World

Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce

The shootout took place at a checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Japan's Competitive Poets Know How To Turn A Phrase

Each spring, Japan is consumed by a contest for style of poetry called Senryu. The poems are just three spare lines about the trials and tribulations of daily life.

Weekend Edition Sunday

S. Korean Community Waits And Prays For Its Missing Students

It's been a week of tragedy for the community of Ansan, an industrial town near Seoul. Many of the high school teenagers who sank with the South Korean ferry last week attended high school there.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Measures Of Change After Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse

One year ago, 1,100 garment workers were killed when a Bangladesh factory collapsed. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Steven Greenhouse, labor reporter for The New York Times, about what has changed.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge?

Most Ukrainians are primarily Orthodox Christians, and Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. Many in the country are hoping the holiday will calm current tensions.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve

An internationally recognized conservationist is recovering after he was attacked in the Democratic Republic of Congo. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Allard Blom of the World Wildlife Fund.

Relatives Grieve As Divers Pull Bodies From S. Korean Ferry

The grim recovery operation off South Korea continues Sunday. Police boats brought bodies ashore to the deafening cries and screams of family members.

All Things Considered

The Players In The Battle For India's Soul

The numbers from India's election are staggering: 814 million potential voters, nine stages of voting over six weeks. They are the biggest in the world. Correspondent Julie McCarthy talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the candidates vying for power.

All Things Considered

Russia's Military: Threatening Enough To Avoid Using Force?

Russia is in the middle of a planned upgrade and expansion of its military forces, but global affairs professor Mark Galeotti tells NPR's Arun Rath that Russia's military has its limits.

Remembering The Magical Realism Of Gabriel García Márquez

April 21, 2014
In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP)

Gabriel García Márquez and his spell of magical realism. We’ll cast it again, in remembrance.

Pope Francis, Huge Crowd Joyously Celebrate Easter

April 20, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity’s most joyous day, Pope Francis stood under sunny skies before a flock so numerous they overflowed the flower-bedecked St. Peter’s Square.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Tourney Offers Olympic Preview

April 19, 2014
Hong Kong Stadium. (Charlie Schroeder/Only A Game)

Rugby Sevens makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics. It’s a fast-paced, often high-scoring version of the game, with seven players a side, not the usual 15. Charlie Schroeder visits one of the world’s biggest “sevens” tournaments in Hong Kong.

Obama’s Asian Trade Mission Faces Obstacles At Home

April 18, 2014

Critics say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be harmful to the environment, prescription drug prices, Internet access and U.S. jobs.

Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine Reject Disarm Deal

April 18, 2014
A man wearing a military fatigue stands guard outside a regional administration building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 18. Pro-Russian rebels kept their grip on seized government buildings in Ukraine on Friday, a day after Kiev struck a deal with Russia and the West in Geneva on April 17. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Getty Images)

A tense standoff continues in Kiev today despite diplomats reaching a deal in Geneva yesterday.

With Easter Approaching, Christians Targeted In Syria

April 18, 2014
A look at the damage inside the Mar Sarkis Greek Catholic monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, northeast of Damascus, after Syrian government forces took control of the town from rebel fighters, a day after President Bashar al-Assad said the three-year old civil war was turning in his favor. Violence against Christians and destruction of churches has escalated in Syria. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Christians are fleeing the country, but one Jesuit priest has decided to stay behind.

Hundreds Still Missing In South Korea Ferry Disaster

April 18, 2014
South Korean rescue workers search for missing passengers near the buoy installed to mark a capsized ferry at sea off Jindo on April 18. Divers renewed efforts today to access the capsized ferry. Of the 400 people who were on board, 200 are still missing. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

As rescue workers search for about 270 passengers still missing, an arrest warrant has been issued for the captain.

Week In The News: Putin On Ukraine And A ‘New Russia,’ A Ferry Down, Economic Questions

April 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jane Goodall Plants ‘Seeds Of Hope’

April 17, 2014
Jane Goodall's new book "Seeds of Hope" is part memoir, part history of the plant world. (David Holloway)

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

Voting Continues In World’s Biggest Democracy

April 17, 2014
Indian voters are processed so they can cast their ballot at a local polling station in the village of Sambhar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, on April 17. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

In terms of seats up for grabs – 122 – it’s the biggest day of polling in the six-week long process.

Experienced Captain Says South Korean Ferry Should Have Evacuated

April 17, 2014
South Korean Coast Guard and rescue teams search for missing passengers at the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island on April 17, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

A captain with 20 years of command experience weighs in on the ferry disaster, as the search for hundreds of missing continues.

Most Popular