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A box of Winston cigarettes, a yellow plastic bag, tape, a lemon, a laser pointer, bandages, dates, a government booklet, documents for his family, sunscreen, painkillers, changes of clothes and a lifejacket.

These are the items that Syrian refugee Abu Jana had in his bag when he crossed the Mediterranean from Egypt to Greece. 

US acknowledges need to do more to help Syrian refugees

14 hours ago
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The United States is committed to doing more to help with the Syrian refugee crisis, amid criticism that it’s not doing enough.

“Let’s be very clear, we’ve seen some heartbreaking images,” says Mark Toner, the deputy spokesman for the State Department. “Certainly what we’ve seen in Hungary, but the image of the child in Turkey washed up on the beach, to any parent, and frankly to anyone, are heartbreaking.”

No school today for 13 million students

15 hours ago

There's no school for lots of kids across the Middle East and North Africa. And it may be a long time before many get to see the inside of a classroom again. UNICEF reports that more than 13 million children across the region are not getting an education as a result of conflict and war.

Photo by Jose Cabezas / Reuters.

Andrea Ixchíu received the news in a flood of text messages on Thursday afternoon. It had taken roughly 19 consecutive weeks of protest, a highway blockade and a national strike, but they had done it: President Otto Pérez Molina had resigned.

This video caught my eyes and ears the other day. 

It's the song "Sweet Fanta Diallo (Adieu Soleil)" by the group Magic System. They're a band from the Ivory Coast. 

I first heard about the tune from my friend and colleague Anastasia Tsioulcas over at NPR


The world this week saw the picture of a three-year-old his aunt identifies as Alan Kurdi, lying dead on a beach. He and his family were trying to get from Syria to Europe when their overcrowded boat overturned in high waves.

The family was from Kobane, the town in northern Syria that was besieged by ISIS earlier this year.

Tima Kurdi, Alan's aunt, lives in Vancouver and had apparently been trying to help her brother and his family get there.

She told Canadian TV what it was like when she visited her brother last year in Turkey.

Shuka Kalantari

"My name is Sonita Alizadeh. I am from Afghanistan. I came to USA eight months ago. I am student at Wasatch Academy. And I’m a singer and rapper about women’s and children’s rights." And here’s where Sonita switches to her native Farsi. She goes back and forth between the two languages during her coversation with reporter Shuka Kalantari, who visted her at her new boarding school in Utah.

Steven Davy

At age 22, most Americans don't yet have a lot of weighty responsibilities.

Kevan Fagan spent that year of his life living with his parents, taking a break from college and working a part-time job at Best Buy. 

Then the Massachusetts resident received a summons. He was chosen to serve on the jury that heard the case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and ultimately sentenced him to death.

On Sept. 4, 1995, delegates and activists from 189 countries came to China to discuss and finalize the momentous Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a roadmap to raise the status of women.

One big part of the plan was a pledge to “revoke any remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex.” How’s that going?


In the Soviet Union of the '70s and '80s, it wasn't easy being a fan of Led Zeppelin, Queen or David Bowie. Western records were only available on the black market, and only a few foreign radio stations played rock and roll. 

But if you wanted to hear the lastest hits, there was one DJ in particular you could turn to.

Photo by Dimitris Michalakis/Reuters.

The fate of refugees in Europe has gripped the world’s attention following the publication of the image of the body of one victim: a 3-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach.

When confronted with this latest “viral” image to come out of the Syrian conflict, many people have expressed shock, horror, grief and anger. And many have also tried to help.

How Puffins made it back to Maine's Egg Rock

Sep 3, 2015

In our new book “Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock,” National Audubon Seabird Restoration director Steve Kress and I wrote that puffins are a modern sentinel of the ocean and messenger of climate change. Such metaphors, like canaries in coal mines, tend to be used in negatively for deadly dangers unseen or very hard to see.


Beijing is getting ready to put on a massive military parade. 

The Chinese Communist Party has done these types of processions before. After all, that’s sort of the purpose of the grand plaza of central Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. 

But Thursday will be the first time the Chinese government pulls out all the stops to mark the end of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan. 

In the West, we call it World War II. 

Nazi gold train fever is spreading across Poland

Sep 2, 2015
Kacper Pempel/Reuters

There's a case of gold fever in Poland. A pair of treasure hunters reportedly located a Nazi-era train filled with gold — and it's causing quite a stir.

But when sorting fact from fiction in this story, the BBC’s Adam Easton says there’s not a scrap of documentary evidence that this train actually exists. But the legend does have longevity, dating back to the end of World War II.

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A train station in Hungary is the latest place where the migrant crisis is playing out.

Hungarian officials have closed the Keleti station to stop migrants from continuing their journey in Europe. Many started their journey in Greece or Italy and want to get to Germany.

But for now, the trains aren't going anywhere.