China by far is bearing the biggest burden of the new coronavirus outbreak — only about 100 cases have been reported outside the country. But on Thursday, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern, while at the same time recommending countries not limit trade and travel to China. Michael Mina, an infectious disease specialist at Harvard, explains what's known at this point about this disease and the best ways to respond.

Full story - February 13, 2020
Camila Díaz, 29, had unsuccessfully sought asylum in the US before she was fatally beaten in El Salvador in January 2019. 
At least 138 people were killed after having been deported from the United States to El Salvador from 2013 to 2019, according to a report published by Human Rights Watch this month.
Full story - February 13, 2020
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The Trump administration has expanded its travel ban to six more countries, including Nigeria — the largest economy in Africa. While Nigerian students and travelers are still welcome to visit — it’s family members immigrating to the US who are blocked from coming.
Full episode - February 13, 2020
Dozens of African penguins are shown standing and laying on rocks.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News, Today’s number: 28. Researchers in Italy are listening more closely to penguins in an effort to understand how the flightless birds communicate. The study analyzed nearly 600 penguin “songs” from 28 adult African penguins and found that the structure of the songs closely imitates the structure of human language. Previous studies have found similarities between human language structure and the way chimpanzees communicate, but the new study from the University of Torino is the first to analyze birds. Listen to the penguin songs in this episode of The Number in the News, a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed. Listen to The Number in the News every morning to hear a shareable story in just two minutes. It’s one number you won’t forget, plus why it’s in the news today. Click here to add The Number in the News to your smart speaker News Briefing on an Amazon or Google smart speaker. Produced by The World’s Bianca Hillier.
Full story - February 13, 2020
Christine Sun Kim is shown signing and standing in front of her art featuring a pie chart titled "Shit Hearing People Say To Me."
This is a transcript of The World's radio story on Artist Christine Sun Kim. Kim's first language is American Sign Language (ASL). She spoke to The World through ASL interpreters.
Full episode - February 12, 2020
A seal of the CIA is shown from above with a person walking over it in blurred focus.
For more than 50 years, the CIA used encryption devices to spy on its adversaries and allies. Just how much did the CIA know about the dirty deeds of military dictatorships in South America? And, Parents for Peace started out as a small support group for relatives of individuals who’ve joined extremist groups. Five years later, it has grown to include work on prevention. Plus, a Texas girl finds comfort in the Beatles after she moves to the US from Argentina and struggles to fit in.
Full story - February 12, 2020
A mural of the Beatles
When Lucía Benavides moved to the US from Argentina as a young girl, she clung to the Beatles’ music for something familiar.
Full story - February 12, 2020
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For migrant farm workers in Vermont, not knowing the local language, little access to public transportation, and separation from home can be a recipe for isolation, depression and other mental hurdles. This comic book project highlights the mental health challenges of migration.
Full story - February 11, 2020
A person holds a sign reading 'Latinos for Trump' on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016.
Over the years, the percentage of Latinos who have voted for the Republican party has stayed pretty consistent — even as US President Donald Trump has made immigrants and Latinos a scapegoat for many of the nation's problems.
Full episode - February 11, 2020
A large group of people are shown exiting a subway train, all wearing blue surgical masks.
The coronavirus outbreak is doing what the Chinese government has not — put a stop to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. And, the Philippines has given notice that it intends to end the Visiting Forces Agreement, which lets the US rotate its armed forces through Philippine military bases. Plus, happy 80th birthday to the classic cartoon duo Tom and Jerry — who are still popular around the world after all these years.
Full story - February 11, 2020
King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks during a vigil in honor of an immigrant from India who was shot and killed in Kansas, in Bellevue, Washington, on March 5, 2017.
Attorney General William Barr has announced new lawsuits this week against California, New Jersey and King County in Washington. All three places have sought to offer immigrants some protection against what they view as overzealous federal immigration enforcement.

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