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Today โ€” September 18th 2019NPR World

China Used Twitter To Disrupt Hong Kong Protests, But Efforts Began Years Earlier

By Daniel Wood
Graph showing twitter activity from banned accounts in the last year.

Social media networks banned hundreds of thousands of accounts last month. In NPR's assessment of the data, telling details begin to depict large disinformation campaigns.

(Image credit: Daniel Wood/NPR)

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:48

Gates Foundation's Humanitarian Award To India's Modi Is Sparking Outrage

By Malaka Gharib
In this March 28 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a campaign rally in Meerut. One of his efforts as prime minister has been to construct millions of toilets to reduce open defecation.

The Indian prime minister is cited for the millions of toilets his government has built in rural India. Activists say his human rights record should disqualify him.

(Image credit: Altaf Qadri/AP)

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:08

Afghan Presidential Rally Targeted In One Of Two Attacks In Afghanistan

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with The Washington Post's Pamela Constable about two blasts in Afghanistan Tuesday, one targeting a rare public appearance of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:29

Using AI In Malawi To Save Elephants

By Dina Temple-Raston

Poachers killed almost a third of the African elephant population between 2007 and 2014, a recent census found. Researchers hope artificial intelligence can help stop poachers and other threats, too.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:29

Understanding The Latest In Iran-Saudi Tensions

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Iran expert Ali Vaez about the view from Tehran on the recent airstrikes in Saudi Arabia that have left the kingdom's oil production crippled. Iran denies involvement.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:29

Israeli Voters Go To The Polls As Netanyahu Fights To Stay In Office

By Daniel Estrin

Israelis vote on Tuesday in the country's second parliamentary election in less than six months. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to remain in power.

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:29
Yesterday โ€” September 17th 2019NPR World

U.S. Satellites Detected Iran Readying Weapons Ahead Of Saudi Strike, Officials Say

By Bill Chappell
Smoke was seen billowing from an Aramco facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, after it came under attack on Saturday.

Pentagon officials tell NPR that U.S. intelligence regards the activity as "circumstantial evidence" that Iran launched the strike from its own soil.

(Image credit: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters)

  • September 17th 2019 at 18:41

Gates Foundation Says World Not On Track To Meet Goal Of Ending Poverty By 2030

By Nurith Aizenman
In Mumbai, some prosperous neighborhoods sit alongside slums. This year

The foundation has just released its annual report on progress toward Sustainable Development Goals. The conclusion: Inequality is rampant, and it's time for some hard choices.

(Image credit: @johnny_miller_photography)

  • September 17th 2019 at 17:59

In South Korea, Anguish Over Deaths Of North Korean Defectors Who May Have Starved

By Anthony Kuhn
A man sets up portraits of North Korean defector Han Seong-ok and her 6-year-old son, who are believed to have died from starvation, at a makeshift shrine in downtown Seoul on Aug. 28.

A mother and her young son were found dead in July, apparently of starvation. The case has refocused attention on the circumstances of defectors, who often struggle to start new lives in the South.

(Image credit: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

  • September 17th 2019 at 17:32

Bombing At Afghan President's Campaign Rally Kills At Least 26

By Bill Chappell
Afghan police inspect the site of a bombing in Parwan province, where Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was speaking at a campaign rally. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, occurred as President Ashraf Ghani was making a rare personal appearance. Due to security concerns, he gives many speeches through his laptop.

(Image credit: Rahmat Gul/AP)

  • September 17th 2019 at 13:58

Mexico Aims To Reduce Corruption With A New Legal System

By Tyche Hendricks

Mexico is overhauling its judicial system to try to improve public security and the administration of justice. To that end, a group of law professors from Mexico are studying California courts.

  • September 17th 2019 at 13:22

Likely Some Iranian Involvement In Saudi Oil Attack, Sen. Murphy Says

NPR's David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut about how the U.S. should respond to escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. NPR's Greg Myre weighs in on the topic.

  • September 17th 2019 at 13:15

As Israel Holds Election, Netanyahu Urges Supporters To Vote

By Bill Chappell
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, cast their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

In the second election in just five months, Israel's longest-serving prime minister is hoping to eke out a governing coalition. Once again, he faces a tough battle with a centrist rival.

(Image credit: Heidi Levine/AP)

  • September 17th 2019 at 12:09

Israeli Election To Decide Netanyahu's Political Future

By Daniel Estrin

Israelis head to the polls for the second time in six months after the country's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, failed to build a majority in parliament.

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09

News Brief: Drone Attack, Lewandowski Hearing, Israeli Election

By Noel King

Who is responsible for the attack on a Saudi oil facility? President Trump's ex-campaign manager will appear before a House panel. Israelis go to the polls for a second election in less than 6 months.

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09

Young Political Activists Caught Up In Russia's Criminal Justice System

By Lucian Kim

A 21-year-old political science student in Moscow is facing up to five years in prison for taking part in opposition protests. His case has rallied a new generation of Russians.

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09

Investors Are On Edge After Drone Attack Hits Saudi-Owned Aramco

NPR's Noel King talks to Ellen Wald, author of Saudi, Inc., which explores Aramco and the history of the Saudi energy industry. Before the weekend drone attack, bankers were working on Aramco's IPO.

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09

Outside Experts See Iran's Hand In Attack On Saudi Oil Facility

By Geoff Brumfiel

Independent analysts say the evidence available suggests Iran played a role in the weekend attack. The question is how big that role might be.

(Image credit: U.S. government/Digital Globe/AP)

  • September 17th 2019 at 00:43
Before yesterdayNPR World

Saudi Arabia May Rethink IPO For State-Owned Oil Company After Attacks

By Jackie Northam

Saudi Arabia had been planning to sell off a slice of its state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, in a massive IPO. But last weekend's aerial attacks on Saudi oil facilities may scare off investors.

  • September 16th 2019 at 22:22

The Legacy Of Robert Mugabe

By Eyder Peralta

Zimbabwe remembers Robert Mugabe, its liberator and longtime tyrant, and looks ahead at more troubled times.

  • September 16th 2019 at 22:22
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