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 21, 2020
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director doctor Anthony Fauci speaks about the public health response to the outbreak of the coronavirus during a news conference at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.
Controlling the coronavirus outbreak depends on two things: whether China can control the disease within its own borders, and whether countries with travel-related coronavirus cases can contain outbreaks, too, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.
Full episode - February 21, 2020
Several people are shown playing table tennis and wearing face masks.
We speak with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to find out about international cooperation with scientists in China on the coronavirus outbreak, America's preparedness for infections here and some experimental treatments being tested. South Sudan's political rivals President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have announced they will agree to share power and form a unity government by Saturday. Also, what inspired author Nazila Fathi to write two children books to help Iranian American kids feel proud of their heritage.
Full story - February 21, 2020
Carnival
To make the parades come alive, over 3,000 artists and builders work year-round on Carnival.
Full story - February 20, 2020
US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci and Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic attend the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb.14, 2020.
US President Donald Trump has appointed US Ambassador Richard Grenell to the post as acting director. Some US allies say his appointment may make intelligence gathering and sharing more difficult.
Full story - February 20, 2020
Internally displaced people stand outside tents at a makeshift camp in Azaz, Syria, Feb. 19, 2020.
As the walls close in on Idlib, the last rebel-held pocket of Syria must not become a holding pen for Syrians too scared to live under Assad and too poor to afford to smuggle themselves into Turkey.
Full episode - February 20, 2020
A large group of people are shown at a vigil with several holding candles and photographs.
Federal prosecutors are treating the mass shooting in Hanau, Germany as an act of terrorism. Far-right extremism is thought to have motivated the shooter, who opened fire in two hookah bars in the western German town and killed at least nine people. We also look at the appointment of Ambassador Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence, and ask what impact it might have on US intelligence-gathering capabilities. Whitney Houston died in 2012, but some people are determined to keep some version of her alive. Next week in Sheffield, England, the pop-icon will appear to perform in concert.
Full story - February 20, 2020
A man waters a snail in the process of producing cosmetics at a snail farm at Nakhon Nayok Province, Thailand, May 11, 2018. 
Biologist Somsak Panha stimulates a snail, causing it to secrete a mucus that is used in beauty serums.
Full story - February 19, 2020
People gather in a memory of seven-year-old Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett, who went missing and whose body was discovered inside a plastic bag, at an anti-femicide monument, in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 19, 2020.
Women in cities across Mexico have been protesting almost daily in response to two horrific murders this month. Estefanía Vela Barba, an attorney who directs Intersecta, a Mexico City-based NGO working to end gender discrimination, spoke to our host Marco Werman.
Full episode - February 19, 2020
Two women wearing black hijabs are shown with several children in front of a white tent.
The humanitarian crisis in northwestern Syria is massive. Since December, an estimated 900,000 civilians have fled from their homes as Syrian government forces — with Russian military help — have continued their offensive in Idlib province. Now, Turkey's president says it's "only a matter of time" before Turkish troops launch an operation of their own. And, as COVID-19 spreads, online platforms like Airbnb are telling users and hosts to take cautionary measures. Also, the British government is planning to implement a points-based immigration system in 2021 that aims to only attract high-skilled foreign workers.
Full story - February 19, 2020
People wearing face masks look for products at a supermarket, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Beijing, Feb. 19, 2020.
Some sharing platform companies, like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber, are urging users and hosts to take cautionary measures to avoid the virus and its spread. But that has left a lot of open questions, and the platforms’ users are increasingly navigating a complex, public health crisis on their own. 

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