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Today โ€” April 20th 2018NPR World

Saudi Arabia Is Lifting Its Longtime Ban On Movie Theaters

By Jackie Northam

Saudi Arabia is ending a three-decade ban on cinema. Black Panther screened for an invitation-only crowd last night. A look at Saudi showbiz finds filmakers eager to light up the big screen.

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:31

Cuban-Americans Discuss Their Hopes And Expectations For Cuba's New President

As Cuba transitions to a new president, hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans look on from afar. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Cuban-American filmmaker LeAnne Russell about how the younger generation sees the island's succession of power.

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:31

What Cuba's New President Hopes To Accomplish

By Carrie Kahn

Cuba's new president, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez took office Thursday promising to defend the Castro legacy, but he also pledged reforms aimed at modernizing the island nation's economy.

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:31
Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018NPR World

Russia Works To Rescue The Lost Children Of ISIS Fighters

By Samantha Raphelson
Young people take a photo in front of the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, known as the "Heart of Chechnya," and large letters reading "I love Grozny" in central Grozny, Russia, in 2017.

The government-backed effort seeks to reunite the wives and children of ISIS fighters with family in Russia. Many of the thousands of Russian Muslim men who joined ISIS were killed in the fighting.

(Image credit: Kirill Kudryavtsev /AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 19th 2018 at 20:22

Cuba, Long Led By Castros, Hails A New President Outside The Family

By Colin Dwyer
The man who now leads Cuba: Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, 57. The Communist Party operative, seen here in Santa Clara last month, was elected president of the island nation Thursday.

When Raúl Castro passed Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez the job, the Communist Party stalwart became Cuba's first president not named Castro in decades. But don't expect radical reforms.

(Image credit: Alejandro Ernesto/AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 19th 2018 at 18:23

Veterans-Turned-Brewers Help Others Who Served Develop New Skills

By Rebecca Sheir
Steve Gagner fills one of the first barrels of bourbon from Danger Close Craft Distilling in St. Albans, Vt.

Vermont veterans cook up a brewery and a bourbon distillery that not only lifts spirits, but gives back to the community and creates a model that may encourage other vets to try entrepreneurship.

(Image credit: Zachariah Fike )

  • April 19th 2018 at 17:35

Sanctions Targeting North Korea Ripple Into Russia

By Lucian Kim
Vladimir Baranov is still hoping to find passengers for the Man Gyong Bong ferry between Vladivostok and the North Korean port of Rajin, including Russian and Chinese tourists. But he can soon forget about the region

Sanctions require Russia to expel about 30,000 North Korean migrant workers. In this city in Russia's Far East, some business owners say they will be sorely missed.

(Image credit: Yuri Smityuk/TASS via Getty Images)

  • April 19th 2018 at 16:19

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin On Pompeo

There are questions about whether CIA Director Mike Pompeo can earn enough support to be confirmed as secretary of state. Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep.

  • April 19th 2018 at 13:09

Cuba's New President

By Carrie Kahn

Cuba is poised for a new leader to take over. For the first time in almost 60 years, it won't be a member of the Castro family.

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

Conservative View On Mike Pompeo At State

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is President Trump's pick for secretary of state. NPR's David Greene talks with Noah Rothman, writer for Commentary, about Pompeo's qualifications.

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

News Brief: Cuba Without Castro, Trump And Kim, Missouri Gov. Greitens

By Carrie Kahn

Cuba is preparing for a new leader. Raul Castro is expected to hand over the presidency to a younger successor. Also, President Trump spoke on Wednesday about a possible meeting with Kim Jong Un.

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

Trump And North Korea Update

By Mara Liasson

We have the latest on President Trump's meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and plans for a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

Facebook To Offer Users Opt-Outs That Comply With New European Privacy Rules

By Scott Neuman
Tabs on a Facebook app for, "Privacy Basics, More Settings, and Data Policy," are displayed on an iPhone.

The social media giant will ask users worldwide if they want to continue sharing data for ads as well as personal information such as political and religious leanings and relationship information.

(Image credit: Mark Lennihan/AP)

  • April 19th 2018 at 08:50

France's Macron Likely To Meet Resistance From Merkel On European Reform Proposals

By Esme Nicholson
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels last month.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits Berlin Thursday, amid differences between him and German Chancellor Angela Merkel over eurozone reforms.

(Image credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 19th 2018 at 00:28

Trump Says He Will Walk Out If North Korea Meeting Not 'Fruitful'

By Scott Horsley
President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a news conference at Trump

President Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed reporters Wednesday evening after talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

(Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

  • April 18th 2018 at 22:59
Before yesterdayNPR World

Cuba Will Soon Be Led By Someone Who Is Not A Castro

By Carrie Kahn

For the first time since 1959, the communist island of Cuba will not be run by a Castro. On Thursday, Raúl Castro will hand the presidency over to a successor, widely believed to be First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

  • April 18th 2018 at 22:22

With End Of Castro Era In Sight, Cuba Prepares To Pass Power To New Generation

By Colin Dwyer
Cuban President Raul Castro waves to the room as First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Castro

Raul Castro, who has led Cuba since his brother Fidel retired in 2008, will leave the presidency Thursday. And he has a successor in mind: Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who is 30 years his junior.

(Image credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 18th 2018 at 22:11

Erdogan Calls Snap Elections In Turkey, And State Of Emergency Is Extended

By Colin Dwyer
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets members of his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara earlier this year.

The votes will be held June 24, likely under a state of emergency and more than a year earlier than expected. The move hastens the implementation of reforms granting the presidency broad new powers.

(Image credit: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 18th 2018 at 21:41

Chasing A New Way To Prevent HIV: Passive Immunization

By Richard Knox
A child is tested for HIV in Johannesburg, South Africa. A single injection of antibodies that target HIV is being developed and analyzed.

The idea is to inject anti-HIV antibodies that would kill the virus when people get exposed. A new study is promising — although it was conducted on monkeys.

(Image credit: Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

  • April 18th 2018 at 19:41

After U.N. Team Comes Under Fire, Not Clear When Inspectors Will Enter Douma

By Camila Domonoske
Syrian state media said Tuesday that inspectors with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had entered the town of Douma. A day later, the OPCW said that hadn

Syrian state media said Tuesday that international inspectors had entered the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack. But the chemical weapons watchdog group OPCW now says that's not true.

(Image credit: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

  • April 18th 2018 at 18:28
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