The oversight board that supervises Puerto Rico's indebted government met publicly today for the first-time in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The board heard sobering statistics about the extent of the damage and discussed austerity measures to fix the island's broken economy.
In Venezuela, baseball is in crisis. The game can be a nice diversion from everyday troubles. But most of the eight teams are in financial trouble. Fans can't afford tickets. And homeless people have moved into stadiums.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Laura Rosenberger about a project of the Alliance for Securing Democracy — part of The German Marshall Fund in Washington. The group created a public dashboard to track websites, trolls and bots it suspects of being linked to the Kremlin.
There are reports that at least six people are dead after a rented Home Depot van plowed down a bike path in New York City. Police say the driver of the van got out after hitting another vehicle and had what have been described as "imitation firearms." The suspect was shot by NYPD and is now in custody.
This fall in New Jersey and Virginia, Republican candidates aligned with party's business-friendly wing are campaigning against illegal immigration. The attack ads in both statewide gubernatorial elections claim their Democratic opponents wouldn't enforce immigration laws.
The Trump administration plans to contribute up to $60 million to help five nations in Africa's Sahel region to build up a counterterrorism force. The news comes as Congress looks more closely at U.S. military activities in a the region following an ambush that killed four American service members in Niger.
People who fear that religious intolerance is growing in Indonesia point to the case of Jakarta's last governor. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by many as Ahok, was a popular leader until he lost re-election during a campaign that appealed to identity politics. Now he is in prison, charged with blasphemy against Islam.
Defense Secretary James Mattis went within feet of the curbstone separating North and South Korea, where grim-faced North Korean troops stared across at him. It's known as one of the scariest spots on the planet.
The U.S. military is sending more soldiers and marines to Afghanistan to work with Afghan forces at small combat outposts. But the State Department is largely staying behind the gates and blast walls of its Embassy in Kabul and not heading out into the field. Officials say it's because of security concerns, but critics say it prevents the U.S. from keeping an eye on how the billions of dollars in aid is being spent and improving governance across the country.
Steven Hall ran the CIA's Russia operations for years — and he says attempts to leverage Trump campaign aides was a textbook case of recruitment by Russian spies. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Hall about this week's revelations in the ongoing Russian investigation.
The guilty plea of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos sheds more light on alleged connections between the campaign and Russia. The spring and summer of 2016 is a crucial period to examine.