Muslims who have planned an Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia have had their plans canceled over the Kingdom's decision to ban foreign pilgrims from entering the country to visit its Islamic holy sites over coronavirus fears. And, a man in Afghanistan who helped the United States now feels increasingly trapped there as the US makes moves toward a peace deal with Taliban. Also, French voters are heading to the polls soon to elect new mayors and city councils. But, in many French towns and villages, nobody is even running.
US health officials are now signalling that the spread of coronavirus appears inevitable in the United States. And, despite sporting events being postponed or canceled globally because of the coronavirus, the year's largest sporting event — the 2020 summer Olympics — are still scheduled for July in Japan. But officials from International Olympic Committee suggest that could change at any time. Plus, Scotland will soon become the only nation in the world to make tampons and sanitary pads available to women free of charge at various community centers.
Iran's coronavirus death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday, the highest outside of China, and real extent infections could be much higher — increasing the country's international isolation as health authorities move to accelerated emergency measures to curb the epidemic's global spread. And, it was a brief state visit, but on his way out of India, President Donld Trump said he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi about religious freedom. Also, researchers at Georgia Tech have devised a mathematical model for making the perfect fried rice.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 10. While evidence of giant turtles first emerged in Venezuela in 1976, new research uncovers the first full-sized, 10-foot-long shell that once belonged to what's believed to be the largest turtles in history. A team of researchers from Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia spent six years searching, gathering, processing and researching the giant shells. The giant turtles would have dwarfed humans and were the size and weight of a modern-day, midsize car. In this week’s special feature of The Number in the News, lead researcher and associate professor Edwin Cadena shares what the turtles were like when they lived 7-13 million years ago as well as what caused them to go extinct. The Number in the News is a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed. Listen to The Number in the News every morning to hear a shareable story in just two minutes. It’s one number you won’t forget, plus why it’s in the news today. Click here to add The Number in the News to your smart speaker News Briefing on an Amazon or Google smart speaker. Produced by The World’s Bianca Hillier.
The coronavirus continues to spread, eroding a sense of safety that comes with distance from China. Europe is confronting its first major eruption of cases in Italy. And, despite a growing chorus of troubling reports of human rights abuses in the disputed region of Kashmir, US President Donald Trump praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday during a visit to India. Also, in the middle of an NHL hockey game, a Zamboni driver was called to save the day in what became a Cinderella-on-ice story.
We speak with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to find out about international cooperation with scientists in China on the coronavirus outbreak, America's preparedness for infections here and some experimental treatments being tested. South Sudan's political rivals President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have announced they will agree to share power and form a unity government by Saturday. Also, what inspired author Nazila Fathi to write two children books to help Iranian American kids feel proud of their heritage.
Federal prosecutors are treating the mass shooting in Hanau, Germany as an act of terrorism. Far-right extremism is thought to have motivated the shooter, who opened fire in two hookah bars in the western German town and killed at least nine people. We also look at the appointment of Ambassador Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence, and ask what impact it might have on US intelligence-gathering capabilities. Whitney Houston died in 2012, but some people are determined to keep some version of her alive. Next week in Sheffield, England, the pop-icon will appear to perform in concert.
The humanitarian crisis in northwestern Syria is massive. Since December, an estimated 900,000 civilians have fled from their homes as Syrian government forces — with Russian military help — have continued their offensive in Idlib province. Now, Turkey's president says it's "only a matter of time" before Turkish troops launch an operation of their own. And, as COVID-19 spreads, online platforms like Airbnb are telling users and hosts to take cautionary measures. Also, the British government is planning to implement a points-based immigration system in 2021 that aims to only attract high-skilled foreign workers.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 10,000. Zaatari, a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, has quickly turned into a city of 80,000 people since opening in 2012. Water can be scarce and the desert soil is too poor to cultivate anything, making nutritious food a hard resource to come by. But scientists from the University of Sheffield in England have a solution. They're teaching refugees how to grow food by using old foam mattresses instead of soil. They have 10,000 mattresses on hand, and the UN Refugee Agency is training people how to use them. It’s working at the refugee camp, and it could be a solution used in cities around the world.
We're due for another coronavirus reality check on what we know and how we know it. Dr. Michael Mina, an infectious disease specialist at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, speaks with The World's host Marco Werman about the latest understanding of how the virus spreads, how it incubates and how deadly COVID-19 is compared to other respiratory diseases. And, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he’ll start handing out $10 billion worth of grants to fight climate change. Also, in Thailand, snails have long been seen as creepy pests that ravage crops. Now a beauty craze sweeping Asia — rubbing collagen-rich snail excretion on your face — has radically hiked the value of snails.
The biggest cluster of coronavirus cases outside of China is on a cruise ship called the Diamond Princess. The World's host Marco Werman speaks with one of the passengers on board and with an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto. Also, meet a Chinese American family that's now on lockdown in northwest China. Plus, climate change may get some attention in Tuesday's Democratic presidential candidate debate in Nevada. Hear from one of the debate moderators who is also a climate journalist for Telemundo.
In China, health officials reported more than 5,000 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and 121 deaths on Friday. Those numbers are just from the last 24 hours. So, how do you contain an outbreak like this? And, officials in Egypt on Friday announced the first case of coronavirus in the country. It’s also the first confirmed case in the whole of Africa. Also, the legend of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez is the focus of a new college course at San Diego State University.
Officials in China's Hubei province are using a new methodology to diagnose people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That new methodology increased the estimated number of infected people to nearly 60,000, the vast majority of them in China. And, more than 700,000 Syrians have tried to flee fighting in Syria's north-west province since December. But with a closed Turkish border and freezing temperatures, many remain trapped between Syrian and Turkish forces, with no hope in sight. Also, the Church of England has apologized for its racist actions against African Caribbean people who came to the United Kingdom after World War II.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News, Today’s number: 28. Researchers in Italy are listening more closely to penguins in an effort to understand how the flightless birds communicate. The study analyzed nearly 600 penguin “songs” from 28 adult African penguins and found that the structure of the songs closely imitates the structure of human language. Previous studies have found similarities between human language structure and the way chimpanzees communicate, but the new study from the University of Torino is the first to analyze birds. Listen to the penguin songs in this episode of The Number in the News, a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed. Listen to The Number in the News every morning to hear a shareable story in just two minutes. It’s one number you won’t forget, plus why it’s in the news today. Click here to add The Number in the News to your smart speaker News Briefing on an Amazon or Google smart speaker. Produced by The World’s Bianca Hillier.
For more than 50 years, the CIA used encryption devices to spy on its adversaries and allies. Just how much did the CIA know about the dirty deeds of military dictatorships in South America? And, Parents for Peace started out as a small support group for relatives of individuals who’ve joined extremist groups. Five years later, it has grown to include work on prevention. Plus, a Texas girl finds comfort in the Beatles after she moves to the US from Argentina and struggles to fit in.
The coronavirus outbreak is doing what the Chinese government has not — put a stop to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. And, the Philippines has given notice that it intends to end the Visiting Forces Agreement, which lets the US rotate its armed forces through Philippine military bases. Plus, happy 80th birthday to the classic cartoon duo Tom and Jerry — who are still popular around the world after all these years.
World Health Organization experts are now on the ground in China, helping to track the spread of the coronavirus and assisting Chinese officials who are designing strategies for treatment. And, dozens of people who have been deported from the US and returned to El Salvador have been murdered there. The Best Picture Oscar nod to "Parasite" is a big deal. It's the first time the award has gone to a film that isn't in English.
The Chinese doctor who tried to sound the alarm of an outbreak, but was silenced by Chinese police, has died after contracting the virus. Li Wenliang, 34, became a hero to many for standing up to authorities and word of his death has unleashed a surge of new emotion in China. And, the number of migrants in US detention facilities under the Trump administration peaked last summer, with more than 50,000 people in the system. Now, California and other states are taking steps that could reduce the number of detention centers. Plus, many Irish are feeling left out of the spoils of globalization: high rents, shaky social services and rampant inequality are taking a toll in Ireland. The Irish go to the polls this weekend, and after years on the political fringes, the left-wing Sinn Fein party could see major gains.
The World Health Organization has identified more than a dozen countries in Africa that are at high risk of being affected by the potential spread of the coronavirus. And, US President Donald Trump is touting that more than 100 miles of new border wall have been built during his presidency. But the Trump administration has only built a barrier on one mile where none previously existed. Also, if the Iowa caucus this week taught us anything, it’s that elections and smartphone apps don’t always mix so well. And yet, a lot of online voting will happen in the primaries and presidential election this year.
Hong Kong has suffered its first fatality from the coronavirus outbreak — a young man who had visited Hubei Province, the epicenter of the virus, over Chinese New Year. And, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó got a standing ovation from US lawmakers at the State of the Union Address. But are people in Venezuela cheering? Plus, a new study analyzed ecstatic display songs from 28 adult African penguins in Italian zoos. Researchers found that the songs' structure very closely imitated the structure of human language.
Shanghai is not that close to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, but the city is still feeling its impact. And, we debut our new series: "Every 30 Seconds." In the US, every 30 seconds, another Latino becomes eligible to vote. Up through the election, The World will profile young Latino voters across the nation, looking at issues that are resonating. Plus, Berlin-based Artist Simon Weckert placed 99 iPhones with Google Maps on, all in a red children's wagon and walked with it to "hack" the GPS application into thinking there was a traffic jam.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 4. At the Rosenthal family home in England, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Musician Tom Rosenthal’s 4-year-old daughter, Fenn, recorded her first song this week. It’s been played more than 5 million times on Twitter, and it’s incredibly cute. But, fair warning: Fenn knows how to craft a narrative. Hear “Dinosaurs in Love” for yourself on The Number in the News.
The coronavirus, first detected in central China more than a month ago, has now reached more than 20 other countries. The outbreak is disrupting business from global supply chains to the film industry to tourism. And, US President Donald Trump has added six more countries to his travel restrictions list — four out of the six are African countries. Some activists are calling this an "Africa ban." Also, attention turns to Iowa on Monday with the first contest of the 2020 election season. The World's Rupa Shenoy reports on immigrant teens who are trying to make sure that climate change is top of mind as Iowans come out to caucus.
The US Senate heard arguments Friday over whether to consider hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. And, it's Brexit time. At midnight Friday (Brussels time), Britain officially ends its membership in the European Union. Plus, immigrants and refugees in Iowa discuss how they see both opportunities — and obstacles — to their participation in Iowa caucus and in American political life.
People in China would normally be getting back to work, or school, now that the Lunar New Year holiday is coming to an end. But the coronavirus outbreak means that things are far from normal in the country right now. And, at midnight on Friday night after years of debate and turmoil, Britain will leave the European Union. What will that mean for foreign workers from EU countries who currently live and work in Britain? Plus, a scientist in Sydney, Australia, been researching how cows communicate their emotions to each other.
Flights are canceled, quarantines are going into effect and foreign governments are trying to evacuate their citizens as the health authorities around the world work to contain a deadly coronavirus outbreak first detected in China. And, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to London on Wednesday to urge UK officials to rethink the government's move in allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei limited access to the UK's development of 5G wireless networks. Also, we report on one Irishman's quest to raise awareness about global climate change through ice swimming.
US President Donald Trump unveiled a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday. A White House ceremony was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who said it was a "historic day." Palestinian leaders had rejected Trump's long-delayed plan even before its official release, saying his administration was biased toward Israel. And, Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed to defeat the coronavirus, which has killed more than 100 people. But as The World's Patrick Winn reports, the government's efforts to contain the epidemic are hampered by the public's lack of trust. Also, the US Supreme Court is giving the Trump administration greater leeway to refuse green card applicants.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 2. A man in New Zealand and another man in Spain created an “Earth sandwich” by placing slices of bread on precise points on either side of the planet. Nineteen-year-old Etienne Naude of Auckland, New Zealand, explains why he has been wanting to do this for years. The Number in the News is a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special segment here in The World’s podcast feed. Listen to the Number in the News every morning to hear a shareable story in just two minutes. It’s one number you won’t forget, and why it’s in the news today.
President Donald Trump's former national security advisor, John Bolton, makes his presence felt at the Senate impeachment trial after a leak of his book manuscript suggests there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Also, we look back on the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his formative years growing up in Italy. Plus, what is life like today in Auschwitz on the 75th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by Soviet troops?
Lawmakers finish making their case in the US Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. We take a look back at the first week of the impeachment trial. And, health officials across China are stepping up their response to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Air and train travel have been suspended in several cities, and the government has closed the Forbidden City and parts of the Great Wall as the country heads into a holiday weekend. Also, what does a Gullah expression of West African culture sound like? We hear from Clay Ross and Kevin Hamilton of the Grammy-nominated Ranky Tanky, a quintet from South Carolina whose soulful Gullah music draws from jazz and from the sounds of the descendants of enslaved Africans in the American South.
Impeachment managers continue pressing their case Thursday in the US Senate, making arguments on the constitutional basis for removing President Donald Trump from office. Plus, it was a year ago when Juan Guaidó declared himself the rightful president of Venezuela amid the country's constitutional and financial crisis. Yet, the regime of Nicolás Maduro has persisted, despite mass protests and a near collapse of Venezuela's economy. And, the deaths of three American crew members in the crash of a firefighting plane in Australia are a reminder of the danger they face, and of the effort to allocate global firefighting resources based on seasons.
The rules are set and the opening arguments began today in the impeachment trial of US President Donal Trump in the Senate. Also, did the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, hack into Amazon chief Jeff Bezos's smartphone? Two UN officials say that's exactly what happened. Saudi Arabia calls the allegation against its crown prince, "absurd." And, as world leaders prepare for a commemoration in Israel on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the president of Poland is refusing to participate.
It's day one of US President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate. Trump faces charges of abusing power and obstructing Congress. And, an Iranian student attending Northeastern University has been deported against a federal judge's orders from Boston's Logan Airport. Also, a man from New Zealand and another man in Spain have created an Earth sandwich. Literally — two pieces of bread, placed precisely on opposite sides of the globe.
From The World and PRX, The Number in the News — Today’s number is 2,500. Residents of Blackhall Colliery, England, have been stumbling on bundles of cash since 2014. In total, more than $40,000 have been found. Now, police say the “culprits” have come forward.
The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins Tuesday, and its implications ripple far beyond the United States. Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns talks with host Marco Werman about how the work of the State Department continues while foreign policy itself is at the center of the allegations against the president. And, an outbreak of a coronavirus is spreading with more than 200 confirmed cases in China. Health authorities are concerned about more cases as the Chinese Lunar New Year kicks off this week and people travel throughout Asia. Also, there's network of Kenyans who are doing homework for students in the US, Canada and Great Britain for extra cash.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led prayers on Friday and said in a sermon that the country has every right to flex its military muscle beyond its borders. Also, China released new data showing the country’s economy is slowing and birth rate figures are at their lowest rate in more than half a century. And, a bookseller in England is feeling the love after his tweet about not selling a single book on Tuesday went viral and now he is overwhelmed with orders.
Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs announced Thursday that it would open a criminal probe into possible surveillance of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Also, the death of a US citizen in an Egyptian prison raises serious questions. And, we have a profile of one of the biggest hip-hop stars in Europe — Alyona Alyona who raps from her home in Ukraine.
The House of Representatives voted on a resolution today to name impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Also, as Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his hours long federal state address today, he suddenly shifted to talk about changing the constitution. Plus, the potential perils when a cool microbrew goes global. Refugees from Myanmar say buying Fat Tire beer also helps buy bullets for Myanmar's army, which has been on trial for genocide at The Hague.
European nations have formally accused Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear agreement, a move that could lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions on Tehran. The World asks: Why now? And what could new sanctions look like? Also, for the past several months, Americans have been hearing about Ukraine in the news. But for many Ukrainians, impeachment is the last thing on their minds. And, Canada is expected to be the part-time home to the UK's Prince Harry and his American wife, Meghan. But exactly where in Canada is a topic of fevered speculation, centered on British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Many residents there are pleased about the possibility of new royal neighbors
If the rise of despots around the world seems bewildering, especially given unprecedented access to information in 2019 — therein may lie the very problem. A new kind of propaganda has taken hold — one that relies on too much information, instead of too little. In Part III of our mini-series on Russian disinformation from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we take a look at how Vladimir Putin, leveraging 21st-century technology, engineered a media climate rife with conflict and conspiracies at home, and then took the strategy global. Putin not only took the disinformation strategy to US shores, but also to places around the world — with deadly results. We talk with journalist Peter Pomerantsev about his early warnings around Russia’s new menace, how it plays to the advantage of authoritarians — and how we now see their techniques put to use by politicians in the United States.
Iranians have taken to the streets for a third day in a row over anger toward their own government, as well as toward the US. Also, Texas is a huge participant in the US refugee resettlement program, but not for much longer. Texas Governor Greg Abbott told the US State Department that the state will not accept any refugees this year. Plus, Haitian-American flutist, composer and vocalist Nathalie Joachim, pays tribute to female artists in Haiti.
The United States, Canada and Britain all are now saying a missile was the reason for the deadly crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane this week. Iran still denies this and is pointed toward an unknown mechanical issue with the aircraft. We hear more about the evidence in cellphone videos taken as the plane came down. And, how do airlines choose to fly or not when a hostile situation is developing in a given area. Also, author and photographer Teju Cole has shared a playlist he made after spending time in Mali's capital enjoying live sets by top-notch guitarists.
What led to the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 in Iran early Wednesday remains a mystery. But US officials now say the plane may have been mistakenly shot down by an Iranian missile. And, scholars disagree on whether the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was legal. But critics argue the Trump administration has failed to make a legal case for the killing raising questions about the limits of executive power. Also, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they will be stepping down as senior royals, Queen Elizabeth has let her displeasure be known.
US President Donald Trump addressed the nation today and said the US will continue to "evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression," but backed away from military confrontation. And, a Ukraine International Airlines flight leaving from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning. We get the latest from Kyiv. Also, Italian Vogue reimagines the cover photoshoot for its January issue to promote sustainability.
Iran said it launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked Tuesday about claims that Iran was planning imminent attacks against Americans ahead of Qasem Soleimani's killing. American allies in Europe are watching carefully and also criticizing the US airstrike. And, should we prepare for cyberattacks from Iran? That's the message coming from the US government, which expects retaliation from Iran. Also, a knitted green sweater has become deeply symbolic to people working to remember the lessons of the Holocaust. The sweater, from an exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, was knit for a girl named Krystyna Chiger by her grandmother. Chiger wore it the entire time she was in hiding in the sewers of Ukraine. To honor Chiger's story of survival, knitters have developed a pattern for the sweater and are encouraging others to create their own.
We know that Russia has been honing its tools of disinformation since the Cold War, but how did Soviet-era sabotage make the jump into the digital age? How have imposters on social media caused real-world tumult? In Part II of a miniseries on Russian interference from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we get into the mechanics of it all by taking a look at two specific instances when Russia tested out its disinformation strategy inside the United States. Renee DiResta and Kate Starbird, leading experts in the burgeoning field of digital misinformation, bring us up to speed on how Russia honed its misinformation campaign in the lead up to the 2016 election.
What was the Trump administration's rationale for the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani, the second most powerful figure in Iran? And, what's left of the international agreement that controlled Iran's nuclear program? The World's Shirin Jaafari has the latest. Also, an update on the Australian wildfires and the devastating impacts they're having on wildlife there. Plus, pop star Miley Cyrus has settled a $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit by Jamaican songwriter Michael May, aka Flourgon, over a line that she allegedly ripped off of his 1988 track "We Run Things."
A drone strike authorized by US President Donald Trump killed Iran's top security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasim Suleimani. Who was Suleimani, and why is this such a momentous, and controversial, move? Also, Iranians are in a state of shock, wondering how their country might respond and fearing where this might lead. And, we'll bring you the view from Iraq. Iraqis have been incensed recently about being caught in the middle of a proxy battle between the US and Iran. The killing of Suleimani escalates that feeling of vulnerability significantly.
The Iran-backed militia members that stormed the US Embassy in Iraq are known as Kataib Hezbollah, a group many of us had not heard of before this week. So, just who are they? Plus, long-time commissioner of the NBA, David Stern died on Wednesday. Stern is credited with transforming the league into a global brand. Part of his legacy: European superstars on American courts. We look at the hottest European star in the NBA right now, 20-year-old Slovenian Luka Dončić. And, Sesame Street's international growth and appeal.
The attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad is testing the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Iraq. Also on this special New Year's Day edition, we take a deep dive into the Arabic typewriter. It's a tale of two inventors: His whole life, Walid Waked had been told that his great-grandfather invented the Arabic typewriter. And then, one day, he learned that another family — the Haddads — believed they invented it. We unravel the mystery. Also, we're going on another dive, this one into ice. Jill Heinerth is an underwater explorer and filmmaker who has gone scuba diving in places most of us can barely imagine, including going inside a massive iceberg in Antarctica. That iceberg dive captured dramatic images, but came with great risk.
Protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Tuesday in reaction to US airstrikes there. What is the symbolism of protesters breaching the compound, the largest and most expensive embassy ever built? Also, LGBTQ rights have seen both progress and setbacks over the last 10 years. Some countries have surprised activists by writing protections into law, while other countries have enforced regulations and further restrict their LGBTQ citizens. Plus, communities in Bermuda and Eastport, Maine, ring in the New Year with nontraditional ball drops. How are people ringing in the new year elsewhere around the world?
Russians posing as Americans, wild conspiracy theories about political figures, outright fabrications — these were all part of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential elections. But it turns out this kind of disinformation has been around for decades, since the early days of the Soviet Union. It’s just gotten a lot more powerful, thanks to tech and social media. To understand what is happening now, we have to understand how we got here: The end of communism in Russia, the rise of democracy, and, ultimately, its demise at the hands of the man behind all this modern-day manipulation — Russian President Vladimir Putin. In this featured episode from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we get a front-row seat to the story with the US former ambassador to Russia — and a guy who knows about disinformation on a very personal level — Michael McFaul. This is the first of a three-part series from "Raw Data."
In Sydney, Australia, city officials are going ahead with New Year's fireworks, despite calls for the spectacle to be canceled amid record dry conditions and massive wildfires. And, the US military struck Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria Sunday, a reprisal for a rocket attack last week that killed an American contractor. Plus, an Israeli-Canadian doctor working in an indigenous community built a six-foot tall menorah out of ice.
If US states and cities want to allow refugees to resettle in their communities, state and local officials have to sign off on it. The new rule stems from an executive order issued by President Donald Trump. On a related note, immigration is a subject that's become more and more prominent in children's books. And Marco Werman picks global musical trends of the past decade.The World is a public media news program that relies on the support of listeners like you. Donate today during our NewsMatch campaign and have your donation doubled.
The Kremlin cracks down on its critics. Meanwhile, in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, there’s an effort playing out to hold accountable local politicians accused of wrongdoing. And Sandra the orangutan from Argentina was granted nonhuman "person" rights in 2014. Now, she has found a place to enjoy her personhood: the Center for Great Apes in Florida. It took an unprecedented act of international cooperation to get her there.
In Hong Kong, clouds of white smoke and tear gas again fill the air as residents experience what they're calling a "white Christmas." Several clashes took place in shopping malls in prime tourist neighborhoods. Host Marco Werman speaks with one of the protest leaders about this latest escalation in the campaign against Hong Kong's government.
Also, we'll check in with James Scott at the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. He'll tell us how thousands of volunteer fire firefighters in Australia have been spending their Christmas Day, trying to control fires which have engulfed vast areas around Sydney.
Plus, at this time of over-indulgence, The World's Bianca Hillier tells us about new research on the benefits of putting on your hiking boots and going for more than a stroll around the block.
And, Carolyn Beeler reprises her journey to Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica where scientists see the consequences of warming oceans on one of the world's most remote giant glaciers.
"We'll see what happens," said US President Donald Trump Tuesday when he was asked about North Korea's threats that it's planning a "Christmas gift" for the United States. Experts say the "gift" is likely to be some kind of weapons test. But what are the Trump administration's diplomatic options for dealing with North Korea? Also, some Tanzanian human rights activists and journalists will be spending their holidays in jail. And, the legend of Pancho Claus brings a distinct Chicano flair to the role of St. Nick.
There’s an epic struggle underway: a challenge to lead the world in artificial intelligence — AI. But this space race for the 21st century doesn’t seem to be getting enough attention from at least one of the world’s superpowers — the United States. In this featured episode from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," futurist Amy Webb tells the story of the world’s leading AI companies, and the struggle between East and West in her new book, "The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans & Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity." We learn about China’s growing dominance in AI, and how US companies, in spite of stunning technological innovation, might someday fall behind. What’s at stake is nothing less than the future of power, governance and freedom.
In Saudi Arabia, five people were sentenced to death Monday in connection with the murder of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. And, US officials say they're ready for an unwelcome "Christmas gift" from North Korea that could come any day now. Plus, we'll hear about several new plant species discovered over the past year.
More than three years since the UK voted to exit the European Union in a 2016 referendum, Britain's Parliament has finally voted to approve the Brexit deal. Also, at Thursday's presidential debate, several of the Democratic candidates spoke about China. What were candidates' stances on China and how do they compare with President Donald Trump? And, the people in India-controlled Kashmir have been without the internet for 138 days, the longest blackout ever for a democracy.
From The World: The Number in the News — Today’s number is four. The fungus used to make Camembert cheese comes from northern France. But an American scientist was able to create the mold, known as Penicillium camemberti, in a lab in Boston. It could have ramifications for cheese makers — and charcuterie boards — worldwide. Our new show, the Number in the News, is a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed. Everyday, listen to the Number in the News and hear a shareable story in just two minutes from The World’s Bianca Hillier. It’s one number you won’t forget, and why it’s in the news today. Add The Number in the News to your smart speaker news briefing on an Amazon or Google smart speaker.
US President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representative Wednesday. Trump's tenure has marked a big shift toward nationalism, a trend that's growing worldwide, like in Great Britain, where Queen Elizabeth delivered a speech Thursday on behalf of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government to mark the re-opening of Parliament. But Washington, DC, wasn't in total disharmony, despite the impeachment vote. The House is expected to pass the new NAFTA, called the USMCA, with strong bipartisan support. And, the eastern German city of Dresden has declared a "Nazi emergency." The World's Orla Berry reports from Dresden about the city's growing problem with the far right.
The US House of Representatives formally charged President Donald Trump Wednesday with two articles of impeachment in a historic step. Also, there were fresh protests in India on Wednesday against a controversial new citizenship law. Plus, a visit to London's Gatwick Airport to learn about a sensory room to accommodate families with children with autism.
After a 19-year-old Central American woman gave birth in ICE custody in Chula Vista, California, Friday, US officials threatened to deport the mother without her newborn girl. Plus, the profile of an Afghan refugee on the island of Lesbos who started a school in a migrant camp. Greece plans to close the camp and move asylum seekers to the mainland, however. And, don't drink the water if you're skiing in British Columbia. An investigation found lead-contaminated water in 20 communities, including the iconic ski town of Whistler, a place known for being eco-friendly.
A new citizenship and immigration bill supported by India's government is being criticized as going against the constitution envisioned by former prime ministers Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also, next year marks a century since American women gained the right to vote — a movement that began in New Zealand and Australia. And, Arsenal soccer star Mesut Özil took to Twitter to criticize the Chinese government's treatment of Uighur Muslims, which prompted China's state broadcaster CCTV Sunday to remove the team's Premier League game from its broadcast schedule.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson won in a landslide in Britain's general election on Thursday, Dec. 12. The polls earlier had given Johnson's Conservative Party an advantage but it wasn't even close and now Brexit appears likely to move forward. And, the US-China trade war might be closer to ending. Officials in Washington and Beijing have confirmed they've reached a preliminary agreement on a trade deal. And, a historic electric aircraft flight took place in Canada.
Voters in the United Kingdom and Algeria are holding general elections Thursday. And in Israel, people woke up to learn that they will vote yet again — for the third time in less 12 months — in a national election, now set for early March. In non-election-related news, the "Christmas Book Flood" is about to hit Iceland. It's a tradition when publishers flood the shelves with new releases, setting up books as a gift-giving tradition.
In an era of extreme partisanship in Washington DC, Democrats and Republicans cooperated to get a trade deal done updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. US President Donald Trump hailed the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement as "the best and most important trade ever." House speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was "much better than NAFTA." But what about the views from Mexico and Canada? Plus, which countries are taking the lead at the international climate conference in Madrid right now? And, in Mexico City, a new portrait of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata has caused a firestorm of outrage. Why? Well, it portrays Zapata in a seductive pose, clad only in a pink sombrero and high heels.
Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives presented formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Tuesday. The first article is on abuse of power and the second is on obstruction of Congress. And, 'fly less' is one of the big messages from climate activists in Europe, where the EU is considering measures to limit short-haul flights. But what about the alternatives for travel? Also, the classic Christmas film "Love Actually" gets a minor role in the rhetoric of the UK general election.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is in Paris on Monday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time at a summit hosted by Germany and France. Plus, the story of Aung San Suu Kyi's testimonies in The Hague this week in support of Myanmar's government. Also, a new generation in Finnish politics has helped make Sanna Marin the new prime minister. At 34, Marin has become the world’s youngest prime minister.
On Monday, the leaders of Ukraine and Russia are set to meet in Paris for the start of peace talks over the war in eastern Ukraine — we have a preview. And in India, police in Hyderabad took four men accused of rape and murder back to the scene of the crime. The suspects allegedly tried to steal weapons, and police shot the four men dead. Also, Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. But all those visitors are taking a toll on the people who actually live there.
President Emmanuel Macron's promise to reform France's pension system triggered massive protests and strikes around the country Thursday. And, a nationwide measles outbreak has closed businesses and schools in Samoa. Also, the European Union has declared "balsamic" a general term, striking down attempt by vinegar makers in Modena, Italy, to have the label exclusively for themselves.
Four constitutional scholars testified Wednesday at the House Judiciary Committee and tried to tackle how to define impeachable behavior as part of the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. Also, the summit of NATO leaders wrapped up in the United Kingdom with a joint statement and photo op — but the show of unity masks tensions. Also, Native American children in Canada and Alaska have declared a climate emergency. They're headed to the climate summit in Madrid to make their voices heard.
All eyes are on NATO as the 70th anniversary summit gets underway in London. We speak with Ambassador Karen Pierce, the UK's representative to the United Nations, about the tension that's opened up between US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. Also, Trump is making additional international headlines while in London by threatening new tariffs against Argentinian and Brazilian steel, along with some French luxury goods. And, "Baby Shark" gets a Navajo language cover.
Friday's stabbing in London has now become a campaign issue in the UK's snap general election, which is set for Dec. 12. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is blaming the opposition Labour Party for the incident — which has upset many, including the father of one of the victims. And, NATO is celebrating 70 years this week in London. It will be a low-key affair, considering US President Donald Trump's dismissive statements about the mutual defense treaty. Further dampening the celebration are recent statements from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said, "What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO." Also, the word "existential" is Dictionary.com's word of the year.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi says he will resign after one of the bloodiest days of anti-government protests. Also, French politicians and environmentalists say oui to banning Black Friday, maintaining that it really doesn't save people money and it hurts the Earth. Plus, it's been 400 years since the first Africans were brought to the English colonies as slaves. We'll tell you how people in Ghana are still grappling with the role that their ancestors played in the slave trade.
President Donald Trump signed a plan to authorize sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong. This move signals support for pro-democracy activists, but it could make for some tricky negotiations with Beijing. Also, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway — the Mississippi River — which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the world and allows trade flows to return. With record precipitation earlier this year, the strain on the river system was severe, a strain that's only becoming more acute, and normal, with the impacts of climate change.
On this Thanksgiving eve, we'll hear from veterans remembering some Thanksgiving moments while deployed. Hear about having dinner at Saddam Hussein's former palace and procuring live turkeys with the help of Peshmerga guards. Plus, how China's Communist Party perceives the impeachment proceedings in Washington. Also, Germany's far-right party, Alternative for Germany, is targeting the country's theaters, art and cultural institutions.
A new UN report about climate emissions shows that the world is way off track to meet the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement. Also, Russia is again under fire again for allegedly falsifying laboratory data and could be banned from major global sporting events. Plus, the world's top rated sushi restaurant has been removed from the Michelin guide. The fabled restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro was featured in the 2011 film "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." So what happened?
US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer is out of a job after disagreeing with President Donald Trump over the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Also, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong had record voter turnout in a landslide victory for local council district elections. So, what comes next? And, a new study shows striking similarities in world music, suggesting music may impact culture more than culture impacts music.
Since 2014, the US has committed more than $1.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. How does Ukraine’s military use those funds, and why are they so essential? Plus, the name Sergii Leshchenko keeps coming up in conjunction with the US impeachment inquiry. He's a former member of Ukraine's parliament and now a journalist. Republicans say he helped the Democratic Party in the 2016 US presidential elections, which Leshchenko denies. And, we've got an interview with Robbie Robertson, songwriter and lead guitarist for the iconic Canadian rock band, The Band.
The impeachment proceedings continued Thursday. The star witness told lawmakers to stop spreading conspiracies about Ukraine. Also, far away from Washington, in northern Syria, President Donald Trump has moved American troops out of population centers and toward oil fields. This has given some Syrians the impression that their lives don't matter. And cricket is going pink.
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of the city for a fourth successive day Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways. China has positioned up to 12,000 troops in Hong Kong who have kept to barracks, but officials have vowed to stop any attempts at independence. We learn more from Hong Kong official Ronny Tong. Also, what is the history of American efforts to counter corruption around the world and why that work has been so important for US foreign policy. Plus, the latest in Australia as the wildfires there continue to rage.
US lawmakers charted new territory Wednesday in their impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump with the start of public testimony on Capitol Hill. Plus, former US Ambassador Daniel Fried reflects on Wednesday's testimony and how the Trump administration conducts foreign policy. And, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a controversial visit to the White House. Finally, Venice, a city of canals sitting on top of a lagoon, is currently experiencing flooding not seen in 50 years — sending restaurant tables and chairs floating down streets.
The US Supreme Court has finished hearing oral arguments over President Donald Trump's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the US as children from deportation. We hear from one of the case's plaintiffs, a DACA recipient. The former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, arrived in Mexico Tuesday. Morales said he fled his country because his life was in danger. And, we take a tour of a coal museum in India.
A pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong finds itself at a crossroads after a police officer shot a demonstrator at close range and a pro-Beijing supporter was doused in flammable liquid and set on fire. The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The case is viewed as one of the most critical on the court's docket. And, a reboot of the acclaimed show "Blue's Clues & You" premiers Monday. We speak with the new host Joshua Dela Cruz about what this role means for him as a Filipino American.
The House impeachment inquiry released two more transcripts of testimonies Friday. We look into what we learned from the transcript of Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's top adviser on Russia until she stepped down in August and from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs on the National Security Council. Also, Saturday is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We hear from Germans remembering what they felt like when they heard the Wall had come down. And, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca has a new album out called "Yesun" — a word he made up to reflect his spiritual nature.
The US Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. According to an unsealed criminal complaint, two former Twitter employees allegedly accessed the data of dissidents criticizing the Saudi government. And, a Somali American who became the youngest person ever to be elected to the Lewiston City Council in Maine endured hate attacks from online trolls around the US during her campaign. Plus, what 415 hours of home movies reveal about life in East Germany before the Berlin Wall came down.
Iraq is experiencing the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades and motorized rickshaws are becoming a symbol of the protests, as the tuk-tuks cart away the wounded. Also, it's been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall — we have a story about how West Germans once tried to tunnel underneath. Plus, how everybody's a loser when it comes to the US-China trade war.
At least nine members of a family of dual US-Mexican citizens were ambushed and killed in a northern Mexican state Monday night. The attack was grisly, even by the standards of organized crime in Mexico. And, in supplemental testimony released Tuesday, ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, presumed there was a quid pro quo in the Trump administration's withholding of US aid to Ukraine pending an anti-corruption investigation, according to an excerpt released by congressional impeachment investigators. Also, scientists in Poland recently published a paper detailing the peculiar case of a group of cannibal ants that escaped an abandoned nuclear bunker.
The House impeachment inquiry is entering a new and more public-facing phase. Monday, more than 400 pages of testimony were released from depositions given by former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, former advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And, the air in New Delhi, India has reached poisonous extremes, creating a public health hazard, delayed flights and closed schools. Plus, Netflix has picked up a new animated series for preschoolers that portrays Hindu Gods as toddlers.
How secure are US elections after Russian operatives tried to hack voting systems in all 50 states? A new law goes into effect Friday imposing new controls on the internet in Russia. And, as clocks change for daylight savings Sunday, an economist explains why he thinks time zones should be abolished.
The US House of Representatives has voted to proceed with the formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Lawmakers approved rules for the next stage, including public hearings, in the investigation into Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival. Also, President Barack Obama's former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice on impeachment, the US withdrawal from northern Syria and why she thinks the US is exporting what she calls, "instability around the world." Plus, Australia's controversial "backpacker tax," a 15% tax that has hit Americans who earn money while on long-term vacations in Australia, has been ruled illegal.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won parliamentary approval for a new election that he hopes will break the deadlock over Brexit. Plus, WhatsApp is suing an Israeli company for hacking into mobile phones and allegedly installing malware on the devices. And researchers are counting the world's whale populations from outer space.
A White House national security official and decorated Iraq War veteran testified before House investigators Tuesday as part of the impeachment inquiry. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs on the National Security Council, personally heard President Donald Trump call with Ukraine's president. Plus, Turkey is struggling to get international support for a plan to resettle 2 million Syrian refugees in a strip of land along the Turkey-Syria border. And we've got a piece about Latin American witchcraft, known as brujería.
The leader of ISIS is dead. What could happen now to the terrorist organization, structurally and symbolically, without Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? Also, what data did the US acquire during the raid and how that could help find the far-reaching tentacles of ISIS and for the future fight against the world's most feared terrorist organization? Plus, global shipping firms are under pressure to cut carbon emissions, so some are experimenting with an age-old technology: sails.