Full episode - November 23, 2020
Vice President Joe Biden is shown with his arms folded next to then-Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken in the Oval Office.
President-elect Joe Biden is signaling a stark shift from the Trump administration’s “America First” policies with his likely selection of centrist Antony Blinken for the coveted secretary of state slot. And, Ethiopia has profited from Chinese investment, which is credited with restarting the East African nation's economy. But an internal struggle between Ethiopia's central government and the opposition party that runs the northern Tigray region poses new challenges.
Full story - November 23, 2020
Then Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 29, 2016.
US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate a slate of career diplomats and foreign policy experts to key posts in his administration. British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has said its vaccine, developed with Oxford University, is up to 90% effective. And, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew Sunday to the Red Sea future city of Neom for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Full story - November 20, 2020
Members of Australia's special forces conduct an exercise during the Australian International Airshow in Melbourne, March 2, 2011. 
A new, shocking report by the Australian government details war crimes by its forces in Afghanistan — violations that US and UK forces have also been accused of committing.
Full story - November 20, 2020
A small inflatable boat carrying migrants from Afghanistan is towed by a rescue vessel of the Refugee Rescue NGO, near Skala Sikamias, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 16, 2019.
The case has received international attention, partly because Greek authorities took the unprecedented step of arresting the grieving father and charging him with child endangerment. 
Full episode - November 20, 2020
A man wearing a white shirt and gray tie is shown speaking a t podium with a screen behind him showing promotional material on coronavirus safety.
Once a vaccine for COVID-19 is approved, UNICEF is planning to do a massive airlift to get the vaccine to countries who need it, especially poorer ones. What will it take to get the vaccine distributed? And, Australia has released a scathing report that finds that members of Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 people in Afghanistan. Also, mental health has become a growing concern in the pandemic, and researchers are gaining a deeper understanding of the magnitude around the globe. It's not good, but there are some glimmers of hope.
Full story - November 20, 2020
KEMRI’s principal investigator, George Warimwe, for the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial is shown at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust lab in Kilifi, Kenya, on Nov. 13, 2020.
The global trial has enrolled more than 24,000 participants from across the world, including in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.
Full episode - November 20, 2020
A man is shown wearing a face mask and tailored vest behind the closed-gated doors of a store front.
The coronavirus crisis is leading to mental health and lockdown fatigue. How are people coping with ongoing needs to social distance, wear masks and stay at home? As part of our regular conversation series on the pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health psychiatric epidemiologist Karestan Koenen.
Full story - November 20, 2020
A person prepares to throw a rock during clashes between security forces and protesters supporting opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine, in downtown Kampala, Uganda, Nov. 18, 2020.
At least 37 people have been killed in Uganda’s worst election-related violence in decades. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus denied accusations made by his own Ethiopian government that he is working with neighboring countries to provide weapons and other assistance for Tigray rebels. And, Mexico has surpassed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the fourth nation to do so after the US, Brazil and India.
Full episode - November 19, 2020
Viktor Orban (R) prime minister of Hungary and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are shown both wearing dark suits and standing behind podiums, each with their respective country flags on the front.
European Union countries whose economies have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic are impatiently waiting to get their hands on the recovery fund, sanctioned by the EU. But earlier this week, Hungary and Poland effectively vetoed that budget worth a total of $2.1 trillion. And, following two extremist attacks the past month in France, President Emmanuel Macron has begun pushing a new proposed law that would crack down on so-called "Islamist separatism." Also, a pet food company has released what they're billing as the first Christmas song ever produced specifically for dogs. 
Full story - November 19, 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron stands at a podium with French flag behind him.
French President Emmanuel Macron's proposed "separatism law" would, among other things, monitor international funding coming into French mosques, crack down on online hate speech and create a special certificate program for French imams.