September 23, 2022
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, delayed flights and lost luggage. In Spain, airlines and airports are trying to make the most of it with a chain of nonprofit shops where shoppers can buy what other travelers have lost. Plus, a photography exhibit honors those who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
September 22, 2022
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 with prosecuting the crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime held its final hearing. After 16 years and $337 million, the tribunal convicted just three men of crimes committed by a regime that caused the deaths of millions. Plus, a molecular biologist brings cultural rehabilitation through ice cream flavors in Cape Town, South Africa.
September 21, 2022
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 and parts of Asia — were shut out of their universities in China due to COVID-19. Chinese authorities are not making it easy to return anytime soon. Plus, the quadrillions of ants on planet Earth matter immensely to life.
September 20, 2022
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 February. Plus, the lead singer of Ukrainian band Antytila is on the front lines.
September 19, 2022
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 2017 again, when Hurricane Maria pummeled the island. Also, protests in Iran have grown since last Friday when the news of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini became public. Amini was arrested three days earlier by the so-called morality police for not following the appropriate dress codes. Plus, Biden declared the COVID-19 pandemic over, but infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci says not so much.
September 16, 2022
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 force have worked to ban it over the past couple of weeks. Plus, catastrophic flooding in Pakistan has left at least 1,500 people dead and a half a million homeless. Volunteer groups there have been stepping up to aid survivors.
September 15, 2022
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 filed in their Supreme Court. It was put forward by activists who say the government needs to take stronger action to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, Roger Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, is stepping away from professional tennis.
September 14, 2022
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 Putin and Chinese President Xi Jingping are set to meet on Thrusday on the sidelines of an Asian nations conference. Plus, Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila calls it quits after 14 years.
September 13, 2022
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 introduced a new decree enforcing that women wear hijabs in all public spaces and on social media postings. This will be tracked by the government’s facial recognition software previously used during the pandemic to track if people were wearing face masks. Plus, fans remember the cinematic legacy of Jean-Luc Godard.
September 12, 2022
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 progressive politics and welfare state. Also, with US schools suffering from a critical shortage of bilingual teachers, Connecticut had a novel idea — recruit young people from Puerto Rico who are still in college. The program offers many benefits but it also contributes to the island's brain drain. Plus, international music collaborators Superorganism embrace the new abnormal.