Brazilian table tennis star headed to Olympics and Paralympics

Bruna Alexandre is a table tennis player from Brazil. She will compete in the Olympics and, one month later, the Paralympics. She is one of only a handful of people in the world who will have been in both competitions in the history of the Games.

Media outlets in Russia react to Biden dropping out of US presidential race

Media
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New project seeks to solve housing crisis using mushroom byproduct and troublesome weed

The Big Fix

Out of the closet, out of care: LGBTQ communities in Malawi struggle to access health care

LGBTQ

Students in Bangladesh call for leadership change as protests against quota system turn violent

Protest

Motorcycle taxis are increasingly being driven by women in Uganda

In Uganda, motorcycles are one of the most popular forms of public transport. In the capital city, Kampala, there are hundreds of thousands of them. Until recently, all of them were driven by men. But that’s starting to change, with a new initiative to get women into the business.

Wall Street Journal reporter sentenced to 16-year prison term in Russia

Ukraine

Evan Gershkovich, a US reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was sentenced in Moscow court on July 19 to 16 years in prison on espionage charges. The Wall Street Journal and the US government have called this a “sham trial” and vehemently deny the charges. The World’s Daniel Ofman reports on the plight of Gershkovich and other Americans detained in Russia on baseless charges.

‘Our community is terrified’: A faith leader talks about what it means to be a Palestinian Christian in the US

Israel-Hamas war

Pastor Khader Khalilia is one of the few Palestinian Christian faith leaders in the United States. He talks to The World’s host, Marco Werman, about what it’s been like to lead a church in the US, especially during the past nine months of war in Gaza.

US authorities arrest a former Syrian official in Los Angeles

Conflict & Justice

Samir Ousman al-Sheikh, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was arrested at the airport on his way out of the US this week. The World’s host Carolyn Beeler discussed the significance of the move with Mouaz Mustafa, who played a key role in his detention.

Millions of Venezuelans living abroad will be unable to vote in upcoming presidential election

Elections

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is under major pressure. The country will hold elections on July 28, and he’s performing badly in the polls. Under his 11-year rule, Venezuela’s economy collapsed, oppression increased and about 20% of the country’s population left. A diaspora of millions of people could have been crucial for the electoral outcome. But as The World’s Tibisay Zea reports, most Venezuelans living abroad were not allowed to register to vote. Some experts suspect that this is a deliberate strategy by the Maduro government to cling to power.