Lauren Frayer

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Some countries are choosing to maintain their ties with Russia

Sunday, March 06, 2022

While most countries have opposed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many others are keeping their Russia ties intact. Their reasons range from practical matters — such as trade — to ideological.


India's ruling party says crime is down. Muslims say they've never felt less safe

Saturday, March 05, 2022

India's Hindu nationalists say they've drastically cut crime in Uttar Pradesh, where key elections are underway. Human rights advocates say there's been a spike in police brutality against minorities.


The Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its 10th day

Saturday, March 05, 2022

An attempted ceasefire in southern Ukraine was intended to allow for the evacuation of two cities. But Russian forces resumed their bombardment before all civilians could get out.


Russian forces in Ukraine attack and seize Europe's largest nuclear power plant

Thursday, March 03, 2022

The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog says there was no release of radioactive material after a projectile hit a building at the plant facility.


Residents of Ukrainian cities describe life under bombardment

Thursday, March 03, 2022

As the fighting in Ukraine enters a second week, Russian and Ukrainian forces are still battling over control of strategic cities.


What the Russian invasion is like for villages in western Ukraine

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Even in the west of Ukraine, far from the Russian invasion, people are on edge and preparing to help in their own way.


Some Ukrainians are returning from abroad to help military efforts in their country

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Some Ukrainians who crossed the border into Poland are returning to Ukraine to enlist in the military and fight Russian invaders.


At Ukraine-Poland border, a backlog of refugees wait in the cold

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Tens of thousands of Ukrainians are crossing the border into Poland, as they try to escape war and an uncertain future in their country.


Up for reelection, Uttar Pradesh's ruling party tells Indian voters crime is down

Thursday, February 24, 2022

India's most populous state has a long reputation for lawlessness. But the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh says it has dramatically reduced crime — and it's running for reelection on that issue.


Controversy brews in India over school dress codes and Muslim headscarves

Monday, February 21, 2022

At a high school in southern India, Muslim girls now have to take off their hijabs inside. Six girls refused and sued — their fight has drawn attention to discrimination against Muslims in India.


Bappi Lahiri, the king of Bollywood disco, dies at 69

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Lahiri famously brought a disco vibe to India's biggest film industry. He composed dozens of hits in the 1970s and '80s — which appeared in many top Bollywood movies.


Marital rape is still legal in India. A court decision could change that

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Women's groups have petitioned the Delhi High Court to close a legal loophole and criminalize marital rape. A decision is expected soon. Men who oppose the petitions have gone on a "marriage strike."


At the Beijing Olympics, a Kashmiri skier will carry India's flag — all by himself

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

When you think of India, you might think of heat and humidity before snow. But India is home to parts of the Himalayan mountains. That's where Olympian Arif Khan first put on skis.


India's Supreme Court steps in after Hindu leaders call for violence against Muslims

Friday, January 21, 2022

Video from a meeting in northern India shows Hindu leaders calling for attacks on Muslims. The crowd included politicians with ties to Prime Minister Modi. Two men have been arrested for hate speech.


Arif Khan aims to put Indian winter sports on the map at the Beijing Olympics

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

India isn't famous for snow sports. Kashmiri ski racer Arif Khan hopes to change that. The first and so far only Indian to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, he crowdfunded trips to Europe to qualify.


COVID is spiking in India, further straining the country's health system

Thursday, January 06, 2022

India's COVID-19 caseload is quickly rising, as omicron threatens the country's already precarious health system.


India blocks foreign funding for Mother Teresa's charity

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The Indian government says it has refused to renew a permit that allows the Missionaries of Charity to use foreign funds to operate orphanages and hospices across the country.


COVID-19 surges are forcing countries around the world to adapt

Friday, December 24, 2021

Health experts worldwide are warning that the battle against the Omicron variant is far from over. Three NPR correspondents provide the latest on the pandemic from Europe and South Asia.


Bangladesh is marking 5 decades since the end of the war that created the country

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Fifty years since its birth, Bangladesh has gone from what U.S. diplomats famously called a "basket case," to a rising economy in Asia. The IMF says its GDP may soon exceed Denmark's.


Encore: Sula Vineyards makes wine in India's unlikely terroir

Monday, December 13, 2021

You may have heard of India's famous beer, Kingfisher. But wine? In the tropics? With spicy curries? Sula Vineyards is India's leading winemaker.