A view of the the U.S. Naval Station base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Obama promised during his first days in office to close the U.S. prison there but it still houses detainees. Suzette Laboy/AP hide caption

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Politics

Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Since the midterm elections, more prisoners have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and additional releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty the prison.

Mae West is said to have worn these super platform shoes both on screen and off. Brian Sanderson/Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hide caption

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Art & Design

Gold-Plated Gowns And 8-Inch Pumps: The Stuff That Made Starlets Shimmer

Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen, she looked larger than life — thanks to a pair of platform shoes. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Hundreds of Kenyan women and men took to the street on Nov. 17 after a video of an unidentified woman wearing a short skirt being stripped by a group of men emerged and went viral online, sparking the #MyDressMyChoice social media campaign. Dai Kurokawa/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Africa

Viral Videos Show Kenyan Women Assaulted For Wearing Miniskirts

A woman in Kenya has been publicly stripped and molested nearly every day for two weeks for so-called "indecent dress." Cellphone video of the assaults have ignited condemnation, and copycat attacks.

Franklin Gilliard and his wife Sherry live in transitional housing, and they hold a circle of thanks at dinner to remember what they have. StoryCorps hide caption

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StoryCorps

Once Homeless, Family Feels 'Blessed To Wake Up Another Day'

In 2013, after drowning in past-due bills, Franklin and Sherry Gilliard became homeless. Now they live in transitional housing, and they hold a circle of thanks at dinner to remember what they have.

Rameses (Joel Edgerton) and his wife Nefertari (Goldshifteh Farahani) try to save their stricken child, a victim of one of the Plagues, in Exodus: Gods And Kings. Kerry Brown/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Movies

The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie'

Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for the holidays. There are musicals, there are biopics, and the seas will literally part.

Scott Bonner, the Ferguson Public Library's director and its only full-time librarian, holds one of the "healing kits" that kids can check out. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

The Ferguson Public Library has become a refuge for community during a difficult time. In response, donations to the library have reached "several orders of magnitude" higher than ever.

In an independent, Australian film, a single mother (Essie Davis) and her troubled young son (Noah Wiseman) are terrorized by a mysterious character from a children's book called Mister Babdook. Matt Nettheim/Causeway Films hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Beware The 'Babadook,' The Monster Of Your Own Making

The monsters of repression are what terrorize a mother and her son in this independent, Australian, horror movie. "I wanted it to look more low-fi and more handmade," says director Jennifer Kent.

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