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PRI’s 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 Lisa Mullins in Boston, it is the first global radio news program developed specifically for an American audience.

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As the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump nears, the prospects have never been greater that the United States could join the 50 other democracies that have been led by a woman.

So it’s timely to ask: What might this mean for American gender equality and foreign policy?

A lot.

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Since 2001, the US has spent an estimated $1.5 billion on improving women's lives in Afghanistan.

What has it been like to be on the receiving end of this attention? More Afghan women are in school and employed in jobs. Maternal mortality has decreased. Yet others say the funds were wasteful and mismanaged, and a patriarchal culture remains. More needs to change.

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The start of the assault on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, in northern Iraq, was heralded by a broadcast message from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on October 16. He advised residents to hunker down. It was a message echoed by a massive leaflet campaign.

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Over 1,000 migrants rode buses out of the Calais "Jungle" on Monday as French authorities kicked off an operation to dismantle the notorious camp that has become a symbol of Europe's refugee crisis.

"Bye-bye, Jungle!" one group of migrants shouted as they hauled luggage through the muddy lanes of the shantytown where thousands of mainly Afghans, Sudanese and Eritreans had holed up, desperate to sneak into Britain.

Around 1,200 police officers — some in riot gear — were on hand as several hundred migrants lined up for coaches that would take them to shelters across France.

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In the now week-long battle for the strategic city of Mosul, the United States and coalition partners have pounded jihadist fighters with more targeted airstrikes than ever before. 

But ISIS combatants will not be easily dislodged.  

Those who've fled ISIS-controlled areas describe a reign of terror, including public executions that are mandatory viewing. Many forms of Western dress are prohibited, as is smoking, playing soccer and most cell phone use.  

Another aspect of daily life for civilians stuck in ISIS territory: Boredom. Serious boredom.

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The stench of diesel is in the air. Asima Naqvi is standing on the side of a noisy highway in Pakistan, one of the few women on the road. She wears a stiff grey police uniform and avaitor sunglasses as she writes a ticket for a traffic violation.

Back in her patrol car, she has perfume spray in her purse for when the roadside smells grow overpowering. The feminine touch is a reminder that she is one of Pakistan's few female police officers in a man's world.

She’s doing more than enforcing the law. She’s breaking norms.

Adeline Sire

For many migrants fleeing persecution in their homeland, England is the promised land. And hiding in the back of a truck is virtually the only way to get to it.

In 1999, Sabir Zazai snuck onto a UK-bound truck in northern France and got off in Dover, on England's east coast. For him, as for countless other Afghans, living under the oppressive rule of the Taliban had become too dangerous. He was 22 years old.

Even Danes are trying to stop Donald Trump from becoming president

Oct 24, 2016
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With less than three weeks before election day and three bizarre presidential debates behind us, an unexpected group is on the ground stumping hard for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: the Social Democratic Youth of Denmark.

Forty members of the group have come to the US from Copenhagen to knock on doors and stop Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Why broken ceasefires are actually good for peace

Oct 24, 2016

Ceasefires put in place in Syria and Yemen last week did not hold. But that doesn’t mean they were all for nothing.

Courtesy of Sarah Glidden

In 2010, cartoonist Sarah Glidden spent a month traveling around Turkey, Syria and Iraq. She'd tagged along with some old friends, journalists from The Seattle Globalist who were on a reporting trip to tell stories about refugees. Glidden went along to document what it's like to be inside the journalistic sausage factory. 

"The goal of the trip was really to show journalism: how it's made, how difficult it is to do this work, how it's more than just going in, reporting on a story and getting out of there."

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Valerie Hunter Gordon, the British inventor of one of the first disposable diapers, died this month at the age of 94.

She designed the Paddi in the 1940s while living on an air force base in the UK with her husband and young family. Early prototypes were cut out of military parachute silk and stiched with a Singer sewing machine on her living room table. 

Kim Stevens

In recent years, South Africa's rich choral tradition has produced a wave of talented opera singers who are making their mark on the world stage. Soprano Pretty Yende wowed opera enthusiasts in 2013, when she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, while bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana will open next year's Glimmerglass Festival as Porgy in the American classic, "Porgy and Bess."

Now, South Africa is pinning its hopes on another rising opera star — 25-year-old Noluvuyiso Mpofu.

The Islamic State's branding crisis

Oct 21, 2016
Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

The Islamic State is shrinking, fast.

Thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish troops are closing in on Mosul, the largest city under ISIS control. The terror group is losing ground to Turkish-backed rebels in northern Syria and being pummelled from the air by a US-led international coalition.

Matthew Childs/Reuters

I’m an American — and the only thing I knew about cricket until about a week ago was that they take a break for tea in the middle of the match.

So when the most famous woman in Pakistani sports agreed to show me how to throw (or bowl, actually) a cricket ball — it was a little embarrassing.  

Evidently, I bend my elbow a bit too much, Sana Mir tells me.

Mir is the captain of the Pakistani women’s cricket team and at age 30, she's already a veteran. She hands me back the ball — it’s like a small baseball.

Caroline Kim

On a sunny fall day, people are strolling along the Long Wharf in Boston's Waterfront area. Cruise ships are taking people on tours of Boston Harbor while seagulls glide overhead.

But at the end of the wharf, there's a rather strange sight — a refugee camp. There are white tents, fences with razor wire, and staff from the international medical group Doctors Without Borders patrolling the area.

Tatiana Chiarella is a nurse from Brazil who has been working for Doctors Without Borders for about three years.