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Today โ€” November 20th 2019NPR World

French Debate Extending Ban On Muslim Headscarf

By Eleanor Beardsley

A parent wearing a headscarf on a school field trip has reignited debate. Some say the headscarf doesn't fit in France's secular society. Others say this conflates the veil with Islamist radicalism.

  • November 20th 2019 at 16:55

'He Helped Save People And You Killed Him': Iraqi Dad Mourns Son Killed In Protests

By Jane Arraf
Khazaal Salih mourns his son, Abbas Salih, a medic who was shot and killed while he was treating a wounded protester in Baghdad. "By God, my son did nothing wrong," says Salih.

"By God, my son did nothing wrong," says Khazaal Salih. His son, Abbas, a medic, was killed while treating a wounded protester. More than 300 Iraqis have been killed during protests in recent weeks.

(Image credit: Jane Arraf/NPR)

  • November 20th 2019 at 16:52

Former U.K. Consulate Staffer In Hong Kong Says He Was Tortured In Mainland China

By Bill Chappell
Simon Cheng, pictured in this poster, went missing on Aug. 9 after visiting the mainland China city of Shenzhen. The Hong Kong citizen and former staff member at the U.K. consulate says he was tortured while being held by Chinese police.

Simon Cheng says he spent days blindfolded and strapped to a "tiger chair" as police tried to extract information. He says they accused him of spying. The Chinese government denies Cheng's claims.

(Image credit: Willy Kurniawan/Reuters)

  • November 20th 2019 at 16:32

A Standoff Between Bolivian Forces And Protesters Turns Deadly

By Philip Reeves

At least three people were killed and nearly two dozen others injured near the Bolivian capital of La Paz when security forces and protesters clashed at a major gas plant.

  • November 20th 2019 at 11:01

News Brief: Impeachment Probe, Rep. Jordan, Torture Accusation

The ambassador to the EU testifies in the impeachment probe. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan has a prominent role in the impeachment inquiry. A Hong Kong citizen says Chinese secret police tortured him.

  • November 20th 2019 at 11:01

Ethiopian Ethnic Group Votes On Whether Its Region Should Secede

By Eyder Peralta

Ethiopia is a hugely diverse nation home to hundreds of ethnic groups. A vote for independence by one of those groups could lead to secession demands elsewhere and test the nation's federalist system.

  • November 20th 2019 at 11:01

Chicago Woman Buys Abandoned Villa In Italy

Meredith Tabbone of Chicago found the deal of a lifetime. She bought a classic Italian villa at auction for around $6,000. The 18th century building was abandoned for more than 100 years.

  • November 20th 2019 at 11:01

Hong Kong Citizen, Who Worked For U.K. Consulate, Says China Tortured Him

By Frank Langfitt

Simon Cheng, a former U.K. Consulate worker, says he was tortured in mainland China in a series of interviews. He says Chinese authorities falsely suspected him of spying for the U.K. in Hong Kong.

  • November 20th 2019 at 11:01

Taliban Release 2 Hostages In Exchange With Afghan Government For 3 Prisoners

By Tom Bowman

The Taliban released two Western hostages who were held for more than three years. The Afghan government released three Taliban prisoners. The move could be a precursor to restarting peace talks.

  • November 19th 2019 at 23:47

Southeast Asia's Largest Lake Is Under Threat And So Is The Greater Mekong Ecosystem

By Michael Sullivan

Southeast Asia's biggest lake is in serious trouble. Drought, dam building and overfishing have brought the Tonle Sap to a tipping point. And as the lake goes, so goes the greater Mekong ecosystem.

  • November 19th 2019 at 23:47

What The Life And Death Of 1 Iraqi Says About The Determination Of Young Protesters

By Jane Arraf

The life and death of one Iraqi protester shows the determination of the young people taking to the streets of Baghdad and other cities.

  • November 19th 2019 at 23:14
Yesterday โ€” November 19th 2019NPR World

25 Stowaways Found In Refrigerated Container On U.K.-Bound Ship

By Merrit Kennedy

Dutch authorities say the people are receiving medical assistance. The Denmark-flagged ship turned around several hours after leaving port.

  • November 19th 2019 at 22:28

Philippines' Duterte Says He Will Ban E-Cigarettes, Threatens To Arrest Vapers

By Paolo Zialcita
A Filipino man uses an e-cigarette outside a Manila mall in 2016. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday a total ban on vaping products.

At a press conference Tuesday, Duterte announced a ban on the use and importation of vaping devices. On Friday, Filipino authorities announced their first case of vape-associated lung injury.

(Image credit: Aaron Favila/AP)

  • November 19th 2019 at 22:03

Hong Kong Standoff At University Grinds On; Protesters Attempt Escape In Sewers

By Merrit Kennedy
Riot police detain a protester on Tuesday near Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where  about 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up.

The numbers of protesters barricaded in has dwindled to about 100, and their food is rapidly depleting after police surrounded the campus on Sunday. Police have arrested about 1,100 in the past day.

(Image credit: Vincent Yu/AP)

  • November 19th 2019 at 21:25

As Tensions Rise Over Defense Costs, U.S. Walks Out Of Talks With South Korea

By Anthony Kuhn
Protesters in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 14 march ahead of a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

The U.S. reportedly is demanding that South Korea pay $5 billion for the coming year. The issue is putting stress not seen in years on the decades-old alliance between the U.S. and South Korea.

(Image credit: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

  • November 19th 2019 at 19:36

In New Book, Journalist Alleges Russian Links To Mysterious Deaths Abroad

By Dave Davies
Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in the G-20 Leaders

BuzzFeed News editor Heidi Blake says Russian agents in Britain killed exiled Russian oligarchs, security officials and others critical of the Kremlin. Her new book is From Russia with Blood.

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

  • November 19th 2019 at 19:17

'From Russia With Blood' Doesn't Capture The Messy Nature Of Russian Politics

By Leonid Ragozin
From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin

Buzzfeed's Heidi Blake fails to support a dubious argument, but the book is worth reading for its recap of more than a dozen murder and suspicious death stories during a two-decade period.

(Image credit: Mulholland Books )

  • November 19th 2019 at 17:10

Toilet Signs Give The Scoop On Pee And Poop

By Melody Schreiber
A German toilet suggests "Please help us divide" — although doesn

In honor of World Toilet Day, here is a sampling of toilet etiquette signage. It's hard to argue with advice like: "Please use a toilet finely."

(Image credit: king of monks/Flickr)

  • November 19th 2019 at 15:59

Swedish Prosecutor Ends Investigation Into Julian Assange Over Rape Claims

By Bill Chappell
Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson says "the evidential situation has been weakened to such an extent" that the inquiry into Julian Assange shouldn

Despite her decision, Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said on Tuesday, "I would like to emphasize that the injured party has submitted a credible and reliable version of events."

(Image credit: Jessica Gow /TT News Agency/Reuters)

  • November 19th 2019 at 14:49

Police Threaten Live Ammunition Against Hong Kong Protesters

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to former Hong Kong police officer Clement Lai, who runs a private security company, about the tactics the police force are using to counter demonstrators.

  • November 19th 2019 at 13:43
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