China by far is bearing the biggest burden of the new coronavirus outbreak — only about 100 cases have been reported outside the country. But on Thursday, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern, while at the same time recommending countries not limit trade and travel to China. Michael Mina, an infectious disease specialist at Harvard, explains what's known at this point about this disease and the best ways to respond.

Full story - February 04, 2020
A worker amid a room of cots
More than 20,000 people have contracted the virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei. Some nations have closed borders with China, while in Wuhan, the city is in its second week of a virtual lockdown. 
Full story - February 04, 2020
Cuban Americans protest Raul Castro leaving office as Cuba's president and Miguel Diaz Canel named as the new president, in Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Florida
For decades, Cubans have been granted preferential treatment when immigrating to the US. Cuba scholar Rebecca Bodenheimer analyzes what moving away from Cuban exceptionalism could mean for the 2020 election.
Full story - February 03, 2020
A man leaves a voting booth
Some voters in Washington state can now cast ballots in the presidential primary straight from their smartphones or personal computers, The World has learned.
Full episode - February 03, 2020
A woman is shown wearing a dark shirt and a white face mask over her nose and mouth.
The coronavirus, first detected in central China more than a month ago, has now reached more than 20 other countries. The outbreak is disrupting business from global supply chains to the film industry to tourism. And, US President Donald Trump has added six more countries to his travel restrictions list — four out of the six are African countries. Some activists are calling this an "Africa ban." Also, attention turns to Iowa on Monday with the first contest of the 2020 election season. The World's Rupa Shenoy reports on immigrant teens who are trying to make sure that climate change is top of mind as Iowans come out to caucus.
Full story - February 03, 2020
Democratic US presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters and volunteers at a campaign field office in Iowa City, Iowa, Feb. 2, 2020.
For nearly a half century, every four years, the world’s eyes have focused on Iowa for the first decision in the election for the president of the United States. In that same period, Iowa has seen an unprecedented wave of nonwhite immigration, bringing diversity to a state settled mostly by Europeans.
Full story - February 03, 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin greets local residents before visiting a college of chemical technology in Cherepovets, Russia, Feb. 4, 2020.
Joshua Yaffa lives in Russia and is the Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker magazine. In his new book, “Between Two Fires,” he writes about how complicated life is in President Vladimir Putin's Russia, and how — to some degree — he found the same in Ukraine.
Full story - February 03, 2020
Dr. Amani Ballour treats an injured baby in Feras Fayyad’s documentary “The Cave.”
Faced with casualties from frequent airstrikes as Syrian forces laid siege to Eastern Ghouta, an area in the suburbs of Damascus, Dr. Amani Ballour helped set up an underground hospital.
Full episode - January 31, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shown walking with security personel and weaing a dark overcoat.
The US Senate heard arguments Friday over whether to consider hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. And, it's Brexit time. At midnight Friday (Brussels time), Britain officially ends its membership in the European Union. Plus, immigrants and refugees in Iowa discuss how they see both opportunities — and obstacles — to their participation in Iowa caucus and in American political life.
Full story - January 31, 2020
A large bus is shown with people sitting and wearing face masks.
China by far is bearing the biggest burden of the new coronavirus outbreak — only about 100 cases have been reported outside the country. But on Thursday, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern, while at the same time recommending countries not limit trade and travel to China. Michael Mina, an infectious disease specialist at Harvard, explains what's known at this point about this disease and the best ways to respond.
Full story - January 31, 2020
Iraqi demonstrators run for cover as they clash with Iraqi security forces
A new generation of mobilized and increasingly politicized young Iraqis has emerged and none of the existing societal and political groups is capable of fully containing it.

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