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In “New York 2140,” the latest novel from award-winning science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, melting ice sheets and wild storms have added 50 feet to sea level and submerged coastal areas, yet New York City is still a vibrant hub of global capital, with express boats zooming up the avenues and skybridges linking the skyscrapers that still stand.

Are We Facing Electrical Gridlock?

Jul 15, 2017

A Peek Into The Sex Lives Of Algae

Jul 15, 2017

Creating The Perfect Ice Cube

Jul 15, 2017

Ants Exhibit Towering Engineering Skills

Jul 15, 2017

Remembering AIDS activist Prudence Mabele

Jul 14, 2017
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“She represented the best of us.”

That’s how Ambassador Deborah Birx, US global AIDS coordinator and head of President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), remembers South African activist Prudence Mabele.

Mabele was a long-time advocate for the rights of those with HIV. She passed away on Monday.

Mabele’s contribution to the AIDS response began in the early 1990s. In 1992, she became one of the first women living with HIV in South Africa to disclose her status.

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Turkey is marking a year since a thwarted coup attempt rocked the country, and its public spaces bear the marks.

The cobblestone pier in Ortaköy is full of Turks and tourists alike, aiming for that coveted selfie with an Istanbul icon: the Bosphorus Bridge. Or is that the July 15th Martyrs Bridge? That’s the new, official name, in honor of those who died resisting last year’s attempted coup.

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When Human Rights Watch observers arrived at a school on the outskirts of Hammam al-Alil, a town outside Mosul in northern Iraq, they found trash mixed in with about 300 human bodies. The bodies were bound at the wrists and ankles and blindfolded.

Witnesses told observers they saw the victims brought to the site in trucks, and they heard the sound of automatic gunfire, followed by screams. Soon, wild animals found the corpses and the smell of decomposing bodies permeated the area.

On Bastille Day in Nice, it’s 'difficult' to celebrate

Jul 14, 2017

Gaetan Onteniente is a volunteer tour guide in the southern French city of Nice who thinks often about how lucky he is.

Last year, he and his family decided to celebrate independence day at home, instead of going out to Promenade des Anglais, the beachside promenade by their house, to see the city’s fireworks display.

It was there that a terrorist drove a truck into crowds of people, killing 86, and wounding hundreds.

The day after, Onteniente went for a walk down the promenade to pay his respects.

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A lunch staple in the French port city of Marseille has become a political lightning rod.

The fight is all about a simple street food, the kebab, and whether or not it will be sold in the city center.

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A year ago, a truck barreled into crowds assembled to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 86 and wounded 433. But for all the news coverage of the event, it is statistically an outlier — one of only 36 fatal attacks in 2016 in the West. Events like that night a year ago in Nice represent a mere 2.5 percent of all terror attacks.

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Hoon would only hold his boyfriend’s hand at night, in the shadows of Seoul’s narrow alleyways, where no one could see them.

“Whenever my boyfriend tried to do something, I was so defensive because people around us might think that we’re gay,” he said.

But, in all truth, Hoon is gay. The 24-year-old college student just doesn’t want most people to know it. Hoon didn't want his full name published because of the stigma LGBT people face in South Korea.

When their mother was well and in their home in Lagos, Nigeria, 15-year old twins Kehinde and Taiwo Oni thought that they, like their mom, would finish secondary school.

But when she had to return to her old village due to a chronic illness, money grew tight. Gbenga, the girls’ father, lost his job as a mechanic last year.  This year, instead of school, each morning the twins drag an engine out of their father’s hut and into the yard, where they spend 12 hours grinding dried peppers for customers, earning $1.50-$2.50 a day.  

A survey by a Pittsburgh pediatrician of 1,200 children living near some of the biggest polluters in the area shows that children who live near sources of pollution run the same risk of developing asthma as those exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke.

US Steel’s Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock, just outside of Pittsburgh, has been making steel for almost 150 years. Nearby residents, including the children of the Woodland Hills School District, have been breathing in the pollution the plant spews from its stacks, and researchers are finding that it's impacting their health.

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If wars leave scars, then Poland has a deep red gash through its middle. For six years during World War II, the country was fought from both sides; the Soviet Union invaded from the east and Germany from the west. Five million Poles died during the war — that’s one-fifth of the population. Three million of them were Polish Jews. No village was untouched.

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The itinerary for President Donald Trump's trip to Paris is packed with enough grandeur to satisfy even a former pageant king: the Élysée Palace with its huge crystal chandeliers and soaring ceilings, Napoleon's gilded tomb and a pricey dinner at the Alain Ducasse restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

But the highlight? It will no doubt be the military parade along the Champs-Élysées to commemorate Bastille Day.

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A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States which said it disregards the reality of dealing with international security threats such as North Korea.

The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor with one country — NATO member the Netherlands — voting against, while Singapore abstained.

A group of teenage girls from Afghanistan who had planned to come to Washington, DC, for an international robotics competition won't be coming after all, after the US State Department denied their visas.

Update: On Thursday, July 13, the girls were on their way to Washington after US authorities changed course and allowed them to enter the country.​

A tale of two Mosuls

Jul 13, 2017
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Iraqi forces fought to eliminate the last pockets of ISIS resistance in western Mosul on Monday after the premier visited the devastated city to congratulate troops on securing victory.

With the jihadists surrounded in a sliver of territory in Mosul's Old City, attention was turning to the huge task of rebuilding the city and of helping civilians, with aid groups warning that Iraq's humanitarian crisis was far from over.

These musicians are living in exile in Nebraska

Jul 13, 2017
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Believe it or not, there's a large Yazidi population in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Some Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority mainly found in northern Iraq, have been in Lincoln since the 1980s, while others came more recently, after escaping from ISIS with their families in 2014. 

Buzz over the Chukchi Sea in a helicopter in early spring, and there’s little to see but sky and ice. That is, until your eye catches the maze of polar bear tracks threading across the ice in some areas. The sea, which stretches between northwestern Alaska and northeastern Russia, is home to one of the Arctic’s 19 distinct polar bear populations.

No place to run

Jul 12, 2017

In Texas, the foster care system is failing the vulnerable children it’s meant to protect, leaving them without a safe place to live. Many end up on the streets or in jail, which is one of the few places where they can receive treatment services. This week we look into the crisis in foster care, and efforts to fix it.

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The end times are near. And the believers of Shinchonji are ready. 

They see themselves as the embodiment of the one true Christianity, poised for salvation when the moment of final judgment arrives. Everyone else will be denied forgiveness and destroyed, according to the group’s doctrine.

The name Shinchonji comes from the Book of Revelation. It translates from Korean as “new heaven and earth.” The group’s official name is Shinchonji, Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony.

Thousands of companies, including tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon, staged a Day of Action Wednesday to protest plans by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back rules that they say would affect net neutrality.

A Delaware-sized iceberg has broken off of the Antarctic Peninsula

Jul 12, 2017

An iceberg bigger than the state of Delaware has snapped off of the West Antarctic ice shelf and is now floating in the Weddell Sea. 

At roughly 600 feet tall, with a volume twice that of Lake Erie, it is one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.

“It is absolutely massive,” said Heidi Sevestre, a glaciologist who is part of a research team called Project MIDAS that has been monitoring the growing crack for years. 

Editor’s note: Following this story airing on The World last week, but before it was published here on PRI.org, a spokesperson for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that John Cunningham was deported to Ireland on July 5. 

John Cunningham came to Boston in 1999. Like a lot of Irish immigrants now in the US, he arrived in his 20s, on a 90-day visa for summer work. But then he settled in, worked as an electrician and ran his own company. 

International experts investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico in 2014 were targeted with spyware sold to the government, cybersecurity experts said this week.

Adding to a snowballing scandal over spying on journalists, activists and other public figures in Mexico, computer security experts confirmed that the independent investigation into the disappearance and alleged massacre — an atrocity that drew worldwide condemnation — was targeted with highly invasive spyware known as Pegasus.

Watch: Video testimonies of American and British volunteer fighters killed in Syria

Jul 12, 2017
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Two Americans and a Briton died fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish forces as they battle to oust the Islamic State group from its stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, the forces said Tuesday.

The three men volunteering with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) appear to be the first foreign volunteers to have died since fighting began inside the northern Syrian city. 

In a statement on its website, the YPG said Americans Robert Grodt and Nicholas Warden and Briton Luke Rutter were among six "martyrs" on the Raqqa front, without saying where exactly they died.

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