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.
Full story - October 17, 2019
A man behind a desk with the American flag on it
American diplomats are too often inexperienced political appointees — an issue for both Republican and Democratic administrations, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tells The World.
Full story - October 17, 2019
Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren stand behind podiums
Counterterrorism officials agree that Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has increased the risk of ISIS attacks inside the US. The question is how soon they could happen.
Full story - October 17, 2019
picture of four brown spiders on a white background.
Musicians from Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Def Leppard and the Brazilian band Angra got spider species named after them.
Full story - October 17, 2019
Wooden barrels of Scotch sit on a shelf in a storage area
Distillers — and consumers — are worried about the impact of a 25% tariff on exports of Scottish whisky to the US.
Full episode - October 17, 2019
US Vice President Mike Pence is shown wearing a dark suit and blue tie and walking past the US and Turkey flags
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture. Also at this week's Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden raised the question: Is ISIS coming to America? We're doing a reality check on that. Plus, US President Donald Trump's tariffs against the EU take effect Friday. In Scotland, the new 25% tariffs could impact a beloved export: Scotch.
Full story - October 17, 2019
Workers wash and dry chopped lettuce at a Taylor Farms processing plant in Salinas, California on September 10, 2019. In recent years, the company has started incorporating automation in its facility.
Immigrants, who comprise the majority of agriculture industry workers in the US, are turning to training and education to make sure they’re not left behind by automation.
Full story - October 17, 2019
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ISIS watchers say the pullout of American troops from northeast Syria is a gift to the group.

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