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Misha Friedman

Touring the grounds of Mezhyhirya, the lavish former estate of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, can be an odd experience.

From a main house built to resemble an oversized Finnish hunting lodge to acres of manicured gardens to a gladiator themed boxing ring, visitors are in for a first-hand look at what millions of tax dollars can buy.

Scott Audette/Reuters

Stronger together?

That's Hillary Clinton's theme as Democrats are in Philadelphia this week. But these images show a few bumps in the party — and unifying moments — on the eve of its presidential nomination. 

Day One of the convention got off to a rocky start with the annoucment that Debbie Wasserman Schultz would resign as head of the Democratic Natonal Convention after hackers breached the DNC's servers, revealing emails with a pro-Clinton bias.

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Move over, Elsa. There's a new Disney princess in town.

Her name is Elena, and she hails from Avalor — a fictional place that draws from several real-world cultures.

Elena is Latina. Which makes her the animation giant's first-ever Latina princess.

That's a big deal for Latino kids, who are for the first time, with "Elena of Avalor," seeing a Disney leading lady who resembles them. But for writer Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Elena isn't a complete success.

Emma Jacobs

Protests are growing in France over the death of a young black man in police custody. The family of Adama Traoré has repeatedly challenged the official explanations of his death in a town outside Paris. Authorities first said he died from a heart attack; later, that he had a severe infection.

“My brother was killed,” his sister, Assa Traoré, said last week. She noted that her brother died on his 24th birthday.  

“He died in atrocious conditions, alone, without us,” she said. “I was overseas. I couldn’t even give him a hug to wish him a happy birthday.”

Has the world forgotten about Afghanistan?

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Reuters/Omar Sobhani

Kabul was hit by twin suicide bombings over the weekend, killing at least 80 and injuring hundreds.

The blast targeted a demonstration that took place in the west of Kabul. The protesters were demanding electricity in a mostly ethnic Hazara province.

“This was a peaceful demonstration, this was a democratic move, this is the story of new Afghanistan, people marching on the streets demanding their rights, not with tanks and bullets, but through democratic means,” says Bilal Sarwary of The Independent, who was in Kabul at the time of the attack.

A Canadian city is putting warning labels on gas pumps

Jul 25, 2016
Andrea Crossan

Imagine going to fill up your tank and seeing a label on the pump that says what you are doing was causing climate change.

The city of North Vancouver in Canada is launching a new program to encourage drivers to think about being more energy-efficient when they drive — and that fossil fuels contribute to climate change.

The city council heard about the plan during a presentation last summer by teenage climate change activist Emily Kelsall.

One of the groups Donald Trump has been most vocal about is Muslims. Back in December, he called for a complete shutdown of Muslim immigration to America. So as he spoke at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Muslims were watching closely.

In one house in New Jersey, Omar Awad and his wife, Marwah Maasarani, settled down to watch.

A "hoax." A "con job." "Bull----." These are among the phrases Donald Trump has used in recent years to express his contempt for the science of climate ch

Emma Jacobs

Summers in Paris mean long days, light until after 10 pm. On a cool evening last week in a plaza in a northeastern neighborhood of the city, a couple hundred people gathered around a DJ booth — some dancing, some just standing around talking as the bass thumped across the park.

Witness: 'I could see people lying on the ground'

Jul 22, 2016
Reuters TV

The mass shooting at a Munich shopping mall thrust a whole city into chaos, say those trapped there after the attack on Friday.

Sarah Heinrich, a reporter with M94.5 in Munich, told PRI's The World she could see the helicopters and police — and also got a text from a friend who was at the scene. "I'm super super shocked,'' her friend texted. "I could see people lying on the ground. And there was blood."

US resisters to the Iraq War are now living undocumented in Canada

Jul 22, 2016

In the 1960s and '70s, during the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of Americans fled north to Canada as conscientious objectors and deserters. It was "the largest political exodus from the United States since the American Revolution," according to author and professor John Hagan. And many of them stayed permanently.

Something similar happened on a smaller scale during the Iraq War — except, the staying part is a little more complicated.

Singapore gets the world's first Michelin star for a food stall

Jul 22, 2016
Edgar Su/Reuters

Where can you find the most delicious pork noodles and soy sauce chicken-rice? Some of the best is in Singapore, but not in a posh restaurant.

For the first time ever, the esteemed Michelin Guide has singled out a couple of food stalls for their coveted star. Two hawker stalls — Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle — were each awarded a Michelin star Thursday. Michelin also released its first-ever guide to dining in the city-state.

A brief history of coups in NATO nations

Jul 15, 2016

Turkey has had a remarkable run of democratic stability over the past almost 20 years. Since the military took power in a coup in 1997, democratic elections have led to peaceful transitions of power.

Chris Froome rode to multiple victories in the Tour de France like a metronome. Steady. Certain. Robotic. He keeps his head down and pumps his legs. A team of superstar teammates surrounds him. His coaches and tacticians relay him information. A cycling computer affixed to his handlebars relays him stats. He attacks on one of the opening climbs, gets a lead and protects it the rest of the way.

It's a hyper-effective strategy. Clinical. And it's boring as hell to watch.

Froome is a buzz kill at the Tour.

This year, it's different.

Mohammad Shoib/Reuters

Hassan gazes at the sea and sighs. The rippling waves lull his anxious mind. For two hours a day after his factory job, Hassan sits on the edge of the Bosphorus trying to forget what he witnessed in Syria.

Before the 23-year-old became a soldier in a proxy war, and then a refugee in Turkey, he was a construction worker making ends meet in Iran. Born and raised in Tehran, Hassan didn’t have the right to attend school there, own property or travel without special permission from the Iranian government — all because his parents were Afghan refugees.