A growing number of people from Venezuela have been making the risky crossing through the Darién Gap in recent weeks. Jose Loya decided to make the difficult trek, citing xenophobia and discrimination as some of the main reasons why he chose to leave Peru, where he was living with his wife and child.
In contrast with the US, Chile has opted to provide COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 3 and up, expanding possibilities for vaccines available for very young children.
The Colombian government has revoked national IDs belonging to 43,000 Venezuelan immigrants, following a sweep to root out fraudulent citizenship. Those who applied for citizenship with documents deemed insufficient now face bureaucratic, social and legal hurdles — and possible deportation.
Chief prosecutor Karim Khan announces the ICC will open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Venezuela. Also, the US has added NSO Group, the Israeli company behind the controversial Pegasus spyware, to its trade blacklist. And, the UK approves Molnupiravir, the first antiviral oral pill found to be effective in treating symptomatic COVID-19.
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served under Democratic and Republican administrations, has died at the age of 84. Also, The Venezuelan government has halted negotiations with the opposition in Mexico City after businessman Alex Saab was extradited to the US. And, Haitian authorities and US officials are working to secure the release of 17 people from the missionary group Christian Aid Ministries who have been abducted by a powerful gang.
Venezuelan migrants and refugees who have moved to different parts of South America have struggled to get shots because of legal requirements at vaccination centers. And that could slow down efforts to stamp out the coronavirus in the region.
Top of The World: US President Joe Biden called the airlift of more than 120,000 Americans, allies and Afghans an “extraordinary success.” And, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will meet with Biden in Washington DC on Wednesday, in what has been described as a show of renewed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. Also, opposition parties in Venezuela announced in a strategy shift, that they will participate in the November local and regional elections.
The Taliban has taken over half of Afghanistan's provincial capitals, as it continues to make gains across the country. Also, the Venezuelan government and opposition are meeting for talks in Mexico. And, President Joe Biden is sending his special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, to push for stability in Ethiopia.
Masih Alinejad spoke from Brooklyn with The World's host Marco Werman about the kidnapping plot.