One of the Taliban officials who were released last year in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has raised U.S. officials' suspicions that he might attempt to reconnect with the group.
The exchange of five men who had been detained at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured in 2009, occurred on May 31, 2014. It set off a range of reactions, from happiness at the soldier's safe return to anger that the Obama administration had released five senior members of the Taliban.
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 8:15 pm
It would be perfectly normal to think of archery as a sport defined by accuracy. But a Danish man who says he researched archery's historic methods is arguing for speed and agility, as well: Lars Andersen has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds.
In fact, Andersen makes a claim to the title of "the fastest archer alive."
The number of measles cases from the outbreak linked to Disneyland has now risen to at least 98. But measles remains extremely rare in the United States.
The rest of the world hasn't been so fortunate. Last year roughly 250,000 people came down with measles; more than half of them died.
Currently the Philippines is experiencing a major measles outbreak that sickened 57,000 people in 2014. China had twice that many cases, although they were more geographically spread out. Major outbreaks were also recorded in Angola, Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:49 pm
Shortly before Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a bullet in his head, he accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez, and others in her government of covering up what he said was Iran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.
Nisman claimed that those involved in the cover-up included Foreign Minister Hector Timerman â€” a particularly sensitive accusation not only because of his position but because of his background.
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:11 pm
Here at The Salt, we have been overwhelmed withemails brimming with factoids and completely unsubstantiated assertions about the food that Americans will consume on Sunday as they watch gigantic athletes burn through calories at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:53 pm
Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has caught Super Bowl fever! With the New England Patriots taking on the Seattle Seahawks, Kathy has a recipe throw down with Seattle-based chef Jess Thomson: East and West Coast versions of chowder, seafood and the classic Super Bowl snack: wings. All six recipes are below.
The City of Miami Beach turns 100 this year. To mark the anniversary, Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the New World Symphony in a world premiere of a piece for orchestra and film by composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison.
Alicia Zuckerman from Here & Now contributor WLRN in Miami attended a rehearsal and spoke with the two longtime collaborators.
With tourism down and dangerous levels of smog clouding the horizon, Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun has declared it â€śnot a livable city,â€ť according to the China Youth Daily newspaper.
Here & Nowâ€™s Lisa Mullins speaks with Will Philipps, a U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years and monitors the pollution daily to avoid exercising on â€śunhealthy airâ€ť days.
The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is underway in Elko, Nevada. Last year, Here & Nowâ€™s Jeremy Hobson spoke with an attendee named Gaul Steiger, a cattle rancher who comes from a long line of cowboy poets. We revisit that conversation.
Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced â€śKing of Kitschâ€ť whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and â€™70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.
McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, his half-brother Edward McKuen Habib said.
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:09 pm
The word "Timbuktu" is slang in the West for East of Nowhere, but in the film Timbuktu, this city in Mali on the edge of the Sahara is an epicenter, a volatile crossroads for several distinct cultures. There are African women in radiant colors, white-garbed Muslim men in mosques, fishermen who live along the river and nomadic herders who pitch their tents on dunes. And then there are the most recent arrivals: an al-Qaida-affiliated group called Ansar Dinethat in 2012 took over Timbuktu and announced the enforcement of Sharia, or Islamic law.
Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:37 pm
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia this week with President Obama meeting that country's new king. So, when the massive snowstorm hit the Northeast this week, the sidewalk outside his Boston home wasn't cleared. The city, as The Boston Globeputs it, took notice.
You may soon be able to donate your personal data to science. There are plans afoot to find 1 million Americans to volunteer for a new Precision Medicine Initiative that would anonymously link medical records, genetic readouts, details about an individual's gut bacteria, lifestyle information and maybe even data from your Fitbit.