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If you had an emotional response to an essay in The Atlantic this week, you aren't alone.

The piece, written by the late Alex Tizon, tells the story of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a woman who worked for his family and raised him. But Tizon reveals this stunning truth: For 56 years, Pulido, known to him as "Lola" — grandmother in Tagalog — was never paid for her work. She was his family's slave.

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President Donald Trump does not like going out for dinner.

“As far as we know, he’s only dined out twice as president," says Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, “and both times at his own restaurant in the Trump hotel, where he inevitably orders steak, which he inevitably gets well-done.”

Trump might be forced out of his comfort zone soon, though.

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Forget stopping to smell the roses. Biologist David George Haskell would tell you the best way to tune in to nature is by stopping to listen to trees.

“Sound is the great revealing sense,” says Haskell, who spent years observing a dozen specific trees for his new book “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors.” 

“Sound travels over walls and through doors, and so the hidden stories of a place cannot be seen,” Haskell says. “They have to be heard.”

Brazil will not be outdone by Washington’s chaos

May 19, 2017

Scandal, secret tapes, obstruction of justice, talk of impeachment — not Washington, this time we’re talking about Brazil.

The South American country’s massive corruption scandal already ensnared many powerful executives, lawmakers and government officials. Now, it’s apparently reaching the president.

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For the first stop of his first foreign trip as president, Donald Trump will land in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, where he will seal a weapons deal, meet with some business executives, and give a speech to a room full of Muslim leaders about Islam.

The White House said Trump would use the planned speech to offer his “hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam.”

When Roula Allouch, chair of the national board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, heard that announcement, she says she rolled her eyes. 

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Mariana Hernandez wore a wreath of artificial flowers around her graduation cap, an homage to the late artist Frida Kahlo. Then she walked onto the stage, shook hands with her college president and became the first member of her immediate family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Several factors helped her make it to this point — her own persistence and the support of family and friends. But she was also the beneficiary of a scholarship program that’s specifically designed for students who may be in the country without authorization.

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Israeli cartoonists highlight President Donald Trump's orange-ness as much as their American counterparts do — but the slant of their drawings is decidedly local.

In advance of Trump's visit to the country next week, comic artist and political cartoonist Uri Fink says every detail of the president's itinerary has been scrutinized and argued over by the Israeli press. And at this point, it seems Israelis across the political spectrum have something to worry about.

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Walking out of church one sunny Sicilian Sunday, Fortune puckers her lips, looks coyly into the camera and snaps a selfie.

Like millennials everywhere, Fortune loves social media — and she’s not done packaging her morning. She asks her friend to take a few quick pics, striking different poses — from the front, the side, the back. She’s looking sharp in her matching skirt and suit jacket, red lipstick, and a sleek new blonde wig tied in a knot at the back of her head.

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Courtesy of Nancy Bailey's family

After seven months in an overcrowded Guatemalan prison where she awaited a verdict that could lead to a life sentence, Nancy Bailey got justice.

Thursday, in a case that caught global media attention, a Guatemalan court found the 64-year-old Californian woman not guilty of charges of child trafficking.

And the judge in the case took the extraordinary step of castigating the prosecution for a sloppy, weak case.

How a whisper can help fight labor trafficking in Brazil

May 19, 2017
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Guadalupe Couto does her best work by surprise, when a source tips her off. She’s a prosecutor on a Brazilian government team that fights labor violations.

We love music here at The World, and we love to share our latest favorites with you. Here's some of the best stuff we've featured recently.

A sound almost impossible to classify

Forro in the Dark is a Brazilian band that makes its home in New York. They mix traditional dance rhythms of northeast Brazil (known as forro) with pretty much anything: rock, blues, jazz and psychedelia, among other styles.

Trump is visiting Saudi Arabia. Can you find it on a map?

May 19, 2017
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After a tumultuous week, the White House is hoping that President Donald Trump's first foreign trip, beginning Friday, will be a chance to reset the tone of his presidency.

Trump's first stop is Saudi Arabia, followed by Israel and the Vatican — centers of the three major world religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. After that, the eight-day trip will continue with a NATO summit in Belgium and a G-7 summit of major industrial nations in Italy.

The Trump White House and the intelligence community have not been the best of buddies. 

Now, the latest revelations in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election seem set to further alienate the intelligence apparatus and the Oval Office. 

"This particular relationship between Mr. Trump and the [intelligence] community is as bad as I have ever seen it," says 28-year veteran of the CIA Paul Pillar.

Every morning, Kinda Haddad logs into her computer at her home outside of London and tries to figure out how many civilians have been killed that day in Iraq and Syria.

"I have a list of about 20 sites that I look at daily," she says.

Then, she heads over to social media sites and looks through the posts that were published in the past 24 hours.

What she's looking for are videos or photos that were taken at sites where bombs have been dropped.

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Many people are beyond angry with President Donald Trump right now. Some are calling for his impeachment. But many still believe in the president and his signature message: "Make America Great Again."

Consider Dave McNeer in Newton, Iowa.

When Trump was running for president, McNeer helped spread the candidate's signature slogan, printing Make America Great Again on hats, T-shirts and signs distributed throughout Iowa and several nearby states.

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