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National Security Adviser Aids In U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap

The U.S. and Iran conducted a prisoner swap over the weekend. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to national security adviser Robert O'Brien who played a pivotal role in the negotiations.
NPR - Published

Seduction Reset In Buenos Aires: The New Rules Of Engagement

Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN *BUENOS AIRES* — The rules of the game have changed. In fact, they're changing even as I write this. The #MeToo movement and more recently, No is No, have impacted the way..
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In Lebanon, Ex-Premier Hariri Re-emerges as Top Pick for Post

The businessman Samir Khatib has withdrawn after failing to solidify backing.
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Visiting Imprisoned ISIS Fighters

We tour of one of the main prisons in northeastern Syria for ISIS fighters where dozens of inmates are crammed into tiny cells. The prison's director says he's not even sure who all the prisoners are.
NPR - Published

American Student Freed In Prisoner Swap After 3 Years In Iran Jail

President Trump said on Saturday that Xiyue Wang, an American held in an Iranian prison, has been released. The release was secured with help from the Swiss government.
NPR - Published

Protesters Killed, Cleric’s House Bombed in Deepening Iraqi Chaos

The identity of the attackers — who killed a dozen protesters and bombed the home of anti-government cleric Moqtada al-Sadr — is a mystery.
NYTimes.com - Published

Gunmen Open Fire On Protesters In Baghdad

Violence against anti-government protesters in Baghdad is escalating, and threatening to turn into all-out conflict.
NPR - Published

Iran Releases U.S. Prisoner In Exchange

President Trump confirms in a statement that a Princeton University grad student being held by Iran has been released after more than three years of captivity.
NPR - Published

In Prisoner Swap, Iran Frees American Held Since 2016

Xiyue Wang was a graduate student at Princeton who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison on two charges of espionage that U.S. officials have called groundless.
NYTimes.com - Published

Enemies Past And Present? How The NATO Summit Looked In Russia

Worldcrunch.com / KOMMERSANT -OpEd- *MOSCOW* — Despite the predictions before this past week's NATO summit of a major split in the alliance, and some awkward moments among its respective..
Worldcrunch - Published

Help! I am Allergic to Apples and Was Kicked Off a Plane

In this week’s Tripped Up column, Sarah Firshein investigates the rights that airplane passengers with allergies have when flying. (Not as many as they should.)
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Remembering Tetsu Nakamura, Japanese Doctor Who Spent Decades Working In Afghanistan

We remember the life of Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese doctor who dedicated decades of his life to helping people in Afghanistan. He was killed by gunmen in eastern Afghanistan earlier this week.
NPR - Published

France: Strikes And The Social Fractures Of Retirement Reform

Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS -Analysis- *PARIS* — Well, off we go, headed who knows where, for who knows how long. The actors in this national drama on retirement reform are all in place, each..
Worldcrunch - Published

For Whom The Notre-Dame Bell Tolls

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH I'm not sure the exact date, but it was the month of July when my then wife-to-be Claudine and I climbed the 400 steps of Notre-Dame, only to be startled by the sudden..
Worldcrunch - Published

A Democratic Imperative Of The Technology Revolution

Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -OpEd- *BOGOTÁ* — Everyone talks about how we're in midst of a technological and scientific revolution that's rapidly transforming our world in ways that exceed..
Worldcrunch - Published

U.S. Claims Death Toll In Iran Is Higher Than Human Rights Groups' Estimate

The U.S. claims Iran killed more than 1,000 people in recent riots and anti-government protests, which is higher than monitors have found and a claim that could cut both ways for those protesting.
NPR - Published

Charges Planned Against Netanyahu Aides in Submarine Graft Scandal

Indicted and embattled, Israel’s prime minister faces new calls for yet another corruption inquiry.
NYTimes.com - Published

For Brazil And Argentina, How To Respond To New Trump Tariffs 

Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN -Analysis- *BUENOS AIRES* - The decision by President Donald Trump to reimpose tariffs on Argentine and Brazilian steel and aluminum exports, as a response to the two..
Worldcrunch - Published

Undercover Hunt In Italy's Black Market For Sperm Donors

Worldcrunch.com / LA STAMPA In Italy, medically assisted procreation is restricted to heterosexual couples, but websites for would-be mothers have proliferated. Our journalist posed as a woman..
Worldcrunch - Published

Did FIFA Accidentally Confirm a World Cup Bribery Scandal?

Qatar has for years been dogged by accusations that a corrupt vote delivered the 2022 World Cup. Now, world soccer’s governing body may have inadvertently supported those claims.
NYTimes.com - Published

Iran’s Leaders Soften Stance on Protesters

In an apparent attempt to ease anger over the killing and arrest of protesters, senior leaders urged leniency and promised compensation for peaceful demonstrators who died.
NYTimes.com - Published

Netanyahu and Pompeo Seek Heightened Pressure on Iran in Wake of Violent Protests

A meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also expected to gauge American support for Israeli annexation in the Jordan Valley.
NYTimes.com - Published

Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

The buildup of a hidden arsenal of short-range missiles is the latest sign that American efforts to deter Iran have largely failed.
NYTimes.com - Published

How Iranians See The Fuel Price Protests Happening Across Their Country

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Swedish Radio's Cecilia Uddén about Iranian perspectives on the fuel price protests in the country.
NPR - Published

Widely Respected Japanese Humanitarian Among 6 Killed In Afghanistan Attack

Tetsu Nakamura, a native of Fukuoka, spent years working to improve living conditions in rural areas of Afghanistan. He was gunned down Wednesday along with five associates.
NPR - Published

Work In Progress: TikTok Hiring, CV Hacking, Pawternity Leave

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH *PARIS* — We've seen the employee of the future … and she's pale, red-eyed and hunchbacked. A recent article and a spooky life-size doll named Emma showing what can..
Worldcrunch - Published

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