Full story - October 16, 2020
Schoolchildren joke around and play at the Olympic Primary School in Kibera, Kenya, on Oct. 12, 2020.
In July, Nairobi announced that schools across the country would stay closed for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This week's last-minute reopening is a pleasant surprise for many teachers, parents and students.
Full story - October 16, 2020
UK and England flags fly above a souvenir stand opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Oct. 16, 2020.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK should prepare for Brexit to take place in 10 weeks, even in the absence of a trade deal with the European Union. Voters in New Zealand head to the polls Saturday to decide whether Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern should serve a second term. And, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, the former Mexican defense minister, was arrested Thursday by US authorities — acting on the orders of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Full episode - October 15, 2020
A man and a woman are shown sitting back to back in a bus and looking through a glass window.
France will impose a nightly curfew starting on Saturday on almost 20 million of the country's 67 million people, in an attempt to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus. And, Norway's foreign minister said that Russia hacked into their country's parliamentary email system in August. Also, as Nov. 3 approaches, calls by President Donald Trump to declare a winner on election night have raised fears among the biggest, oldest group of mail-in voters: members of the military.
Full story - October 15, 2020
Johnson & Johnson company offices are shown in Irvine, Calif., Oct. 14, 2020.
Vaccine developers say temporary halts show that the tests are being done properly, and that a difficult timeline comes with the territory. But the skeptical public might view it differently.
Full story - October 15, 2020
An elder wearing sunglasses and a white coat points off into the Arctic distance while standing by another man wearing sunglasses.
Digital tools like SIKU facilitate real-time monitoring and data gathering to give Arctic communities more capacity to track trends in sea ice and wildlife — and plan for the future.  
Full episode - October 15, 2020
A man is shown wearing a face mask and winter hat as a train passed by in blurred motion.
Health authorities in Europe and around the world are facing new surges of the coronavirus. As fall temperatures drop and more of us stay inside longer, where do we stand on testing, diagnostics and a vaccine amid a growing sense of pandemic fatigue? As part of our regular series of conversations, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard University epidemiologist William Hanage.
Full story - October 15, 2020
A group of protesters are shown in a street in Paris holding placards.
France has become the latest European nation to announce stricter measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Also, Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has tendered his resignation in the face of calls by political opponents for him to step down after a disputed election. And, a long-awaited prisoner swap between the warring parties in Yemen has begun.
Full story - October 14, 2020
Shifting to face masks has been a survival move for many textile businesses in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
For many textile workers in Oaxaca who have long depended on tourism to support their handicrafts, pivoting to face masks has helped keep their businesses going.  
Full episode - October 14, 2020
Two soldiers are shown standing near a road and holding weapons with an armored vehicle parked behind them.
Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes after the Taliban began an intense battle to take over the city of Lashkargah in southern Afghanistan. The fighting comes at a time when the Trump administration is negotiating a peace agreement with the militant group to withdraw US troops. And, China, Russia and Cuba all won seats on the UN Human Rights Council, provoking alarm with rights advocates given their highly dubious records. Also, music teachers in Canada are being forced to improvise amid the pandemic. Choir classes either must meet outdoors to rehearse or they simply hum and chant their way through class.
Full story - October 14, 2020
Afghan families leave their houses after fighting between the Afghan military and Taliban insurgents in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2020.
As many as 35,000 people may have been displaced and 200 people killed or injured in the Taliban's latest offensive in the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.