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'Alarming rates of transmission' return to Europe; Diack sentenced to prison for corruption; US restoring Iran sanctions

The European director for the World Health Organization has warned countries not to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for people possibly exposed to the coronavirus, the former head of the world athletics’ governing body was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, and the US plans to declare on Saturday that all international sanctions on Iran have been restored.

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Barr testifies on Mueller probe; Former Malaysia PM found guilty; Bush fires killed or displaced 3 billion animals

US Attorney General William Barr heads to Capitol Hill today and will face questioning on what critics argue is a politicization of the Justice Department. And, in a case seen by many as a test of Malaysia’s resolve to stamp out corruption, the country’s former prime minister, Najib Razak, was found guilty of corruption Tuesday. Also, a new study has found that almost 3 billion animals were killed or displaced in the recent devastating bush fires in Australia.

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China announces sanctions targeting Rubio, Cruz; Polish President Andrzej Duda reelected; Remembering Zindzi Mandela

China announced retaliatory sanctions on Monday against the United States for “interfering in China’s internal affairs.” And, Polish President Andrzej Duda has won another term in office after an election runoff held on Sunday. Also, Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, has died.

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The Mandela threat

Faith and news analyst Jason Mantzoukas discuss South African liberation hero Nelson Mandela and his continued presence on the international terrorism watch list.

Nuclear smuggler gets suspended sentence

A South African court handed down an 18-year jail term to German engineer Gerhard Wisser for his involvement in an international nuclear smuggling ring...but then suspended the sentence when he pleaded guilty in another case.

The World - Episode 20071107 - New book on South Africa's Thabo Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki has been president of South Africa since 1999. He's credited with completing the country's transition to democracy. But he's also known for downplaying the AIDS crisis there. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with writer Mark Gevisser, who spent ten years researching a new book about the South African president. It's called "Thabo Mbeki: A Dream Deferred."

Police corruption in South Africa

Rhoda Metcalfe reports that South Africa's president has suspended the national police chief amid corruption charges, and critics say the move was long overdue.