Full episode - December 12, 2019
A woman is shown in shadow and carrying an umbrella walking next to a brick building with a polling station sign taped to the wall.
Voters in the United Kingdom and Algeria are holding general elections Thursday. And in Israel, people woke up to learn that they will vote yet again — for the third time in less 12 months — in a national election, now set for early March. In non-election-related news, the "Christmas Book Flood" is about to hit Iceland. It's a tradition when publishers flood the shelves with new releases, setting up books as a gift-giving tradition.
Full story - December 12, 2019
Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou speaks on the first day of hearings in a case against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.
The small West African country has its own long history of human rights abuses. The Gambia's Justice Minister says those experiences — along with memories of the world's silence on the Rwandan genocide — inspired The Gambia to bring a case against Myanmar to the International Court of Justice.
Full story - December 12, 2019
Silhouettes of laptop users
The lawsuit, which was filed last week, is bringing new scrutiny to the content moderation ecosystem that Facebook and other platforms rely on to police the posts on their platforms.
Full story - December 12, 2019
US Army soldier is show firing a howitzer weapon, the exhaust of which has made piles of rocks fly on opposite sides of the artillary.
A deal with the Taliban is the best chance the US has of extracting itself from the morass in Afghanistan. But ensuring the country does not become a failed state yet again will require US support.
Full story - December 12, 2019
Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest to reject the presidential election in Algiers, Algeria, Dec. 12, 2019.
Algeria hosted an election Dec. 12, but many were in opposition to the vote. That's because protesters see the election as a civilian facade for a military junta, says Zine Labidine Ghebouli, a scholar at the American University of Beirut.
Full story - December 12, 2019
Two Chinese submarines are shown at surface depth and with Chinese flags flying.
When it comes to the nightmare scenario of two nuclear powers becoming embroiled in an escalatory spiral resulting in mutual, increasingly destructive nuclear strikes, the historical record is bare. But, experts are studying what the likelihood that a conventional war between China and the US could escalate into a nuclear war.
Full story - December 12, 2019
A woman stands and speaks at a podium
European heads of state will vote this week on the European Green Deal. Many at the climate conference in Madrid hope the EU will take the US' place this time around, and that an EU-China agreement may be announced ahead of 2020.
Full episode - December 11, 2019
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is shown speaking from a podium with the US, Mexico and Canadian flags behind him.
In an era of extreme partisanship in Washington DC, Democrats and Republicans cooperated to get a trade deal done updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. US President Donald Trump hailed the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement as "the best and most important trade ever." House speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was "much better than NAFTA." But what about the views from Mexico and Canada? Plus, which countries are taking the lead at the international climate conference in Madrid right now? And, in Mexico City, a new portrait of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata has caused a firestorm of outrage. Why? Well, it portrays Zapata in a seductive pose, clad only in a pink sombrero and high heels.
Full story - December 11, 2019
A man stands in front of a brick building in rural setting
Corruption played a toxic and central role in hampering the United States' efforts in Afghanistan from day one. Sarah Peck, a lawyer and former diplomat who served as the anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul from 2009 to 2010, tells The World's Marco Werman what she observed.
Full story - December 10, 2019
The Saudi Arabian Oil Company, also known as Saudi Aramco, is offering 1.5% of the company in an initial public offering on the Saudi stock exchange.