of Mohammed Mujumder, an immigration lawyer in New York, is always bustling. But since President Barack Obama announced changes to US immigration policy last week, things are even busier than usual.

"We are getting lot of calls, a lot of inquiry," Mujumder says. "Who will be benefitted as a result of the president's executive order? What needs to be done? What is the qualification process? When the forms will be available?"

Music heard on the air for November 26, 2014

19 hours ago

These are the tunes played between segments of The World on November 26, 2014.

   SONG: Kalendero
   ARTIST: Cirque du Soleil
   CD TITLE: Alegria
   LABEL: rca


Sometimes, rehabilitating a rough neighborhood is a tough process. But in one West Coast American city, it was as simple as adding a Buddha statue.

Since the statue's installation, a street corner has been transformed from a notorious eyesore to a daily prayer spot for local Vietnamese Buddhists.

For this Geo Quiz, we're looking for the city where this shrine is located — can you name it? 

From PRI's The World ©2014 Public Radio International

Alina Simone

Detroit was once home to one of the largest Belgian populations in the United States. And while the Motor City isn’t exactly teeming with Belgians anyway, their legacy endures at the Cadieux Café in the form of frites and featherbowling — a sport so rare they barely even play it in Belgium anymore.

It’s just like bowling — just with a dirt trench instead of an alley and balls made of wood and shaped like cheese wheels. Oh, and instead of pins, there's a simple pigeon feather.

Ricardo Rojas/Reuters 

For epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell, who arrived just over a week ago in Monrovia, donning her hazmat suit is both an indisputable necessity and a huge burden.

“I can only really compare it to when I was in Afghanistan, and I was trying to pass as Afghan and I had to wear a burqa,” she says. “I had a similar sense of being really separate from the world.”

Rebuilding Beirut's synagogue

Nov 26, 2014

The Jewish community in Beirut is centuries old.  But few Jewish people remain, and the main synagogue was destroyed by fighting during Lebanon's civil war.  Some of the country's remaining Jewish citizens are trying to rebuild the synagogue and their community. Ben Gilbert recently paid a visit to the synagogue and sent this report.

From PRI's The World ©2014 Public Radio International

The protests rumbling across Mexico's major cities are at least partly about the case of 43 students missing in the state of Guerrero since September. But the demonstrations, according to at least one activist, have become about even bigger issues. 

Adrees Latif/Reuters

When I think about Ferguson, Missouri, I'm reminded of a song by The Clash called "Guns of Brixton." It came out in 1979, with lyrics that complained about heavy-handed policing in the London neighborhood of Brixton that seemed to encourage a violent response from residents.

Two years after the song's release, in 1981, tensions between police and Brixton residents blew up into a race riot. And before long, there were riots in other cities throughout England. One of them took place in the "Moss Side" neighborhood of Manchester.

A Middle East correspondent sees familiar clashes unfold in Ferguson

Nov 25, 2014
Jim Young/Reuters 

Parts of Ferguson, Missouri, looked like a war zone on Monday — perhaps not too different from Jerusalem with its recent clashes. 

At least that's how it looked to Daniel Estrin, who frequently reports from Jerusalem and the West Bank for The World. He's currently at home in St. Louis, just 20 minutes away from Ferguson. 

Karen Ng

During an address on his new immigration measures on Friday, President Barack Obama took pains to note that "not everyone who comes here is Latino" — and with good reason. Today most of America's newcomers are arriving from Asia, not Mexico or other Latin American countries.

In California alone, there are more than 400,000 Asian immigrants living here without authorization. Many are from the Philippines, a group people don't typically think of when they hear about undocumented immigrants.

Ammar Al-Bushy/Reuters

A civil war completely resets the lives of people who manage to survive. Towns look different; families are torn apart. People often struggle with who they are, and how to go on.

In the case of the Syrian civil war, some of the Syrian rebels are already facing that struggle, as Raja Abdulrahim reported recently for the Los Angeles Times. In the early days of the war, some rebels decided to go by aliases, out of fear for their own safety and the safety of their loved ones.

Music heard on the air for November 25, 2014

Nov 25, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 include:

    SONG: Toubaka
    ARTIST: Benyoro
    CD TITLE: Benyoro
    LABEL: Benyoro Music


Courtesy of Van Pol

When Van Pol was just a child in Cambodia, he did plenty of hiking.

“We were hiking over mountain ranges to get away from all the war," Pol says. "We were running over mountain ranges while we were being shot at. Landmines were everywhere. We were hiking for our lives, pretty much."

Courtesy of Marilena Delli

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.