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Full story - October 21, 2019
A demonstrator flashes a V sign during an anti-government protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 21, 2019.
A political science professor said it's all about staying organized and maintaining control over the message.
Full story - October 21, 2019
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Most of the protests across various cities in Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia have been relatively calm, with people of all ages attending, including families with small children and dogs wearing pro-independence bandanas. But at night, as protests led by student organizations take over, the mood changes.
Full episode - October 21, 2019
A crowd of demonstrators are shown amassed in the street with a tear gas canister bouncing in the middle of the frame.
People are taking to the streets across the globe from Ecuador to Chile to Hong Kong and demanding change. What's going on? Why has the protest movement exploded in 2019, and what makes for an effective protest? And in Turkey, we learn the story of a Kurdish woman who's part of a group of women who have demanded information on the whereabouts of their husbands, fathers and sons for more than 20 years. Also, the silver ants of the Sahara can run their body length in less than a hundredth of a second — 10 times faster than sprinter Usain Bolt. We hear how a researcher was able to measure the ants' speed, and examine why the ants move so fast.
Full story - October 21, 2019
An up close image of an ant in sand
Saharan silver ants scamper on scorching sand at the rate of 108 times their body length per second.
Full story - October 21, 2019
A mother and daughter sit together on a couch. They are both part of the Saturday Mothers group.
On Saturdays 24 years ago, Kurdish women would gather in Istanbul's Galatasaray Square, a popular pedestrian shopping area, to demand the whereabouts of their sons, fathers and husbands. Today, they continue to meet, and while many of the founding mothers are growing frail, their daughters are taking the reins. Some men have joined the movement as well.
Full episode - October 21, 2019
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If you want to know how sanctions are playing out in Iran, look no further than the classified ads. You’ll find folks selling unused cosmetics, pets and something even more unusual. But you might also come across people like Alireza Jahromi, an entrepreneur with a chain of trendy burger joints. He says sanctions are like a tsunami — destructive, but, if you know how to surf, you grab your board and paddle out. And he says Iran, metaphorically speaking, is a country of surfers. On this bonus episode from The World's partners at the Things That Go Boom podcast, host Laicie Heeley asks if US policymakers may have underestimated Iranian resiliency and whether President Trump’s suffocating sanctions are likely to lead to new nuclear negotiations or just reinforce a bitter feud.
Full story - October 18, 2019
A child receives free polio vaccine during a government-led mass vaccination program in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 14, 2019.
After being polio free for nearly two decades, polio has returned to the Philippines. Now, the nation is trying to vaccinate more than a million children below the age of 5.
Full episode - October 18, 2019
A white bus is shown ablaze and blocking a road with black smoke coming from it.
Violence erupted in Culiácan, Mexico, when cartel members and security forces clashed. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the decision to free a son of the jailed drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, whose discovery in a home sparked the ambush. How much power do the cartels have in Mexico? Plus, shelling continued in northern Syria on Friday, despite President Donald Trump's announcement that the US had brokered a pause in the fighting. And, we have a story about Pepe the Frog — a cartoon character and internet meme that has become a mascot of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters. Pepe is a provocative symbol in the US, widely used on message boards by white nationalists. Hongkongers don't seem to care about that and have rebranded the frog for their cause.
Full story - October 18, 2019
Portrait of foreign correspondent and author Sam Dagher.
Throughout Syria's war, President Bashar al-Assad has managed to stay in power through "ruthless desire to rule and perpetuate the reign of this family," says Sam Dagher, foreign correspondent and author of a new book on the Assad family.
Full story - October 18, 2019
A crowd of people carry flags. One holds a sign that says "J'[HEART] Papa.
A bill passed the lower house of France's parliament that would open up reproductive technologies to single women and same-sex couples.

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