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Updated 2019-10-16 08:28
Half of the world's children aren't getting enough nutrients
The problem of malnutrition has changed, a new report says. Now, children in both rich and poor countries may get plenty of food, but it's nutrient-deficient.
For many US military vets, the offensive against the Kurds is personal
It’s been a week since President Donald Trump reversed US policy and moved troops out of the way in Syria. The withdrawal gave a green light to Turkey to attack the Kurds in northern Syria — allies that had deep relationships with many US veterans who fought alongside each other for years.
With Brexit looming, calls for Scottish independence grow
Northern Ireland has dominated the Brexit negotiations over the last few months. But even if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson manages to appease those on both sides of the Irish border, there’s another problem brewing — in Scotland.
Scientists rush to rescue sea turtles threatened by mysterious Brazil oil spill
Crude oil has been washing up on a 1,200-mile stretch of Brazil's coastline, coating more than 150 beaches in thick, black sludge.
'We feel helpless,' says Kurdish woman forced to flee north Syria
As Turkish-backed forced moved into northern Syria, a Kurdish young woman says she feels helpless and betrayed — but vows that her people will return to their homeland.
Will Iowa farmers benefit from Trump's newest deals with China and Japan?
The United States and Japan have signed a tentative trade deal that would open up Japan to more American-grown wheat, pork and beef.
Guatemala shut down its anti-corruption commission. Now its people worry about impunity.
President Jimmy Morales, who is under investigation, shut down Guatemala's popular anti-corruption commission. Now the country is embroiled in a battle over its legacy.
'They need to stop killing our kids': Ethiopian Israeli lawmakers tackle police brutality
Over the summer, Ethiopian Israelis held protests in several cities after a police officer shot and killed an Ethiopian teenager. Protesters said they were upset about police brutality, discrimination and racism. Those issues were still on the minds of two Ethiopian candidates for the Knesset in the run-up to last month's election in Israel.
In a culture of selfies and social media, how do you check your ego?
Greek tragedy’s favorite fatal flaw is making a comeback, says the author of "Ego is the Enemy."
This ex-MP wants to help untangle Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine
Serhiy Leshchenko is an investigative journalist and member of parliament who has come under fire from Rudy Giuliani for releasing documents leading to the conviction of Paul Manafort.
Legal status for thousands of Liberians in US hangs on court decision
Some 4,000 Liberians will lose their legal status due to the Trump administration’s termination of a program that granted them temporary reprieves from deportation. This week, they got their day in court.
Why Hong Kong’s secret societies are attacking protesters
Why would Hong Kong’s mafioso take time away from extorting shopkeepers and dealing heroin to beat down protesters?
Can Turkey resettle 1 million Syrians in an 18-mile wide 'safe zone'?
At least 11 civilians have been killed and an estimated 64,000 displaced in Kurdish-held areas over the first three days of fighting, according to aid groups.
Turkey’s invasion of Syria has left thousands fleeing their homes
This week, the Turkish military began an incursion into northeastern Syria, prompting residents in the area to flee south.
Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?
In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.
How did teen climate activist Greta Thunberg rise to fame so quickly?
Greta Thunberg, the favorite to win Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize, has inspired books, met with heads of state, and testified before Congress, the European Parliament and the United Nations. Her Friday school strikes for climate action have expanded to millions of people around the world.
The whip-smart mind of Liz Phair
In a new memoir, “Horror Stories,” singer-songwriter Liz Phair chronicles the simple but profound moments that shaped her character.
American Icons: ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’
How Maya Angelou’s first book came to be loved — and banned — so much.
Olga Tokarczuk destined to win Nobel Prize, says Jennifer Croft, her translator
Olga Tokarczuk, 57, won the Nobel Prize for "a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life," according to the Swedish Academy, which chooses the literature laureate.
What it's like reporting in one of the world's deadliest places for journalists
"I feel like a war reporter, but there are no battle lines." In one of the world's deadliest countries for journalists, some are collaborating and alerting each other of security threats.
Only 20 Nobels in the sciences have gone to women. Why?
Are fewer women named Nobel laureates just because there have been fewer women scientists?
Civilians flee Syrian border towns as Turkish warplanes, artillery begin offensive
The assault on the Kurds — for years Washington's main allies on the ground in Syria — is potentially one of the biggest shifts in years in an eight-year war that has drawn in global and regional powers.
How humble kugel becomes a 'red-letter feast' for Yom Kippur
The earliest reference to kugel goes back to the 13th century.
Finland's answer to food waste: 'Best-before' is actually good later — with a discount
S-market in Helsinki has started holding "happy hours" at their stores. But instead of getting a cheap beer, shoppers get a discount on, say, a pound of shrimp or a pork tenderloin nearing its expiration date.
Why a diplomat’s wife likely won’t be charged for a killing a UK teen
The wife of a US diplomat allegedly hit and killed a British teenager in a car crash — and then used her diplomatic immunity to return to the US.
Why the US is unlikely to grant immunity waiver to diplomat's wife
The wife of a US diplomat allegedly hit and killed a British teenager in a car crash — and then used her diplomatic immunity to return to the US.
China dominates the electric bus market, but the US is getting on board
Electric buses produce fewer emissions, are quieter and need less maintenance than diesel buses.
Who are the Kurds?
Following US President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will pull out of northeast Syria, the Kurds, an ethnic group split across four countries, could face an attack by Turkey. They've been fighting for autonomy for a century.
US blacklists Chinese tech companies accused of Uighur human rights violations
The World's host Marco Werman talks with Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, on the Trump administration's move to blacklist Chinese companies that provided surveillance technology to track Turkic Uighurs and other Muslims.
As US focuses on impeachment, Ukraine worries about being left to Russia
Olena Sotnyk was a member of Ukraine's parliament until July. She says the impeachment inquiry makes her worried Ukraine has lost the support of the United States.
Jeff Flake: Republicans stand by amid Trump's 'abuse of power'
Host Marco Werman spoke with former Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona about how his Republican colleagues in Congress view the scandals and impeachment inquiry swirling around President Donald Trump.
Khashoggi colleague: 'They took me away and they told me that I'm the target of a Saudi threat'
İyad el-Baghdadi rose to prominence tweeting and writing during the Arab Spring uprising. He fled to Norway in 2014, but after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, he found himself also targeted.
Trudeau's 'because it's 2015' feminist moment is over. Will women support him again?
On Oct. 21, voters will decide if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau keeps his job. He’s in a tight race with Conservative Andrew Scheer. Young women may be a key voting bloc.
Dozens dead as Iraqi youth protest poverty, corruption and injustice
For the fourth day in a row, protesters in Iraq have poured into the streets, calling for an end to corruption, unemployment and a lack of basic services.
Cheese, please: Chef takes Michelin to court after losing coveted star
The 2019 Michelin Guide stripped a star from French chef Marc Veryrat, but he says the reviewer mistook a French cheese blend for cheddar. Now, he's going to court demanding the documents behind the review.
Trump scandal threatens to derail Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts
Ukrainians are accustomed to powerful forces meddling in their judicial system, Anne Applebaum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and expert on central and Eastern Europe, tells The World's host, Marco Werman. But even as they find corruption foisted on them by their most important ally in Washington, DC, Ukrainians have remained determined to root out unethical practices in their own country.
The 50th anniversary of ‘I Want You Back’
Why Michael Jackson’s astonishing vocals at age 11 may be less likely to creep listeners out than his solo work.
The maniacal evolution of the Joker’s look
A symposium with Hollywood makeup legend Rick Baker.
Antonio Banderas rises to the challenge
From “Puss in Boots” to heroin addict and everything in between.
North Korea's nuclear test could be leverage for upcoming talks
Just hours after announcing it would restart nuclear talks with the US, North Korea launched at least one ballistic missile Wednesday.
Harvard affirmative action case far from over as plans for appeal begin
In the wake of a ruling Tuesday that Harvard University's race-conscious admissions policy does not violate the rights of Asian Americans, both opponents and supporters of the lawsuit say the conversation around affirmative action and its role at American universities is just beginning.
Why are so many Korean karaoke joints going silent?
Noraebang have been a staple of entertainment in South Korea since 1991 when karaoke machines arrived from Japan. But now, the popularity of this cherished institution appears to be quieting down.
After Khashoggi, exiled journalists say ‘you can’t feel safe, anywhere you go’
Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and expert on the region’s politics who was murdered on Oct. 2, 2018, was an occasional guest on "Egyptian Street."
Jamal Khashoggi's last interview with The World
The World spoke to journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2017. This is the complete transcript of the interview.
Khashoggi’s fiancée calls for justice: ‘Jamal did no wrong to his country’
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, spoke with The World's Shirin Jaafari about her message for world leaders and how his death has affected her.
DOJ veteran says Barr's request for foreign help on CIA, FBI probe is 'stunning'
Attorney General William Barr reportedly wants the help of Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom in reviewing how the CIA and the FBI went about investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. That's unusual and 'disturbing,' says a former Department of Justice official.
David Byrne and the birth of Talking Heads
A look back at the early days of the seminal band.
Why transcripts of Trump's calls with heads of state are so hard to get
A US intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint citing a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter. The whistleblower says this wasn't the first time under the Trump administration that a telephone conversation record was placed into a codeword-level system to protect politically sensitive information. Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive spoke to The World about the "codeword-level" system.
Forever 21 closing stores in bankruptcy filing shows limits to fast fashion, author says
After Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy, some younger consumers are questioning the future of fast fashion as they look for more sustainable alternatives.
Who is responsible for enforcing the US whistleblower law? The president.
Donald Trump says he wants to know the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint has sparked an impeachment inquiry. A 1989 law is supposed to protect whistleblowers. How does it work?