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 story - December 31, 2019
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask attends a Human Rights Day march organized by the Civil Human Right Front, in Hong Kong, China, on Dec. 8, 2019.
As the number and size of nonviolent protests worldwide have grown, so has the frequency of governments acting in authoritarian ways.
Full episode - December 31, 2019
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Russians posing as Americans, wild conspiracy theories about political figures, outright fabrications — these were all part of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential elections. But it turns out this kind of disinformation has been around for decades, since the early days of the Soviet Union. It’s just gotten a lot more powerful, thanks to tech and social media. To understand what is happening now, we have to understand how we got here: The end of communism in Russia, the rise of democracy, and, ultimately, its demise at the hands of the man behind all this modern-day manipulation — Russian President Vladimir Putin. In this featured episode from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we get a front-row seat to the story with the US former ambassador to Russia — and a guy who knows about disinformation on a very personal level —  Michael McFaul. This is the first of a three-part series from "Raw Data."
Full story - December 31, 2019
Gay and lesbian newlyweds kiss at a pro same-sex marriage party in Taipei.
Lucas Mendes, a Senior Research Officer at ILGA World, discusses with Marco Werman the wins and losses of the last decade for the worldwide LGBTQ community.
Full story - December 30, 2019
The ruins of a bombed base in Iraq.
On Friday, an Iranian-backed militia group attacked a US base, known as K1, in Iraq, killing an American contractor. Shortly after, the US struck the bases of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia in retaliation. Carol Hills spoke with a former veteran who served at K1 to discuss the role that contractors play in US war zones.
Full episode - December 30, 2019
A large emergency helicopter is shown flying above several houses and dropping a large quantity of water.
In Sydney, Australia, city officials are going ahead with New Year's fireworks, despite calls for the spectacle to be canceled amid record dry conditions and massive wildfires. And, the US military struck Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria Sunday, a reprisal for a rocket attack last week that killed an American contractor. Plus, an Israeli-Canadian doctor working in an indigenous community built a six-foot tall menorah out of ice.
Full story - December 30, 2019
A group of people sit around a table with laptops.
When journalists flee their home countries, they lose their two most important tools: their native reporting language and their professional networks. Amal magazine, staffed by exiled journalists in Germany, is trying to change that.
Full story - December 30, 2019
President Magufuli stands in front of a podium.
Tito Magoti’s arrest and detention signals a growing crackdown on free expression in Tanzania.
Full story - December 30, 2019
Sudanese protesters chant slogans during a rally calling for the former ruling party to be dissolved and for ex-officials to be put on trial in Khartoum, Sudan, Oct. 21, 2019.
Gas. Bread. A subway ticket: The soaring cost of everyday necessities sparked protests that spiraled into major movements in countries like France, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Sudan and Chile. Throughout the world, citizens took to the streets in 2019 to rise up against inequality, corruption and bad governance. 
Full story - December 27, 2019
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Nikita Kulachenkov works with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on the Anti-Corruption Foundation's investigations unit. Kulachenkov spoke to The World's host Marco Werman from Berlin.

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