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Updated 2022-10-02 02:17
Brazil's elections test the political power of religion
Brazil is still the largest Catholic country in the world, but Protestant evangelicals are a fast-growing segment of the population. And they’re making their presence felt politically.
US senators demand full White House investigation into shooting of Palestinian American journalist
Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen speaks to The World's host Marco Werman about a renewed call by himself and other Senate Democrats for a full inquiry into the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh earlier this year.
Lula battles Bolsonaro for chance to defend the poor again in Brazil
Two presidents are battling for power in Sunday’s elections. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is hoping to unseat current far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
Tense atmosphere as voters head to the polls in Brazil's most diverse elections ever
Brazilians will vote in presidential elections on Sunday. They will also vote for a host of other government officials. This year, more Indigenous people, women and Black candidates are running for office than ever before.
'We're done': A new generation of Iranians are using this app to track the country's morality police
The mapping app Gershad, launched in 2016, allows people in Iran — primarily women — to mark the location of the country's morality police so that others can avoid them. Human rights activist and app co-founder Firuzeh Mahmoudi joined The World's host Marco Werman to talk about the app amid current protests.
Electric vehicles are gaining popularity across China as govt creates incentives
China started investing in new electric vehicles years ago. This year, about 25% of new cars sold there are electric. They're gaining in popularity, especially among the younger generation.
No contradiction in supporting protesters while pursuing nuclear deal with Iran, US special envoy says
Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, joined The World's host Marco Werman from Washington to discuss how the Biden administration views the current protests and what this could all mean for efforts to secure a nuclear deal with Iran.
Art and religion remix at this goddess festival in Kolkata
The five-day Durga Puja festival brings the city of Kolkata, India, to a standstill as throngs of people visit elaborate temples to the Goddess Durga that spring up everywhere.
'We are forced to be bank robbers,' desperate Lebanese citizens say amid financial crisis
Banks in Lebanon have partially reopened this week after the government had ordered them to be shut down. The closures were prompted by a spate of bank heists conducted by people whose savings have been stuck in banking system.
'Wherever the work is, we're all going': Graphic novelist on working in Alberta's tar sands
"Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands," a graphic novel by Kate Beaton, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, tells the story of leaving home and joining thousands of others to work in the oil sands of Alberta, Canada. Beaton joined The World's host Marco Werman to talk about her experience.
Lost luggage finds a new home at this Spanish nonprofit
In Spain, some 20,000 unclaimed suitcases now sit in airport warehouses. Envera, a nonprofit group, has found a way to give the contents of this lost luggage a new home.
What comes after Hydra, the darknet marketplace that changed everything?
Dina Temple-Raston of the "Click Here" podcast spoke with Niko Vorobyov, the Russian author of Dopeworld and Kim Grauer, director of research at Chainalysis and an expert in cryptocurrency economics and crime, about Hydra, its closure in April and who or what is likely to replace it.
This Kenyan sprinter is inspiring more youth from his country to take up the sport
Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala won the gold medal for the 100-meter sprint at the Commonwealth Games in August — the first time for his country in 60 years. Now, he's hoping to inspire more youth to pursue the sport.
Spain passes law to remember and exhume victims of civil war and dictatorship
​​​​​​​Spain’s socialist government recently passed a new law greatly expanding the rights and recognition of victims during the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco and the years that followed.
With Queen Elizabeth II's passing, royal memorabilia expected to increase in value
Demand for royal memorabilia has skyrocketed since the queen’s death in the United Kingdom.
A new Roma radio station gets people talking about taboo issues in Hungary
The Roma are Hungary’s largest ethnic minority, making up close to 10% of the population. Radio Dikh, a new radio station, aims to change perceptions of the Roma community in Hungary, where they have faced decades of stigma and discrimination.
Thousands of foreign students enrolled in Chinese universities await permission to return
In late 2019, nearly half a million foreign students in China — mostly from Africa and other parts of Asia — were studying at Chinese universities. Then the pandemic struck, disrupting in-person studies. Nearly 2 1/2 years later, many are still prevented from returning to China.
‘We can all learn to care’: Colombia’s capital city wants men to do more chores at home
Bogotá's Care School for Men aims to battle centuries of living in a culture that teaches men to focus on breadwinning instead of caregiving.
A state-owned company from China is building a massive commercial port in Peru
Experts say the port will be a new milestone for shipping trade between China and Latin America. But many people in the town of Chancay, where the port will be located, are not happy about it and say their lives will be changed forever.
Ukrainian band Antytila on the front lines
Taras Topolia is the lead singer of the Antytila band in Ukraine. When the war started, Topolia immediately joined Ukraine's military and served on the front lines, as did some of the other band members. At the same time, Topolia continues to advocate for Ukraine through his music.
People shouldn’t put their guard down when it comes to COVID, Fauci says
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, joined The World's host Marco Werman to assess the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect briefly on five decades of service in public health.
Kyiv residents try to get back to normal life amid lingering signs of war
When Russia first invaded Ukraine, the capital, Kyiv, was under threat. One of Russia’s goals was to force regime change in the heart of the country. That didn’t happen. But the residents of Kyiv are still processing the early days of the war, trying to begin to get back to something like normal daily life.
London goes silent to pay its respects to the queen
The queen’s funeral plans were decades in the making as part of what was codenamed “Operation London Bridge.”
‘Every country gets a voice:’ World leaders convene at annual UN meeting
This week's General Debate at UN headquarters in New York will draw a room filled with big personalities, protagonists and politics.
'We are erased': The fight to reopen girls secondary schools in Afghanistan continues
This past week, girls in the province of Paktia in eastern Afghanistan went to the streets to protest. The Taliban had reopened their schools but ordered them shut again. Girls’ education in Afghanistan has become a sensitive topic since the Taliban came to power last year. They have closed down nearly all secondary schools for girls in the country.
‘Double the suffering’: Between drought and insecurity in Somalia
Somalis find themselves caught between twin crises: the worst drought to hit the region in more than 40 years, and ongoing insecurity caused by terrorism.
Inside the IT Army of Ukraine, ‘A Hub for Digital Resistance’
The "Click Here" podcast spoke to The World about their extended interview with a high-ranking member of the pickup cyberforce called the IT Army of Ukraine.
Dublin or Lower Broadway? Thousands of Garth Brooks fans celebrate his first Irish show in 25 years, cowboy hats and all.
For five nights, over two weekends, Garth Brooks is playing in Ireland’s largest stadium, and for the first time in 25 years. And the 400,000 or so fans who snagged tickets seem determined to make the most of it.
'No more food in my village': Aid needed to avert a famine in Somalia
The United Nations has said more than 700 children have died in malnourishment centers in Somalia this year. Several parts of the country could experience famine from October to December due to extreme drought.
A vegan bacon revolution takes hold in France
La Vie, a plant-based food startup in France, is on a mission to start a vegan bacon revolution and has tested products that taste almost like the real thing. Pork lobbyists are not too happy about it.
Long before electricity, wind catchers of Persia kept residents cool. Climate-conscious architects are taking notes.
This 12th-century invention was a reliable form of air-conditioning in Iran for centuries. And as temperatures continue to rise around the world, this ancient way of staying cool has gained renewed attention for its emissions-free and cost-effective design.
Connecticut school district recruits Puerto Rican teachers to help meet bilingual needs
​​​​​​​US schools suffer from a critical shortage of bilingual teachers. But the public schools in Hartford, Connecticut, had a novel idea: recruit bilingual teachers from Puerto Rico with diverse teaching experience.
As Ukraine’s military retakes parts of the country, some people begin to rebuild
Ukraine’s military has retaken hundreds of square miles of territory from Russian forces in recent days. That means Ukrainian civilians might start thinking about returning home. But rebuilding the country is going to be a massive and costly effort.
Weekend offensive 'alters political dynamic’ in favor of Ukraine, military analyst says
Ukraine has fully regained its territory in the Kharkiv region. Chris Dougherty, a military analyst at the Center for a New American Security, joined The World's Marco Werman to explain this surprising turn of events and the impact this could have on the war.
Somalia’s first environment minister aims to alleviate suffering from climate disasters
Environment and Climate Change Minister Khadija Mohamed al-Makhzoumi says the world often associates Somalia with security issues. But the biggest problem facing Somalia now is climate change, she said.
What kind of leader will King Charles III be?
Richard Drayton is a professor of imperial and global history at King's College, London. He spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about what King Charles III's reign may be like.
‘We have to close the gap’: Some politicians in Colombia say it’s time to take pay cuts
Congress members in Colombia are earning 35 times as much as regular workers. Sen. Jonathan Pulido Hernandez says it's time for lawmakers to take pay cuts in order to show restraint with public funds and connect more with the people they represent. But not everyone's on board.
Southern African vultures subject to poisonings, extinction
Certain species of vultures are critically endangered in southern Africa. Recently, some mass killings of vultures in Botswana and South Africa have led to concern over the vulture population. But conservationists are working to increase their numbers.
Queen Elizabeth II was the UK's longest-reigning monarch. Who will succeed her? A historian explains.
Jonathan Spangler, who teaches European history at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, spoke to The World's host, Marco Werman, about what to expect from the impending transition.
Peruvian filmmaker Melina León boosts Peru’s film industry with strong female leads
With Peru's current political upheaval as a backdrop, award-winning filmmaker Melina León is developing new projects. Her latest feature film will tell the difficult story of a young Indigenous woman living with epilepsy.
‘This is where I should be’: 1,500 Black Americans make Ghana their new home
At least 1,500 Black Americans have moved to Ghana since 2019, when the government declared its "Year of Return" initiative, calling on Africans in the diaspora to return to Africa. As the US continues to confront its history of racism and police brutality against Black people, many are heeding Ghana's call.
Chileans categorically reject a new, progressive constitution
Two days after a national referendum on a new draft constitution, Chilean President Gabriel Boric shook up his Cabinet in an attempt to reboot the government.
'Every story here is a tragedy': Lviv hospitals adjust to a drawn-out war
The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has become a center for internally displaced people who come to the city from all around Ukraine seeking medical care. Hospitals there are working in overdrive, providing care for kids injured as a result of Russian attacks.
‘Afrobeats is the party’: The rise of African beats in global music
Afrobeats has soared in popularity, from Lagos to New York, and even Seoul, South Korea.
'Doomsday' flooding in Pakistan linked to glacial melt, expert says
Himalayan glaciers are melting at a much faster pace than anyone had really appreciated to date, according to Huma Yusuf, host of "Climate Mahaul," a podcast focused on climate change. Yusuf joined The World's host Carol Hills to discuss Pakistan's catastrophic flooding.
Disappeared Uyghur author's novel translated into English for the first time
Darren Byler, a Uyghur scholar, joined The World's host Carol Hills from Vancouver to discuss the book, "The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang."
Inclusive dance phenomenon gains exposure in Spain
​​​​​​​Inclusive dance is an emerging art form that’s moving people all over the world. Dancers in wheelchairs, on crutches, or have no obvious challenges at all while professionals mix with amateurs.
Instability in Iraq has created a ‘culture of fear,’ experts say
This week, the announcement of the resignation of a powerful cleric in Iraq sparked deadly clashes in the capital, Baghdad. On Monday, Moqtada al-Sadr said he is stepping away from politics. In response, his supporters stormed the Green Zone.
'Knowledge has become our weapon': Ukrainian children return to school amid war
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that a lot of students are also going to class far from home, or online because of the war.
Reports show British teenager was allegedly trafficked to ISIS by Canadian agent
Azadeh Moaveni, with the International Crisis Group, speaks with The World’s host Carol Hills about Shamima Begum, a British woman who was a teenager when she traveled to Syria in 2015. Moaveni says new information about Begum being trafficked by a Canadian intelligence agent could have serious implications for Canada.