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December 9 is the anniversary of one of those epochal events that shaped the modern world. The fall of Jerusalem, in 1917, during World War I. A Christian-led army — the British — took charge of the Holy City for the first time since the Crusades. Their defeat of the Ottoman Turks opened up the entire Middle East to be reshaped by the victorious allies, for better or worse. You would expect such a portentous event to be surrounded with grand and dignified solemnity, like a scene from the 1962...

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President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor takes a dim view of efforts to raise the minimum wage, but has a soft spot for undocumented immigrants. Andrew Puzder is a fast-food CEO. He’s the head of CKE Restaurants (which runs fast-food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., and Green Burrito in the west). In that role, he is a well-known opponent of minimum wage increases . Puzder is a prolific writer, speaker and blogger and has been an ardent supporter of Trump’s economic...

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It’s Sunday in Raleigh. Outside, the trees are shivering in the winter chill. And in a deserted strip mall, the evangelical Iglesia   Ciudad De Dios  — "City of God Church" — starts its worship. It’s a young church, with a corporate newness — there’s a screen for spiritual PowerPoint presentations. But there are also rustic, wooden crosses. This congregation is also entirely Latino. Mostly immigrant. Today, they are celebrating one: Pastor Williams Arzola announces that one of the congregants...

Much to China's dismay, a mere phone call between Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and US President-elect Donald Trump has suddenly put Taiwan's fragile political relationship with China in the global spotlight. Keep in mind that Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory, or perhaps to some degree a renegade province. And the phone call, though it lasted just a few minutes, broke decades of US diplomatic precedent based on a "one China" policy. China has responded by urging Washington to...

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Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you’re a believer in real science, and accept the overwhelming evidence that pollution from our power plants and vehicles and other sources is leading to a cascade of global problems, the world seems a little closer today to a real climate change danger zone. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among those who don't believe that evidence. He asserts that the jury is still out on the link between pollution and climate change, even though it isn't...

The World's music features this week: Eljuri, Kady and Greg Lake

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Each week on The World, we feature a unique selection of musicians, and every week we put it together for you here. Here's the latest, curated by host Marco Werman and director April Peavey. (If you're looking for all the music you heard on the show, go here .) A Latina rocker with Arab roots turns it up to 11 For some musicians there's power in using just one name for the stage. That's true for the musician Eljuri. She was born in Ecuador, but grew up in Manhattan. She started a band at 12...

In the wake of the US presidential election, a Utah mosque has opened its doors to the non-Muslim community. They’re holding Friday night information sessions called, “Meet the Muslims.” The Utah Islamic Center is tucked inside a strip mall in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Shoes fill the entryway shelves and spill out onto the floor. In the front, a few rows of men are doing their regular Friday evening prayers. The rest of the room is packed mostly with non-Muslims. Shoes spill out onto...

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Saturday is Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day the United Nations adopted the Declaration of Universal Human Rights — and calls for people  to "stand up for someone's rights ." Two artists in Peru are doing just that for the LGBTQ community, which has often been forced to live on the fringes of society and largely denied basic human rights. Andrew Mroczek and Juan José Barboza-Gubo created a series of photographs called "Canon." It's a symbolic name — a way of re-writing traditional...

If China and Taiwan are uttered in the same sentence, it usually means trouble. President-elect Donald Trump found that out after taking a call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen this month. Poof! There went decades of Washington's foreign policy procedure toward Taiwan. Here's how some cartoonists reacted. The Chinese symphony is shown here.  Credit: Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates Diplomatic discussion going well. #TrumpTaiwan @harrymcgee pic.twitter.com/WWxCTY7uAa —...

The book, "Life of Pi," changed Rajiv Surendra's life. He's an actor, born and raised in Toronto. And he first read "Life of Pi" years ago, while working on the set of "Mean Girls." You might remember him as Kevin G. He found he had a lot in common with Pi. Like the protagonist, he was Tamil, lived near a zoo and was fascinated with religion. “It was a beautiful, written story, and I felt like it was a story that had been written about my life,” he says. “The following week I found out that...

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Growing up, musician Rutaba Yaqub loved listening to Junaid Jamshed. Jamshed rose to fame in the 1980s and '90s — as the leader of a pop-rock band called Vital Signs. He was popular not just during Yaqub's generation, but also her mother's. "My mother was in college when she started listening [to his music]," says Yaqub. "I think our kids and their kids, they're going to listen to Vital Signs. It's so fresh, it's as if it happened yesterday." But Jamshed's voice will no longer be. He died...

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Fake news is nothing new. Its impact has waxed and waned through American history. But there was a golden age of "yellow journalism," back in the 1890s, when fake news helped start a war. Yellow journalism has been defined as any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical manner. The term was coined in the 1890s to describe the ferocious circulation war between William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal and the New York World, owned by Joseph Pulitzer. They sought out crime...

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is often seen as a place of military rule, gradually moving towards democracy. But in recent weeks, a new story has emerged: what one UN official called the "ethnic cleansing" of a religious minority. Refugees fleeing the affected areas have told horrendous stories of rapes, killings and house burnings. These claims are denied by the government.  Following a military crackdown, at least 10,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled their homes....

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In South Korea, there’s a new saying: “To have two daughters wins you a gold medal.” But this wasn’t the case a single generation ago, when couples would go to great lengths to conceive a son. A country’s reverence for boys has turned into a slight preference for girls.  My Korean aunt, who is nearly 80, remembers the day she gave birth to her fourth daughter. “I cried so much, I almost fainted,” she says. “I couldn’t believe I had another daughter. Four daughters.”  She continues, “I had to...

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The question caused a storm on social media last week: Would a giraffe wear a tie at the top or the bottom of its neck? When giraffes go to work do you think they put the tie at the top or bottom of their necks? Asking for a friend. pic.twitter.com/e3cFarF75P — jeremy hammond (@jeremythunder) November 17, 2016 The debate was fierce, and consensus elusive. But there's another giraffe question that's a little more urgent: Do we care if they go extinct? Because according to conservationists, our...

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