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Updated 2020-10-28 10:51
China's new Silk Road runs through cyberspace, worrying rivals and privacy advocates
China is fast becoming a global leader in cutting-edge technologies — such as artificial intelligence, facial recognition, surveillance and 5G. But critics say China’s technology enables authoritarian control and increases dependence on an autocratic state.
10 years on, UN officials reflect on Haiti cholera epidemic caused by peacekeeping mission
Ten years ago, sewage from a UN peacekeeping mission's base in Haiti contaminated a major water supply. The resulting cholera epidemic killed over 10,000 Haitians.
COVID-19 hits Brazilian families dealing with Zika especially hard
Brazil seems to be slowly getting a handle on the coronavirus, with a decreasing number of infections and deaths, but this year, more than a million people in the country have come down with dengue, chikungunya, malaria and Zika.
French teacher’s murder widens France-Turkey rift over secularism
As France mourns a beloved teacher murdered after showing controversial cartoons in class, a diplomatic rift between Europe and the Muslim world over secularism and religious freedom is widening.
Germany’s schools try to stay open as another round of coronavirus lockdowns take effect
Although the Bavarian government, to the south, has ordered the first widespread lockdowns in districts along the Austrian border amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, schools in most of Germany, generally speaking, are back to normal. At least for the moment.
How the US presidential election could impact women’s health worldwide
The US is the largest funder of global health and family planning programs worldwide. Democratic contender Joe Biden is at complete odds with President Donald Trump on this and other policies, and so the outcome of the upcoming election could carry big implications for women around the world.
‘Castaloween’: A traditional Catalan chestnut holiday ‘coexists’ with Halloween
La Castanyada, or “chestnut feast," is a centuries-old Catalan tradition celebrated on Oct. 31. But for the past two decades — thanks in part to the increasing influence of American cinema and TV — stores have stopped decorating with chestnuts and instead turn to skulls, pumpkins and witches.
Nigerians in the diaspora join #EndSARS protests
The #EndSARS protests against police brutality that have erupted in Nigeria have spilled beyond the country's borders.
Wildfire shuts down major US transportation corridor, signaling yet more climate disruption
I-70 is the only major interstate highway that runs over the continental divide in Colorado. Earlier this summer, it was closed for two weeks following the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon. It’s just one example of emerging transportation challenges linked to climate disruption.
Stateless Palestinian becomes Spanish citizen after proving Sephardic origin
Even before discovering her Jewish roots, Heba Iskandarani was always fascinated by Judaism. Subconsciously, she says, she always knew there was something there. But her genealogical journey took years before reaching back far enough into the past.
Is overtourism over? Travelers to Europe stay home due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Prior to the pandemic, Venice, Prague and Amsterdam had become so saturated with visitors that locals no longer recognized their hometowns. But with COVID-19 restrictions, residents are breathing a sigh of relief while many businesses face unprecedented losses.
IMF reassures COVID-19 support after hundreds of groups push back against belt-tightening measures
About 100 countries have asked the International Monetary Fund for emergency assistance during the pandemic.
‘No mask, no goddess’: Kolkata reimagines Durga Puja festival amid pandemic
As COVID-19 cases rise in West Bengal state, Durga Puja festival organizers and devotees alike are following strict protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and families are adapting traditional rituals in order to celebrate safely.
A doctor in India dances to cheer up his COVID-19 patients, in full PPE
A video Dr. Arup Senapati dancing for his patients to the party track “Ghungroo” has gone viral, winning praise even from Bollywood.
What Germany can teach the US about quitting coal
While the Trump administration has tried to revive the dying coal industry, the German government set an exit date and made a plan to help coal communities survive.
New doc features the life of Iran's leading human rights lawyer
For two decades, Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has fought for the rights of children, women and minorities in Iran. She has been arrested several times and is currently serving a 38-year prison sentence. “Nasrin” is a new documentary that tells her life story.
How would a Justice Amy Coney Barrett rule on the environment?
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a conservative who tends to interpret the law narrowly, which could spell trouble for environmental laws intended to address climate change.
Russian hackers: GRU's Sandworm unit members indicted by US
Cybersecurity expert tells The World host Marco Werman that "these are hackers who are responsible for an incredible rampage across the internet over the last five years."
Sudanese celebrate planned removal from US terror list
The announcement comes after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the US and Sudan.
Public health experts warn against herd immunity strategy to manage COVID-19
As herd immunity gains new ground as a possible public health strategy, a growing chorus of public health experts is speaking out against it as an extremely dangerous idea.
Pandemic’s deadly side effect: Global rise in bootleg alcohol poisonings
With a tanking economy and public health woes, Turkey sees a major uptick in the ingestion of methyl alcohol, which can cause severe injury or death.
'Spirit Run': A new memoir details one man's journey to reconnect with nature and his Indigenous heritage
In his memoir, "Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land," Noe Álvarez shares how the communal run helped him reclaim a relationship with the land and reconnect with his parents' migration and life of labor in the agricultural fields of the northwest.
Retired US generals warn against calling the US election too early
A nonpartisan group called Count Every Hero says that calling the election on election night may disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of military voters overseas who vote by mail.
Fighting in Afghanistan claims lives and displaces families as peace talks drag on
As many as 35,000 people may have been displaced and 200 people killed or injured in the Taliban's latest offensive in the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
After months of closure, Kenya's schools adjust to sudden reopening
In July, Nairobi announced that schools across the country would stay closed for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This week's last-minute reopening is a pleasant surprise for many teachers, parents and students.
‘You get fired up’: Mexico City fans savor lucha libre wrestling at drive-in venues
A company that organizes the colorful, larger-than-life bouts has set up fights to be enjoyed from the socially distant comfort of spectators' own cars.
Sweden and Denmark have taken two very different approaches to COVID-19. What's working?
Sweden and Denmark are only a few miles apart, but the two countries have handled COVID-19 very differently.
Vaccine expert: Trial hurdles are 'totally normal' on path toward immunity
Vaccine developers say temporary halts show that the tests are being done properly, and that a difficult timeline comes with the territory. But the skeptical public might view it differently.
Ex-CIA Director John Brennan fears 'rocky times' are ahead for the US
Ex-CIA Director John Brennan says the next 100 days leading up to the inauguration may be especially dangerous. Brennan spoke to The World's host, Marco Werman, about the state of affairs.
Israeli ultra-Orthodox celebrate Simchat Torah holiday despite lockdown orders
Under lockdown rules, gatherings are limited to 20 people outdoors and 10 indoors. But on Saturday night, in the Shikun Hahistadrut neighborhood, music and singing rang out from the open windows of a Torah study seminary as celebrants gathered.
Fauci shuns Trump's politicization of COVID-19 science to focus on 'public health message'
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells The World's host Marco Werman that President Donald Trump’s use of his words in a campaign ad was “inappropriate,” but that he has no recourse to undo the misleading appearance. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci is also a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Amid pandemic, Venezuelans hit the road again in search of work
As neighboring countries reopen their economies, thousands of Venezuelan migrants are leaving the country again to look for work. But the pandemic is making their route through South America tougher.
‘Much more diverse than people think’: Black immigrants are reshaping the Black electorate
An increasing share of the US Black population is foreign-born — and they tend to lean more conservative.
Do US-living descendants of tribes in Canada have rights north of the border?
Canada’s Sinixt tribe is officially extinct. But one man aims to regain recognition for his tribe. His case could set a precedent for reconciliation and tribal sovereignty throughout the nation.
China's Arctic ambitions have revived US interest in the region
As part of its global Belt and Road Initiative, China is investing in the Arctic — setting up research stations, investing in mining and energy, and working with Russia to create a new sea route through the Arctic Ocean. It's also stoked concerns from the US.
Supreme Court recognizes Native sovereignty in much of Oklahoma
A recent Supreme Court ruling recognized Native Americans sovereignty over millions of acres of tribal lands in Oklahoma, partially rectifying decades of ignored rights and disregarded treaties.
How social media has changed society
It draws us in and riles us up — but we still can’t look away.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg left behind a powerful environmental legacy
In addition to championing women’s rights, late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took a strong and sophisticated stand on protecting nature and the climate.
Biden says he’ll make China quit coal. Can he deliver?
China is on a coal spree, financing and providing technical expertise to roughly 60 new coal-fired power plants outside its borders.
What 1 billion Americans would mean for the US
The US has the world’s largest economy, but for how much longer?
Mexico City tortilla shop provides free Wi-Fi for kids to access virtual school
La Abuela tortilla bakery on the hilly outskirts of Mexico's capital is providing pupils with a place to study and a complimentary connection to their virtual lessons as the pandemic prevents in-person learning.
How the next US president may impact the future of Taiwan
Unofficially, the Trump administration has made moves to support an independent Taiwan, angering China. The question now is whether the next president will continue that policy.
First-class swag, airplane meals, 'flights to nowhere': Airlines innovate amid pandemic
Airlines are doing everything from selling in-flight meals to “flights to nowhere” to keep customers amid the coronavirus.
Ex-Marine's Russian imprisonment is 'political,' his father says, calling for his release
Former US Marine Trevor Reed is sitting in a Russian prison for a crime that his family — and many US lawmakers and diplomats — say he didn't commit. The World's host Marco Werman speaks to Trevor Reed's father, Joey Reed.
How a mistake at a press conference helped topple the Berlin Wall
Many steps led to German reunification, but perhaps none more dramatic and pivotal than the night the Berlin Wall fell, Nov. 9, 1989. Peter Brinkmann, a West German newspaper journalist based in Hamburg at the time, was there.
How the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could spiral into bigger regional war
With Turkey backing Azerbaijan and the Armenians turning for help to Iran and Russia, the tinderbox in the South Caucasus could ignite into a larger conflagration. Simon Saradzhyan, director of the Russia Matters Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, explains why.
How one Danish energy company went from black to greenin 10 years
In the last 10 years, Ørsted, one of Denmark's largest energy companies, flipped its business model from a focus on fossil fuels to renewable energy. Their success is partly thanks to the country's progressive policies that paved the way for a boom in wind energy innovation.
One French politician fights to expose China’s Uighur concentration camps
When he won a seat in the European Parliament last year, Raphaël Glucksmann promised something different. His goal was to become "the voice of the voiceless people.”
How tech reshapes our relationships
What happens when tech influences every aspect of our lives — even who we meet, and what our families look like?
Schiff: US power to confront hard targets like China ‘has really atrophied’
A new report from the House Intelligence Committee says that intelligence agencies are facing great difficulty shifting away from counterterrorism toward new threats from countries like China. The US is lacking in personnel, language skills, expertise and prioritization of resources.
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