Scientists studying penguins in the Antarctic have set up automated cameras to document the lives of the sea birds. Unfortunately, all that footage has to be categorized — and that's where you come in. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Air Force is smarting after an embarrassing blunder of reinforcing ISIS militants. And in China, the police were taking no chances with a group of ceremonial pigeons. Those stories and more, in today's Global Scan.
The Turkish government has asked parliament to authorize military action in Syria and Iraq, hoping to provide safe spaces for Kurds and keeping them on their side of the Turkey-Syria border. But Turkey's NATO allies aren't convinced the intervention is a good idea.
The nature of war is that it’s impossible to predict its outcome, and the current military campaign against ISIS is no exception. But some conflicts can have peaceful conclusions — like the Camp David Accords that ended the Israel-Egypt conflict. Author Lawrence Wright argues that we can turn to the diplomacy of Jimmy Carter to learn how to deal with ISIS.
India's Mars mission keeps grabbing headlines — including this week, when the probe took this remarkable photo. Meanwhile, the US is shipping more of its oil overseas than at any time in the past 50 years, and that's a good sign gas prices are heading down. And ISIS thwarts US airstrikes with a speedy change in its tactics, in today's Global Scan.
My enemy's enemy is not my friend, says militant Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. His militia once fought American soldiers and is now mobilizing to take on ISIS, but Sadr and others, even some Iraqi politicians, want no part of US-led airstrikes against the terrorist group.
Figures suggest that thousands of Iraqi women from the minority Yazidi sect are being subjected to rape, forced conversions and forced marriages by the militant group ISIS. But even those who have escaped the violence have uncertain futures.
ISIS fighters surrounded Iraq's largest refinery in June, but Iraqi troops have kept control of this key oil facility for three months — even securing a visit by the country's new oil minister. Taking over the refinery would be a huge boost for the militant group as the US bombs its oil facilities in Syria.
Once a week, when night falls in Baghdad, young men get together to drive fast cars and do stunts. The sport is called drifting, and it’s helping some Iraqis forget about the harsh realities of their country's battle with ISIS.
US officials launched an air attack on ISIS rebels in Syria this week, making the war-torn Middle East country the seventh state — at least — to see US airstrike since 2011. Meanwhile, an African nation torn by Ebola is agreeing to halt logging in exchange for development aid. And in Iraq, the nation's Kurdish minority is looking at what it has achieved — with high hopes for its future.
Confetti rains down while the Bud Clydesdales lead an American veteran on his surprise welcome home parade. We asked our network of veterans what they thought of the ad. Marco Werman speaks with the mother of a Marine who served in Afghanistan.
Henry Kissinger grapples with the underpinnings of global conflict in his new book "World Order." He spoke with PRI's The World host Marco Werman today about a range of issues, including the war on ISIS. But when we asked about his role in the 1973 coup in Chile, he refused to answer.
Nahida Ahmed Rashid began her military career years ago, fighting for the Kurdish separatist cause. Now she's the highest-ranking woman in the Kurdish peshmerga and squaring off with her troops against Islamic militants who've taken northern Iraq by storm.
Iraqi authorities are going to great lengths to pull off a national vote for its parliament on Wednesday, the first since the US troop withdrawal in 2011. The hardest part is to create a sense of normalcy in a country suffering from unrelenting sectarian violence.
An oil tanker sitting 60 miles off the coast of Texas holds $100 million worth of crude oil. But for now, no one knows who's allowed to sell it, who the buyer is or even where the oil will eventually go.
Travel and tourism has never really been bigger, with people hitting the road to find adventure. But for some, adventure comes with a trip to some place seemingly off-limits: war zones. Companies are marketing war tourism to appeal to a new type of tourist.
A new survey asked for opinions about how women should dress in public in the Middle East. The choices included images of women wearing different kinds of head coverings. The results and approach have been widely criticized. So Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro decided to do his own "survey" on what American women should wear.
The late Robin Williams made many of us laugh just when we needed it most. His gift was perhaps never more poignant and important as when he performed for US troops fighting overseas. The comedian devoted many hours to entertaining with the USO.
With the death of Peter O'Toole, everyone is talking about one of his great roles, as Lawrence of Arabia — the British intelligence officer who lead an Arab revolt in World War I. So that led producer Christopher Woolf to examine just how much of the film is actually based on history.
Dennis Rodman's controversial relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un turned another page this week. The former NBA star was in North Korea this week to select and train a North Korean basketball team that will take part in an exhibition game in honor of Kim's birthday. Plus Egyptian activists are thrown in jail and elves — yes, elves — halt a highway project in Iceland, in today's Global Scan.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Crispin Thorold in Baghdad, about the on-going battle against Shiite militias in Iraq; Iraqi government forces have led the assault, but U.S. forces have now supported the Iraqis with air strikes.
Host Lisa Mullins gets the latest on fighting in the Sadr City area in Baghdad from the BBC's Clive Myrie, as Shiite militias took advantage of a sandstorm that hit the capital yesterday to step-up their attacks.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has built his political message on Iraq around a theme: bringing American troops home, but the Illinois senator has begun to moderate his position
Syria says eight civilians were killed when U.S. forces stationed in Iraq attacked a target inside Syria. The U.S. won't confirm or deny the raid. Anchor Katy Clark speaks with The World's Quil Lawrence in Baghdad.
Preliminary results from last weekend's provincial elections in Iraq are rolling in. And they may signal a change in Iraq's political landscape. Anchor Marco Werman finds out who's in and who's out from the BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad.