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Comedian Bassem Youssef Tests Freedom of Speech in the New Egypt

Last Updated by Marco Werman on

The arrest of Egyptian satirist Bassem Yousef over the weekend made us ask how freedom of expression has evolved in the nations affected by the Arab Spring. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with middle east expert, Michael Wahid Hanna at the Century Foundation.

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Did Trump commit treason in Helsinki?

Last Updated by Matthew Bell on

There's a serious word that's been thrown around a lot since Donald Trump held a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. It's the word "treason." The thing is, Trump is not guilty of treason as the US Constitution defines the term.

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Climate change is contributing to the migration of Central American refugees

Last Updated by Adam Wernick on

Migration isn't caused just by violence and failing governments: Climate-related problems such as drought, extreme storms and excessive heat have pushed many small farmers in Central America to leave their land and head north.

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The 2018 farm bill stirs conflict and controversy

Last Updated by Adam Wernick on

The House and the Senate could have trouble reconciling their two very different versions of the 2018 farm bill.

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The humpback whale population is recovering

Last Updated by Adam Wernick on

Melting Antarctic ice has led to an abundance of krill and with all that food, humpback whales are thriving, with high rates of pregnancy. The question is: How long can this last?

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As Trump-Putin summit looms, Russia eyes its return to global power status

Last Updated by Charles Maynes on

How is the Kremlin viewing the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin? It's Russia’s symbolic return from international isolation to a global powerbroker and America needs to negotiate once more.

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President Trump goes to Europe — and satirists have a field day

Last Updated by Carol Hills on

Satirists love US President Donald Trump and his journey to Europe and Britain has provided a non-stop supply of comments, gestures and tweets for satirists to lampoon.

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In Paraguay, fighting for women’s rights means fighting the past

Last Updated by Rupa Shenoy on

Thirty years after a US-backed dictator was overthrown, Paraguayan women still struggle under the oppression he imposed.

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French national soccer players of immigrant ancestry face harsher critics at the World Cup

Last Updated by Stephen Schmidt on

The synergy that has propelled the French national team to the title game in the most recent World Cup in Russia has been colorblind — but French citizens and fans have not.

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Philadelphia ice cream is a luxury in China ... with a scoop of import tax

Last Updated by Jason Margolis on

What's it like to deal with a tariff? Ask a Philadelphia ice cream maker who exports to China.

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The story behind why Paraguay followed the US and moved its embassy to Jerusalem

Last Updated by Rupa Shenoy on

Jews who fled Europe after WWII are still influencing Paraguay and the country's relationship with Israel today.

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In Mexico City, if you want cheese in your quesadilla, you have to ask

Last Updated by Maya Kroth on

What do you mean, a quesadilla doesn’t always come with cheese? What else is a quesadilla if not a tortilla plus cheese?

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This mother and daughter have been reunited, but there is still much of their life they need to put back together

Last Updated by Rupa Shenoy on

Sandy González-García and her mother Angélica were separated for 55 days. Back together now, they still have a lot to work out about their new lives in the US.

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An iconic image challenged the politics of Cuban Americans

Last Updated by Julienne Gage on

Photographer Alan Díaz died on Tuesday at age 71. His 2000 image of the Cuban boy Elián González being taken by force from his American relatives endures.

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This Afropop band's founders are both refugees from Africa, but they met on a Vermont soccer field

Last Updated by April Peavey, Rupa Shenoy on

The name of the Afropop band A2VT stands for Africa to Vermont. Based in Burlington, Vermont, the band's founders were originally refugees from Africa.

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