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Album covers of some of the allbums from artists included in the end-of-year music playlist with recommendations from The World staff. Clockwise, startiing from the top left corner: Adrian Quesada's "Boleros Psicodélicos," Sillvana Estrada's "Marchita," V

A musical journey around the globe 2022, a playlist

Music is part of The World’s DNA and, as it turns out, it is something many of the show’s staff appreciate. This playlist with their recommendations will take you on a journey around the globe.

A musical journey around the globe 2022, a playlist
man speaking at podium

Japan’s infamous ‘happy’ cult sets sights on the United States

Japan’s infamous ‘happy’ cult sets sights on the United States
woman at ceremony in front of line of people

Contempt for the messiah: The scandal behind Shinzo Abe’s murder

Contempt for the messiah: The scandal behind Shinzo Abe’s murder
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol waves a national flag during a ceremony to celebrate Korean Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, at the presidential office square in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. 

Imagining empire: Part II

Imagining empire: Part II
The Manuscript Café in Tokyo helps writers to bring their projects to completion.

Tokyo café specializes in aiding procrastinators 

Tokyo café specializes in aiding procrastinators 
Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo, Japan

Japan's ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was delivering a campaign speech when a gunman shot him from behind. "Japan is in a state of shock. It is a tragic and unprecedented attack," reporter Thisanka Siripala tells The World's host Marco Werman.

Japan's ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech
A collage of video screenshots that feature Africans exploited for profit in a growing trend known as "blessings videos."

A new documentary uncovers the story behind China’s racist ‘blessings video’ trend

These trendy videos often feature African children who are prompted to parrot Chinese greetings and to act in inappropriate ways — for entertainment.

A new documentary uncovers the story behind China’s racist ‘blessings video’ trend
People walk across the famed Shibuya scramble crossing as the sun sets behind the skyscraper, Oct. 11, 2021, in Tokyo.

A Tokyo train company moves to become net-carbon neutral

Last month, one railway network in Tokyo switched its entire network to electricity derived from renewable energy. It’s the first time a railway has become entirely net-carbon neutral.

A Tokyo train company moves to become net-carbon neutral
Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese, center back, celebrates with his partner partner Jodie Haydon, right, and Labor senate leader partner Penny Wong at a Labor Party event in Sydney, Australia

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit

Australia’s new prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has flown to Tokyo for a summit, after being sworn in to office on Monday. He's meeting with the leaders of the US, Japan and India.

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit
People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, May 7, 2022.

Japan gears up for evacuation drills amid spate of North Korean missile tests

The recent spate of North Korean missile tests is déjà vu for people in Japan.

Japan gears up for evacuation drills amid spate of North Korean missile tests
a young kid walking down the sidewalk

Netflix’s 'Old Enough!' reality TV show sends very young kids on errands by themselves

To an American audience, toddlers crossing the road to go to the supermarket unsupervised or helping with household chores would be considered alarming or negligent. But in Japan, children as young as 6 can be seen taking the train or walking to school. And it’s not viewed as something unusual.

Netflix’s 'Old Enough!' reality TV show sends very young kids on errands by themselves
A Uniper energy company coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery are seen beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Jan. 16, 2020. 

Did the world 'build back better' since the start of the pandemic? Not so much. 

Two years into the pandemic, stimulus money around the world has largely fallen short in transforming the energy economy. 

Did the world 'build back better' since the start of the pandemic? Not so much. 
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, joined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington

How effective are sanctions against Russia?

Rachel Ziemba, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, has studied sanctions against Russia and weighs about it with The World's host Marco Werman.

How effective are sanctions against Russia?
In this Oct. 17, 2014, photo, a worker walks at power plant area in Cirebon, Indonesia. 

Indonesia poised to ease export ban on thermal coal

In an effort to protect Indonesia’s thermal coal supply, the country imposed an export ban in early January. But after several countries in Asia that depend on the crucial commodity lamented the move, the country has indicated an imminent ease of the ban.

Indonesia poised to ease export ban on thermal coal
Cups of cups of noodles, showing original Japanese packaging

How Cup Noodles became one of the biggest transpacific business success stories of all time

There was a time when eating out of Cup Noodle’s iconic packaging exuded cosmopolitanism.

How Cup Noodles became one of the biggest transpacific business success stories of all time