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US President Donald Trump is shown sitting at this desk with his right hand pointing.
July 31, 2018

Iran rejects Trump's offer, weaponizing immigrant data, sanctuary for LGBTQ asylum-seekers

Iran rejects the offer to meet with President Donald Trump. Plus, trade tensions impact soy farmers in Illinois. And, foreign spies at American universities.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stands at a podium with his hand on his heart as he speaks in Washington DC, July 28, 2018.
July 30, 2018

Ethiopian's prime minister is in Minnesota, Trump threatens shutdown, Australian musician Tash Sultana

Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed visits Minneapolis as part of a three-city US tour, and we look at recent changes in Ethiopia which include making peace with neighboring Eritrea, freeing political prisoners and putting a stop to ethnic conflict. Also, there are presidential elections taking place in Zimbabwe and music from Australian singer Tash Sultana.

A fire truck drives along a road in Greece amid orange smoke.
July 27, 2018

Northern hemisphere feels the heat, Pakistani election outcome, Google celebrates Soviet chess champion

The US, Greece and several other nations in the northern hemisphere are battling deadly wildfires and extreme heat. Also, a group of parents in San Diego sue the school district over an anti-Islamophobia program. Plus, a Japanese mayor challenges sumo's ban on women entering the ring.

Children carry signs during a protest march in Washington DC, that read 'I am a child.'
July 26, 2018

Deadline to reunite immigrant children and parents, hacking US electric companies, long-toed lizards

Thursday was deadline day for the Trump administration to reunite hundreds of migrant children with their parents. Plus, US tariffs are making life hard for small newspapers. And why lizards with long toes can survive a hurricane.

US President Donald Trump sits on the edge of an armchair next to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who is also seated.
July 25, 2018

Trade war patience, childless in China, parenting across borders

President Trump asks for patience on trade and tariffs, but economists worry. Plus, a former steel town re-invents itself. And, growing up along the US-Mexico border with family on both sides.

Tony and Daniel Luu etch their father’s tombstone on the Indonesian island of Kuku.
July 24, 2018

North Korea starts dismantling missile facility, return to Kuku island, sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers

North Korea starts to dismantle a key missile facility. Plus, why some Syrian refugees have decided to leave Lebanon and go back home to Syria. And, we travel with some Vietnamese refugees back to an Indonesian island called Kuku to find the graves of their relatives.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani with his right hand raised and finger pointed upward.
July 23, 2018

Trump threatens Iran, a migrant escapes sex work and Jonathan Gold dies at 57

President Trump has made threats against Iran. We hear about a German soccer star's complaints of racism. Plus, we remember Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold and his ability to capture the different cultures and cuisines.

July 20, 2018

Rhetoric and reality on Russia, when does world history begin and fake news from Macedonia has a Nevada connection

The news cycle this week has been dominated by words from President Trump regarding Russia. But what's the reality behind the rhetoric? High School students in Advanced Placement world history classes are being exposed to a controversial new curriculum: history now begins in the year 1200. And some Macedonian teens were putting out fake news during the 2016 US elections. Turns out they were getting support from some prominent Americans.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin in a suit, walking out from behind red curtain with papers in his hand.
July 19, 2018

Putin's 'incredible offer,' a global sand crisis and Egypt's Jon Stewart comes to Los Angeles

President Donald Trump called it an "incredible offer" from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin offered to allow US investigators to question some Russians about US election hacking, and in exchange, the Kremlin would be allowed to question 11 Americans, including a former US ambassador to Russia. Host Marco Werman speaks with that ambassador, Michael McFaul. And sand mining is becoming a big business, but it can destroy ecosystems. Plus, Egypt's Jon Stewart had to flee his country. Now he's hoping for a second act and to make it big in Hollywood.

An immigration activist is shown carrying a sign that reads, "I have zero tolerance policy for your apathy," outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, June 30, 2018.
July 18, 2018

Homeland Security Advisory Council resignations, soybean tariffs, Thai boys speak publicly

We're putting the focus back on President Trump's immigration policy. Four members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council resigned this week. They cited the Trump administration's "morally repugnant, counter-productive and ill-considered" family separation policy. Also, some of the children who were separated from their parents at the border were housed inside a vacant Phoenix office building that lacked proper sanitation facilities. Plus, how China's new standards for processing recycled materials is forcing American communities to clean up their acts.