Rank #1: Iran's supreme leader and his rare sermon
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led prayers on Friday and said in a sermon that the country has every right to flex its military muscle beyond its borders. Also, China released new data showing the country’s economy is slowing and birth rate figures are at their lowest rate in more than half a century. And, a bookseller in England is feeling the love after his tweet about not selling a single book on Tuesday went viral — now he is overwhelmed with orders.
Jan 17 2020
Rank #2: Ukraine opens probe into alleged ambassador surveillance
Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs announced Thursday that it would open a criminal probe into possible surveillance of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Also, the death of a US citizen in an Egyptian prison raises serious questions. And, we have a profile of one of the biggest hip-hop stars in Europe — Alyona Alyona who raps from her home in Ukraine.
Jan 16 2020
Rank #3: Impeachment articles move to the Senate
The House of Representatives voted on a resolution on Wednesday to name impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Also, as Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his hourslong federal state address on Wednesday, he suddenly shifted to talk about changing the constitution. Plus, the potential perils when a cool microbrew goes global. Refugees from Myanmar say buying Fat Tire beer also helps buy bullets for Myanmar's army, which has been on trial for genocide at The Hague.
Jan 15 2020
Rank #4: European leaders send warning to Iran
European nations have formally accused Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear agreement, a move that could lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions on Tehran. The World asks: Why now? And what could new sanctions look like? Also, for the past several months, Americans have been hearing about Ukraine in the news. But for many Ukrainians, impeachment is the last thing on their minds. And, Canada is expected to be the part-time home to the UK's Prince Harry and his American wife, Meghan Markle. But exactly where in Canada is a topic of fevered speculation centered on British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Many residents there are pleased about the possibility of new royal neighbors
Jan 14 2020
Rank #5: (Featured) Conspiracy Tyranny
If the rise of despots around the world seems bewildering, especially given unprecedented access to information in 2019 — therein may lie the very problem. A new kind of propaganda has taken hold — one that relies on too much information, instead of too little. In Part III of our mini-series on Russian disinformation from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we take a look at how Vladimir Putin, leveraging 21st-century technology, engineered a media climate rife with conflict and conspiracies at home, and then took the strategy global. Putin not only took the disinformation strategy to US shores, but also to places around the world — with deadly results. We talk with journalist Peter Pomerantsev about his early warnings around Russia’s new menace, how it plays to the advantage of authoritarians — and how we now see their techniques put to use by politicians in the United States.
Jan 14 2020
Rank #6: Iranians take to the streets
Iranians have taken to the streets for a third day in a row over anger toward their government as well as the US. Also, Texas is a huge participant in the US refugee resettlement program, but not for much longer. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told the US State Department that the state will not accept any refugees this year. Plus, Haitian American Nathalie Joachim, a flutist, composer and vocalist, pays tribute to female artists in Haiti.
Jan 13 2020
Rank #7: Evaluating video of the deadly Ukraine Airlines crash
The United States, Canada and Britain all are now saying a missile was the reason for the deadly crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane this week. Iran still denies this and points toward an unknown mechanical issue with the aircraft. We hear more about the evidence in cellphone videos taken as the plane came down. And, how do airlines choose to fly or not when a hostile situation is developing in a given area. Also, author and photographer Teju Cole has shared a playlist he made after spending time in Mali's capital enjoying live sets by top-notch guitarists.
Jan 10 2020
Rank #8: New theories on the Ukrainian Airlines crash
What led to the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 in Iran early Wednesday remains a mystery. But US officials now say the plane may have been mistakenly shot down by an Iranian missile. And, scholars disagree on whether the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was legal. But critics argue the Trump administration has failed to make a legal case for the killing raising questions about the limits of executive power. Also, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they will be stepping down as senior royals, Queen Elizabeth has let her displeasure be known.
Jan 09 2020
Rank #9: Trump addresses nation after Iran missile attack
US President Donald Trump addressed the nation today and said the US will continue to "evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression," but backed away from military confrontation. And, a Ukraine International Airlines flight leaving from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning. We get the latest from Kyiv. Also, Italian Vogue reimagines the cover photoshoot for its January issue to promote sustainability.
Jan 08 2020
Rank #10: Iran fires rockets at Iraqi airbase hosting US forces
Iran said it launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked Tuesday about claims that Iran was planning imminent attacks against Americans ahead of Qasem Soleimani's killing. American allies in Europe are watching carefully and also criticizing the US airstrike. And, should we prepare for cyberattacks from Iran? That's the message coming from the US government, which expects retaliation from Iran. Also, a knitted green sweater has become deeply symbolic to people working to remember the lessons of the Holocaust. The sweater, from an exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, was knit for a girl named Krystyna Chiger by her grandmother. Chiger wore it the entire time she was in hiding in the sewers of Ukraine. To honor Chiger's story of survival, knitters have developed a pattern for the sweater and are encouraging others to create their own.
Jan 07 2020