Jordan Matson, from Racine, Wisconsin, was once a soldier in the US Army. Today Matson is a volunteer fighter with a Kurdish militia in northern Syria, fighting against ISIS and hoping to bring more Americans over to join the war.
It's been 21 days since registered nurse Deborah Wilson worked with Ebola patients in Liberia. That means she's Ebola-free. She's proud of the work she did with Ebola patients, but it's made life difficult — not because of illness, but because of stigmatization from even her closest friends.
Every year in South Korea, high school seniors are faced with the biggest challenge of their young lives — college entrance exams. Teens are told their whole futures depend on how well they score, and the entire country works to accommodate the stressed out test takers.
Nasty green slime poisoned water in Ohio last summer, and it's becoming a regular thing in the region — and around the world. The problem is agricultural pollution, but some Ontario farmers are trying to try to cut back on the pollution that leads to the slime.
The immigrant parents of actress Diane Guerrero were deported to Colombia in 2000, where they still live. Guerrero was only 14 at the time, and struggled to fend for herself alone in the United States.
Shukri Alassouli, a 33-year-old man from Gaza, was trying to find a better life for his young family in Europe. But their journey across the Mediterranean in smugglers' boats turned into what the UN called the deadliest accident of its kind, killing hundreds and losing Shukri's wife, daughter and young son at sea.
Afghanistan is a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. So the Afghan Women's National Cycling Team has a huge hill to climb, especially if they are to have any chance of making it to the Olympics.
The Scotch whisky industry has gotten a wake up call after a single malt from Japan was named the best in the world. Jim Murray, who publishes an annual "Whisky Bible," says there's more choice and more quality from places like Japan and the US than ever before.
The men in Naroop Singh Jhoot and Amit Amin's photo series, "The Singh Project," all have three things in common: turbans, beards and the middle name Singh. Yet as the photos show, their personalities — and looks — are extremely diverse.
Despite over half of Brazilians claiming African descent, black Brazilians face widespread racism — which often manifests itself in violence. For the women of Miss Black Power Brazil, resistance against racism comes from a natural place — their hair.
Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World, started his journalism career in Ouagadougou in 1987 just weeks before a bloody coup. The man who took power, Blaise Compaoré, ruled for 27 years before protests forced him out of office last week. Marco remembers the fear and silence that gripped the country then too.
In 1989, musician Peter Gabriel launched Real World Records as a way to give international artists wider exposure. Now 25 years later, the label is still going strong. One of their most influential bands, Afro Celt Sound System, blended Irish airs and African beats in a dance-y, original style.
Once nearly extinct, the gray wolf is now back in the western United States and considered a major success for animal conservation. But reintroducing the gray wolf has been contentious, and the bitter fight over the animal may have given anti-conservationists new political tools.
Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is the proud resident of a new presidential palace with 1,000 rooms and a $350 million price tag. It's another manifestation of what critics call his "neo-Ottoman" tendencies, but Turks are angry over the grandiose new building.
Americans love to watch football, no matter their political persuasion. But it turns out that there's a developing divide among red and blue Americans when it comes to whether they let their children play football.
An Italian appeals court has tossed out most of the convictions in the case involving earthquake scientists and a public official in L'Aquila, Italy. They had earlier been found guilty of failing to warn the public about risks right before a deadly quake hit, killing more than 300 people.
North Koreans refer to their supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is the "respected marshal." But that didn't stop the United Nations General Assembly from passing a resolution on North Korea’s human rights record that brings Kim one step closer to being charged with crimes against humanity.
Kim Jong-Un has apparently been watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. After North Korea threatened yet again to bomb a huge tower lit up like a Christmas tree, South Korea finally took it down. But the timing seems fishy to observers.