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Wuhan leaves coronavirus lockdown; Taiwan's success overshadowed by politics; ultra-Orthodox customs challenged

Residents of Wuhan, China, are allowed to leave the city after 11 weeks under lockdown. But in the US, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases dwarfs those from the next three hardest-hit countries. Taiwan's success in fighting the coronavirus is overshadowed by the One China policy, while in South Africa, the government response highlights deep inequalities. And in Israel, coronavirus restrictions contradict many ultra-Orthodox customs. And, why this teen wanted her quinceañera to double as a voter registration site.

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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.