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U.S. ambassador to Ukraine: 'It's going to be a long, grinding, tough war'

Friday, June 17, 2022

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has been through a lot in recent years. It's just reopened and Ambassador Bridget Brink is overseeing a massive U.S. assistance operation with a limited staff.


Ukraine's Zelenskyy hosts European leaders, welcomes more U.S. weapons

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Ukraine says it urgently needs the heavy artillery to counter Russia on the battlefield. Also, President Zelenskyy is looking for additional support as the leaders of Germany, France and Italy visit.


As school resumes in Afghanistan, will all girls be allowed to go?

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Schools in Afghanistan are expected to open for the new semester Wednesday. But despite Taliban assurances that girls will be allowed back, students and teachers are unclear about what will happen.


Those arguments over school book bans may influence midterm elections

Monday, March 14, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Elizabeth Bruenig from The Atlantic about the political benefits of arguing over book bans in schools.


Lahore, Pakistan, is locking down to improve air quality

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Pakistan's second largest city, Lahore, tops the world's most polluted city list, along with India's New Delhi. Poor air quality has prompted the government to order a partial shutdown of schools.


Afghan music students escaped the Taliban and are beginning their new lives abroad

Monday, December 20, 2021

Students and faculty with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music flew last week from Doha to Lisbon, where they will start their new lives and reconstitute their celebrated academy in exile.


Islamic countries are pledging to launch a humanitarian trust fund for Afghanistan

Monday, December 20, 2021

The emergency gathering of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation was the largest international meeting on Afghanistan since the country fell to the Taliban in August.


What the Taliban really want from the world, in their own words

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

"We want to prove to everyone forever that we respect humanity," Taliban spokesman Muhammad Naeem Wardak told NPR in Doha, Qatar. He also said women "must have the right to education and to work."


In Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians Find Respite, Sanctuary And Rallying Cry

Monday, August 09, 2021

In the news, the al-Aqsa mosque compound is a fuse for conflict between Israel and Palestinians. But in daily life of Muslims, it's a park, holy site and, yes, a symbol of resistance.


Palestinians Fear Eviction From Their Jerusalem Neighborhood To Make Way For A Park

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

An Israeli demolition last month revived fears among residents of al-Bustan in east Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood. "Yes, Bustan is going to be demolished for a park," says Jerusalem's deputy mayor.


Palestinians Hope Israel's New Government Will Bring Progress To This Poor Town

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

In the village of Jisr al-Zarqa, residents wish for opportunities available in nearby Jewish towns. They wonder if the new government, which includes an Arab party for the first time, will help.


Israel's New Government Is Dealt A Defeat With Vote Over Palestinian Citizenship Law

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

The controversial law would prevent Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza from acquiring residency in Israel, even after they marry Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.


Saudi Arabia Releases Women's Rights Activist Lujain Al-Hathloul From Prison

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Saudi Arabia released activist Lujain al-Hathloul from prison on Wednesday. AlHathloul led the campaign to allow women drivers in the Kingdom.


Saudi Activist Who Led Campaign To Legalize Driving For Women Is Released From Jail

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Loujain al-Hathloul has been held for nearly three years. While she was behind bars, she became an emblem of the struggle for women's rights in Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabia To Release Activist Loujain Alhathloul From Prison

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Saudi Arabia is expected to release women's rights activist Loujain Alhathloul from prison this week, but she will likely continue to be under tight government control.


Christopher Nolan On 'Tenet' And Time, 'The Most Cinematic Of Subjects'

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The director, producer and writer discusses the making of Tenet, directing actors who are moving and talking forwards and backwards, and why he's drawn to exploring time in his films.


Saudi Arabia Under Pressure To Release Women's Activist From Jail As G-20 Summit Nears

Friday, November 13, 2020

The sister of a prominent women's activist in Saudi Arabia is calling for her release from jail before the country hosts the virtual Group of 20 summit, where one of the themes is women's empowerment.


'Swing County, USA' Prepares For Unprecedented Influx Of Ballots By Mail

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Voting by mail is easier now across the U.S. Officials in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, a swing region in a critical state, are making changes to manage the time-consuming process of counting ballots.


Houston's Hip-Hop Scene Remembers George Floyd

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

George Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide protests, was a rapper in Houston earlier in his life. NPR's David Greene speaks with Floyd's former collaborators about his musical past.


What The Civil Rights Movement Of The '60s Can Teach Atlanta Protesters Now

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Atlanta was the cradle of the civil rights movement in the '60s. As protests return to the city — this time in response to the death of George Floyd — what lessons can be taken from the past?