Full story - September 28, 2020
Sihanoukville, Cambodia, has become a construction site in recent years, with dozens of Chinese projects to build business and apartment high-rises, and with roads under construction around town.
Southeast Asian countries have long managed a complex relationship with China, the region’s biggest trading partner and their most powerful neighbor. China's new Silk Road promises opportunities for economic growth, but at what cost?
Full episode - September 28, 2020
President Donald Trump is shown standing at a podium with TV monitoris and US flags behind him.
US President Donald Trump owes hundreds of millions of dollars to a foreign bank, The New York Times reports, and he regularly pays taxes to several foreign governments — while paying little to no tax to the US government. His foreign financial entanglements might pose issues for US national security. And, Southeast Asian nations seeing large investments from China. But opening the door to investment from China also comes with risks. Plus, two years ago, scientists were shocked to find a large, watery lake beneath the icy south pole on Mars. Now, the same scientists are getting clearer answers on the potential for life on the Red Planet.
Full story - September 28, 2020
President Donald Trump crosses his arms as he listens during a White House meeting with Hispanic leaders, July 9, 2020, in Washington, DC.
Susan Hennessey, executive editor of the Lawfare blog, said that Donald Trump's taxes raise serious questions about the president's debts.
Full story - September 28, 2020
Nazeer Mohammed shows a photo of his 1 1/2-year-old son on the boat to Cyprus.
Until recently, it was mostly Syrian and Palestinian refugees making the trip across the Mediterranean Sea. But increasingly, Lebanese citizens are filling the boats.
Full story - September 28, 2020
US President Donald Trump his shown with his hands raised near his face and wearing a dark suit and stripped tie.
As president, Donald Trump received more money from foreign sources than previously known. And, a long-simmering conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh flared up on Sunday after both sides fired rockets and artillery. Also, India confirmed its own ongoing struggles to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, which reached 6 million infections.
Full story - September 25, 2020
People attend a campaign rally by US President Donald Trump at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020.
The president's refusal to defend a core democratic concept brought swift rebukes, with a chorus of voices saying that this does not happen in America. The Senate even unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming the Legislature's commitment to an orderly transition. 
Full episode - September 25, 2020
President Donald Trump with his hands outstreched while wearing a dark suit and red tie with US flags behind him.
This week, President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power — the foundation of democracy in the US — in the aftermath of the November election. And, Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, will be different in Israel this year. As COVID-19 cases continue to spike, the Israeli government imposed further restrictions on its people already in a nationwide lockdown. Plus, Britain’s Royal Festival Hall reopens with a new season inspired by this past summer’s Black Lives Matters protests.
Full story - September 25, 2020
US President Donald Trump sits in front of a CAL FIRE firefighting aircraft as California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing on wildfires in McClellan Park, Calif., Sept. 14, 2020. 
Though the presidential contenders disagree on many issues, perhaps none is as stark as their fundamental divergence on the issue of global warming and how to reverse ecological doom.
Full episode - September 25, 2020
A young boy is shown wearing a red mask and holding a pencil while sitting on a mat next to a tree outside for school.
School communities are divided as they try and reopen amid the coronavirus. As part of our series on the pandemic, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard healthy buildings expert Joseph Allen.
Full story - September 25, 2020
A farmer works in a paddy field under the power lines near Nam Theun 2 dam in Khammouane province in Laos, Oct. 28, 2013.
In the past decade or so, China, via its vast network of state-run companies, has brought a development blitz to Laos. 

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