Ari Shapiro

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British Teens On Their Way To Syria Are Returned Home

Monday, March 16, 2015

Three British teenagers were stopped on their way to Syria and sent back to the U.K. This comes weeks after case where three girls crossed into Syria.


The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Walk into a row of greenhouses in rural Britain, and a late English-winter day transforms to a swampy, humid tropical afternoon. You could be in Latin America or sub-Saharan Africa, which is exactly how cocoa plants like it.

"It's all right this time of year. It gets a bit hot ...


British Military Spending Cutbacks Spark Global Concern

Friday, March 13, 2015

The British military is shrinking with a growing number of American diplomats and military leaders warning that cutbacks could have severe global consequences.


No Big Money Or TV Ads — What's With The U.K.'s Low-Key Election?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

There may not even be any televised debates, but the U.K. really is less than two months from national elections. Why is it so different from the U.S., where attention is already on 2016?


The British Group With A Very Different Take On 'Jihadi John'

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Cage is a controversial group founded by a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay. It has presented a sympathetic portrait of "Jihadi John," drawing criticism that it defends terror.


In English Town, Muslims Lead Effort To Create Interfaith Haven

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A disused church in the northern English town of Bolton has been transformed into a community center where all are welcome. It's the product of years of effort and difficult discussions.


Britain's Muslims Still Feel The Need To Explain Themselves

Monday, March 02, 2015

Many young Muslims say they feel part of their communities in Britain but have to deal with a range of misconceptions.


After 6,000 Years, Time For A Renovation At Iraq's Citadel

Friday, February 27, 2015

A map of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil looks like a dart board: circles, radiating outward from a central core. The bull's-eye sits high on a hill, crowned by ancient walls.

The Erbil Citadel has stood here for at least 6,000 years. It's one of the oldest — and ...


Story Of Missing Schoolgirls Captivates Britain

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Police in Turkey are looking for three British schoolgirls who are believed to have run away from home to join Islamist fighters in Iraq.


Brutal ISIS Tactics Create New Levels Of Trauma Among Iraqis

Monday, February 23, 2015

The self-styled Islamic State has made a practice of public beheadings and other horrific acts of violence. It's taking a huge toll on Iraqis, only a fraction of whom are getting the help they need.


Lamb Dumplings, Lentils And A Bittersweet Taste Of Home

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One of Syria's most famous restaurants is bringing the tastes of Damascus to Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from war, and are hungry for a reassuring slice of home.


Iraqi Kurds: We're Ready To Fight For Mosul

Sunday, February 22, 2015

American military officials announced that they are planning an operation in April or May to free Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, from the group that calls itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The extremist group has controlled the city since June, and the Pentagon says up to 25,000 Iraqi troops will ...


From A Mountain, Kurds Keep Watch On ISIS In Mosul

Friday, February 20, 2015

From a nearby mountain, Kurdish forces can see look down into the strategic city. An Iraqi-led assault on the city is planned, but for now the frustrated men hold their territory and train.


Just 55 Miles From ISIS Control, American Expats Carry On Life As Usual

Monday, February 16, 2015

The city of Erbil is not far from the front lines of a war, but for Americans living in this part of northern Iraq, the conflict may feel a world away.


Not A Group House, Not A Commune: Europe Experiments With Co-Housing

Monday, February 16, 2015

From urban high-density housing to rural communal living, Europeans are using the principle of co-housing — in which neighbors share space and resources, depending on their needs.


ISIS May Be Gone, But Life Has Yet To Return To Normal In Northern Iraq

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The graffiti in Snuny — an Iraqi city at the base of Mount Sinjar that Kurdish peshmerga fighters recently regained control of — provides a kind of shorthand for its recent history.

There's black graffiti on some buildings, proclaiming "This is the Islamic State." It's been scribbled out.

Over it, ...


Outmanned And Outgunned, Fighters Defend Yazidi Shrine Against ISIS

Friday, February 13, 2015

Led by a celebrated Yazidi fighter, a small band of Kurdish peshmerga survived a months-long ISIS onslaught. Unlike others in Syria and Iraq, this sacred place still stands, nearly unscathed.


In A Somber Homecoming, Yazidis Grieve And Watch Over Their Dead

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With the Islamic State pushed back, Iraq's Yazidis are returning to their villages — and to mass graves. Now, they guard the remains and are calling on the U.N. to document the killings.


Not Too Much, Not Too Little: Sweden, In A Font

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Nearly every country has a national flag, a national anthem, a national bird. Not many countries have a national typeface.

Sweden recently commissioned a team of designers to come up with a font to represent the country on its websites, press releases, tourism brochures and more.

The offices of Soderhavet ...


Refugees Find A Closing Of Sweden's Open-Door Immigration Policy

Friday, February 06, 2015

Ethnic and political tensions are growing in Sweden, a country traditionally known for its openness and tolerance. In some cases, the victims of discrimination are also perpetrators.