Middle East

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New reports on surveillance, 'demographic genocide' of Uighurs; Israel hesitates on annexation; Russian election comes to close

New reports on China's policies toward Uighurs show draconian efforts to cut birthrates and surveil the largely Turkic-speaking and Muslim population. Israel hesitates with moving forward on annexing part of the West Bank. In Russia, a week-long vote comes to a close. A Eurovision spoof film is inspiring covers from real musicians.

Top of The World

Workers' movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

As May Day celebrations and rallies have been curtailed, workers around the world are pushing for their rights. Fuel shortages are making life harder for Venezuelans, especially essential workers. And even as Lebanon teeters on the edge of economic collapse, some Americans are choosing to ride out the pandemic there. Meanwhile, Sweden's gardeners have become real party poopers.

Military

Trump wants NATO more involved in the Middle East. What does Europe want?

US President Donald Trump said he wants NATO to be more involved in the Middle East and made appeals to Europe in his Wednesday address on Iranian strikes against US troops in Iraq, carried out in retaliation for a US drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. The World's Marco Werman spoke with Fabrice Pothier, a French diplomat who served as head of policy planning for two NATO secretary generals.

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Conflict & Justice

Egypt: Clashes in Tahrir Square

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Cairo, where he is seeing thousands of pro-Mubarak forces surging on Tahrir Square. He says there's a lot of anger in the streets and that fists are flying as violence escalates in the square.

Global Politics

The State of US-Egypt Relations

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times says that President Obama has a knows he cannot "be seen deposing foreign leaders" even while some are asking for him to take a stronger role in Egypt.

Conflict & Justice

Egypt: A Need for Reconciliation?

While rejecting calls for his immediate ouster, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak agreed not to seek reelection in September. A new government is all but guaranteed in the region, but will the country's transition to Democracy be peaceful?