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A row of men with shovels stand on a hillside covered in debris and loose mud after a mudslide covered a mining town
September 17, 2018

Life in Idlib, Florence, Manghkut and climate change, @Sweden is retired

Nearly three million people are living in Idlib, the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria. And as Hurricane Florence dumped historic rain in North Carolina, Typhoon Mangkhut roared through the Philippines, but there's a link between climate change and these kinds of major storms. Plus, Glasgow University has announced a program of “reparative justice” after a year-long study discovered that the university benefited from the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars in donations from the profits of slavery.

Then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort standing to his left.
September 14, 2018

Paul Manafort takes a deal, making change in Afghanistan through film, can the free world survive?

Paul Manafort's plea deal. Also, an Afghan filmmaker uses the power of the camera to stand up for women's rights. Plus, the future of the free world — can it survive?

People look out over the surf at the end of a long wooden walkway with the ocean and large clouds off in the distance.
September 13, 2018

Bracing for the storm, transferring FEMA funds to ICE, plastic surgery in Afghanistan

While the Carolinas prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, millions of people on the other side of the planet are bracing themselves for a potentially deadly typhoon expected to make landfall in the Philippines. Also, millions of dollars in federal funds have been diverted from FEMA to ICE. And, it is becoming more popular to undergo plastic surgery in Afghanistan, but the reasons might come as a real surprise.

Fashion designer Rahiba Rahimi at a photoshoot for her label Laman.
September 12, 2018

Global Climate Summit, climate change first-hand in Somaliland, Afghanistan's fashion warriors

The Global Climate Action Summit kicks off in California on Wednesday. Host Marco Werman speaks with The World's Carolyn Beeler, who is at the summit in San Francisco. We also learn more about one particular part of the globe that's already being hit hard by climate change — Somaliland. Plus, we continue our week-long series on Afghanistan and the lives of women there. Wednesday, The World's Shirin Jaafari brings us a story that focuses on Afghan fashion.

Samaneh Nasiri, a student at the American University of Afghanistan in her dorm room. Nasiri survived an attack on the school in 2016.
September 11, 2018

Hope and education in Kabul, Chinese history in Arkansas and peace in the Horn of Africa

We start with the latest from our series of stories from Afghanistan, where the American University in Kabul has become a symbol of hope for many young Afghans. But there are dangers for those studying there. Plus, we look at the history and tradition of authentic Chinese cuisine in Arkansas. And, is there finally peace in the Horn of Africa?

Dr. Rona Abidi Shayan heads the Midwifery Helpline Center in Kabul, Afghanistan.
September 10, 2018

Identity conversations in Japan, a midwife in Afghanistan and a Palestinian running for mayor in Jerusalem

The historic win and controversial game at the women's US Open has sparked conversations about identity in Japan. Plus, a new series about the lives of women in Afghanistan. Also, today we meet a midwife who once dressed up as a man so she could take a neighbor to the hospital. Finally, digitizing lost letters from 17th and 18th century.

Two women kneel next to a Brazilian flag as they light candles
September 07, 2018

Diplomacy in the White House, Puerto Rican students a year after Maria and 23 baby gorillas get their names

US diplomats have the job of explaining America's policies to the world. That job gets harder when Washington and the White House appear to be in turmoil. And, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans left the island to try and get on with their lives on the US mainland. We check in with some students a year later to see where they've ended up. Plus, The World's Shirin Jaafari gives us an update on her upcoming series from Afghanistan and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to the country.

President Donald Trump is shown with his hand cupping his ear in front of several microphones outside.
September 06, 2018

An explosive op-ed, LGBTQ celebrations in India and sex-ed in Toronto

We start with a look at international coverage on the anonymous New York Times op-ed. Plus, India decriminalizes gay sex. And reporter Rupa Shenoy looks at how Toronto is rolling back sex-ed.

Balloons fall around Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives Ayanna Pressley as she stands behind a podium smiling.
September 05, 2018

International attention on a Boston election, black women in Brazilian elections, migrant workers exposed to pesticides

Ayanna Pressley's historic victory in the Democratic primary for the Seventh Congressional District in Massachusetts is the only minority-majority district in the state. The demographic implications are one reason Pressley's win is receiving national and international attention. We also hear about a recent increase in the number of black women running for office in Brazil. And, in Washington state, immigrants provide much of the labor that helps put the cherries, apples and pears on grocery store shelves all across the country. But some of the pesticides that immigrant workers are exposed to have risks, not just for them but also for the children they go home to.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, August 22, 2018.
September 04, 2018

Putin's reality TV show, Chinese investment in African nations, back to school

Welcome to Vladimir Putin's reality show. It might sound like a joke, but the Russian president really does have his own reality show on Russian TV now. We'll find out more. Plus, China's investment in Africa is leaving some countries in serious debt. And, a graduate student from Pakistan prepares for a new school year. Her first since her cousin was killed during a mass shooting at a high school in Texas last May.



California emerges as a leader at climate summit

The biggest test of how much a state governor can really lead on a global problem like climate change came this week as Gov. Jerry Brown convened the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.  California has provided leadership amid the vacuum left when the US federal government reversed course on climate policy. But there are things a state just can’t do.