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Decoding Trump's Russian music video career

Jul 12, 2017

It has become a cliché that Donald Trump is a US president like no other. But in the scandal over his alleged collusion with the Kremlin in the 2016 election, a new aspect to Trump's past has emerged — his short-lived career in Russian music videos. 

The 'startup visa' might be gone for good

Jul 12, 2017
Stephen Lam/Reuters

The US “startup visa” has been delayed before it could go into the effect — possibly permanently — and the technology industry isn’t happy.

Fifty-five years ago this month, Milo Nordyke was staring out at the Nevada desert, waiting for a huge explosion to blow a hole in the surface of the earth.

The blast was known as Sedan, and it was one of two dozen nuclear explosions that American scientists set off for non-military purposes. It was 1962, a year when most people feared the destructive power of nuclear bombs.

Erik de Castro/Reuters

With human population growth increasing, world leaders at the Family Planning Summit 2020 in London pledged an additional $2.5 billion toward expanding access to contraception and family planning over the next four years. Most leaders, however, indicated that was still not enough funding to meet the need.

Noticeably absent from the global convening was the US government, which has traditionally been the largest funder of global contraception and family planning efforts. 

Courtesy of the Follow My Footprints archive

Nearly a decade ago, I began a search for a family story that is most often relegated to history books — the journey of a World War II refugee. I was captivated by my maternal grandmother’s search for home and felt certain that her unique narrative was far more relevant than had been recognized throughout my childhood.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Firms operating nuclear power plants and other energy facilities in the US have been under attack by hackers in recent months, according to a report by The New York Times.

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued an urgent joint report last week warning operators of the attacks.

A rock band from California helped me get through tough teenage years in Iran

Jul 11, 2017
Aly Song

I was an angry teenager — angry at home; angry at school; angry with theocracy; angry about injustice; angry about hypocrisy. I was especially angry with anyone I thought was trying to mold me into a model of their choosing, and there were many people hell-bent on doing exactly that.

Carlos Barria/Reuters

President Donald Trump seems to be backing away from a plan to create an “impenetrable” cybersecurity unit with Russia.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that he wants to work with Russia to prevent “election hacking, & many other negative things."

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A baby cries for attention while his mother makes tea and tends a stove inside her family’s ger, or yurt. The air inside the heavy canvas walls is thick with the smells of smoke and cheese curd. Two older boys are playing outside.

It’s a scene that could be from any time in Mongolia going back hundreds of years, and just about anywhere in the country’s vast open plains, where families of nomadic herders have followed their livestock for countless generations.

Kepler turns up a trove of new exoplanets

Jul 10, 2017

Scientists behind NASA's Kepler K2 mission recently unveiled hundreds of new planet candidates for NASA’s exoplanet catalog, including 10 that could be rocky planets in the "just right" Goldilocks zone of their stars.

What children in food deserts do during the summer

Jul 10, 2017


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On this episode of Educate, we visit Shaw, Mississippi, a town of about 1,800 people, located in Bolivar County, where one-third of the population is considered food insecure.

What does a day in terrorism look like?

Jul 10, 2017

Was there terrorism where you live on this day last year?

Try our interactive to find out: A Day in Terrorism


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If the US continues to slash funding for science and research, while tightening immigration rules and making it harder for potential researchers to study and work in the country, the primary beneficiary will be China.

At least, that’s the warning from a Nobel Prize-winning chemist.

What happens when mom and dad face deportation

Jul 10, 2017
Deepa Ferndandes

As 19-year-old Francisco Duarte watched his parents handcuffed and driven away by immigration officials in late May outside their San Diego home, all he could do was console his hysterical 12-year-old twin sisters.

Then he took off to find help for his parents. They would need an immigration attorney, and Francisco would need to gather their paperwork.

His younger brother Luis, 17, stepped up to look after the younger sisters — he cooked them eggs and ham when they came home from school that day.

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During the G-20 meeting on Friday, President Donald Trump said Mexico will "absolutely" pay for a border wall.

Building a wall between Mexico and the United States was a signature campaign pledge of Trump's in last year's election.

But in reality, the wall has been beset by delays and a limited budget.

Courtesy of Gabriel Scheare, Luke Crowley, Lourdes Crowley, and Patrick White, Chile

The Seasteading Institute in California has an audacious mission: to establish floating societies that will “restore the environment, enrich the poor, cure the sick, and liberate humanity from politicians.”

Like in the 19th century, when many people left the cities of the Eastern US to gain independence by claiming a patch of land and working it — which was known as "homesteading" — "seasteaders" hope to create a new social, economic and political frontier on the ocean.

Is marijuana a secret weapon against the opioid epidemic?

Jul 9, 2017
Blair Gable/Reuters

As US Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a crowd of federal, state and local law enforcement in March, the country “is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic.” According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioid and heroin overdoses kill 91 Americans each day.

Michael Stravato

Houston, America’s fourth-largest city, with a metro population of more than 6 million, is at risk of major devastation and massive loss of life from storm surges if a big hurricane were to hit, according to an investigation by reporters from The Texas Tribune and ProPublica.

Jason Lutes/Drawn & Quarterly

The first time Jason Lutes visited Berlin, in 2000, he expected to see crowded tenements and gray cobblestone streets. Instead, through the windows of a speeding train, he saw green trees, brown spires, and blue skies. “My first thought was, oh my god, it's in color,” he says. “In all the photographs I'd ever looked at, it was in black and white.”

A Mathy Makeover For The Kilogram

Jul 8, 2017

The story behind 'Banned Grandmas' of Instagram

Jul 8, 2017
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“This is my lovely grandma. @realDonaldTrump does she look like a terrorist to you?”

Many took to social media last week to post comments like this one, after the Supreme Court reinstated part of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The news out of Venezuela isn’t getting any better, with no resolution in sight to help the political and economic crisis. Meantime, food and medicine can still be hard to find, and street protests are now regular. This week also saw a group of government supporters attack opposition lawmakers with wooden sticks and metal bars, while national guardsmen stood by.

So, more Venezuelans are leaving, building communities elsewhere, including in places like Mexico City.

It’s wedding season in Britain and weddings in the British South Asian community are often loudest, most vibrant and biggest of all.

But what happens if your wedding is an elaborate lie?

In "My Big Fake Straight Wedding," BBC filmmaker Mobeen Azhar meets South Asian gay men and women who are entering into heterosexual marriages in order to hide their sexuality.  It’s an issue that’s prevalent in part of Britain’s Muslim, Sikh and Hindu diaspora.

The extended family structure and cultural practices in those communities mean that homosexuality remains taboo. 

Carlos Barria/Reuters

US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin engaged in a "very robust exchange" over claims Moscow meddled in America's elections, during their first face-to-face talks Friday at a fractious G-20 summit marred by violent street protests.

From the outset of the blockbuster encounter, the US property tycoon fired the key question that has weighed on his presidency, pressing the ex-KGB agent "on more than one occasion" on the vote interference claims, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in the meeting.