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India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state

Rahul Gandhi, head of India's opposition Congress party, started a unity march last September from the southern tip of the country, which ended on Monday. Gandhi is trying to drum up support for his party, opposition to the ruling BJP and, many observers say, trying to uphold democracy in the face of what's becoming an increasingly religious state.

India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state
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LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia

LGBTQ Russians are fleeing to Central Asia
The book includes haunting photos from inside the ghetto, along with its record of the medical effects of starvation.

Warsaw Ghetto’s defiant Jewish doctors secretly documented the medical effects of Nazi starvation policies

Warsaw Ghetto’s defiant Jewish doctors secretly documented the medical effects of Nazi starvation policies
A security personnel speaks to people from inside the main gate of Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi, India

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says
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Peru protests reveal ethnic and regional divides

Peru protests reveal ethnic and regional divides
Exterior of the Museum of the City of New York, with a promotion for the "City of Faith" exhibition currently on display, New York, Dec. 1, 2022.

Museum exhibit highlights New York’s sacred spaces

The “City of Faith” museum exhibit looks at the New York City's religious roots and immigrant experience, with a special focus on the South Asian community after 9/11. Curator Azra Dawood tells The World what inspired her and why such a discussion is important.

Museum exhibit highlights New York’s sacred spaces
A Taliban fighter stands guard as people wait to receive food rations distributed by a South Korean humanitarian aid group, in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2022.

Afghan women say they are ‘dying in slow motion’ after killing of former female MP

Mursal Nabizada, who decided to remain in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over in 2021, was killed by gunmen on Jan. 15, along with her bodyguard. A friend and former colleague of hers, Fawzia Koofi, speaks with The World’s host Marco Werman about her memories of Nabizada and the ongoing plight of women in the country.

Afghan women say they are ‘dying in slow motion’ after killing of former female MP
"Anastasia" screenshot of a woman looking out of a window.

She spoke out against Putin. It came at a cost.

Russian activist Anastasia Shevchenko spoke out against many injustices in her home country. In 2019, she was put under house arrest and was not even allowed to be with her sick daughter as she was dying. A new documentary, "Anastasia," follows Shevchenko as she sets out on a journey to scatter her daughter's ashes in the Black Sea.

She spoke out against Putin. It came at a cost.
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TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'

In the Iranian diaspora community of Los Angeles, members of the heavy metal group TarantisT have added their artistic voices to the protests in Iran. Arash Rahbary is the band's singer and bassist. He speaks to host Marco Werman.

TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'
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'We all want democracy': Taiwanese stand in solidarity with Chinese 'white paper protests'

In China, protests have declined after the loosening of some COVID-19 restrictions. Some Taiwanese continue to support the "A4 revolution," or "white paper protests," in China.

'We all want democracy': Taiwanese stand in solidarity with Chinese 'white paper protests'
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Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime

Protesters in the southern Syrian city of Suweida stormed a government building and torched pictures of President Bashar al-Assad over the weekend. They called for overthrowing the president, whom they blame for the worsening economic conditions.

Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime
In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, Iranians protests the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, Oct. 1, 2022. 

Amid ongoing protests, Iran's morality police ‘lies in ruins,’ analyst says

Ali Vaez, director of the International Crisis Group's Iran Project, talked with The World’s host Marco Werman about how sustained protests in Iran may be impacting the power of the so-called "morality police."  

Amid ongoing protests, Iran's morality police ‘lies in ruins,’ analyst says
This address is listed on an official police website back in China as an “Overseas Police Service Center,” but the locale appears abandoned. 

China has a police network that stretches across some 30 countries, NGO says

The Madrid-based nongovernmental organization Safeguard Defenders says that China has an extended police network in dozens of countries around the world, with the goal of coercing criminal suspects to return home to China. Beijing doesn't deny they exist, but says they are legitimate and used for legal purposes.

China has a police network that stretches across some 30 countries, NGO says
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Russian dissident remains in prison on trumped-up charges

Vladimir Kara-Murza is one of the most well-known opposition politicians in Russia. Like Alexei Navalny, and dozens of other opposition politicians in Russia, Kara-Murza is in prison. Right now, he is awaiting his day in court after being accused of high treason. He is one of hundreds of documented political prisoners in Russia.

Russian dissident remains in prison on trumped-up charges
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Satellite photos show damage at Iran prison amid protests

The fire erupted as nationwide anti-government protests triggered by the death of a young woman in the custody of the country's morality police entered a fifth week. Tensions have escalated to a point unseen since the mass demonstrations that accompanied the country's 2009 Green Movement protests.

Satellite photos show damage at Iran prison amid protests