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Danish Communities Integrate Refugees As Politicians Debate Limits

As Denmark's politicians debate how many asylum seekers to let in, the country is working to better integrate the refugees already there.

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Now Counted By Their Country, Afro-Mexicans Grab Unprecedented Spotlight

For the first time its history, Mexico announced it would recognize people of African descent on its official census. What does it mean for Afro-Mexicans themselves — and why has it taken so long?

Backed By Russia, Syrian Troops Advance In A Major Battle For Aleppo

The Russian airstrikes have emboldened President Bashar Assad's army to press a major offensive in a crucial city. Thousands of civilians have fled and are massing at the nearby Turkish border.

North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

Pyongyang says its launch is for an "observation satellite," but many nations view the launch as a concealed long-range missile test. So far, there has been no damage to boats or planes in the area.

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New Western Wall Rules Break Down Barriers For Jewish Women

Israel has made a deal to create an area at Judaism's holiest site where women and men can pray together. But some say creating a government-supported egalitarian prayer space undermines unity.

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U.S. To Amp Up NATO Presence Against Russia

The Obama administration is planning to sharply increase spending on U.S. forces in Europe to train near NATO's eastern edge. Russia's neighbors are pleased.

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A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries

Daring visual artists, whose edgy work challenges religious and political taboos, have become a critical voice in the conservative kingdom — where open calls for reform are a criminal offense.

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DEA Arrests Connect Hezbollah Militants To South American Cartels

Scott Simon asks scholar Matthew Levitt about links between South American drug cartels and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

After Ebola, Surf's Up Again In Liberia

Aid workers introduced kids to the sport. Now there's an annual competition — canceled last year because of Ebola but back in 2016.

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Who Is Moscow's Favorite Among The U.S. Presidential Candidates?

The official line in Russia is that it doesn't matter who wins in November, since it won't change what the Kremlin sees as Washington's anti-Russia stance. But some candidates are better than others.

Chinese New Year Brings Celebration, Horrific Travel Conditions

February 5, 2016
Passengers crowd the Shanghai Hongqiao railway station as they wait to board their trains to head to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year holiday, in Shanghai on February 3, 2016. Over 2.9 billion trips will be made around China during the 40-day "Spring Festival" travel rush, which kicked off on January 24, Chinese authorities estimated. The Spring Festival, this year being the Year of the Monkey, China's most important holiday centering around family reunions, will fall on February 8. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Long and crowded journeys are ahead for those returning home to ring in the Year of the Monkey.

Brazil Warns Zika Virus Could Be Transmitted Via Urine, Saliva

February 5, 2016
A medical researcher works on results of tests for various diseases, including Zika, at the Gorgas Memorial laboratory Panama City, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Panamanian authorities announced Monday that 50 cases of the Zika virus infection have been detected in Panama's sparsely populated Guna Yala indigenous area along the Caribbean coast where they are conducting an aggressive campaign to contain the spread of the virus. (Arnulfo Franco/AP)

Researchers found active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples, meaning it might be possible to transmit it through those fluids.

Pope To Meet Russian Orthodox Leader After 1,000-Year Estrangement

February 5, 2016
At left, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill is pictured on November 14, 2014 at Belgrade's cathedral. At right, Pope Francis arrives at St. Peter's Basilica for the Christmas Night Mass on December 24, 2015. (Andrej Isakovic, Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

The Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church split during what was called the Great Schism of 1054.

Week In The News: Cruz Wins Iowa, Clinton Edges Sanders, Zika 'Emergency'

February 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Documentary On Slain Journalist James Foley To Debut On HBO

February 4, 2016
Journalist James Foley of Rochester, N.H. poses for a photo in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The story of Foley’s captivity and death hit home in New England — where many of his friends and family still live.

World Leaders Pledge $10 Billion To Help Syrians

February 4, 2016
Two children whose school was bombed in Aleppo pose in a mock-up meant to symbolize a destroyed classroom, set up by charity Save the Children outside the Houses of Parliament in London on February 3, 2016 on the eve of a donor conference aiming to raise money for the millions of Syrians hit by the country's civil war and a refugee crisis. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

Leaders attending an international donors’ conference committed almost $6 billion for 2016, with the rest to be handed over by 2020.

Record $9 Billion Requested For Syria Aid

February 4, 2016
Two children whose school was bombed in Aleppo pose in a mock-up meant to symbolize a destroyed classroom, set up by charity Save the Children outside the Houses of Parliament in London on February 3, 2016 on the eve of a donor conference aiming to raise money for the millions of Syrians hit by the country's civil war and a refugee crisis. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

An international donor conference kicking off in London today comes as the latest peace talks were suspended.

Indian Court Reopens Gay Sex Case

February 3, 2016
Indian gay rights activists celebrate after the country's Supreme Court agreed to review a decision which criminalises gay sex in New Delhi on February 2, 2016. India's top court agreed to review a decision which criminalises gay sex, sparking hope among campaigners that the colonial-era law will eventually be overturned in the world's biggest democracy. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A panel of judges will reconsider its 2013 ruling that only India’s parliament can change the 1861 law criminalizing gay sex.

Puerto Rico Health Officials Mobilize To Halt Zika Virus Infections

February 3, 2016
Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. (Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

There are at least 19 confirmed cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico, which is causing alarm among public health officials there.

China Makes A $43 Billion Bid For Syngenta

February 3, 2016
Chinese Ren Jianxin (Left), Chairman of ChemChina gestures next to Michel Demare, Chairman of Swiss farm chemicals giant Syngenta during a press conference to present Syngenta's annual results at the company's headquarters in Basel on February 3, 2016 State-owned China National Chemical Corp on February 3, 2016 offered $43 billion in an agreed takeover for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta, in what would be by far the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. ( MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images)

ChemChina, China’s state-owned chemical corporation, is making an offer on the Swiss seeds and pesticides company.

Peace Talks For Syria

February 3, 2016
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather where three bombs exploded in Sayyda Zeinab, a predominantly Shiite Muslim suburb of the Syrian capital, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, overshadowing an already shaky start to what are meant to be indirect Syria peace talks. (SANA via AP)

The desperate bid to negotiate an end to Syria’s civil war. Fragile talks in Geneva. We’ll dig in.

The New Global Tax Shelter Is Closer Than You Might Imagine

February 2, 2016
Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney, right, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, second right, announce a settlement with two large banks at a news conference, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in New York. Barclays and Credit Suisse will pay a combined $154.3 million to settle state and federal investigations that they misled clients about the safety of trading on their "dark pool" financial exchanges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Is the United States the next, new, big hidden-money tax haven? Money is moving from Switzerland and the Cayman Islands to the U.S.A.

WHO Declares Emergency Over Microcephaly — Condition Possibly Linked To Zika Virus

February 1, 2016
Gleyse Kelly da Silva, 27, holds her daughter Maria Giovanna, who was born with microcephaly, outside their house in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (Felipe Dana/AP)

Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, declared the microcephaly outbreak a global emergency.

Syrian Peace Talks Begin In Earnest

February 1, 2016
United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura (center left) sits facing Syria's main opposition group during Syrian peace talks at the UN Offices in Geneva on February 1, 2016. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Critics argue that without the Kurdish minority at the table, these talks may have a difficult time resulting in anything substantive.

From 14 Cases To 4 Million: The Insidious Spread Of Zika Virus

February 1, 2016
Alice Vitoria Gomes Bezerra, 3 months old, who has microcephaly, is held by her mother Nadja Cristina Gomes Bezerra on January 31, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. The ailment results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders including decreased brain development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus outbreak is likely to spread throughout nearly all the Americas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The World Health Organization has declared that Zika virus is a global health emergency of international concern.

Why Donald Trump Will Be The Next FIFA President

January 30, 2016
Elections for the new president of FIFA are coming up in just under a month. Could Donald Trump be suited for the job? (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

While the U.S. Presidential hopefuls are getting ready for the first primary ballots to be cast, another heavily contested election is heating up across the globe — the race to replace Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA. Bill Littlefield examines the parallels between the two contests.

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