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Liberia was founded by people enslaved in the US. Advocates say the US should not end an immigration program that helps them.

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A small immigration program for Liberians in the US will expire at the end of March. Minnesota economists and health care companies say their losing immigration status will have an outsized effect.

Civil War Re-enactors

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Forward, March

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E. L. Doctorow

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American Icons: <em>Gone with the Wind</em>

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The Power of the Pen(cil)

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Last week’s show about the Lincoln Memorial reminded me of the opportunity I had a few years ago to see Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the Emancipation Proclamation at the New-York Historical Society. The document is so fragile that it can be displayed only 10 days out of every year. It seems Lincoln wrote the landmark […]

Saber Askar in East Porterville, California

For one Yemeni American, the long wait to bring his family to safety


“They make me bleed inside every time I talk to them,” says Saber Askar, a US citizen from Yemen, with family still in the war-torn country. “I don’t know what to do. Every time I call, I’m afraid they’re not going to answer anymore.”

Fortuné gets up at 4 a.m. to prepare homemade spaghetti, which he starts selling at his stand at 6 a.m.

Fortuné’s big dreams and small spaghetti business


A 15-year-old orphan from the Central African Republic has started his own business to pay his school fees. And despite the odds, he has big plans.

El Salvador's defense minister, General Rafael Humberto Larios, speaks during a news conference in San Salvador in a 1990 file photo. Larios and eight other former Salvadoran soldiers were arrested in 2011 for suspected involvement in the 1989 killing of

How justice for slain Americans took a backseat to Cold War politics


The killing of four Americans in El Salvador in 1980 exposed the brutality of US-backed governments in Latin America. But at the time, the fight against communism obscured justice for the victims — even in the eyes of their own government.

The passenger terminal at Tripoli's international airport after recent attacks.

Three years after its civil war, Libya is on the brink of another


Three years after the revolution that overthrew Moammar Gaddafi, Libya faces an even worse crisis that threatens to destabilize the country and region. The US doesn’t want to intervene, but fighting between Islamists and former Gaddafi loyalists has already dragged in other countries.