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The World
Weekdays from 3pm - 4pm

The goal of 'The World' is to take us beyond borders and boundaries, and fire up our curiosity about a fascinating, messy, contentious, and beautiful planet. It's about exploration and risk, war and peace, fun and folly, and how our daily drama plays out around the globe.

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  • Alexei Navalny was very much the face of the opposition in Russia. Now that he has died in prison, will the movement he helped build, survive? Navalny's widow Yulia Navalnaya, who lives in exile, has vowed to carry on his work. And, in Haiti, a judge responsible for investigating the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse has indicted his widow, Martine Moise, along with 50 others, accusing them of "complicity and criminal association." Also, on Tuesday at the United Nations, the United States used its veto power on the Security Council to block a draft resolution for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. This is the third time the US has used its veto to prevent a call for a cessation in the fighting since the war began on Oct. 7. Plus, 200 years of dinosaur science.
  • As the United States honors Presidents' Day, The World takes a close look at notable presidents and heads of state around the world, from South Africa's Nelson Mandela to Guatemala's Bernardo Arévalo. And, we hear about Honduras' first female president. Also, we learn more about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's daughter, who may be next in line as the country's leader. Plus, an exploration of some of the world's oldest leaders.
  • Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's biggest political opponent in Russia, has died at the age of 47. Navalny, who decided to return to Russia after being poisoned by Russian intelligence with the nerve agent Novichok, had been serving time in an Arctic prison. And, Egypt is building walls and clearing an area near its border with Gaza in preparation for a possible Israeli offensive in neighboring Gaza. In the past, Egypt had refused to accept any displaced Palestinians from Gaza. But new reports suggest Egypt may take a number of refugees in return for financial or other incentives. Also, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is under fire. In the past week, his allies, the country's president and a former justice minister, were forced to resign over a sex-abuse cover-up scandal. Plus, to combat gangs, Ecuador adopts an iron-fist strategy.
  • US President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday protecting most Palestinian immigrants in the US from deportation. It comes on the heels of unprecedented US sanctions against Israeli settlers. And, Russia is rapidly making advances to its stockpile of space weaponry, according to the US government. And that's cause for concern in Washington. Also, sexism has long been an issue in the chess world, where women only make up about 10% of licensed players globally, according to the International Chess Federation. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, online chess has been taken more seriously, but it also means that anonymous, sexist comments have increased. Plus, a salute to Black women at Rio's Carnival.
  • Ukrainian Volodymyr Tsema-Bursov was captured a few months after Russia's full-scale invasion and spent the next 20 months in Russian captivity. He is now back in Ukraine after being released in the biggest prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine since war began. And, Prabowo Subianto, a former army general with links to Indonesia's days under dictatorship, is a favorite for Indonesia's next president. But he will have to work overtime to convince skeptics that he has truly abandoned his autocratic ways. Also, Israel carried out a series of strikes in Lebanon on Wednesday after rockets launched from there killed and injured several people. As Israel and Hezbollah trade tit-for-tat strikes, a new French proposal aims to end the fighting. Plus, why do children struggle with long COVID-19?
  • French authorities are accusing Russia of orchestrating a campaign to spread disinformation. France's Viginum, a government watchdog, pointed to nearly 200 websites that have been set up to spread Russian disinformation. And, Valentine's Day flowers are big business not just for US florists, but for growers in countries such as Ecuador, Kenya, Colombia and Ethiopia. We hear how the US holiday affects flower production in Latin America. Also, Senegal has been known as a beacon of political stability in West Africa for several decades. But now, the outgoing president is delaying presidential elections, sparking deadly protests. Plus, a story about how daunting it can be to move to a new country.
  • Egypt and Israel have officially been at peace for the last 40 years, thanks to a treaty President Jimmy Carter brokered at Camp David in 1978. But Egyptian officials are threatening to rip up the agreement because Israel is vowing to send its troops into Rafah, just across the Egyptian border in Gaza. And, Kenya's Kelvin Kiptum was a fast-rising star in the world of marathon runners. But over the weekend, he died in a tragic car accident. Also, there's a growing rift between the families of hostages about whether to push for a ceasefire or continue to fight Hamas. The majority is adamant about a ceasefire, but a small group of families also formed a group opposing negotiations with Hamas. Plus, "doping Olympics" gets its first athlete.
  • During his two-hour interview with Tucker Carlson, Vladimir Putin reiterated his beliefs on Russia's claims to Ukraine. He also indicated the release of US journalist Evan Gershkovich might be possible as part of a prisoner exchange. And, record numbers of migrants are showing up at the US southern border, and many are requesting asylum. The system is now overwhelmed, with a backlog of about 3 million asylum applications pending in courts. Also, the premier of Quebec, François Legault, has proposed tuition hikes for students from outside Quebec, in English-speaking regions, who come for an education at venerable English universities like McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s. McGill estimates that the plan will lead to a $94 million shortfall in the school’s budget. Plus, famed Japanese American Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa dies at 88.
  • The civil war raging in Sudan is a nightmare for children. At least one child is dying from malnutrition every two hours in Sudan’s Zamzam camp. And, a most-serious hurricane is known as a Category 5. But two scientists have proposed the creation of a Category 6 designation, as climate change supercharges extreme weather events. Also, Pakistan's parliamentary elections are being held on Thursday. The vote is seen as hugely significant following the sentencing of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in a corruption case that many saw as politically motivated. Plus, "Out of Eden Walk": The first steps.
  • Israeli authorities are intensifying their military assault on Rafah, now the strip’s most populous city. We hear from a Gaza aid worker with the Norwegian Refugee Council, who has relocated there with his family. And, China is celebrating the Spring Festival, otherwise known as the Lunar New Year. But this time of year can be challenging if you're looking to do business in China. Also, last year, 24 young volleyball players from the town of Famagusta traveled to the Turkish city of Adiyaman for a tournament, and never came back. The owner of the Isias Hotel, which collapsed in the earthquakes on Feb. 6, is facing criminal charges in a landmark case. Plus, a new book explores the "revolutionary lives" of Frantz Fanon.