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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. Launched in 1996, PRI’s The World, a co-production of WGBH/Boston, PRI, and the BBC World Service, airs weekdays on over 300 stations across the country.

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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.

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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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.

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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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."

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?

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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