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 14, 2020
A medical worker in protective suit checks a patient's records at Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China, Feb. 13, 2020. 
Emerging disease outbreaks, like the new coronavirus, are already impossible to predict. But climate change will make even diseases we know more about act differently. 
Full story - February 14, 2020
A police officer stands in front of a red London bus
Two terrorist incidents in London have prompted the British government to try to push through emergency legislation to change the law that allows prisoners convicted of terrorism to leave midway through their sentences. The law was originally introduced to encourage rehabilitation and lower prison population numbers.
Full story - February 13, 2020
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby prays outside the church after attending a special service at the Anglican Church of Kenya St. Stephen's Cathedral in Nairobi, Kenya January 26, 2020.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Church of England's most senior bishop, said he was "personally sorry and ashamed" and called the church "deeply, institutionally racist." 
Full story - February 13, 2020
Christine Sun Kim is shown signing and standing in front of her art featuring a pie chart titled "Shit Hearing People Say To Me."
From signing the anthem at the Super Bowl to shifting attitudes about sound in the art world, this artist hopes you’ll think again about deafness.
Full episode - February 13, 2020
A woman is shown wearing a face mask and stripped scarf while standing on the edge of an empty bridge.
Officials in China's Hubei province are using a new methodology to diagnose people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That new methodology increased the estimated number of infected people to nearly 60,000, the vast majority of them in China. And, more than 700,000 Syrians have tried to flee fighting in Syria's north-west province since December. But with a closed Turkish border and freezing temperatures, many remain trapped between Syrian and Turkish forces, with no hope in sight. Also, the Church of England has apologized for its racist actions against African Caribbean people who came to the United Kingdom after World War II.
Full story - February 13, 2020
Camila Díaz, 29, had unsuccessfully sought asylum in the US before she was fatally beaten in El Salvador in January 2019. 
At least 138 people were killed after having been deported from the United States to El Salvador from 2013 to 2019, according to a report published by Human Rights Watch this month.
Full story - February 13, 2020
A woman looks at a man
The Trump administration has expanded its travel ban to six more countries, including Nigeria — the largest economy in Africa. While Nigerian students and travelers are still welcome to visit — it’s family members immigrating to the US who are blocked from coming.
Full episode - February 13, 2020
Dozens of African penguins are shown standing and laying on rocks.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News, Today’s number: 28. Researchers in Italy are listening more closely to penguins in an effort to understand how the flightless birds communicate. The study analyzed nearly 600 penguin “songs” from 28 adult African penguins and found that the structure of the songs closely imitates the structure of human language. Previous studies have found similarities between human language structure and the way chimpanzees communicate, but the new study from the University of Torino is the first to analyze birds. Listen to the penguin songs in this episode of The Number in the News, a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed. Listen to The Number in the News every morning to hear a shareable story in just two minutes. It’s one number you won’t forget, plus why it’s in the news today. Click here to add The Number in the News to your smart speaker News Briefing on an Amazon or Google smart speaker. Produced by The World’s Bianca Hillier.
Full story - February 13, 2020
Christine Sun Kim is shown signing and standing in front of her art featuring a pie chart titled "Shit Hearing People Say To Me."
This is a transcript of The World's radio story on Artist Christine Sun Kim. Kim's first language is American Sign Language (ASL). She spoke to The World through ASL interpreters.
Full episode - February 12, 2020
A seal of the CIA is shown from above with a person walking over it in blurred focus.
For more than 50 years, the CIA used encryption devices to spy on its adversaries and allies. Just how much did the CIA know about the dirty deeds of military dictatorships in South America? And, Parents for Peace started out as a small support group for relatives of individuals who’ve joined extremist groups. Five years later, it has grown to include work on prevention. Plus, a Texas girl finds comfort in the Beatles after she moves to the US from Argentina and struggles to fit in.

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