Full story - July 01, 2020
An internally displaced Syrian girl wears a face mask as members of the Syrian Civil defence sanitize the Bab al-Nour internally displaced persons camp, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Azaz, Syria, March 26, 2020.
This week, heads of 20 aid agencies published an open letter urging the UN Security Council to reopen the Al Yarubiyah crossing into Syria. The crossing was closed last January, with fatal consequences, the aid groups say.
Full story - July 01, 2020
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"Vladimir Putin from this day de jure, belongs to the same league of rogue authoritarian regimes as ... [Hugo] Chavez in Venezuela, [Blaise] Compaoré in Burkina Faso, [Islam] Karimov in Uzbekistan and many, many others," opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza told The World. "And this should be said publicly and clearly from the highest rostrum in the Western world."
Full story - July 01, 2020
The back of a law enforcement officer's head is silhouetted against a Pride rainbow flag.
LGBTQ activists say an amendment enshrining heterosexual marriage as law would make it virtually impossible for the state to ever recognize same-sex marriages.
Full story - July 01, 2020
A man in a suit walks with a woman wearing a dark pink dress with white head covering in ornate museum with Arabic script
The Byzantines commissioned it as a Greek Orthodox cathedral. The Ottomans conquered it and turned it into an ornate mosque. Then, secular revolutionaries converted it into a monument to two faiths. Its ownership and usage have become a perennial political debate.
Full story - June 30, 2020
A person is holding a rainbow colored rose.
In early 2017, stories began emerging on how Chechen authorities were persecuting the LGBTQ community. The World speaks to director David French on his new film, "Welcome to Chechnya," which gives an inside look at the abuse and torture faced by the republic's LGBTQ people and those who try to help them escape.
Full story - June 30, 2020
A child looks out from a door as a Uighur woman walks by
New reports on China's policies toward Uighurs show draconian efforts to cut birthrates and surveil the largely Turkic-speaking and Muslim population. Israel hesitates with moving forward on annexing part of the West Bank. In Russia, a week-long vote comes to a close. A Eurovision spoof film is inspiring covers from real musicians.
Full episode - June 30, 2020
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei speaks with Danish media before entering the court for a case against the Danish importer of Volkswagen in Glostrup, Denmark May 22, 2019. Ai Weiwei claims that Skandinavisk Motor Co. A/S has violated his copyright. I
Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei talks about what's at stake in Hong Kong for the pro-democracy movement. Plus, vaccine testing in South Africa, which this week became the first African country with a vaccine trial. And, a change to a refugee program in Europe could leave thousands of the most vulnerable asylum-seekers who pass through Greek refugee camps homeless.
Full story - June 30, 2020
Black Lives Matter protest
For years, mainstream environmental movements around the globe have excluded people of color, who are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Today’s global Black Lives Matter protests have amplified calls for institutions of all kinds — including environmental groups — to challenge and dismantle chronic systemic racism.
Full story - June 30, 2020
A screenshot from the trailer of Netflix's “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.”
A new Netflix movie starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams may fill the Eurovision-sized hole in 2020's entertainment world. Now, a song from the film is getting a few authentic covers — from Eurovision contestants themselves.
Full story - June 30, 2020
Volunteers sit in plastic chairs as a medical professional gives a talk
In June, South Africa became the first country in Africa to launch a new COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.