The World's Clark Boyd reports on governments that have found various ways to block citizens' access to internet sites; this web filtering is described in a new book, "Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering".
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with correspondent Kate Seelye about the strict rules that govern daily life in Saudi Arabia, and how some of those rules are being relaxed by the country's conservative rulers.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks to Michael Abramowitz, who is traveling with President Bush on his tour of the Middle East; today, the tour featured a stop in Saudi Arabia, where President Bush met with King Abdullah.
Global markets are struggling to deal with the continued spread of COVID-19, and a cut to export oil prices adds another level of uncertainty. Meanwhile, northern Italy is on lockdown and schools have closed nationwide. Students rejoice, but parents worry. And, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration was disrupted by blasts Monday, and rival Abdullah Abdullah held his own swearing in ceremony. Also, the crisis at the Greece-Turkey border continues to unfold. The World is following it on the ground in Greece.
The director general of the WHO is calling for unity and an end to the "politicization" of the coronavirus crisis, pushing back on US President Donald Trump's criticism of the organization. Also, eyes are on OPEC talks today and whether Russia and Saudi Arabia will agree to production cuts as crude prices have crashed to an 18-year low. And in Italy, some overworked doctors are getting a little help from Tommy, a robot nurse.
The death of a tribesman in northwest Saudi Arabia has raised alarms about the government's plans to forcibly remove locals from their land in order to build a $500 billion futuristic city called NEOM.
As May Day celebrations and rallies have been curtailed, workers around the world are pushing for their rights. Fuel shortages are making life harder for Venezuelans, especially essential workers. And even as Lebanon teeters on the edge of economic collapse, some Americans are choosing to ride out the pandemic there. Meanwhile, Sweden's gardeners have become real party poopers.
Saudi Arabia, one of the richest countries in the world, has announced a 15% value-added tax on all goods and services. It is also cutting down some benefits for state employees. Meanwhile, the kingdom has been on a shopping spree with its Public Investment Fund, dropping roughly $7.7 billion on stakes in Facebook, Boeing and Starbucks, among other companies.
The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi released a statement on Twitter on Friday saying they forgive their father’s killers. But his fiancée says she doesn't support it. Agnès Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, tells The World's host Marco Werman that the entire situation is a "parody" and "travesty" of justice.
US President Donald Trump held a phone call with President Vladimir Putin Monday and discussed his idea that Russia should be invited to attend the next G-7 summit. And, Trump is expected to visit the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. The plans mark the second religion-theme appearance for Trump as the world watches protests across the US over the death of George Floyd. Also, the US and Saudi Arabia are holding a virtual pledging conference to raise money for aid operations in war-torn Yemen, which risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus.
Bill Browder is a British American financier who has been seeking justice for Sergei Magnitsky, his former attorney, for years. He spoke to The World's host Carol Hills on the UK's rollout of sanctions that mirror the US' 2013 Magnitsky Act.