PRI's The World

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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Launched in 1996, PRI's The World, a co-production of WGBH/Boston, Public Radio International, and the BBC World Service. The World's coverage is provided by a global network of international journalists. The program also has access to the 250 BBC correspondents located around the world. Unique in public radio, this network works in concert with the program's multinational team of producers and editors, and brings an exceptional depth of understanding and freshness of perspective to the program content. The result is an award-winning hour of breaking news, in-depth features, hard-hitting commentaries, and thought-provoking interviews found nowhere else in U.S. news coverage. PRI's The World -- international news for an American audience.

Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

No great power is complete without troops, warships and missiles sprinkled around the planet.

Now China is squeaking into an exclusive club — joining America, Russia, France, and few others in operating at least one military base thousands of miles from its home turf.

Behold China’s very first overseas outpost. It’s in Djibouti, a tiny African nation near Ethiopia. This small naval base is about the size of California’s Disneyland Park. It sits on a sun-roasted patch of desert scrubland off the Gulf of Aden, just off the Arabian Sea.

Her family's business was trafficking. But she broke free.

May 22, 2017

Halimot was 15 when she came to England. She says her Aunt Miriam dressed her up "really smart" — in an elegant outfit and sunglasses to hide her eyes.

Because, Aunt Miriam explained, "if they see your eyes, they'll see your fear."

Before they headed to the airport, Halimot grabbed the phone number she’d written on a piece of paper. "I put the number inside a tissue — I wrapped it. And I put it in plastic, and then I put it [under my shirt], so it wouldn’t get wet."

Krista Langlois/PRI

When I met Lenwa Joab in Enid, Oklahoma, last November, her health was already failing. She was 65, with a creased face and gray hair combed back with coconut oil. She sat silently in a wheelchair, watching her husband Ernest sweep a leaf blower across the yard of their brick rental home.

For several years, Lenwa had battled high blood pressure, diabetes, poor vision and, finally, a stroke. The effects were taking their toll. In a voice barely louder than a whisper, she said in her native language that she was tired — i mok — and needed to lie down.

Baz Ratner/Reuters

US President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem Monday to seek ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, a goal that has eluded his predecessors but that he says could be easier than "people have thought."

Trump's visit is part of his first trip abroad as president and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence committed in the name of religion.

Sergii Fedko, Ukraine

A few days ago Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made a Cold War-era joke about today's American media. 

"We used to have a joke in the Soviet Union that there was a newspaper named Pravda, which means 'truth,' and there was no news in there. The Russian word for news is 'izvestia,' and there was the newspaper called Izvestia and there was no pravda, no truth in there," he said. "Truly I get the impression that many US media are working in this vein."