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The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe, hosted by Marco Werman.

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Twenty-five years after it was created, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has issued its last conviction.

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, known as the “Butcher of Bosnia,” has been sentenced to life in prison for genocide and other war crimes during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

Related: 'Butcher of Bosnia' found guilty of genocide

Young Bosnians react to Mladić conviction

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UN judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladić — dubbed “The Butcher of Bosnia” — to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago.

Among Bosnians, reactions to the ruling were as divided as the country itself — even among the country’s youth.

Ronyde Christina Ponthieux's smile widens as her father, Rony, gives her a nod of approval. The 10-year-old proudly rattles off a list of interesting facts about the United States's unique connection to Haiti but isn't sure if she correctly remembers the number of Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War.

His nod is all the confirmation she needs.

"I knew I was right," she giggles excitedly. "It's 477!"

I was recently at an NBA Toronto Raptors game. The game was a blowout, the Raptors were winning big and the fans were getting a little bored. Then, the team mascot, the Raptor, appeared.

This Raptor was a big, round, inflated dinosaur head on human legs, standing about six feet tall. The dinosaur shimmied, did summersaults, then climbed into the crowd and bounced end-over-end down the stairs to the delight of most everyone.

Adeline Sire

When you walk onto the cobblestone square of Place de la Contrescarpe in the Latin quarter of Paris, you’ll see a central fountain surrounded by well-groomed trees and old-fashioned cafés.

But you’ll also see an antique sign on the side of a building that’s reignited a controversy. It’s a 19th century painting above a grocery store, showing a black man and a white woman, both in 18th century-style servants’ clothes, apparently about to share a beverage in a sitting room.

As a photojournalist, Karim Ben Khelifa has been on the frontlines of wars and international conflicts — including in Iraq and Afghanistan — observing and documenting them through his camera lens.

But in recent years, Khelifa found himself facing a sort of existential crisis, questioning whether his photographs conveyed the reality he was experiencing on the ground.

“I was frustrated with what I was doing as a war correspondent — trying to really be the witness of what was happening on the edge of those conflicts,” Khelifa said.

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When wildlife photographer Joel Sartore photographed northern white rhino Nabire, she was one of only five of her species left on Earth.  

Since then, she’s died, and there are only three northern white rhinos remaining.   

“People ask me all the time if I get depressed,” Sartore said of photographing some of the rarest species on Earth. “I don’t get depressed, I get mad. And I get inspired to want to use their stories and really get the world to try to pay attention.”

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For a lot of Americans these days, Justin Trudeau is the anti-Donald Trump, especially on things like climate change.

Jason Margolis

For more than a century, Newton, Iowa, was the quintessential company town. Maytag started building washing machines there in 1893. The company grew into a global brand, and Newton, a city of 15,000, prospered along with it.

When Maytag closed its doors in 2007, it was a rough transition. At the time, some 2,000 people were building washers and dryers at the old Maytag manufacturing facility. The cavernous building is the size of seven average-sized Walmarts.

You might say Paul Mayewski has been around the block. He’s a climate researcher who’s led more than 50 expeditions to such places as the Antarctic, Greenland, the Himalayas, the Tibetan Plateau, the Andes and more, most recently as the director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. 

A Delaware-sized iceberg has broken off of the Antarctic Peninsula

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An iceberg bigger than the state of Delaware has snapped off of the West Antarctic ice shelf and is now floating in the Weddell Sea. 

At roughly 600 feet tall, with a volume twice that of Lake Erie, it is one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.

“It is absolutely massive,” said Heidi Sevestre, a glaciologist who is part of a research team called Project MIDAS that has been monitoring the growing crack for years. 

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A baby cries for attention while his mother makes tea and tends a stove inside her family’s ger, or yurt. The air inside the heavy canvas walls is thick with the smells of smoke and cheese curd. Two older boys are playing outside.

It’s a scene that could be from any time in Mongolia going back hundreds of years, and just about anywhere in the country’s vast open plains, where families of nomadic herders have followed their livestock for countless generations.

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Paris has always been generous to its summer dwellers. Fifteen years ago, it launched Paris-Plages, a beachlike setup on the Seine river to entertain Parisians who can’t get away during the summer months.

The riverbank expressway shuts down for a month to make room for chaise lounges, umbrellas, kids’ games, concerts, pop-up restaurants and cafés.

This season, after years of painstaking water cleanup and testing, the city is innovating again by offering a free swimming spot, in a canal.

The rap on Washington and the Trump administration these days is that nothing is getting done.

Well, tell that to anyone concerned about the climate crisis.

Sure, most of President Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives have gone nowhere in Congress.

Karla Ornelas remembers the moment when she received her DACA card in the fall of 2012. The rush of emotions, the sense of hope, the embrace of acceptance. For the first time since growing up in the shadows in California’s Central Valley, she had moved into the light.

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As an environment reporter for The World, I spend a lot of time reporting on climate change as an international policy issue.

I spend less time thinking and learning about what it would actually look like to live in a country that’s weaned itself largely off carbon. Would everyone drive electric cars? Would we all have to live closer to where we work? How much of our energy would have to come from solar and wind power? Will nuclear energy have a resurgence?

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When the topic of stronger gun control resurfaces in the US, often in the wake of a mass shooting, pro-gun activists and politicians frequently cite Israel as a counterexample.

There are a lot of guns in Israel, the argument goes, but it has less gun violence — so the problem in America is not guns, but something else.

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Thomas Mapfumo is a music legend in Zimbabwe. 

So, when the so-called "Lion of Zimbabwe" released the album, "Corruption," in 1989, criticizing Robert Mugabe's authoritarian regime, his country's leaders turned against him. 

"A lot of people who were affiliated with this government were not happy with the song," he says. "They didn't want me to tell the people the truth about what was happening."

London has a unique vigil for its forgotten dead

Nov 21, 2017

A few minutes from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a unique ceremony takes place every month. The Crossbones Vigil follows no particular religion and commemorates no powerful or famous people.

And that's what makes it so special. The vigil is for London's outcasts.

During a recent vigil, the road is closed to traffic soon after rush hour, while a few dozen people begin to gather. Maggie has come to remember her son. "He was 26 years of age, and he got shot and killed in the Netherlands," she says. She needs Crossbones at this time.

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In the US, and throughout the globe for that matter, the private sector is increasingly being looked to as a source of leadership for combating climate change. And many companies are stepping up, especially with the lack of leadership coming from Washington.

Consider the family-owned company Mars, the world’s largest candy maker — it produces iconic brands like Snickers, Skittles and M&M’s.

A quick spin around the globe via 1950s LP covers

Nov 21, 2017
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Oh the joys of travel! Especially this week when AAA is expecting 50.9 million people will take to the roads, rails or sky in order to make it to their Thanksgiving meal. 

Travel's not like it was in 1950s America when, if you were flying overseas, you pretty much showed up at the airport with a passport and you were good to go. Right after World War II, the world seemed ripe for discovery. And the record industry thought it could help.

The wind is brisk on top of Ruksesvárri, or Red Mountain, on the coast of Norway about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, but it’s not stopping Reiulf Aleksandersen and the rest of his family from building a fence to gather and mark their reindeer calves, pounding big posts into the rocky soil.

“Reindeer herding is [work],” Aleksandersen says, laughing. “You're not getting fat!”

The United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, closed early Saturday morning after making modest progress toward long-term goals with the help of a subdued and downsized US delegation.

US diplomats worked alongside representatives of nearly 200 other countries to hammer out the details of the Paris climate agreement at the first UN summit to take place since President Donald Trump pledged to pull out of the international pact.  

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The new book “The President’s Keepers,” an investigative journalist’s look into President Jacob Zuma’s administration, has been flying off the shelves in South Africa.

Hip hop met Rio de Janeiro and never stepped back

Nov 20, 2017
Catherine Osborn

America’s 1990s hip-hop scene is reincarnated every Saturday night in what may seem like an unlikely location — beneath a highway overpass in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And it's been that way for 27 years. The event is one in a citywide ecosystem of soul line dances, which feature hybrid Brazilian American dance steps.  

The origins of the Second Amendment

Nov 17, 2017
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The Second Amendment to the Constitution states simply: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." That language and that idea were clearly important to the Founding Fathers.

But why?

Lidia Jean Kott

Lydia Emmanouilidou's older sister has been begging her to go to the gun range with her for years. 

But Lydia has always said no. 

“One year, she even asked me to go with her as her birthday present,” says Lydia. “I refused.”

Growing up, guns just weren’t part of their lives.   

Lydia’s family immigrated from Greece — a country where it's uncommon to own a firearm unless you’re a police officer or in the military — when she was about 12, and her sister about 15.

As the 60-day mark since Hurricane Maria destroyed infrastructure and buildings in Puerto Rico approaches, there's a mix of hope and dread about economic recovery for businesses on the island. Business owners have to cope with the loss of revenue, employees, customers and power.

The story of recovery after Hurricane Maria is mixed. While the local government touted that power output had reached 50 percent of capacity, distribution is another story.

News about the mass shooting at a Texas church in early November hit Pardeep Kaleka particularly hard.

Kaleka is a member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. Back in 2012, a white supremacist went into the temple on a Sunday morning and fatally shot six people, including Kaleka’s father.

When he heard about the deadly attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Kaleka says he started reliving that horrible day five years ago, once again.

When Devin Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5 and shot and killed 26 people, it became the 308th mass shooting of 2017 in the United States. It came four weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, when Stephen Paddock killed 59 people from a 32nd-floor hotel room above an open-air country music concert.