American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine

Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for VICE News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. He is reportedly safe and in good health.

Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History

The City of Chester, which sank in 1888 after colliding with the liner Oceanic, has been found. At the time, false reports that the other ship's Chinese crew failed to assist stoked racial hatred.

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Food Tech Leaves Rural People Behind

Technology enhanced food production has come a long way, but nearly an eighth of the population still suffers from chronic hunger. The United Nations' Kanayo Nwanze discusses what might help.

Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change

A standoff over sovereignty of an island chain that Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu has been a source of deep tension between the two countries in recent years.

Snoopy, Garfield And Friends Go Bald For Kids With Cancer

Kids don't want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they've lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty's gone bald, too, maybe it won't feel so bad.

Saddened Students Return To Ferry Disaster Victims' School

More bodies were recovered Thursday from the ship, which sank last week. So far, at least 171 deaths have been confirmed. Another 131 people, many of them students from one school, remain missing.

British Men Win Equal-Pay Claim Against University

At issue was how much money the 18 men – carpenters, plumbers and caretakers – employed by the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, made compared with female workers on the same pay scale.

No Breakthrough: 'Object Of Interest' Isn't From Missing Jet

A large piece of metal was found this week along the coast of western Australia. But authorities are convinced it is not debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8.

Three Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital

Authorities say an Afghan security guard opened fire. One victim was a doctor from Chicago. The other two were reportedly a father and son. Another U.S. citizen is said to have been hurt.

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U.S. Ramps Up Aid To Syrian Rebels

The U.S. is increasing both arms and training assistance to the Syrian rebels. Advocates of the program say they hope to change the situation on the ground, others doubt it will help much.

Discovering Lost Sounds

April 24, 2014
The sound of a guillotine used for executions, like this one on display at a museum in Rudesheim, Germany, is one of the many "lost sounds" being preserved by Torsten Nilsson. His "preserved" sounds can be heard at the Museum of Work in Norrköping, Sweden. (FarinelliMoi/Flickr)

Ever wonder what a guillotine sounded like? At the Museum of Work in Sweden, such “lost sounds” are being preserved.

Sherpas And The Everest Avalanche

April 24, 2014
A Buddhist monk lights the funeral pyre of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, during his funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014.  (AP)

A Sherpa boycott on Everest after a deadly avalanche. We’ll look at climbing, culture, life, death and money at the top of the world.

Montreal Canadiens’ 3-D Pregame Show Combines Fire And Ice

April 23, 2014

During their series with Tampa Bay, the Montreal Canadiens unveiled a new pregame video that turns the ice into a 3-D video screen and culimnates in a raging digital inferno. OAG’s Zoë Sobel looks into the production.

DJ Sessions: From Europe, With Love

April 23, 2014
Lars Christian Olsen is the front man of Norweigian band Tôg. (Tonje Thilesen)

KCRW’s Travis Holcombe brings us sounds from Norway and France, including Todd Terje, Tôg, Katerine and Jamaica.

South Korean Ferry Disaster: One Survivor’s Story

April 23, 2014
Boats and cranes surround the site of the submerged 'Sewol' ferry off the coast of Jindo on April 21, 2014. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

BBC correspondent Lucy Williamson went to the holiday island of Jeju to meet one of the survivors of the disaster.

U.S. Troops Begin Military Exercises In Eastern Europe

April 23, 2014

Tensions remain high between the governments in Kiev and Moscow, with Russia conducting its own military drills on the Ukrainian border.

Big Pharma Deals Could Reshape Drug Industry

April 23, 2014

We look at the deals between Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and others, and what they could mean for the industry.

Kenyan Author’s Missing Chapter: Being Openly Gay

April 23, 2014
Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina is pictured on January 27, 2014, in Nairobi. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

Acclaimed memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina talks about his writing, Africa today and his new life as an openly gay man.

Sherpas Walk Out From Everest Base Camp

April 23, 2014
Mount Everest as seen from an aircraft from airline company Drukair in Bhutan. (Wikimedia Commons)

On Mount Everest today, dozens of Sherpas packed up their gear and left base camp, after a lack of response to their demands.

Obama Begins Asia Trip With Reassurance For Japanese

April 23, 2014

The trip comes amid concerns in the region about the rise of China, and about Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Tension Remain High In Ukraine

April 22, 2014

In the pro-Russian stronghold of Lugansk, Natalia Antelava reports on the debate between those loyal to Kiev and those loyal to Moscow.

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