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The practice, a way of having a "legitimate affair," was banned during Saddam Hussein's reign but returned after the American invasion. Some say there's a right way to do the <em>muta'a,</em> or fixed-term marriage, but others claim rampant misuse.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her nation's attempts to create a multicultural society have failed. Her comments reflect a growing and increasingly bitter anti-immigration mood -- especially for Muslims -- in Germany and across much of Europe.
This Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Australia's first saint, Mother Mary MacKillop. In 1871, MacKillop was briefly excommunicated for insubordination after her order of nuns reported a case of child sex abuse by a priest. Liane Hansen speaks with James Martin, who, in a recent op-ed in the Catholic ...
Last year, Reynosa — a dusty, sprawling city of half a million people across the border from McAllen, Texas — was a relatively peaceful part of the country. Now it's one of the most dangerous places in Mexico.
The British intervened three times in Afghanistan in the 80 years up to 1919. It was the western frontier of their empire, the gateway to their most precious possession, India. They wanted to keep the Russians out. The new exhibition at the National Army Museum in London has relevance today.
At least 11 Chinese Christians planning to attend a global evangelical gathering in South Africa have been barred from leaving the country, and many others have come under pressure. Many fear Beijing is cracking down on Christians who worship outside the official church.
Nine months have passed since a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless in Haiti. The island has made some progress, but much remains to be done. By some estimates, the cleanup process alone could take years.
It's long been known that life is unimaginably tough in North Korea. NPR's Louisa Lim recently had a unique glimpse into that life, when she was able to walk the streets unmonitored, eat in local restaurants and interact with ordinary people.
In Serbia, police clashed with extremists during a gay rights march in Belgrade. Right-wing groups pose a challenge for the pro-democracy government as it pushes for entry into the European Union.
The reclusive country introduced its heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, to its people in a massive military parade Sunday.  The celebration was televised live -- for the first time ever -- underlining the importance of the coming-out party.
The government cracked down on public begging after a report found thousands of children forced to beg, many by their religious teachers. But with little formal employment and a virtually nonexistent welfare state, many in the impoverished West African country have little choice but to defy the ban.
Cuba has undergone a spiritual revival since the communist government eased religious persecutions in the 1980s. Despite Cuba's deep Catholic traditions, the fastest-growing practice may be one that arrived decades ago with American missionaries: evangelical Christianity.
In Haiti, 19 candidates are vying in the upcoming election to lead the earthquake-ravaged nation. And with Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean out of the race there's no clear front-runner. It's expected to be a contentious battle for one of the toughest political jobs in the world. But beleaguered ...
Eastleigh, an area in Nairobi, Kenya, is home to tens of thousands of refugees from neighboring Somalia. Known as "Little Mogadishu," Eastleigh is becoming a new recruiting ground for al-Shabab, the militant group that aims to create a strict Islamist state in Somalia.
An unusual private school in central Seoul is trying to teach young North Korean defectors how to survive in the South. The problems suffered by its students adjusting to life in a democratic state offer a window into life in the totalitarian North.
Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, is a front line in the global war against radical Islam. A group known as al-Shabab that claims links to al-Qaida wants to create a strict Muslim state. About 7,000 African Union peacekeeping troops are trying to stop them.
Egyptians say that two colonial-era agreements forever guarantee them most of the Nile's flow. But other countries in the Nile River basin want more access to the water.
The Irish are seething after discovering the enormous cost of bailing out their reckless banks. The cost of the bank bailout, totaling nearly $70 billion, is just a further burden for the people of Ireland, where 1 in 6 is jobless, and those still working are being hit with extra taxes amid a shrinking economy.
Brazilians may not know her well, but they are likely to choose Dilma Rousseff as the country's next president in Sunday's election. The wildly popular current president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, handpicked her and she promises to continue his economic policies.
The South American giant wants to be a world player, and its economy is growing fast -- and so is its stake abroad, in places as different from each other as Texas, Angola and all over Latin America.
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