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WHO expresses reservations about plasma therapy; Dual storms menace the Gulf of Mexico; Belarus crackdown continues

Officials from the World Health Organization said on Monday that the use of convalescent plasma was still an “experimental” treatment for the coronavirus. In the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, two major storms are making similar trajectories toward the coast of Louisiana. And authorities in Belarus continued a crackdown on a massive protest movement against President Alexander Lukashenko.

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Israel and UAE cut diplomatic deal; Despite flooding North Korea refuses aid; Spain tightens coronavirus restrictions

Israel and the United Arab Emirates look set to establish full normalization of relations. And, despite weeks of heavy rains and flooding that destroyed thousands of homes and buildings and even threatened a nuclear reactor, North Korea has rejected aid from the international community. Also, Spain has decided to shut nightclubs and ban outdoor smoking in an attempt to tamp down a resurgence of cases of the coronavirus in Western Europe.

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Moderna, NIH coronavirus vaccine study underway; Vietnam back on high alert over coronavirus; UK blindsides travelers from Spain

The world’s biggest vaccine study for the coronavirus got underway today in the US. And, Vietnam is back on high alert after the first locally transmitted case in three months was detected in the central city of Da Nang, forcing the evacuation of 80,000 tourists. Also, UK health authorities said all travelers to the UK from Spain will now have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, blindsiding many travelers from Britain who are on vacation in Spain

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The World - Episode 20071106 - Spain presses for release of air crew

The World's Gerry Hadden reports that Spain is pressing for the release of three Spanish citizens held in Chad. The three are members of the airplane crew hired by the humanitarian group Zoe's Ark to fly children out of the African country. The Spaniards and their Belgian captain are being held on charges of being accessories to an attempted kidnapping of the kids.

The World - Episode 20071115 - Spain's spat with Venezuela

Spain's King Juan Carlos and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez made headlines last week when the Spanish King told Chavez to "shut up" at a leadership summit. Actually he used a few more words than that, and as The World's Clark Boyd reports, those words have taken on a life of their own in cyberspace.

The World - Episode 20071116 - Spain's far-right

The World's Gerry Hadden reports from Spain on tensions between the government there and extreme right-wing groups. Spanish authorities are bracing for a spate of demonstrations by the extreme right on November 20th. The events are timed to coincide with the anniversary of of the death of long-time fascist dictator Francisco Franco.

Geo answer

Today's geo answer is the Ebro River in Spain. It's the site of one of the last battles of the Spanish Civil War. Many Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War...and their stories are chronicled by a group called the Lincoln Brigade Archives. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from the group's chairman, Peter Carroll.

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Spain struggles with drought

The World's Gerry Hadden reports that Spain is struggling to cope with a severe drought, and the problem has led to water shortages, and in the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona, to a plan to bring in drinking water via tanker ships.