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Film producer Harvey Weinstein, surrounded by NYC authorities, arrives at the 1st Precinct in Manhattan.
May 25, 2018

Harvey Weinstein arrested, Sweden's new consent law and an Aussie town overrun by ants

Harvey Weinstein's arrest is making headlines around the globe. We'll take you to New York for the latest. Then, we head to Sweden to talk about a new consent law that's about to go into effect. Proponents of the measure say will make it easier to prosecute rape cases. And as if Australia didn't have enough killer fauna ... we'll have the story of the town of Lismore, which is currently overrun by a colony of yellow crazy ants. Yep, that's their name.

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A man walks past a TV showing US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in Seoul, May 24, 2018.
May 24, 2018

Trump terminates the summit, the effect of tariffs on solar panels, and the science of sinkholes

President Donald Trump has called off his planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. So now what? Also, as the Trump administration considers whether to impose new tariffs on auto imports, we look back at the effect US tariffs on imported solar panels have had on the renewable energy sector. Plus, you may have heard about the sinkhole that appeared on the White House grounds. We'll get an explanation of why sinkholes happen, and how best to deal with them.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is shown with his face in his hand.
May 23, 2018

Grading Mike Pompeo's first weeks, Ireland's abortion debate and remembering Philip Roth

There's so much going on in Washington right now that Mike Pompeo's first three weeks on the job as Secretary of State have felt more like three years. We'll look at his vision for American diplomacy in the age of Trump. Also, Ireland will hold a national referendum on abortion later this week. We'll profile one podcaster whose been trying to hear from Irish women on both sides of the debate. And readers around the world remember the work of Jewish-American author Philip Roth, who has died at the age of 85.

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May 22, 2018

Seize the summit, coping with an eating disorder while fasting during Ramadan, and New Zealand offers an escape

President Donald Trump today seemed to express doubt as to whether the planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un will go ahead next month. We hear from North Korea watcher Joel Wit, who says that Trump should pull out all the stops to make sure it happens. Plus, we speak with Adeline Hocine, who has written about what it's like to suffer from an eating disorder while fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And if you're looking to leave America's dysfunction behind, you might try New Zealand. Others already have.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro raises a finger
May 21, 2018

Pakistan mourns a slain student, Venezuela's slide into chaos and Mo Salah's winning ways

Today, we'll introduce you to one of the 10 people killed in last week's school shooting in Texas — an exchange student from Pakistan named Sabika Sheikh. Author Bina Shah tells us about how the country is dealing with the news of her murder. Plus, we head to Caracas to hear the latest on Venezuela's elections, and about how a scarcity of food is making life difficult for farmers and truck drivers. And we'll tell you about England's newest soccer superstar, Egypitan-born Mo Salah, who plays for Liverpool.

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People sit on a fence with a blue sky behind them.
May 18, 2018

Life after the migrant caravan, Kenya tackles fake news, and Janet Jackson's record-breaking run in Tokyo

Remember the "migrant caravan" moving through Mexico that Trump said had to be stopped? Today, we meet one family who made it to the US and is applying for asylum. Plus, Kenya goes after fake news with a new law, but critics worry it will be used to stifle free speech. And host Marco Werman remembers when Janet Jackson sold out three shows at the Tokyo Dome in mere minutes.

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An extreme close up of President Donald Trump's face
May 17, 2018

Trump calls some immigrants 'animals,' Germany's unicorn craze and North Korean hackers

President Donald Trump publicly calls some immigrants "animals." We'll speak with Omar Jadwat of the American Civil Liberties Union about how rhetoric like that can strip people of their rights. Plus, part two of our deep dive into the workings of North Korea's version of the CIA. Turns out, North Korean hackers are very good at targeting — and robbing — banks. And we'll find out why Germans have gone a bit unicorn crazy. Unicorn sausage, anyone?

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A blue traffic sign with a u-turn symbol is seen on the Grand Unification Bridge.
May 16, 2018

North Korea throws a tantrum, Tony the Tiger decides to ditch Venezuela, and things get ... surreal.

North Korea threatens to pull out of the planned summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. Plus, the political and economic situation in Venezuela continues to worsen and now cereal giant Kellogg has joined other big, multi-national companies pulling out of the country. And 90-year-old surrealist painter and author Desmond Morris weighs in on just how surreal things have gotten these days.

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Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against US embassy move to Jerusalem, May 14, 2018.
May 15, 2018

A view from Gaza, choosing coffee over nationalism in China and choosing Mandarin over Russian in New York

Is there a way forward for Israelis and Palestinians that doesn't involve more violence? We'll get views from both inside and outside the Gaza Strip today. Plus, reporter Isaac Stone Fish visits the world's largest Starbucks in Shanghai to ask patrons whether they'd give up their American coffee if the Chinese government asked them to. And Alina Simone, who has a Russian background herself, talks about why she'd rather have her daughter learn Mandarin than Russian.

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Palestinian demonstrators react during a protest against the US embassy move to Jerusalem.
May 14, 2018

The US embassy in Jerusalem officially opens, fears of Ebola and Egyptian women embrace their curls

Amid protests and violence in the nearby Gaza Strip, the US officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem today. The World's Matthew Bell has been following events in the Middle East. Also, scientists and doctors are monitoring what may be an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And one of our BBC colleagues discusses a new push in her native Egypt to get women to stop straightening their hair.

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Global hit - Iron Maiden

Ruxandra Guidi reports on an unusual musical club in Bolivia. It's a club for fans of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. One of their goals is to get Iron Maiden to tour in Bolivia.

More US troops for Afghanistan

The Pentagon today announced it would send 3,200 additional US troops to Afghanistan this spring, and that would boost US troops numbers to their highest levels since 2001

The Taliban strategy

The luxury hotel in Kabul where Taliban attackers killed seven people yesterday is frequented by foreigners and diplomats, and The World's Jeb Sharp examines whether yesterday's raid represents a new strategy by the Taliban to target civilians, especially

Harvesting water from rooftops

The World's Jason Margolis reports that in many parts of the globe where water is scarce, people are boosting their supply by harvesting rainwater from their rooftops

Chinese car makers eye US market

China's car makers are looking to break into America's lucrative automobile market so they're showing their wares at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit,

Bomb attack in Beirut

Ben Gilbert reports on a bomb attack in Beirut today that targeted a US embassy car; the explosion killed at least 3 people, and none of the victims were Americans.

China comments on Kenya unrest

A commentary in China's official Communist Party newspaper blames Western-style democracy for the political unrest in Kenya, and Anchor Lisa Mullins gets reaction from Akwe Amosu, senior policy analyst for Africa at the Open Society Institute.

Europe's car emissions debate

The World's Gerry Hadden reports that European leaders are proposing tough new pollution standards for cars, but the European Union proposal faces a tough fight because European car makers say the plan would jeopardize their business.