Full story - February 28, 2020
Two young women and a young man stand near each showing desperation on their face expressions.
In Istanbul on Friday, refugees from Syria clamored to board buses to Bulgaria. Other migrants are heading for the Greek islands, and hope to enter the European Union by boat.
Full story - February 28, 2020
People attend Ash Wednesday mass in a church in Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 26, 2020.
A Christian pastor's kidnapping and execution by Boko Haram in January along with a spate of reported attacks on churches in recent years in northern Nigeria have led some Christians in the country to believe they are being persecuted for their religion.
Full episode - February 28, 2020
Two armed guards are shown standing behind a tall metal gate with one holding a rifle.
Refugees from Syria clamored to board buses in Istanbul on Friday with the hope of a passage to Europe. We're fact-checking the news that's being seen as a response to the escalating war in Syria where 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by Russian-backed Syrian government troops. And, how Singapore may be a model for handling the coronavirus outbreak. Plus, gorillas at the Werribee Open Range Zoo near Melbourne, Australia, love listening to Michael Bublé. So, the crooner decided to stop by and give them a private concert.
Full story - February 28, 2020
A police officer wears a face mask to prevent contracting coronavirus, as Muslim pilgrims pray at Kaaba in the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Feb. 27, 2020.
Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, a Muslim theologist in Dallas, Texas, was planning to visit Saudi Arabia. He spoke with our host, Marco Werman, about the travel ban over COVID-19 fears.
Full story - February 28, 2020
A gorilla appears sitting on green grass near a tree
A trio of gorillas that inhabit the Werribee Open Range Zoo exhibited calm behavior while listening to Michael Bublé’s baritone voice.
Full story - February 28, 2020
A large cloud of smoke is shown with several buildings off in the distance on an overcast day.
The death of 33 Turkish soldiers killed in an airstrike in northern Syria has led to an escalation of violence. Turkey has indicated that it will no longer stop refugees from making their way to Europe. The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in sub-Saharan Africa, as Europe cracks down to contain the spread and markets continue to plunge. And a court ruling could finally push the US government to expedite visas for Afghan and Iraqi translators who have risked their lives to help the US military.
Full story - February 27, 2020
Two men in military uniform walk arm and arm
Some 15,000 Afghans and Iraqis who assisted the US military are trapped in their home countries as they await promised visas. A recent court decision could force the US to process their visa applications faster.
Full episode - February 27, 2020
A man and woman are shown standing with their hands in the air and wearing face masks.
Muslims who have planned an Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia have had their plans canceled over the Kingdom's decision to ban foreign pilgrims from entering the country to visit its Islamic holy sites over coronavirus fears. And, a man in Afghanistan who helped the United States now feels increasingly trapped there as the US makes moves toward a peace deal with Taliban. Also, French voters are heading to the polls soon to elect new mayors and city councils. But, in many French towns and villages, nobody is even running.
Full story - February 27, 2020
Employees from a disinfection service company sanitize a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 27, 2020.
Erjing Cui, a Seattle-based psychotherapist, volunteers for a crisis hotline called Yong Xin Kang Yi, which translates to "Use Heart to Fight the Virus."
Full story - February 27, 2020
Serge Tougard, 71, is determined to retire from his post as mayor of Fauguernon, a hamlet of 250 people located in Normandy. But less than a month away from France’s upcoming municipal elections, there’s still no one to replace him.
According to a poll conducted by the Association of Mayors in France, more than half of small town mayors said they were stepping down or thinking of stepping down in 2020.