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Discussion: Lessons from the coronavirus pandemic to avert a future crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the critical role of public health in protecting people around the world. But the crisis has also exposed the need for more investment to help prevent a pandemic of this magnitude from happening again. As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Dr. Howard Koh of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Scientists develop antibody test to track disease spread; Putin, Erdoğan reach ceasefire agreement; 'Urgent' response needed to protect women against violence globally

Scientists in Singapore appear to be making advances with a new antibody test to help track the spread of COVID-19, while in the US, the Trump administration's response has been hampered by its declining trust in science. Turkey and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib province. And immigration experts warn that a new office of US Department of Justice could increase denaturalizations of US citizens.

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The World - Episode 20071114 - How Singapore battled obesity

The World's Patrick Cox continues our series on global obesity with a report from Singapore. Authorities there tried to combat obesity by putting overweight kids into special clubs and forcing them to exercise and diet. It did reverse the trend, but it also made many kids in Singapore miserable.

Global Hit

Global Hit - Complaints Choirs

The World's Patrick Cox update us on a cultural phenomenon that began in Europe but has now gone global. People from Finland to Singapore are getting together to form "Complaints Choirs."

Global Politics

Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz asks for the names of 3 countries who were among the first to pass laws making voting mandatory. The three countries we had in mind are Belgium, Argentina and Australia.

Arts, Culture & Media

Singapore's science dreams

Singapore is laying the foundation for a future economy based on science. It's sending its own citizens abroad for a top education, and enticing some the world's best minds in science to its shores. Reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro has more.

Conflict & Justice

World Cup gambling crackdown

More than 5,000 people have been taken into custody in a crackdown on illegal World Cup gambling. Police raided hundreds of betting dens across Asia. Anchor Marco Werman gets the story from The World's Mary Kay Magistad in Beijing.