Last year marked two decades of Vladimir Putin in power in Russia. Here are the events that have shaped — or been shaped — by the former KGB officer.

Full story - January 07, 2020
A man on an orange jumpsuit holds a koala with burned feet.
The University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman stunned people recently with his estimate that 480 million animals have been injured or killed in Australia's bushfires. A few weeks later, the fires have spread even farther, and he's updated the impact to include 1 billion animals.
Full episode - January 07, 2020
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We know that Russia has been honing its tools of disinformation since the Cold War, but how did Soviet-era sabotage make the jump into the digital age? How have imposters on social media caused real-world tumult? In Part II of a miniseries on Russian interference from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we get into the mechanics of it all by taking a look at two specific instances when Russia tested out its disinformation strategy inside the United States. Renee DiResta and Kate Starbird, leading experts in the burgeoning field of digital misinformation, bring us up to speed on how Russia honed its misinformation campaign in the lead up to the 2016 election.
Full story - January 06, 2020
Iraqi flags wave behind a group of men in parliament
Sarkawt Shams, an Iraqi MP, told The World he boycotted the vote in parliament to pull out US troops. "We want to have a peaceful relationship with both United States and Iran," Shams said.
Full story - January 06, 2020
A government official talks to Mexican deportees
Personal connections allowed activists in Rhode Island to come up with a legal way for immigrants to appoint guardians for their children in case they’re detained.
Full story - January 06, 2020
People march as they take part in an anti-war protest
A US-Iranian "shadow war" has escalated following the assassination of Iran's top general, Qasem Soleimani. The World is following what's happening between the US and Iran as the situation unfolds. 
Full episode - January 06, 2020
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani are shown in front of a large group of people with their heads bowed and praying.
What was the Trump administration's rationale for the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani, the second most powerful figure in Iran? And, what's left of the international agreement that controlled Iran's nuclear program? The World's Shirin Jaafari has the latest. Also, an update on the Australian wildfires and the devastating impacts they're having on wildlife there. Plus, pop star Miley Cyrus has settled a $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit by Jamaican songwriter Michael May, aka Flourgon, over a line that she allegedly ripped off of his 1988 track "We Run Things."
Full story - January 03, 2020
Gen. General David Petraeus, commander of the international security assistance force and commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, testifies at a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on the situation in Afghanistan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
As former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and a former CIA director, retired Gen. David Petraeus is familiar with Qasem Soleimani. Petraeus spoke to The World about what's next after Friday's airstrikes on Iran's most prominent military commander.
Full story - January 03, 2020
Demonstrators with Iranian and American flags.
Despite some periods of cooperation, the US and Iran have long been in conflict. Here's a brief timeline of major events in US-Iranian relations.
Full episode - January 03, 2020
a group of men and women walk in protest.
A drone strike authorized by US President Donald Trump killed Iran's top security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasim Suleimani. Who was Suleimani, and why is this such a momentous, and controversial, move? Also, Iranians are in a state of shock, wondering how their country might respond and fearing where this might lead. And, we'll bring you the view from Iraq. Iraqis have been incensed recently about being caught in the middle of a proxy battle between the US and Iran. The killing of Suleimani escalates that feeling of vulnerability significantly.
Full story - January 03, 2020
A man is shown wearing a dark-color vest and carrying a large garbage bag full of plastic bottles.
Here’s the problem with plastic: It’s super useful. But it can take centuries to degrade. What if there was a better plastic that was easier to recycle?