News: World

Opinion: I’m shocked by the racist cartoons and travel bans sparked by omicron
Ifeanyi Nsofor | December 7, 2021
An excerpt of an apology made by Bangkok Post on Dec. 4. The Thai media outlet apologized for using racist language in a headline on a Dec. 2 story about the omicron variant. The headline read, "Government hunts for African visitors."Screenshot by NPR Editor's Note: Warning, some of these images ...
Biden warns Putin he’ll face tough sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine
Brian Naylor | December 7, 2021
President Biden meets virtually with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.Adam Schultz | Adam Schultz/The White House via AP Updated December 7, 2021 at 6:45 PM ET President Biden on Tuesday held a two-hour-long video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and warned him that if he decides to invade ...
Maduro’s grip on power in Venezuela only gets stronger
John Otis | December 7, 2021
Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro speaks to the press at Miraflores Presidential Palace in in Caracas, Venezuela, on Oct. 15.Ariana Cubillos | AP CARACAS, Venezuela — A new cartoon on Venezuelan state TV portrays President Nicolás Maduro as a caped crusader who fights Yankee imperialism with an iron fist. It's called ...
Why is the Biden administration increasing the cost of building houses?
Greg Rosalsky | December 7, 2021
Drew Angerer | Getty Images The average American home is now more expensive than it's ever been. For homeowners, that's probably great news. For renters and would-be homebuyers, it's a calamity. A big part of the reason for surging prices is a lack of new housing supply. And to build ...
Uyghur organizations applaud the U.S. diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics
Jonathan Franklin | December 6, 2021
Activists rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles last month, calling for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics due to concerns over China's human rights record.Frederic J. Brown | AFP via Getty Images Uyghur rights organizations are applauding the U.S. government's decision not to send ...
Citing humanitarian abuses, U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
Alana Wise | December 6, 2021
Women practice a dance routine on Oct. 27 in front of a large countdown screen showing 100 days before the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.Kevin Frayer | Getty Images Updated December 6, 2021 at 3:13 PM ET The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representatives ...
Carbon trading gets a green light from the U.N., and Brazil hopes to earn billions
Dan Charles | December 6, 2021
Activists protesting "greenwashing," in which a company or government appears to do more for the environment than it is, gather outside the JP Morgan premises near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit.Alastair Grant | AP Carbon emissions trading is poised to go global, and billions of dollars — maybe even trillions ...
Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 years
The Associated Press | December 6, 2021
A Myanmar court on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years for incitement and breaking virus restrictions. In this photo from December 2019, Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice on the second day of three days of hearings in The ...
A mass COVID grave in Peru has left families bereft — and fighting for reburial
Jason Beaubien | December 4, 2021
Margarita Ahuanari, left, and Karina Ahuanari look at posters of their mother. The images were placed where they think she was buried at the mass grave that was later renamed the COVID-19 Cemetery in Iquitos.Angela Ponce for NPR When Karina Ahuanari's mother Teresa died of COVID on April 24, 2020, ...
A discomfort with Western liberalism is growing in Eastern Europe
Joanna Kakissis | December 4, 2021
Laszlo Magas (left) and Laszlo Nagy stand near the Hungary-Austria border, which young protesters opened in 1989. Both men were anti-communists during the Soviet period and sought an opening to the West.Joanna Kakissis for NPR BUDAPEST, Hungary — When President Biden greets scores of nations at his virtual "Summit for ...