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Two friends made a pledge to wear saris more — now their pact is catching on

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two friends from India have pledged to give up wearing their western clothes twice a week and instead wear saris, the traditional dress. The pact between the two has caught on and now other young girls and women are wearing them. They've been posting photos of themselves on social media using the hashtag #100SAREEPACT.

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PRI's The World

Same-sex unions? Not quite. In China, a gay man and a lesbian woman often get married ... to each other.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The unions, known as cooperative marriages, are seen as a way around intense parental pressure to get hitched and to produce a grandchild. They also seem to be gaining in popularity.

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Winter storms and intrepid tourists keep Iceland's search and rescue teams busy

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The combination of heavy snowstorms, high winds and fearless tourists have kept Iceland's search and rescue teams very busy this winter.

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Mexico's 'hints of homophobia' make living there a challenge for a gay American

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"You have to think about where you invest your time and your energy and your love, because you don’t want to waste it," says Omar Solis, a gay American student in Mexico trying to figure out how to live openly. "But that’s what it takes."

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PRI's The World

A 'stimulating' film is causing a stir in Israel

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Plenty of religions tell their members that masturbation is a sin, but few are willing to go to the lengths of ultra-Orthodox Jews to make sure the rule is followed. That struggle is the subject of a new documentary, "Sacred Sperm," from an ultra-Orthodox filmmaker who lives that temptation.

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PRI's The World

Wounded vet discovers soldier who saved his life decades earlier (and now is a producer of 'Homeland')

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A new BBC show, The Gift, reunites people with those who once had a dramatic impact on their lives. Here’s the story of a limbless British veteran and his quest to find the man who saved his life. It turns out his rescuer is now an Emmy-winning Hollywood producer.

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PRI's The World

A Canadian beagle takes the top prize at America's biggest dog show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tails will be wagging when this year's winner of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show returns to her hometown of Enderby, British Columbia.

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PRI's The World

Russia's hottest young actor is an American who has just come out

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In often-homophobic Russia, Odin Biron knows he is taking a risk. But the star of a popular Russian medical TV show says he wants to use his celebrity for good, to encourage others who are forced to hide their sexuality.

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Baghdad residents can stay out late and go big on Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Baghdad ended its decade-long curfew on Saturday. The curfew was implemented during the 2003 US-led invasion, requiring residents to remain indoors between midnight and 5 am. The violence in the capital city hasn't ended, but lifting the curfew was met with celebration.

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Norwegian town has message for John Kerry: Shovel your sidewalk

Friday, February 06, 2015

Unlike the residents of Tromso, Norway, the US Secretary of State didn't immediately shovel sidewalks at his Boston home after a snowstorm. The residents of the "Capital of the Arctic" say they'd never let it slip. Why? Lutheran guilt, for one.

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It's snowmageddon time for the Middle East — again

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last year a huge winter storm blanketed the Middle East and left Jerusalem under a rare coat of snow. Now another storm is bearing down on the city, and preparations are intense.

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The Takeaway

One Doesn't Have To Be The Loneliest Number

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

More Americans are living alone than ever before, probably because it can be bliss. The Takeaway looks at the most satisfying, calming, and freeing things about living alone.

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New Tech City

Tales of Real Life Tech Addiction

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In which video games at 3 a.m. make someone sick, and our mothers nod knowingly. 

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Money Talking

How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Back to Work

Thursday, November 06, 2014

You know you do it and you want to do something about it. Well, there is a solution for how to get busy, but it's not very "touchy feely."

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PRI's The World

Some Portuguese immigrants feel isolated as they grow old in their adopted home

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Margarida Xavier came to Massachusetts in the 1960s, when the Portuguese community in New Bedford was a booming microcosm of life back home. As younger generations integrate, life for the most elderly immigrants, who still maintain the culture and language of their home, are feeling isolated.

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The RAF's first openly transgender officer says competence trumps prejudice with her fellow soldiers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

After serving in the military as a man for nearly two decades, Caroline Paige became the Royal Air Force's first openly transgender officer in 1998. She says her colleagues have accepted her like any other officer, and she wants to help lift bans on transgender people serving in places like the United States.

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PRI's The World

Even if you don't like Vladimir Putin, you're welcome at the store where he's Superman

Friday, October 10, 2014

If you've ever wanted Vladimir Putin propaganda plastered across your chest as you walk the streets of New York, here's your chance. A pop-up store recently opened in the city, selling shirts showing the Russian president as Superman and other heroes.

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A Greek ferry is home to members of Libya's parliament and, more importantly, the best frappuccinos in town

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The hottest drink in Tobruk, a town in eastern Libya, isn't at a bar or even a coffeehouse. It's aboard the Greek ferry that's the temporary home of Libya's parliament, where the baristas are slinging high-quality frappuccinos to lawmakers, their families and even curious locals.

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New Tech City

How to Be Smarter than Facebook

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that when they build you new gadgets and websites. But if you are wise to their tactics, you can drive your habits, not them.

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PRI's The World

For the short people among us, Uniqlo's clothes come to the rescue — for now

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's hard enough finding clothes that fit when you're a large size, but what about when you're under five feet tall? Pien Huang thought she had the answer, but the small sizing that makes her love Japanese chain Uniqlo means that the company's US stores are losing money.

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