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Hundreds of programmed drones with colorful lights flew over Seoul on Saturday night for a ten-minute, government-organized show containing messages on coronavirus prevention.
A coronavirus outbreak among workers at a Louisiana crawfish processing plant kicked off a legal battle with their employers over dangerous working conditions during the pandemic. Many of them are migrants on seasonal visas.
As sex clubs reopen across Europe, sex workers worry about their earnings and also whether they can stay safe. Niki Adams, a spokesperson with English Collective of Prostitutes, says the pandemic and lack of state support shows how far the industry still has to go to gain legal recognition.
But Shanghai Pride didn't include the typical parade filled with people waving rainbow flags. In China, parades are mostly reserved for displays of military strength. So, organizers have to use a little bit of ingenuity to pull off one of the country's longest-running Pride events.
Swiss direct air capture company Climeworks is counting on it.
Facebook and other tech giants will temporarily stop processing requests for user data from Hong Kong authorities after China imposed a security law on the city that calls for greater supervision and regulation of Hong Kong’s internet. And, many sex workers continued to work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, putting them at risk from abusive clients as well as the coronavirus. Now, brothels across the content are reopening, and authorities have issued a long list of hygiene rules. Also, most Pride activities around the world were canceled or moved online this year, but Shanghai Pride events continued as usual. But “as usual” means something very different in China compared to other places.
As two groups of people separated generations ago are reunited, they’re also confronting their differences.
Ghana’s “Year of Return” is changing how the history of the slave trade is remembered in Africa.
Rachel Engmann, a professor at Hampshire College, found her surname in a slave castle in Accra, Ghana, and decided to do some digging.
The era of the trans-Atlantic slavery is documented in archives in former colonies around the world. Now, just as there’s the most potential to use those documents to fill in large gaps in history, some of those archives are at risk of being lost.
As Virginia marks 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies, it confronts the problem of silenced voices in history.
The Strade Aperte plan, translated as “Open Roads,” is one of the world’s most dramatic examples of how city planners around the world, after COVID-19 lockdowns, are redesigning city streets to be friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists.
Opération Mer Propre, or Operation Clean Sea, is a nonprofit group that cleans the waters of France’s Mediterranean coast. In addition to the usual waste they find, they’re now picking up masks and gloves.
About one third of all food produced across the globe goes to waste, with profound implications for hunger, climate change and political stability. The pandemic is making the problem worse.
The coronavirus pandemic appears well-managed in countries that moved swiftly with science as their guide. Countries that initially downplayed the threat, such as Italy and the United States, have seen spiking death rates as health care systems are overwhelmed.
CareMongering is one of many mutual aid organizations around the world that have either been created or expanded to help people struggling during the pandemic — either because of age, health status or financial vulnerability, among other things.
On June 18, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration, allowing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to stand.
At least 115 people returned to Guatemala by the US have tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival. Deportees are being shunned, threatened or chased away by neighbors who fear they are bringing back the virus with them.
The White House is reportedly looking to restrict all US foreign worker programs, including a decades-old program called Optional Practical Training that allows international students to remain in the US and work for at least a year after graduating.
One Somali American in Minneapolis organized a prayer gathering online to process it together.
Ever since the US started its "Remain in Mexico" policy, many migrant families have sent their kids over the border alone to seek asylum. Now, even that door has closed. On March 21, citing the coronavirus, the US began summarily expelling children from the country.
Sudan's women were also the target on June 3, 2019, when Sudanese security forces raided a protest camp of pro-democracy activists. Now, a year on, many are concerned that those responsible for the attack are not being held accountable.
The pandemic is robbing the world of institutional memories of the past as older people fall victim to COVID-19. Indira Lakshmanan, the senior executive editor for National Geographic, shares her mother's story.
The path to victory in the US presidential election in November cannot afford to ignore the Latino vote. But Latinas' voting power goes beyond their individual votes: They’re likely to encourage friends and family to vote, too.
New Zealand is “halfway down Everest,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said of the country’s battle with the coronavirus. New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway all have notably low rates of fatalities and Germany stands out in central Europe for its low death rate. The seven countries have something else in common: All are led by women. Is it a coincidence or are women leaders better at managing the coronavirus?
Activists have been fighting to stop FGM for years. During the COVID-19 lockdowns worldwide, they saw both progress and backsliding.
The United States wants to broaden its main nuclear arms control agreement with Russia. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Matthew Bunn, a professor at Havard University, about extending the New START Treaty.
Protesters in Hong Kong are planning to demonstrate against another law that could limit their autonomy. And, the novel coronavirus is hitting Brazil hard. Also, in Qatar, the government is requiring use of a contact-tracing app. Meanwhile in South Korea, youth are embracing old school tunes.
The US spends billions and billions of dollars on defense, but the novel coronavirus slipped silently and invisibly across US borders and even onto military aircraft carriers. One could say the US was preparing for World War III when it got hammered by World War C — the coronavirus.
Under a United States peace plan unveiled earlier this year, Israel had the US's green light to annex large parts of the West Bank. If that happens, life for the Palestinians and Israeli settlers who live there could get even more complicated.
Thought Brexit was over, right? Wrong. Britain did leave the EU at the end of January, but in reality, nothing much has changed. The real deadline is Dec. 31, and negotiations are set to take place until then. There’s just one problem: a pandemic.