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Updated 2021-04-20 21:46
As temperatures heat up, farmworkers across the US push for more rights
Millions of farmworkers across the US work under inhumane climate conditions, and are now pushing for more protections.
Russian dissident Alexei Navalny's health warrants 'justified, grave concern,' says his adviser
Vladimir Milov tells The World that after the third week of Navalny's hunger strike in prison, "there is a grave danger to his health."
Brooklyn Center mayor on George Floyd case: Black people can no longer tolerate ‘a state of terror’
Mayor Mike Elliott talks to Marco Werman about how his childhood in Liberia prepared him for this leadership moment — as his city grapples with the killing of Daunte Wright, and braces for the George Floyd verdict.
Scientists link Earth's magnetic reversals to changes in planet's life and climate
The discovery of a fossilized tree in New Zealand is providing scientists with insight on how magnetic pole reversals could affect life on Earth.
A fresh call for ‘pingpong diplomacy’ on the 50th anniversary of the first US-China games
The 1971 Table Tennis World Championship featuring US and Chinese teams has never been forgotten. Now, original players are calling for renewed diplomacy as tensions continue to mount between the two countries.
Pakistan mourns I.A. Rehman, the country’s ‘father of human rights’
​​​​I.A. Rehman opposed dictators and supported minorities, despite threats and constant danger.
Peru polarized by two social conservatives in presidential runoff
The two will go head-to-head in a second round of voting on June 6, with a majority of voters disappointed in their options.
Cuban Americans make plea to Biden administration for help on immigration limbo
A popular program for reuniting Cuban families in the US has been on pause since 2017. Now, many families are asking the Biden administration to restart it.
A toddler's newsletter inspires joy for isolated seniors in Toronto
The pandemic hit retirement homes hard. “Fridays with Edison,” a newsletter written in the voice of a 2-year-old, has kept residents at one Toronto retirement home inspired and connected.
Australians stranded amid the pandemic take their case to the UN
A year ago, the pandemic hit suddenly — stopping transportation, closing borders and stranding many people outside their own countries. A year later, many Australians remain stranded. They’re struggling to get people back home and to bring attention to their plight.
Syrian children in Lebanon are ‘being robbed of their futures’
Most Syrian children have missed years — if not decades — of schooling due to war and displacement. The conditions in Lebanon mean they could miss even more.
New technology could identify thousands of unknown soldiers who died in World War II
Some African American soldiers of the segregated 92nd Infantry Division remain unknown. But new technology could now help to identify them.
'People are being abandoned in the middle of the sea': Claims that Greece pushes back migrants to Turkey are rising
Greek authorities have strongly denied those claims. Evidence and pressure, though, are mounting.
India’s ‘streaming dream’ may dim with new digital regulations
With online news outlets and streaming platforms now under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, content creators may face new layers of bureaucracy, regulation and censorship.
Refugees stuck in limbo over Biden's inaction to restore admissions program
Many refugees have already been vetted and approved for entry, but President Joe Biden has yet to make an official commitment to rebuilding the US refugee program.
The quest for a universal coronavirus vaccine
A growing number of researchers are working to develop a variant-proof vaccine that would provide lasting immunity against different strains of the coronavirus, as well as other types of coronaviruses.
French citizens can choose a preferred jab. Some say ‘vaccine shopping’ leads to waste.
There are still a lot of misunderstandings about COVID-19 vaccines in France, said Brigitte Abel, who manages a call center for vaccine appointments.
Get a glimpse of southern Brazil's paleoburrows — dug by prehistoric animals
Across southern Brazil, thousands of tunnels dug by prehistoric animals have been discovered in recent years. It’s opening up a whole new branch of paleontology. But researchers face plenty of challenges in trying to study and preserve the paleoburrows.
Femi Kuti and Made Kuti continue Afrobeat legacy in two-part album
The roots of Afrobeat — not to be confused with the more pop-oriented Afrobeats, which has exploded in popularity in recent years — is socially conscious music, according to Made Kuti, Fela Kuti's grandson.
COVID-19 recovery in wealthy countries far outpaces the developing world, IMF warns
In the last year, 86 countries have taken out $110 billion in emergency loans from the IMF, and many are struggling with the debt.
It's been 60 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in outer space
Author Stephen Walker discusses his biography on Yuri Gagarin with The World's host Marco Werman.
A trip to a British pub may require a COVID-19 passport
England’s potential COVID-19 certificate scheme would require customers to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or immunity status to gain entry into shops, pubs and theaters.
‘The way they silence us is by killing us’: Armed conflict returns to Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura
In the last four months, a wave of violence has taken over much of the city, as two criminal groups, Los Chotas and Los Espartanos, vie for control.
A mental health crisis on Lesbos is worsening
Reports of suicide attempts within the refugee population are up, as are other symptoms related to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Meanwhile, virtually all mental services on the island are at capacity.
President Biden set to further regulate 'ghost guns'
The Biden administration faces pushback from Republicans as it tries to pass legislation to further regulate "ghost guns" assembled with homemade parts.
Building high-rises, hotels and stadiums out of wood — for climate's sake
Wood used to rule much of the building world, and now, it’s poised for a comeback, as engineered wooden buildings start to become an eco-friendly alternative to concrete and steel.
Chinese students in the US grapple with the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes
Chinese families are also thinking twice about sending their children to the US to study amid growing concerns about safety and security.
‘Our unity is our hope,’ exiled Myanmar envoy says
From hiding, a parliament-in-exile takes shape and seeks to build a new armed resistance force.
Seasonal workers have long faced gender and pay discrimination. Now there’s a way to file direct complaints.
The new US-Mexico-Canada agreement paves a clear pathway for some workers in Mexico to unionize and also file labor complaints directly with governments. In March, two women petitioned Mexico and the US on gender and pay discrimination allegations.
Backlash from bubble-tea fans after China bans plastic straws in restaurants
When drinking bubble tea — the straw is essential. How else can you suck up all those chewy tapioca balls? Complaints from bubble-tea drinkers have sparked a national conversation about straws.
Plan to divert water to Brazil's Belo Monte dam threatens Indigenous peoples and wildlife
The company that built and operates the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in Brazil has begun drawing down some 85% of the river, an amount scientists and Indigenous peoples believe will have catastrophic effects.
‘This island is a prison’: Migrants say plan for a refugee camp on Lesbos is too isolating
The European Union has announced a quarter-billion euros in funding for five new refugee camps on Greek islands, including on Lesbos. Some are worried the new site will not improve conditions for migrants on the island.
More transgender people are hiding their identity at work in the UK. Why?
A recent survey by a UK recruitment company indicates that over two-thirds of transgender people nationwide continue to conceal their identity at work, and the numbers are increasing.
Royal tumult in Jordan comes at a time of economic hardship
A rare but tense rift within Jordan’s royal family is playing out in public. But for one Jordanian who spoke to The World, it's the economy that should be the focus.
Health workers in Brazil fear COVID-19 cases may keep rising: ‘We cannot continue to trivialize these deaths’
As the rate of new infections is starting to slow down in Brazil, health officials brace for a new spike after Easter holiday gatherings over the weekend.
Activists argue the US doesn't do enough to protect domestic workers. Can an international hearing change that?
After 14 years of efforts, activists are calling the US out on an international stage for failing to protect domestic workers.
New album lifts up the voices of ostracized women in northern Ghana’s ‘witch camps’
The stories of these women, who remain vulnerable, can now be heard on an album called "I've forgotten now who I used to be."
Mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens move to a new resting place in 'Pharaohs’ Golden Parade’
As part of the multimillion-dollar event, the 18 kings and four queens were transported from the Egypt Museum in Tahrir Square along the River Nile to their new home at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, south of the capital.
Kickball builds bonds between migrants and locals in this Colombian border city
As anti-immigrant sentiment grows in Colombia, kickball league organizers in Riohacha hope the sport can facilitate integration between Venezuelans and their new neighbors.
A climate reporter walks into an appliance store...
Despite his efforts to buy a climate-friendly refrigerator, climate reporter Phil McKenna ended up buying a "carbon bomb" containing a greenhouse gas thousands of times more potent than CO2.
Haitian asylum-seekers face discrimination in Tijuana migrant camp
While much of the focus along the border has been on the arrival of Central Americans seeking asylum, Haitians have also experienced violence, political instability and racism in their journey to border cities like Tijuana.
Iran’s foreign minister talked on Clubhouse. Was it an act of rare access or political opportunism?
Javad Zarif discussed everything from Iran’s recent partnership with China to his bedtime routine. Iranian state media published parts of his conversation.
In France, artists occupy theaters with a strong message: ‘Reopen culture’
France’s cultural spaces may be closed, but many artists are insisting that the show must go on.
Myanmar’s army is turning guns on medics
Fears of a failed state abound as hospitals close and EMTs dodge bullets.
A Canadian company challenges vaccine rules to increase access
Biolyse’s unconventional move to try to produce single-dose COVID-19 vaccines adds to a fierce global debate about who controls vaccine knowledge and production in a pandemic.
Military tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine started more than seven years ago when Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula. Now, the two countries are at war in eastern Ukraine. The so-called “frozen conflict” has heated up again. Fighting is escalating in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, and there have been reports of military buildup in Crimea and on the Russian side of the border. Host Carol Hills speaks with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commanding general of the US Army in Europe until 2017.
Can K-pop stars wield their celebrity to influence climate action?
K-pop band Blackpink put out a climate change video expressing concern for the environment. Soon after its release, they were named cultural ambassadors to COP26, the upcoming United Nations’ climate talks in Glasgow.
Bolsonaro’s Cabinet reshuffle triggers worst military crisis since the ’70s
On Tuesday, the heads of the Brazilian navy, army and air force jointly resigned after Bolsonaro removed the defense minister in a major Cabinet reshuffle. This comes on the anniversary of Brazil's 1964 coup that ushered in a decadeslong dictatorship.
In Zimbabwe, vaccine hesitancy among front-line workers stalls rollout
A month into its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Zimbabwe has struggled to surpass the 75,000 mark as some front-line health workers are skeptical about the Chinese-made Sinopharm efficacy rate.
Activists protest migrant facility plan in Greece: ‘Greek islands will not be turned to prisons’
A group of residents gathered in the port city of Mytilene to protest plans for a permanent migrant facility on the island.