Full story - July 01, 2020
A man in a suit walks with a woman wearing a dark pink dress with white head covering in ornate museum with Arabic script
The Byzantines commissioned it as a Greek Orthodox cathedral. The Ottomans conquered it and turned it into an ornate mosque. Then, secular revolutionaries converted it into a monument to two faiths. Its ownership and usage have become a perennial political debate.
Full story - June 30, 2020
A person is holding a rainbow colored rose.
In early 2017, stories began emerging on how Chechen authorities were persecuting the LGBTQ community. The World speaks to director David French on his new film, "Welcome to Chechnya," which gives an inside look at the abuse and torture faced by the republic's LGBTQ people and those who try to help them escape.
Full story - June 30, 2020
A child looks out from a door as a Uighur woman walks by
New reports on China's policies toward Uighurs show draconian efforts to cut birthrates and surveil the largely Turkic-speaking and Muslim population. Israel hesitates with moving forward on annexing part of the West Bank. In Russia, a week-long vote comes to a close. A Eurovision spoof film is inspiring covers from real musicians.
Full episode - June 30, 2020
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei speaks with Danish media before entering the court for a case against the Danish importer of Volkswagen in Glostrup, Denmark May 22, 2019. Ai Weiwei claims that Skandinavisk Motor Co. A/S has violated his copyright. I
Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei talks about what's at stake in Hong Kong for the pro-democracy movement. Plus, vaccine testing in South Africa, which this week became the first African country with a vaccine trial. And, a change to a refugee program in Europe could leave thousands of the most vulnerable asylum-seekers who pass through Greek refugee camps homeless.
Full story - June 30, 2020
Black Lives Matter protest
For years, mainstream environmental movements around the globe have excluded people of color, who are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Today’s global Black Lives Matter protests have amplified calls for institutions of all kinds — including environmental groups — to challenge and dismantle chronic systemic racism.
Full story - June 30, 2020
A screenshot from the trailer of Netflix's “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.”
A new Netflix movie starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams may fill the Eurovision-sized hole in 2020's entertainment world. Now, a song from the film is getting a few authentic covers — from Eurovision contestants themselves.
Full story - June 30, 2020
Volunteers sit in plastic chairs as a medical professional gives a talk
In June, South Africa became the first country in Africa to launch a new COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.
Full story - June 30, 2020
A man is shown wearing a blue shirt with "Lagos Food Bank" written on it while carrying a cardboard box on his back.
The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated existing crises of food insecurity and health disparities. And mass protests around the world continue to spotlight deep-seated inequities faced by communities of color. As part of our weekly discussion series on the global pandemic, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a conversation exploring the global food supply and inequities, presented with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Full story - June 30, 2020
Syrian refugee mother holds 6-month-old son as toddler looks at the TV
The Greek government says it wants to make room for asylum-seekers waiting out their applications in camps on the Greek islands and elsewhere. More than 6,000 refugees are at risk of being evicted and that number will keep growing every month.
Full story - June 30, 2020
Wild boar next to apartment buildings
Wild animals emerged in unusual places after cities worldwide imposed lockdowns to slow the coronavirus. Researchers are calling the change in human activity an "anthropause" — and they're proposing a global effort to study how humans and animals may better share our crowded planet.

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