Full episode - December 01, 2020
Four people are shown on holding ropes on each corner of a brown wooden coffin in a row with several dug out graves awaiting future burials.
The pandemic has hit Mexico hard. The country ranks fourth — behind the US, Brazil and India — in confirmed deaths from COVID-19. And, one theory about the origins of the coronavirus is that it was transmitted from bats to another animal and then to people. The missing link could be the pangolin, which could be a "time bomb" for the next pandemic. Also, there’s relief among fans of the megafamous South Korean boy band BTS. The seven lads in the group could soon be allowed to postpone their mandatory military service and keep on cranking out hits.
Full story - December 01, 2020
A scaly pangolin with small, brown eyes and a pointy nose forages for food near some greenery.
For years, the plight of the pangolin has been a niche concern, mostly worrying conservationists. But the COVID-19 pandemic has pulled pangolins into the spotlight.
Full story - December 01, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden's Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at The Queen theater, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.
If confirmed, Alejandro Mayorkas would be the first immigrant and the first Latino to serve as DHS secretary. 
Full story - December 01, 2020
Two caskets covered with UN flags on display near a Turkish airlines plane and military personel standing nearby.
This week, Critical State, our global security newsletter, takes a deep dive into the rationale behind peacekeeping missions.
Full story - December 01, 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a ceremony ahead of a meeting in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 17, 2020.
The tit-for-tat between China and Australia continues to worsen, as the two countries accuse each other of grievous offenses. Climate activists have taken Royal Dutch Shell to court in The Hague. And, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has reached a 12-year high, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research.
Full episode - November 30, 2020
Three priests are shown wearing face masks and dressed in traditional black Greek Orthodox attire while carrying religious objects.
Greece, like many parts of the world, is dealing with unprecedented COVID-19 cases. Now, a debate about the role of the Greek Orthodox Church in the pandemic has resurfaced following the COVID-19-related death of a senior clergyman and the hospitalization of the head of the church. And, the former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy's nickname was the "bling-bling president." On Monday, Sarkozy was in court to face the first of a series of trials against him. Also, human activity affects the climate in every corner of the world. New research shows that Mount Everest is no exception.
Full story - November 30, 2020
Mount Everest, the world highest peak, and other peaks of the Himalayan range are seen through an aircraft window during a mountain flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, Jan. 15, 2020.
Human activity is impacting the planet, from the deepest parts of the ocean to the tallest peaks. The highest point in the Himalayas is no exception.
Full story - November 30, 2020
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the courtroom Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Paris.
The case has gripped France even as the country battles a deadly second wave of the coronavirus. 
Full story - November 30, 2020
A woman is shown center frame pulling two rollaboard suitcases while wearing a face mask.
With spiking coronavirus cases, the US and countries around the globe are looking to measures such as COVID-19 vaccines and rapid self-testing. But steps such as mask-wearing and social distancing remain critical. As part of our regular series of conversations about the pandemic, The World’s Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Harvard epidemiologist Megan Murray for the latest insights.
Full story - November 30, 2020
"Cain’s Jawbone," by Edward Powys Mathers
British comedian John Finnemore made it his quarantine project to crack "Cain’s Jawbone" — and he succeeded, making him just the third person to solve it in its nearly 90-year history.