Full story - February 22, 2021
A woman in shown in shadow bending over near dozens of small red flags in the ground.
The emergence of coronavirus variants raises questions about ongoing efforts to slow the pandemic. The World's Elana Gordon moderated a live discussion with Harvard epidemiologist William Hanage that explored the implications of the new variants and vaccine effectiveness.
Full story - February 22, 2021
An Indian British woman wears a face mask and receives a shot in her arm with someone wearing purple gloves.
The coronavirus death toll is higher in minority communities as many are working front-line jobs. Health inequalities, housing conditions and structural racism are also key factors. 
Full episode - February 22, 2021
A large crowd of people are shown filling a street with many wearing traditional Asian hats and carrying red signs.
Ever since Myanmar’s military led a coup, demonstrators have flooded the streets of major cities. Now, the tense standoff between the military and the popular uprising has taken a deadly turn after the deaths of three protesters. And, the COVID-19 vaccine effort is in many ways like no other, even to organizations like UNICEF, which has been working on vaccine outreach for decades. Also, NASA’s latest exploration of Mars with the Perseverance rover sent audio back from the Red Planet for the very first time.
Full story - February 22, 2021
A demonstrator displays a picture of the defaced image of the commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, also chairman of the State Administrative Council to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 17, 2021. The UN expert on human
Experts say that as the US rejoins the UN Human Rights Council, it should hold allies — and itself — accountable for human rights violations. 
Full story - February 22, 2021
Thousands of people are shown marching in a street with many wearing yellow construction helmets.
Top of The World. A general strike in Myanmar on Monday saw businesses, factories and other workplaces shuttered across the country despite the military junta’s warnings against such a move. And, Iran may be backing away from its threat to sharply curtail access to international inspectors from its nuclear program. Also, just one year after the first confirmed COVID-19 fatality in the US, the country is on the verge of crossing a grim milestone: 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19.
Full story - February 19, 2021
This Feb. 18, 2021, photo provided by NASA shows the Perseverance rover lowered toward the surface of Mars during its powered descent.
Host Carol Hills speaks to NASA aerospace engineer Diana Trujillo, who worked both on the robotic arm of the Perseverance rover and hosted the broadcast.
Full episode - February 19, 2021
President Joe Biden is shown walking toward a podium with the White House crest on it and carrying a white piece of paper.
In a break from the previous administration, the White House announced that it is ready to meet with Iran and other signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal. And, getting soldiers and militias fighting wars to lay down their weapons for a vaccine rollout seems unlikely. But Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland suggests it can happen, and it can be a first step to ending conflicts. Also, landing of Perseverance rover on Mars was accompanied by NASA's first-ever Spanish language broadcast for a planetary landing.
Full story - February 19, 2021
Houthi fighters hold images of relatives killed in violent conflict
Houthi militias have renewed their military campaign to take over Marib, Yemen. Nadwa al-Dawsari, a scholar at the Middle East Institute, tells The World what’s at stake with this new push to take control of Marib.
Full story - February 19, 2021
A huge flag of Ethiopia waves with people sitting underneath it
During the day, dozens of guests of all backgrounds crowd around long tables at Yemen Kings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to share traditional Yemeni dishes like fahsa, a stew made out of beef or lamb.
Full story - February 19, 2021
President Hassan Rouhani is shown wearing a dark robe and a traditional white turban while sitting.
Top of The World: The Biden administration on Thursday set out to rejoin talks with Iran and opened the possibility of returning to the nuclear deal brokered under the Obama administration. And, lawmakers and President Biden released their immigration plan offering a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Also, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully landed Perseverance, the latest robotic craft to explore Mars.

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