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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.

Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.


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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.








Nord Stream pipelines leak after blasts in Baltic Sea

Both Nord Stream pipelines connecting Russia to Germany are leaking, after a pair of explosions went off in the Baltic Sea on Monday off the coast of Denmark. Blame remains unclear, but many European leaders are pointing the finger at Russia. And, the Biden administration is trying to aid suppressed protesters in Iran, at the same time that it’s attempting to cut a deal with Iranian officials to revive the 2015 nuclear accord. Some see this as a contradiction in US foreign policy. Also, when...

Russia stages elections in Ukraine

Today marks the final day of voting in the so-called referendums taking place in parts of Ukraine that are occupied by Russian forces. These votes are taking place under military occupation — and they’re also illegal under international law. Meanwhile, a call by Russia for more men to help fight its war in Ukraine has sent many people fleeing the country to avoid conscription. And in Lebanon, bank heists have become so common that the government has ordered banks to be shut. Customers have...


Italy’s far-right party to take power

The Brothers of Italy party is set to form a far-right government. We look at the implications for Italy of this neo-fascist party rising to power. Also, protests in Iran — triggered by the death of a 22-year-old woman detained by the nation's morality police — continue, leading to an internet blackout in the country. And, as the energy crunch caused by the Ukraine war looms over Europe, its shockwaves reverberate as far away as Bangladesh.


Climate change takes center stage at UNGA

Many world leaders took to the stage at the UN General Assembly this week to speak about devastating losses their countries have experienced due to climate-fueled natural disasters. Low-emitting countries are calling on historic polluters to help pay for the damage. And polls opened on Friday in the four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. People in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia were told to vote on whether to join Russia. Also, this summer’s travel chaos led to cancellations,...


Russians react to Putin’s mobilization announcement

On Wednesday, after Russian authorities announced plans to draft an additional 300,000 troops to join the war in Ukraine, some people are protesting or making hasty plans to leave, while others are lining up to join. And El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele recently announced plans to seek reelection despite a constitutional ban. We hear from a news director who says his leadership is “one step away” from a dictatorship. Also, in Cambodia on Thursday, a United Nations-backed tribunal charged...


Putin escalates war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans Wednesday morning to call up to 300,000 reservists to join the fight in Ukraine and threatened to deploy nuclear weapons if Russian territory is threatened. And President Joe Biden was in New York on Wednesday to address the United Nations General Assembly. Biden used the opportunity to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and reiterate the US commitment to Ukraine's defense. Also, about a half a million foreign students — mostly from Africa...


World leaders convene at the UN

Leaders from around the world are gathering in New York this week for the UN General Assembly. It's the first time leaders gather together since the start of the pandemic in 2020. And in Puerto Rico, residents are facing the collapse of the electrical grid and a lack of clean water in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. Also, on Tuesday night in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin is to speak to the nation about Ukraine. The last time he did this was on the eve of the Russian invasion in...


A final goodbye to the queen

Britain said goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in a televised ceremony witnessed by billions. In attendance was US President Joe Biden among hundreds of heads of state. Early Monday morning, the last members of the waiting mourners were admitted to walk past the queen's coffin, marking the end of her relationship with the British public. And Hurricane Fiona pummeled Puerto Rico Sunday night, leaving the island without power and wiping out roads and bridges. Residents worry that it feels like...


Mass graves discovered near Izium

Earlier this week, mass graves were discovered in the newly liberated town of Izium, in northeast Ukraine. Over 400 bodies have been found since Russian troops retreated. And an estimated 1.5 million carnations from Turkey’s southern Isparta region will be sent to the United Kingdom during the mourning period for the late queen — double the usual number. Also, the weeklong EuroPride event includes a final Pride March to be held in Serbia this weekend. But the Serbian government and police...


Migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard

Two planes landed at the airport on Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts on Wednesday. The passengers, from Venezuela and Colombia, learned that they had been drawn into a political fight over immigration enforcement along the southern border. And this week, the US announced it was transferring $3.5 billion of Afghanistan's Central Bank money to a Swiss trust. The money would be used “for the benefit of the people of Afghanistan.” Also, the first climate lawsuit in Russia is now...


Millions in Somalia face insecurity, drought

The United Nations is saying it needs $1 billion to avert a catastrophic famine in Somalia. The country is experiencing its worst drought in more than 40 years. But one thing is making the humanitarian response extremely difficult: terrorism. And China’s state-owned Cosco Shipping is investing $3 billion to build a port 50 miles north of Lima, Peru. It will be serve as a preferential point for the exit of the raw materials that the region exports to China. Also, Russian President Vladimir...


Famine ‘at the door’ of Somalia, UN warns

Somalia is experiencing its worst drought in more than 40 years. It's driven a million people from their homes in search of food and water. Now, the United Nations is warning that famine is "at the door." And in Ukraine, the village of Moshchun was hit with artillery and airstrikes and then occupied briefly by Russian soldiers. Many civilians were killed and homes destroyed. Now, residents are returning to clear debris, dig out their homes and rebuild their lives. Also, last month, Iran...


Ukraine regains occupied territories

Ukraine fully regained its territory in the Kharkiv region of the country over the weekend. The victory comes following an offensive to regain control over Ukrainian territory in the north and south of the country. And Sweden’s neck-and-neck election results have put the country's Social Democratic Party's decadelong control of the government in jeopardy. A far-right, anti-immigration party with neo-Nazi roots is set to be the second-largest in the Scandinavian country known for its...


Queen Elizabeth II remembered around the world

As bells tolled and gunshots rang across the United Kingdom to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, the monarch's legacy was remembered across former colonies with a mixture of nostalgia, bitterness and indifference. We hear from reporters in Canada, India, Kenya and Ghana about the queen’s influence there. And a relatively new spyware known as Predator is at the center of a European wiretapping scandal that has led to several resignations of political leaders in Greece. The EU is scrambling...


Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96

The long-reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has died at age 96. Throughout the day, members of the British royal family arrived at the queen's estate in Scotland to pay their last respects amid news that her health had declined. We hear about her legacy and impact on the world. And will members of Colombia’s Congress agree to pay cuts? A young senator recently elected on messages of anti-corruption and excessive government spending is encouraging all senators to agree to lower their...


UN warns of impending famine in Somalia

The UN has issued a dire warning that famine could hit parts of Somalia as early as next month. Food insecurity in the country has been driven by a historic drought, as well as delayed grain shipments from Ukraine and other factors. And, scientists in southern Africa are working to bring back critically endangered vulture populations after mass killings of the species. Also, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv has become a center for IDPs from around the country seeking medical care. Plus, a...


Liz Truss makes first address as new prime minister

Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss met with the queen in Balmoral on Tuesday where she was officially appointed to office. In a speech at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday afternoon, Truss promised to tackle the energy crisis and the ailing economy. The risk of a nuclear accident at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant is growing, according to a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The report describes damage to the special building that houses fresh nuclear fuel and the solid...


A Labor Day special

Economic troubles and a volatile political situation have made life tough in Sudan. But people are carrying on with their lives and enjoying their weekends. Hear how an animal rescue center has become a popular getaway for families. Also, The British parliament is considering whether invertebrates like lobsters and crabs should be classified as sentient beings, under a new "Animal Welfare (Sentience)" bill. And, a herd of wild goats has taken over the seaside town of Llandudno in Wales,...


Argentina’s VP survives assassination attempt

A shooter's gun jammed in the process of attempting to assassinate Argentina's vice president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Supporters had been demonstrating outside her home since last week, when a prosecutor called for a 12-year prison sentence in connection to corruption charges during her tenure as president. Also, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have vowed to remain a "continued presence" at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant that sits in the middle of a war...


UN report calls out China for human rights abuses

The UN Human Rights Commission released a long-awaited report detailing China's misuse of terrorism laws to subjugate Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province. And Sept. 1 marks the first day of school across Ukraine. The day is akin to a national holiday, but this year, schools across the country are trying to figure out how to manage the academic year while the country remains at war. Also, as Russia continues its threats to cut off the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, the near-future of energy security...