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One of the groups Donald Trump has been most vocal about is Muslims. Back in December, he called for a complete shutdown of Muslim immigration to America. So as he spoke at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Muslims were watching closely.

In one house in New Jersey, Omar Awad and his wife, Marwah Maasarani, settled down to watch.

A "hoax." A "con job." "Bull----." These are among the phrases Donald Trump has used in recent years to express his contempt for the science of climate ch

Witness: 'I could see people lying on the ground'

Jul 22, 2016
Reuters TV

The mass shooting at a Munich shopping mall thrust a whole city into chaos, say those trapped there after the attack on Friday.

Sarah Heinrich, a reporter with M94.5 in Munich, told PRI's The World she could see the helicopters and police — and also got a text from a friend who was at the scene. "I'm super super shocked,'' her friend texted. "I could see people lying on the ground. And there was blood."

US resisters to the Iraq War are now living undocumented in Canada

Jul 22, 2016

In the 1960s and '70s, during the Vietnam War, many Americans fled north to Canada as conscientious objectors. A few were allowed to stay.

Something similar happened during the Iraq War — except, the staying part is a little more complicated.

Even though Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed early support for letting war resisters from the United States remain in Canada, not much has been done to formalize their status.

Singapore gets the world's first Michelin star for a food stall

Jul 22, 2016

Where can you find the most delicious pork noodles and soy sauce chicken-rice? Some of the best is in Singapore, but not in a posh restaurant.

For the first time ever, the esteemed Michelin Guide has singled out a couple of food stalls for their coveted star. Two hawker stalls — Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle — were each awarded a Michelin star Thursday. Michelin also released its first-ever guide to dining in the city-state.

A Canadian city is putting warning labels on gas pumps

Jul 22, 2016

Imagine going to fill up your tank and seeing a label on the pump that says what you are doing was causing climate change.

The city of North Vancouver in Canada is launching a new program to encourage drivers to think about being more energy-efficient when they drive — and that fossil fuels contribute to climate change.

The city council heard about the plan during a presentation last summer by teenage climate change activist Emily Kelsall.

Courtesy of Night Lights/Facebook

I first saw the band Night Lights in late 2014. I had taken my daughter to a concert at a small venue in Boston. Night Lights were the opening act, playing songs like "Hit the Water" off their first EP.


Jason Strother

Ole Martin Juul Slyngstadli was 18 and attending a summer camp on Utoya Island when Norwegian nationalist Anders Behring Breivik carried out his deadly massacre there on July 22, 2011.

Dressed in a police uniform, Breivik opened fire, indiscriminately, on staff and campers on the island; 69 of them died, most teenagers. Hours earlier, Breivik had killed eight people after setting off an explosive in Oslo.  

How a President Trump would change US foreign policy

Jul 22, 2016

When it comes to foreign policy, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took quite a turn Thursday night in his acceptance speech.

He tore into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her “failed policy of nation building and regime change ... in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria.” This, from the party which for years has supported intervention and promoting democracy abroad.

'Lock her up!': A guide to some of the RNC's most popular chants

Jul 22, 2016

Riled-up crowds are an integral element of political conventions, but watching online or on TV doesn’t quite capture what it’s like to hear them from the convention floor.

This week we’ve been hearing and watching the crowd cheer, jeer and boo their lungs out at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Next week, we’ll be looking at the same thing in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, and hopefully drawing some comparisons.

Maria Murriel/PRI

There's been a lot to take in at the Republican National Convention this week. And that's even if you ignore everything that happened inside the Quicken Loans Arena.

On Cleveland's streets, there have been dueling performances for and against Donald Trump and the Republican Party — like the "Trump Hut," or Hillary Clinton as Cersei Lannister.

Daniel Becerril/Reuters

What started off as a seasonal protest in southern Mexico against an educational change is turning into a movement.

On June 19, about 800 state and federal police were deployed to break up a highway blockade in Nochixtlán, a commercial and transportation hub in the indigenous Mixteca region.

Eight people — protesters and townspeople — were killed in the police operation. One month later, no one has been held accountable.

Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Recent statements by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have led some European leaders to worry about the future of NATO — the military alliance that has linked Europe and North America for more than half a century.

For months, Trump has questioned the value of NATO, saying that member states need to increase their defense spending if they want American support. And this week, in an interview with The New York Times, Trump suggested that his administration would consider reneging on its treaty obligation to defend alliance members if they were attacked. 

Trump’s trade policies are worrying economists

Jul 21, 2016

“Our country is getting ripped off.” That’s the sub-headline on Donald Trump’s campaign web site for his position on trade. A vote for Trump is a vote for standing up to trade manipulators.

My parents coached me through my first coup

Jul 21, 2016
Murad Sezer/Reuters

When I heard the jets overhead, I knew it was real.

Growing up as a Turkish American, I’m familiar with Turkey’s national narrative of fractionalized politics and military coups. Last Friday was a bizarre plot twist. On the unseasonably warm night in Burgaz, a quiet Istanbul island in the Marmara Sea, my parents went to bed early as I lazily scrolled through Twitter in the dark for fear of attack by mosquito.