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No one knows what the Trump administration has planned for U.S. foreign aid programs and other global initiatives that fight poverty and disease. There are some topics that Donald Trump has not addressed. Global advocacy groups such as the ONE Campaign have tried to get Trump to share his ideas of how to "tackle extreme poverty" on the record. After a year of campaigning, he still hasn't responded. But the president-elect has commented on a number of global issues. Here's what he has said in...

They traded compliments during the campaign. Those comments then became part of the campaign itself. And now that Donald Trump has won the U.S. presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated him and raised the prospect of a fresh start in U.S.-Russia relations. In a telegram, the Russian leader said he was confident he and Trump could start "a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other's...

Here at Goats and Soda, we're trying something new: We'd like to know what you want us to investigate. Our first call-out was about girls in the developing world . And last week, we asked you to submit questions on global diseases . Earlier this month, we gathered over 275 questions from our readers. We put three of them up for vote. More than 1,100 people voted, and this question was the winner: What are the unintended consequences of charity? Is the ripple effect improving...

Judges in China are jailing 49 people on charges tied to deadly explosions at a warehouse in the port city of Tianjin that killed at least 165 people in August 2015. This was one of China's worst-ever industrial tragedies. The people sentenced include 25 government officials and 24 staffers of the companies involved, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency . The verdicts were issued from ten different courts during the last three days. The most serious sentence was handed to Yu...

The green-eyed Afghan woman who famously appeared on the cover of National Geographic is back in her native country after being deported from Pakistan, where she had resided for more than three decades. Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, welcomed the return of Sharbat Gula at a ceremony held at the presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday. The memorable cover photo depicting Gula, at about 12 years old, was taken at a refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. As NPR's Philip Reeves has...

There's an expression in French, "Jamais deux sans trois," or "Never two without three." After Brexit and Trump, will Marine Le Pen be next? France holds its presidential election next spring, and Le Pen, the leader of the country's far-right National Front party, could well be one of the top two candidates in the first round of voting, which would propel her to the second-round runoff in May 2017. But she hasn't been seriously considered as a candidate who could...

A few months ago, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch emerged from a 10-hour surgery that she hadn't done before. "Most of my patients are humans," says Bloch, who works at the Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland. This patient was a rhesus macaque. The monkey's spinal cord had been partially cut. So while his brain was fine and his legs were fine, the two couldn't communicate. "Normally, the brain is giving commands, and the legs are responding to the commands through the spinal cord. When...

As the world woke up Wednesday to Donald Trump's presidential election victory, congratulations from foreign leaders were mixed with worries about how Trump's provocative campaign pronouncements will be translated into policy. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram — yes, a telegram — to congratulate Trump. But Putin also addressed the troubled state of relations between the two countries. "We understand and are aware that it will be a difficult path in the light of the degradation...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a tale of a very costly hot dog. Sausage sizzles in parking lots are popular in Australia. And one Aussie thought, why take my car over to the big-box (ph) sizzle when I can send my drone? So he guided the drone to the barbie. Unfortunately, the Aviation Safety Authority frowns on aerial hot dog delivery. And now the high-flying couch potato faces a fine, turning his sausage...

Canada's Immigration and Citizenship website was down for hours Tuesday and Wednesday — apparently due to a spike in searches by Americans reacting to Tuesday's presidential election. Access was cut off on Election Day; the site was brought back online shortly after 10 a.m. ET. Search traffic for "Canada immigration," "Canada" and "move to Canada" has increased in the United States relative to the past seven days, according to Google Trends. Google reports that the search terms were...

Prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Electronics on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a presidential cronyism scandal that's gripped South Korea. While it is a near-monthly occurrence for a chaebol (family-owned conglomerate) in Korea to be under investigation and/or raided by prosecutors as a result — and they're usually slightly staged affairs — the reason for this week's raid of Samsung is more obscure: elite horse competitions! Samsung is suspected of giving as much as $3...

Leaders from 195 countries are meeting in Morocco to discuss how to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations climate change conference began Monday and runs through Nov. 18. It is the first major climate meeting since the Paris climate change agreement was passed at last year's conference . The main goal of that agreement is to prevent catastrophic warming of the earth by "[holding] the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees [Celsius] above pre...

In a surprise move, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country is taking all existing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes out of circulation. He said in a televised speech that voiding the country's highest-denomination bills is aimed at cracking down on the black market and getting counterfeit cash out of the financial system. The black market boosts corruption and is used to fund terrorism, he said. "There comes a time in the history of a country's development when a need is felt...

A preliminary deal between Iran and France's Total SA to develop an offshore Persian Gulf gas field represents the first investment by a Western energy company since international sanctions were relaxed earlier this year. The $6 billion deal between Total and Iran's state-owned Petropars includes the participation of China National Petroleum Corp. in a consortium to develop what's known as the South Pars field estimated to contain 14,000 billion cubic meters of gas, or about 8 percent of the...

As if our collective blood pressure weren't already sky-high today, a video showing a marine iguana hatchling chased by a pit of snakes is setting the Internet on fire. It's the "first time snakes have been filmed hunting en masse," according to the BBC . Take a look: We wouldn't want to spoil the nail-biting ending to this chase, which was filmed on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos. But it's fair to say that the odds are stacked against the tiny iguana as he faces what appear to be...

For decades, global trade has been transforming the world's economy, bringing Japanese and Korean cars to North American highways, U.S. software to European computers and German machine tools to Asian factories. But the days of explosive trade growth may be at an end. The dollar value of world merchandise (or non-services) exports fell from $19 trillion in 2014 to $16.6 trillion last year, a decline of 13.3 percent, according to the World Bank . Much of that can be explained by the drop in...

Conventional wisdom would have you drink red wine with cheese. A new study, published in the Journal of Food Science , only partially supports that pairing, and also adds a new tool to the scientific study of food combinations. "Red wine with cheese, it can either go really well or not that well," says Mara Galmarini, a sensory scientist at CONICET, the Argentinian National Scientific and Technical Research Council. "A white wine, you have less risk." Ed Behr, editor of the...

Nigeria is deploying 100 female police officers to protect women in displaced persons camps in the state of Borno, after a scathing Human Rights Watch report said officials, including security guards, have "raped and sexually exploited" dozens of women. These are women who fled from the extremist militant organization Boko Haram in northern Nigeria — and as Human Rights Watch reported, they have now become "victims twice over." The report came out last week and said the rights group...

On this Election Day, Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling just about as far from Washington, D.C., as he can go. He's on his way to Antarctica, becoming the first secretary of state to visit all seven continents after logging well over a million miles while in office. Kerry is visiting McMurdo Station , a U.S. research center in the Ross Sea — and, yes, the South Pole, too. His spokesman, John Kirby, says the purpose is to talk to researchers and scientists before he joins climate...

The highest court in the Philippines has voted to allow the body of the country's former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, to be buried in the Heroes' Cemetery outside Manila. The court ruled 9 to 5 against a challenge that would have blocked the burial, brought by victims of Marcos's regime. As Michael Sullivan reports : "Marcos still stirs deep feelings among many Filipinos. Lawyers for those tortured, imprisoned or disappeared during his dictatorship were adamant when the case was argued before...

Speaking in North Carolina on the final day of the presidential campaign, Republican nominee Donald Trump urged voters to go to the polls and deliver an Election Day upset. "It's going to be Brexit plus, plus, plus," he said Monday, referring to the surprise victory in last June's referendum in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Trump has drawn parallels between the U.K.'s landmark vote to split with the EU and the success of his unconventional, anti-establishment run...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: All right. Some news now in the Philippines. That country's former dictator Ferdinand Marcos is closer to a final resting place. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii more than two decades ago, but his embalmed remains were brought back and kept under glass in his home province. A recent proposal to bury him in Manila's Heroes Cemetery went to the Supreme Court. Opponents argued the former strongman was no hero and did...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: We're going to go now from one raucous democracy, the U.S., to another, Hong Kong. That's where two newly elected lawmakers refuse to swear allegiance to Beijing when they took their oaths of office. Now, the Chinese government has ruled the two will not be allowed to retake their oaths, which means they are effectively barred from office. It's a shocking intervention after years in which Beijing allowed Hong...

More than four years after he took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face questioning there on Nov. 14 over Sweden's allegations against him of sex crimes, including rape. This could mark a breakthrough in the standoff. Assange has repeatedly denied the accusations, which date to 2010. He maintains that he would face extradition to the U.S. if he appeared in Sweden for questioning, as we reported . Sweden has said an interview is necessary before it...

U.S.-backed troops are making slow progress in their offensive aimed at retaking the Syrian city of Raqqa, the so-called capital of the Islamic State. This comes as Iraqi forces, assisted by the U.S., report gains in their mission to capture Mosul, the most important ISIS stronghold in that country. The Syrian Defense Forces — a coalition led by Kurds that also includes Arab and Turkmen fighters — are trying to isolate Raqqa before attempting to take control of it. The SDF announced the start...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: In Venezuela, opposition leaders have called off - for now - protests against President Nicolas Maduro. The Vatican has sent negotiators to mediate between the two sides, but the opposition is wary. They don't trust Maduro and they say he's stalling for time. John Otis reports from Caracas. UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Over loudspeaker, foreign language spoken). (APPLAUSE) JOHN OTIS, BYLINE: Demonstrations, like this one...

There were snowy, icy balls everywhere. Videos and photos from western Siberia, on the Gulf of Ob, showed an entire beach covered in snowballs that had apparently washed ashore. In one image published online by the Siberian Times , a woman sat on the frozen balls. In another , a dog ran near the balls, which had also formed what looked like a vertical mass of balls mashed together into an icy ball-wall. The BBC reports that the balls started washing up about two weeks ago. They're...

An adorable koala in a backpack — it's what you didn't know you needed during the final stretch of the exhausting U.S. presidential race. Police found this bundle of joy in the town of Wishart in Queensland, Australia, during a traffic stop Sunday night. Authorities said in a statement that the officers asked the 50-year-old driver if she had anything to declare. She then mentioned that she had a baby koala in her bag. "Not quite believing their ears the officers cautiously un-zipped the bag...

It hasn't been easy for journalists covering the 2016 presidential race. While doing their jobs, they've had to confront unprecedented threats, abuse, bans and accusations of conspiracy and bias. Journalists from other countries who are covering the election have confronted their own set of challenges. The foreign press corps is low on the food chain during any U.S. presidential race, and perhaps never more so than this one. Since foreign journalists' audiences rarely include U.S. voters,...

Daniel Ortega, the former Marxist revolutionary leader, handily won a third presidential term in Nicaragua. With almost 70 percent of the precincts reporting, Ortega received 72 percent of the vote. The Liberal Constitutional Party received 14 percent of the vote. Of course, this result was very much expected, because earlier this year, courts essentially blocked the leading opposition coalition candidates from participating in the election. That meant that Ortega was basically running...

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