Last year marked two decades of Vladimir Putin in power in Russia. Here are the events that have shaped — or been shaped — by the former KGB officer.

Full episode - January 06, 2020
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani are shown in front of a large group of people with their heads bowed and praying.
What was the Trump administration's rationale for the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani, the second most powerful figure in Iran? And, what's left of the international agreement that controlled Iran's nuclear program? The World's Shirin Jaafari has the latest. Also, an update on the Australian wildfires and the devastating impacts they're having on wildlife there. Plus, pop star Miley Cyrus has settled a $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit by Jamaican songwriter Michael May, aka Flourgon, over a line that she allegedly ripped off of his 1988 track "We Run Things."
Full story - January 03, 2020
Gen. General David Petraeus, commander of the international security assistance force and commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, testifies at a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on the situation in Afghanistan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
As former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and a former CIA director, retired Gen. David Petraeus is familiar with Qasem Soleimani. Petraeus spoke to The World about what's next after Friday's airstrikes on Iran's most prominent military commander.
Full story - January 03, 2020
Demonstrators with Iranian and American flags.
Despite some periods of cooperation, the US and Iran have long been in conflict. Here's a brief timeline of major events in US-Iranian relations.
Full episode - January 03, 2020
a group of men and women walk in protest.
A drone strike authorized by US President Donald Trump killed Iran's top security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasim Suleimani. Who was Suleimani, and why is this such a momentous, and controversial, move? Also, Iranians are in a state of shock, wondering how their country might respond and fearing where this might lead. And, we'll bring you the view from Iraq. Iraqis have been incensed recently about being caught in the middle of a proxy battle between the US and Iran. The killing of Suleimani escalates that feeling of vulnerability significantly.
Full story - January 03, 2020
A man is shown wearing a dark-color vest and carrying a large garbage bag full of plastic bottles.
Here’s the problem with plastic: It’s super useful. But it can take centuries to degrade. What if there was a better plastic that was easier to recycle?
Full story - January 03, 2020
A member of Hashd al-Shaabi waves a flag
This week’s attack on the American Embassy in Baghdad was orchestrated and carried out by a Shiite militia group that is known to have close ties to Iraq’s neighbor, Iran. So, what do we know about this group and its relations with Iran?
Full episode - January 02, 2020
Several people are shown outside of the US Embassy in Baghdad with rocks and other objects in their hands and smoke surrounding the scene.
The Iran-backed militia members that stormed the US Embassy in Iraq are known as Kataib Hezbollah, a group many of us had not heard of before this week. So, just who are they? Plus, long-time commissioner of the NBA, David Stern died on Wednesday. Stern is credited with transforming the league into a global brand. Part of his legacy: European superstars on American courts. We look at the hottest European star in the NBA right now, 20-year-old Slovenian Luka Dončić. And, Sesame Street's international growth and appeal.
Full story - January 02, 2020
A man at a podium with groups of seated people around him
Turkey is flexing its muscle as a regional power. On Thursday, the Turkish parliament approved a plan to send troops across the Mediterranean to Libya, which is in the midst of a complex civil war. The World's Marco Werman speaks with former Ambassador David Shinn on what this move means.
Full story - January 02, 2020
A 9-year-old migrant girl from Guatemala sits in the back of a US Border Patrol vehicle after she was apprehended for crossing the border from Mexico in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on June 14, 2018.
Last year, the Trump administration rolled out several policies that restricted access to asylum, as well as employment-based and family-based immigration pathways. With a presidential election on the horizon, 2020 could bring even more restrictions. Here's what we're watching.
Full story - January 02, 2020
Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Dončić
The young Slovenian player already has some people speculating about how far he will go.