Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm
Palestinians in the West Bank don't get to vote in Israel's election on Tuesday, but they do have opinions.
And at a time when talks toward creating a Palestinian state have stalled, there are Palestinians like Ahmad Aweidah who are seeking alternatives to the traditional call for a two-state solution.
Aweidah is among those busy building the outward signs of a Palestinian state. Such efforts were visible when we went to visit him in the city of Nablus. His office is upstairs from the National Bank of Palestine, so named even though there is no country by that name.
This week we got a rude reminder that Ebola is clearly not over in West Africa.
Another American aid worker contracted the disease in Sierra Leone, health officials reported Thursday. The infected worker was flown back to the U.S. in a private jet and is being treated at the National Institutes of Health Clinic Center in Maryland.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:19 pm
In an expansive interview coinciding with the second anniversary of his unexpected election, Pope Francis said his time as the head of the Roman Catholic Church will be brief.
Francis said he misses the relative anonymity he had as a bishop. As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, "He also said he doesn't mind being pope, but would like to go out in Rome unrecognized, for a pizza."
The pope's comments came in an interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:17 pm
When he first got word of an Ebola outbreak in his home country of Liberia last March, Tarkpor Mambia didn't take the news too seriously.
He was talking to his sister Grace, 28, on the phone. She was about to finish nursing school in the inland Liberian town of Gbarnga. Mambia lives with his brother in Massachusetts, where he studies business at Salem State University.
Grace told him she hadn't tended to any Ebola patients but expected to soon. She was worried about an epidemic.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:26 pm
Although the Internet was ablaze with speculation and jokes about why Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't been seen in public for more than a week, the country's presidential spokesman says there's no truth to the rumors.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:01 am
Julian Assange's lawyers say the WikiLeaks founder is happy with a plan to have Swedish prosecutors question him in London, after Sweden softened its insistence that he be extradited to answer sexual assault allegations.
Assange has been living in Ecuador's London embassy for nearly three years.
"He is willing to co-operate fully now in conducting this interrogation," Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, tells the BBC World Service. "This is a great victory for him."
From London, NPR's Ari Shapiro reports for our Newscast unit:
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:35 pm
Chikungunya is a mosquito-transmitted disease that's been rearing its head throughout Central and South America. People infected with the virus develop a fever and extreme joint pain. There's no cure, and sometimes the joint pain lasts for months or even years.
Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 11:43 am
While traveling in Israel this month, we asked several Israelis if they worried about the future of their country.
"Of course I'm concerned," answered Stav Shaffir.
"We're threatened from all over," said Anat Roth.
Both women are candidates for Israel's Knesset, or parliament, in Tuesday's election. They have a common concern about their country's future — its conflict with Palestinians, its relations with the rest of the world — that has driven them to vastly different political positions.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 5:56 am
Two of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartels have lost their leaders. In the span of just one week, the Mexican government captured the heads of the Knights Templar and the Zetas trafficking organization. That brings the number of capos taken out by the current administration to 11.
But many analysts believe the spectacular arrests will do little to tackle the country's growing insecurity.
Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:09 pm
Forty-seven Senate Republicans signed a letter to Tehran's leaders Monday questioning the authority of any agreement Iran might sign with President Obama that is not ratified by Congress. And it's becoming an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign with potential Republican candidates signing onto the letter.
Tom Cotton, the freshman Arkansas senator behind the letter, even tweeted a Farsi translation directly to the Iranian president and foreign minister.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 4:44 pm
Midtown New York City is buzzing with thousands of women's rights activists. They're in town for a milestone session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which runs through the end of next week.
This week, labor leaders made sure President Obama knows that when it comes to foreign trade, they are living on opposite sides of the track — the "fast track," that is.
That's a term describing a president's broad power to negotiate a trade agreement — and then put the final package on a "fast track" through Congress. Lawmakers can give it a yes-or-no vote, but can't amend or filibuster the deal.
Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:20 am
Mexican cops have gotten a bad rap. They are known more for taking bribes than fighting crime. One police department in Mexico hopes that body cameras, a high-tech tool gaining popularity in the U.S., will redeem its reputation.
The police chief in the border city of Tijuana says they will show that it's not just bad cops that are the problem; the public plays a big role in corruption, too.
Within days of three Tijuana police officers clipping on the cameras, one recorded an eye-opening traffic stop.
Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 2:12 pm
Maybe you read the story about the Turkish plane that crash-landed on March 4 in Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), skidding off the runway and plowing its nose into the rain-soaked grass.
Fortunately, no one was injured. Unfortunately, Nepal didn't know quite what to do about the Airbus 330 stuck on the single runway of its sole international airport.
Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 11:45 am
On Moshav Na'ama, a big Israeli farm in the West Bank inside the wide Jordan Valley, Inon Rosenblum raises fresh herbs for export.
He hires Palestinians to work the fields and pack the crops. The farm is 300 feet below sea level, a desert climate where irrigation is mandatory. Rosenblum won't say exactly how much water he uses, or exactly where it comes from.
"From wells," he says. "In the mountains." Then he changes the subject.
Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:19 am
When Emelin was 13, she asked the mayor of her rural Guatemalan town to find ways to help girls stay in school and get better health care. He laughed out loud. "You are wasting my time; you should go home," he told Emelin and her friend Elba, who had come with her.